The Crusaders came out fast with a long pass from quarterback Luke Berblinger to Joe Schmidt. The pass set up a huge run from track champion Riley Allen down to the one yard line. He punched it in on the next play to put Buhler up 7-0. The touchdown came less than a minute into the game.
Concordia then went three-and-out, the first of many times this would happen, not only in the first quarter, but throughout the game.
The Panthers weren’t showing much energy on the sideline or on the field, as Berblinger found Allen on a screen pass, which went 60 yards for another touchdown. On Buhler’s next possession, Berblinger hit Schmidt for a 75-yard touchdown.
The Berblinger-to-Schmidt score put Buhler ahead 21-0 in the first quarter. Concordia coach Tim Lambert called his defensive unit to the sideline and threatened to put the freshmen team in.
“Riley Allen is very athletic,” said Buhler head coach Steve Warner. “We just got him the ball and he had another good day. He does a great job.”
A good day might be an understatement. The Crusader junior scored four of the team’s six touchdowns. Three of which were of 40 yards or more. The fourth was a one yard score, set up by a 45 yard run.
Buhler’s offensive line is somewhat of a makeshift group, as the team as suffered some injuries over the course of the year and it was inexperienced at the beginning of the year. However, it didn’t show Saturday as it helped Allen into open field time and time again. Concordia now knows that if Allen gets in open field, he’s gone.
“Our offensive line did a good job,” said Warner. “That group has improved a lot this year and we’re going to be tested next week, with whoever we play.”
On Buhler’s first play from scrimmage to start the second half, Allen put the jets on for the sweep, broke a tackle and side-stepped another tackler and in the end, went 37 yards for the touchdown.
Maize South lost to Mulvane 7-0 45 minutes from Buhler. So the Crusaders will face the Wildcats next Friday, the ninth.
Concordia scored two touchdowns in the final quarter against a second-string Buhler defense. The Panthers marched right down the field against the back-ups. However, it was much too little, much too late.
When Allen scored his final touchdown of the day to put the Crusaders up 45-0, the running clock was instituted. There was nine minutes left in the third.