Leyton comes up short in playoffs

Warriors play Garden County tight in first half, but fateful third quarter leads to ouster from state tourney

 

Ryan Hermens

Running back Kordell Maestas looks for room to run against Garden County in Thursday's state playoffs.

OSHKOSH – As Garden County High players celebrated their victory at the opposite end of the field, Leyton coach Glen Lipska stood in the north end zone, surrounded by his players and Warrior supporters.

In a low voice, he praised his team's effort despite the 74-32 loss in the first round of the Class D-2 eight-man state playoffs.

He asked his senior players, who had just competed in their final high school football game, to lead the team in a cheer.

And then, under the bright lights and with the stands nearly empty, coaches and parents patted the players on the back as they made their wa...



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