Seventh-seed Warner gave Sully Buttes all it could handle Thursday, but a late score from Charger quarterback Nick Wittler sealed off the 22-14 victory. Wittler rushed for 197 yards on 39 carries and threw for 118 yards on eight of fourteen attempts. The senior quarterback also scored all three touchdowns for Sully Buttes. The Chargers and Monarchs had costly turnovers and pushed each other on offense and defense. Sully Buttes had an interception and a fumble, while the Monarchs threw two interceptions in the first half and had a costly fumble at midfield that helped set up the Chargers final score. Sully Buttes also successfully attempted an on-side kick after the score, to help run the clock out and seal the victory.
The two teams traded scores throughout the game with Jackson McNeil tying the game on a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter. McNeil had two touchdowns for the Monarchs, including an 80-yard scamper in the third to put Warner on the scoreboard.
Number 2 Sully Buttes will host number 3 Canistota/Freeman in the semifinals Nov. 8 at 7:00 p.m.
OFFENSE: Sully Buttes: rushing 50-246 (Wittler 39-197, Jordan Schall 8-47, Grant Johnson 2-1), passing (Wittler 8-14-1 for 118), receiving (Johnson 3-38, G Peterson 2-28, Schall 1-1, Wientjes 2-51).
Warner: rushing 28-156 (McNeil 10-99, Ty Cramer 4-22, Ben Fischbach 9-5, Landon Leidholt 1-1, Spencer Ketterling 3-39), passing (Fischbach 2-5-2 for 41, Ketterling 0-1), receiving (Ketterling 1-36, Cramer 1-5);
DEFENSE: Sully Buttes: Sedric Perkins 2 interceptions. Lamb, Wientjes and Perkins led team effort. Warner: Tanner Evans and McNeil led team effort.