Amarion Hicks runs wild in Woodlan’s regional title win

Amarion Hicks

Amarion Hicks

MOROCCO – Woodlan High School’s football team is one step away from a trip to the state finals. Or maybe just a few more runs.

The Warriors, riding the production of running back Amarion Hicks (234 yards, three touchdowns), beat North Newton 40-26 on Friday at North Newton to win a Class 2A regional championship.

Sixth-ranked Woodlan (11-2) will travel to play No. 1 Eastbrook (13-0) next Friday in the semistate. Winner moves on to the state finals Thanksgiving weekend.

The Warriors had to travel nearly two hours to their regional site, but they wasted no time once the game got started. Woodlan went up 14-0 in the first quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by Isaac Meyer and an 18-yard touchdown run by Justin Durkes.

Woodlan increased its lead to 21-6 on the first of Hicks’ three scores, a 65-yard run, in the second quarter. Hicks’ 47-yard scoring run made it 27-12 midway through the second quarter. North Newton cut the margin to 27-18 at the half.

Woodlan pulled away for good on a 51-yard touchdown run by Hicks in the third and a 31-yard touchdown run by Durkes in the fourth.

Durkes carried eight times for 78 yards and two scores.

Sabastian Spieth led Woodlan with 10 solo tackles and also had an assists. Dane Castleman and Keegan Jones had six solo tackles apiece and Hicks had five.

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