SUTTON — Sutton made it clear early that it wasn’t going to let Cinderella No. 12-seed Hershey capture another upset.
The unbeaten Mustangs, seeded first in the West bracket of the Class C-2 playoffs, scored 40 points in the first half and didn’t look back in downing the Panthers 48-7 Tuesday in the quarterfinals.
With the win, Sutton (11-0) hosts Doniphan-Trumbull (9-2) in the semifinals Tuesday in a rematch from the regular season that Sutton won 36-29.
The key for Sutton against Hershey (6-5) was setting the tone from the first snap.
“We came out early. We said we had to come out ready, and we did that tonight,” Sutton junior quarterback Cole Wiseman said. “We had to play four full quarters because it’s the quarterfinals in the state football playoffs. So the other team is going to be good, and (Hershey) deserved to be here. We came out ready and did a great job.”