AJ Jenkins scored five touchdowns and threw for two more as Wilcox-Hildreth downed Hay Springs 52-40 in the six-man football state championship game Friday in Kearney.

Jenkins had four rushing touchdowns, rushed for 170 yards, returned an interception for a score and had seven tackles in a see-saw game that had both teams go on sudden scoring surges.

Trent Reed got Hay Springs off to a fast start, hitting Bryce Running Hawk for a 45-yard touchdown pass on the Hawks' second play from scrimmage. Leading 6-0 after the point-after kick failed, Hay Springs tried an onside kick that the Falcons fumbled. The Hawks recovered, and on the second play Reed rushed 40 yards for a touchdown and a 12-0 lead.

Then Jenkins got his turn. He hit Riley Ritner for a 3-yard TD pass, then later rushed for a 2-yard touchdown on fourth down to give Wilcox-Hildreth a 16-12 lead. Early in the second quarter, Jenkins returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown, and the Falcons led 24-12.

Hay Springs surged again late in the half. With Hay Sprints trailing 30-20, Reed had a 1-yard rushing touchdown with 51 seconds left to make it 30-26. After Hay Springs recovered the squib kick, Baiden Planasky hit Running Hawk for a 4-yard touchdown pass, and Reed's kick made it 34-30 at the half.

Things slowed down in second half. Jenkins put the Falcons back in front 38-34 with a 6-yard TD rush early in the third quarter, and Reed made it 40-38 Hay Springs with a 1-yard TD run about three minutes later.

Jenkins put the Falcons ahead to stay early in the fourth quarter with a 29-yard strike to Clayton Nichols for a 44-40 lead. Jenkins added an insurance score with 1:30 left to play for the Falcons' first six-man championship.


Hay Springs122260--40

HS--Hawk 45 pass from Reed (kick failed)

HS--Reed 40 run (pass failed)

W-H--Ritner 3 pass from Jenkins (Gruwell kick)

W-H--Jenkins 2 run (Gruwell kick)

W-H--Jenkins 43 interception return (conversion failed)

HS--Running Hawk 7 pass from Planasky (Reed kick)

W-H--Jenkins 22 run (Gruwell kick failed)

HS--Reed 1 run (Reed kick failed)

HS--Running Hawk 4 pass from Planasky (Reed kick)

W-H--Jenkins 6 run (Gruwell kick)

HS--Reed 1 run (Reed kick failed)

W-H--Nichols 29 pass from Jenkins (Smith kick failed)

W-H--Jenkins 6 run (Gruwell kick)

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