SEDAN — Heading into Friday night’s regular-season finale with rival West Elk, the Sedan Blue Devils needed a little help in pursuit of the Eight Man I-District 1 championship. Everything fell right into place for SHS, and now the Devils take plenty of momentum into the postseason.
Tayte Halderman rushed for 222 yards and recorded seven total touchdowns to lead Sedan to a 62-8 victory over West Elk at Prather Field. That win, coupled with Central of Burden’s 32-20 victory at Cedar Vale/Dexter, handed the Blue Devils the district championship.
The win moved Sedan to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in district play. The Blue Devils tied Central for first place in the final standings, but with their 44-22 win in Burden one week earlier, SHS had the tiebreaker to claim the district championship. Sedan will host a first-round playoff game on Thursday, Oct. 25, as it entertains the fourth seed out of District 2 — Argonia/Attica. The Titans dropped to 5-3 overall following a 38-22 loss to South Central.
Meanwhile, West Elk — already eliminated from postseason consideration — fell 1-7 overall and 0-5 in district play. The Patriots will close out their season next week when they travel to Oxford for a crossover game with the sixth-place team from District 2. The Wildcats remained winless on the season at 0-8 following a 48-0 loss at Udall.
The Blue Devils had control of Friday’s contest from the opening kick. In fact, it took the host team all of 17 seconds to get on the board as Halderman scored his first touchdown on a 35-yard run.
That was the start of a 40-point quarter for Sedan, which included scampers of 26, 24 and 15 yards for scores by Halderman in building a 32-0 advantage.
West Elk finally got on the board late in the opening quarter on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Tim Whetstone to Codie Cannon. Yet, just 16 seconds later, Halderman was at it again on a 24-yard scramble or six in giving Sedan a 40-8 advantage after 12 minutes of action.
Halderman’s impressive night wasn’t finished. He recorded his sixth rushing touchdown on a 29-yard scamper in the opening minute of the second quarter. Just a few minutes later, he got it done on special teams, returning a punt 58 yards for another score.
Sedan put the finishing touch on its victory as Cody Joslin broke loose for a 42-yard touchdown run for the final margin.
In addition to his seven touchdowns — which is believed to be an SHS record — Halderman was a part of six of the team’s two-point conversions, including four by run and two by pass. He officially accounted for 54 of the team’s 62 points on the night. He also finished the game with 222 rushing yards on just nine carries, which was an average of 24.7 yards per attempt.
The Blue Devils recorded 295 total yards — all on the ground — while holding the Patriots to 88, including a net of 12 yards rushing on 22 carries.