Clone of Buffalos bow out of playoffs

The Tri-State Buffalos bowed out of the Southern Plains Football League Playoffs Saturday in Cleveland.

The Buffalos turned in a competitive performance against The Panic, but it wasn’t enough to keep their 3-5 season from coming to an end.

The Panic sported a 21-19 lead after 24 minutes of play and outscored the buffalos 14-6 in the second half to secure a 35-25 victory.

Tri-State fell behind 9-0 early in the game before quarterback Alex Toupal threw his first of three touchdown passes of the game to make it 9-6.

Toupal hooked up with Richard Gonzalez for a 15-yard strike.

The Buffalos trailed by two (15-13) when Toupal tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Weston Petersen, and the difference remained at two points (21-19) when Wyatt Stepka scored on a 10-yard touchdown run late in the first half.

The Buffalos made it a two-point game (27-25) when Petersen hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass from Toupal with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but The Panic added a late touchdown and a two-point conversion to ice a 10-point victory.

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