CORSICA-Corsica-Stickney pitched a second-half shutout and advanced to the second round of the playoffs on Thursday.
The Jaguars trailed 14-8 at halftime, but they outscored Lyman 22-0 in the final two quarters for a 30-14 Class 9A first-round playoff win.
"We played a little more physical and we needed to do that because their linemen are big and they are physical," Corsica-Stickney coach Jason Broughton said. "They were pretty much owning us up front. I thought our kids had an attitude check and really came out and played a lot more physical in the second half."
Up next, Corsica-Stickney (5-4) plays Britton-Hecla (9-0) next Thursday in a rematch of last season's Class 9A state title game.
On Thursday, the Raiders almost denied the rematch as they took a 14-8 lead into halftime. In the third quarter, the Jaguars took a lead on a Blake Moke touchdown pass to Jaden Barse. On 4th and goal from the 7, Moke hit a wide-open Barse. Moke ran in the two-point conversion and Corsica-Stickney took a 16-14 advantage.
"We were way more physical," Barse said about the second half. "We kept our blocks. We ran hard. We had a couple of guys that really stepped up that second half."
The Jaguars later pinned the Raiders deep after a punt. Trever Burke intercepted a Lyman pass and returned it down to the one-yard line. Moke punched it in one play later for a 22-14 lead with 7:49 left.
On their next possession, the Raiders were stopped on fourth down and Corsica-Stickney took over on downs. Moke later scored on a four-yard touchdown run which sealed the second-half comeback.
Broughton called it one of the better halves of football all season for the Jaguars.
"Our execution was better," Broughton said. "We were staying on our blocks a little longer and just everything was a little better. Our focus was better and all those things add up to being able to move the ball then."
In the second quarter, the Jaguars fumbled on the opening play and the Raiders recovered. Lyman marched down the field and got into Corsica-Stickney territory on a Ty Schindler 20-yard pass to Corwin Mohr-Eymer. The duo later hooked up for a touchdown and a 14-8 lead.
"First half, they kind of gave us a run for our money and that second half Broughton just started talking to us and fired us up real good and we figured it out," said Barse, who finished with 60 receiving yards and one touchdown.
The Jaguars lost to Britton-Hecla 44-36 in overtime of last season's state title. Britton-Hecla defeated Potter County 66-20 on Thursday.
"We will be stepping up in talent and we will have our work cut out for us," Broughton said.
The Jaguars finished with 237 total yards and 173 rushing yards. Lyman had 257 total yards and 159 yards rushing.
Moke had 64 passing yards and 64 rushing yards. Ty Schindler had 98 passing yards and 41 receiving yards.
Defensively, Corsica-Stickney's Caysen Eide had eight solo tackles. Mohr-Eymer had seven total tackles for the Raiders, who finish the season 3-6.
C-S: Jaden Barse 2 run (Trever Burke pass from Blake Moke)
L: Corwin Mohr-Eymer 15 pass from Ty Schindler (run failed)
L: Mohr-Eymer 4 pass from Schindler (Carter Collins run)
C-S: Barse 7 pass from Moke (Moke run)
C-S: Moke 1 run (pass failed)
C-S: Moke 4 run (Hayden Plamp pass from Moke)
PASSING: Corsica-Stickney, Blake Moke 6-9-64-1. Lyman, Tyson Floyd 6-15-98-2, Corwin Mohr-Eymer 0-7-0-0-1.
RUSHING: Corsica-Stickney, Moke 19-64, Cooper Delange 8-55, Caysen Eide 12-44. Lyman. Carter Collins 10-76, Ty Schindler 5-41, Mohr-Eymer 10-31.
RECEIVING: Corsica-Stickney, Jaden Barse 5-60, Delange 1-4. Lyman, Mohr-Eymer 4-90, Collins 2-8.
DEFENSE: Corsica-Stickney, Eide 11 tackles, Burns 6 tackles, Adam Joachim 6 tackles. Lyman, Mohr-Eymer 11 tackles, Schindler 9 tackles, Jadeon Biggers 8 tackles.