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Buhler Blanks Winfield, Gets First Victory of the Season

By Brad Hallier


BUHLER, Kan. – It has been an uncharacteristically rough start to the season for Buhler.

In going 0-3 for the first time since 2000, Buhler gave up at least 31 points in each game.

Buhler shook off the rugged start in style, as the Crusaders’ defense played their best game of the season by far, in shutting out Winfield 10-0.

Winfield managed just 192 yards of total offense. Quarterback Landon Durpas was hurried all night. Mitchell McDaniel had an interception for the Crusaders.


Buhler’s offense also struggled but did enough. Through three quarters, Buhler led 3-0, with Jeffrey Neill booting a 36-yard field goal.

Then, Gavin Patton put the game away on a 16-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Buhler avoided its first 0-4 start since 1976 and remained undefeated all-time against Winfield. The win also shoved Buhler all the way up to ninth in the Class 4A West District standings.

During homecoming festivities at halftime, Shaelin Newcome was named homecoming queen and Dederick Willard-Trass king.