The Moundridge Wildcats were primed to scratch out an upset Friday night — hosting a Sedgwick Cardinal team missing their top running back in a rivalry match up.
But rather than an upset, the Wildcats watched the coming out party of Segwick's junior quarterback Brylie Ware and senior wide receiver Luke Brennels.
The duo hooked up 11 times for 255 yards and three touchdowns in Sedgwick's 39-24 win.
"I think it was his party," Ware said. "I throw the ball, but the has to make a play and go get it. Our line protected very well tonight."
Ware ended the night with 335 passing yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns — giving him 420 all purpose yards and six touchdowns overall.
"We relied on Brylie a lot tonight," said Sedgwick coach Jeff Werner. "After an injury we have eased him into running the ball. He's just learning the quarterback position, and that's scary."
The big performances on the Sedgwick side of the ball spoiled a big night for Moundridge senior running back Colby Badman, who averaged more 10 yards per carry — collecting 94 rushing yards and a touchdown on just nine carries.
After the loss, Moundridge coach Courtney Moddlemog said Moundridge has made big strides this season — and not only did he have nothing negative to say to the team in the post-game huddle, he kept saying them to anyone who would listen.
"We took a step forward. We are competing better," Moddlemog said. "We did nice things offensively . .. We just had mental errors that gave them big plays."
Big plays that led to scores — three of Sedgwick's scores came on plays 20 yards or longer.
"Moundridge gave us all we wanted tonight," Werner said. "Coach Moddlemog had them very ready to play."
Sedgwick improves to 5-1 on the season, and will open district play Friday at home against Wichita Independent (2-4).
Moundridge falls to 2-4 on the season, and will open district play Friday at Hillsboro (3-3).