HALSTEAD — Christian Hansen continued his strong play at quarterback for Smoky Valley, guiding the Vikings to a 14-3 Central Kansas League North Division win over Halstead Friday night.
Hansen completed 8-for-14 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns in the win, which moves the Vikings to 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in league play.
Hansen’s play was especially welcome for Smoky Valley coach Chris Hattabaugh, as the Dragon defense mostly shut down the Viking rushing attack.
Defensively, the Vikings played hard against Halstead, particularly junior linebacker Kirk Barnes, who picked up a pair of interceptions.
“We played well,” Hattabaugh said. “We took away what they do best, which is give the quarterback some space. Definitelty a good win.”
Smoky Valley returns home next week to face Haven.
Savage puts up near-record numbers against St. John’s
SALINA — Canton-Galva quarterback Cody Savage probably could have broken a pair of state records, had the Eagles 72-24 win Friday over St. John’s Military Academy gone the full four quarters.
Savage had 10 total touchdowns, just one shy of the of the single game record set by Chase’s Jake Kizzar in 2009.
Additionally, his eight touchdown passes has him just outside the state record for scoring passes in a single game in the 8-Man division, which is at nine and held by three different players according to the website www.kshof.org.
One of those record holders is his brother, Bo Savage, who set the per game, season and career records while a quarterback at Central Burden High School.
Against St. John’s, the younger Savage had 366 yards passing and 98 yards rushing in the blowout win, which was halted in the third quarter. He also notched a 60-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the second straight game he managed to do so.
Travis Unruh had a huge night receiving for the Eagles (3-0), as he had 186 yards off of 14 catches and five touchdowns.
That feat was, itself, almost a state record, as the current benchmark is seven, set by Les Rose of Quenemo in 1972 and duplicated by Minneola’s Josh Beard in 2001.
Canton-Galva will face Peabody-Burns next Friday at 7 p.m.
Despite Cottam injury Inman wins 14-7
INMAN — Inman was without prolific running back Tyler Cottam Friday night, who was sitting out due to a pulled hamstring muscle.
While that loss could have left Inman in disarray, the Teutons pulled together and defeated Hutchinson Trinity 14-7 in a fantastic battle that was only decided in the final minute of the game.
Neither team managed a score in the first three quarters and most of the fourth, before Trinity’s David Thibault managed to score on a 20-yard run with five minutes left in the game.
Page 2 of 2 - Inman tied it with 2:50 left after a Logan Hall three-yard run. Quarterback Justin Friesen tossed the game-winning touchdown 33 yards to Barkley Williams with 50 seconds showing on the game clock to secure the win.
“It was a hard-fought ball game,” Inman coach Mike Vernon said. “Both teams had a lot of opportunities to break the game open, but neither team took it. [Inman} played hard. It was a tremendous team effort.’
Cottam, who has had three straight 100 yard rushing games, is expected to miss next week’s game at Marion, as well, as Vernon is wanting to rest his leading rusher heading into district play.
Little River picks up first win over Peabody-Burns
LITTLE RIVER — Little River notched its first win of the season, a 46-34 slugfest with Peabody-Burns.
“It was ugly,” Redskin coach Paul Dold said. “But, the boys played better than they had; they played more inspired.”
Juniors Grant Harvey and Laramie Peters both had spectacular games on the ground for Little River. Harvey rushed 17 times for 136 yards, while Peters went 28 times, picking up 132 yards.
Zach Galyon added a kickoff return at the ned of the game to help give Little River a bit of a cushion against the Warriors.
Little River is back at home to close out the first month of the season. They host Central Christian Friday at 7 p.m.