By JEREMIAH WILSON
Leader & Times
MEADE—The Meade Buffaloes did not get off to a quick start the way their fans are accustomed to seeing. Nevertheless, the Buffaloes still managed to blow out the Oberlin Red Devils 49-14 Friday night in the first round of the Kansas 2-1A playoffs.
The combination of an elusive ground game and a stingy defense proved to be more than the Red Devils were prepared to handle.
Senior quarterback Jett Little led the Meade attack Friday night, scoring four touchdowns on the ground, and completing both of his pass attempts in the contest.
On the other side of the ball, senior Tate Schlochtermeier led the Buffaloes with nine tackles, while juniors Ryan Friesen and Nick Finke both had an interception in the game.
Little put the first points of the game up on the board for Meade when he ran the ball 26 yards for a touchdown to put the Buffaloes up 7-0 with just under a minute left to play in the first quarter.
The Meade defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing Red Devil possession, and once again Little led the Buffalo offense down the field and into the end zone for a 13-0 advantage for Meade.
Oberlin would answer back with a touchdown of their own to close the gap to 13-6.
With just over a minute to play in the half, Little found paydirt for the third time in the game, and the Buffaloes led 21-6 at half.
Coming out of the locker room, Meade was determined to put the game away.
Three-and-a-half minutes into the second half, Morgan Olvera scored a touchdown from five yards out to put meade up 28-6.
Later in the quarter, Little scored the last of his four touchdowns on the night, taking the ball 43 yards for the score.
Olvera ran the ball three yards for a touchdown to open up the fourth quarter, and Meade had a commanding 42-6 lead.
Both teams would tack on another touchdown before the final horn would blow, and the Buffaloes had earned the 49-14 win.
Little led Meade with 163 yards on the ground, while Olvera added 149 yards of his own.
With the win, Meade advances to the second round of the Kansas 2-1A playoffs, and will face the Smith Center Redmen, who defeated Sterling 47-0 in their first round matchup.