LOUISBURG — Suiting up just 15 players, the Louisburg Wildcat football team played the Piper Pirates to a 14-14 tie at the half.

Louisburg fell to Piper, 21-14, despite a valiant effort at Wildcat Stadium on Friday, Sept. 25.

The Wildcats freshman and junior varsity football teams are under quarantine due to COVID-19. Louisburg also had Brandon Doles out with a season-ending injury. He had surgery Friday, cheering the team on while watching a live feed in his hospital room. The Wildcats were down another player with an illness.

Louisburg turned the ball over on downs its first possession.

Piper answered with a 20-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful, making it 6-0 with 2:14 left in the first quarter.

Wildcat running back Ben Wiedenmann capped a drive with a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Wiedenmann recovered a Piper fumble and returned it 30 yards for the score, making it 14-6 with 1:13 left in the half.

Piper marched down the field and put the ball in the end zone on an 18-yard touchdown run for a 14-14 tie at the half.

The Wildcats had a great punt in the third quarter, changing fields on the Pirates who started at their own 6-yard line.

The Wildcats held the Pirates, forcing a punt. Louisburg got great field position as a result, taking over at the Piper 46-yard line.

Louisburg could not take advantage of the short field.

Piper scored on a 53-yard touchdown run, taking a 21-14 lead with less than four minutes to play in the third quarter.

Piper missed a 30-yard field goal attempt. Louisburg took over at its own 20-yard line and was not able to put a game-tying drive together.

Sports Editor Gene Morris can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or gene.morris@miconews.com.

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