Sedan keeps playoff hopes alive with district victory against Madison

MADISON — Cody Joslin rushed for a game-high 134 yards as Sedan kept its postseason hopes alive with a 28-6 Eight Man I-District 1 victory at Madison on Friday.

“I was pleased with our performance,” said Blue Devil coach Mich Holt. “Our offense was able to once again control the line of scrimmage so we could run the ball. Madison has a lot of speed, so we never could get outside on them. So we ended up playing power football and running right at them. Our defense played a great game once again. Our line was able to control the line of scrimmage and shut down their run. Our defensive backs did a super job of manning up, allowing us to get more pressure on their quarterback. This was a great team win.”

Sedan improved to 6-2 overall with its 14th win in its last 17 games. The Blue Devils are also 2-2 in district play as they prepare for a pivotal district showdown at home against St. Paul. Kickoff for that contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Prather Field.

With West Elk clinching the district championship, the battle is on for the second playoff spot out of District 1. St. Paul currently stands at 3-1, with Sedan and Marmaton Valley both at 2-2. If the Blue Devils beat St. Paul and Marmaton Valley falls on Thursday to Southern Coffey County, Sedan will win the tiebreaker over St. Paul for second place. But if both Sedan and Marmaton Valley win, there will be a three-way tie, with the playoff spot to be determined by a point differential. The Blue Devils can guarantee a playoff spot by beating St. Paul by 18 points or more.

Sedan is seeking its first postseason appearance since 2009.

“The players know the scenario, so they know what they have to do,” Holt said. “They know in order for us to have a shot, we must play our best game of the year. We must play a complete game. We have to eliminate the silly mistakes we’ve made the past few weeks.”

The Blue Devils overcame an early 6-0 deficit to Madison to take control in the opening quarter. Sedan’s Tayte Halderman returned the ensuing kickoff 73 yards for a score to even things up. Halderman followed that up with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kiefer Brewer for a 12-6 edge after 12 minutes of play.

Sedan bumped its lead up to 20-6 at the intermission on a 13-yard TD pass fro Halderman to Zac Smylie in the second quarter. Then the Blue Devils put the game away in the final period with a four-yard scramble for six by Joslin.

SHS finished the game with a 275-116 advantage in total yardage. The Blue Devils held the Bulldogs to a net of minus-two yards passing for the game.

This will be the second straight year Sedan and St. Paul will be meeting in the regular-season finale with a playoff spot on the line. A year ago, the Blue Devils captured a 50-40 victory over the Indians in St. Paul to force a three-way tie for first place in the final district standings. Yet, despite an 8-1 record, SHS missed out on the playoffs after falling to third place following the point-differential tiebreaker.

St. Paul — the Three Rivers League champion — heads into Thursday’s contest at 7-1 overall following last week’s 52-6 home win over Southern Coffey County.