Moundridge turned in a solid performance Thursday night, but came up just short in a 40-35 loss to Ell-Saline.
However, the Wildcats’ season will continue as they will be on the road Tuesday for the first round of the Class 2-1A playoffs. Pairings will be determined after tonight’s action.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 14-0 lead over the Cardinals, who actually can make the playoffs if La Crosse defeats Plainville tonight.
Ell-Saline charged back to lead 20-14 at the half and was up 34-22 going into the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats, though, stormed back and took a 35-34 lead with seven minutes to go, only to see the Cardinals again have the answer. Moundridge had one last chance, but Ell-Saline stiffened.
“We gave ourselves a chance. We had the ball with two minutes left with chance to win, but could not finish it out,” MHS coach Courtney Moddelmog said. “I was proud of how our kids came out and played.  We are finally playing with a little more confidence and making some plays.”
Trey Unrau rushed for 118 yards and three scores and also caught a TD pass from Cooper Wedel, who had a rushing touchdown himself. Daniel Ratzlaff had 109 yards.
Inman 54,
Ellinwood 14
The Teutons were the only area team to win Thursday, as they closed out the season with a 4-5 record.
Luke Ropp finished his career in spectacular fashion with 223 yards and five touchdowns, while Devan Wenthe had 134 yards in receptions and two scores. Jake Friesen had the other touchdown.
Lincoln 50
Little River 30
The Redskins put up a tremendous fight, down just 18-16 at the half.
The game turned in the third quarter when the Leopards scored three touchdowns.
Chet Cordell scored a pair of TDs for Little River, which also received a touchdown from Derek Dean and Kyle Arbuckle.
Dean finished with 107 yards on 16 carries, while Cordell and Caden Ackerman both rushed for 54 yards.
The Redskins completed Paul Dold’s first year with a highly creditable 6-3 record, which included a five-game winning streak.
Clifton-Clyde 60,
Canton-Galva 12
Clifton-Clyde scored 30 points in each of the first two quarters to cruise to its seventh win in night games.
The Eagles actually broke out on top on a 65-yard Nick Vogts run, but Clifton Clyde scored six straight times before Vogts scored his second touchdown.
C-G ended its first year under coach Darrin Fisher with a 1-8 record.
Abilene 44,
Smoky Valley 12
Abilene clinched the district title, racing to a 21-0 first-quarter lead.
Wayd Thomas threw a pair of touchdown passes for the Eagles, one to Raymond Dauer and the other to Cody Bowers.
The Vikings closed the year 2-7.