The Halstead line proved to be more than Moundridge could handle Friday night in the Dragon's 31-0 win in game two of district football action.
"It was not a good performance for us up front," said Moundridge coach Courtney Moddlemog.
Halstead rushed for 252 yards on the night — led by quarterback Blake Beckett who put up 118 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. He also there for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that all but ended the game.
Moundridge, on the other hand, mustered just 90 yards on the ground and 106 yards of offense on the night.
Halstead's line established themselves early — especially on offense. After forcing a three and out on Moundridge's first possession the Halstead offense marched 98 yards over the course of six minutes — capping a 14 play drive that consisted of 13 running plays with a nine yard run by junior Joseph Myers.
The rest of the first half was played between the 20s.
Halstead broke the game open in the second half — opening the stanza with a nine play, 68-yard drive that ended with a five yard run by Beckett. They followed with a field goal and then took full control with a 68 yard pass from Beckett to Elijah McKee in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats fall to 3-5 on the season, 1-1 in district play. They will travel to Marion Thursday to finish district play.
Smoky Valley dominates 33-12
LINDSBORG — Smoky Valley coach Chris Hattabaugh felt his team played Friday night with a “McPherson hangover,” but the Vikings were still good enough for a 33-12 Class 4A District 15 win over Chapman.
“Honestly, we didn’t play extremely well,” Hattabaugh said, “but we did what we needed to win.”
Quarterback Ethan Loder looked to be back in fine form against the Irish, as he scored four times on the ground and threw for another in the win. He finished the game passing 11-for-18 with 185 yards.
Smoky Valley was only up 7-6 after the first quarter, but exploded for 14 points in the second, then held Chapman scoreless in the second half for the blowout win.
That sets up the season finale with Abilene in front of a home crowd Thursday night. The Cowboys had an offensive shoot-out with McPherson Friday night in which 104 total points and 1,001 yards of offense was tallied by both teams.
Abilene lost that game 58-46.
“They are very dynamic offensively,” Hattabaugh said. “We’re certainly glad to have them at home. They always play tough at Abilene, as McPherson found out tonight.”
Smoky Valley improves to 7-1 on the year, 1-1 in district play.
Page 2 of 3 - Canton-Galva takes road win over Little River
LITTLE RIVER — A late push by Canton-Galva gave the Eagles a 42-20 win over Little River Friday night.
“We came out flat and they played with some emotion,” Little River coach Paul Dold said. “Fumbles killed us again.”
Canton-Galva led 20-14 at halftime and 26-20 after three quarters. Turnovers once again proved to be the Redskins’ undoing, as they fumbled it twice to the Eagles, who converted on 16 fourth quarter points.
Travis Unruh had another great game at quarterback for the Eagles, as he threw 15-for-26 with 187 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 123 yards rushing.
Canton-Galva coach Jeff Savage also praised the defensive work of A.J. Medley.
“Medley played great,” Savage said. “He made big plays. He stripped the ball twice and made several big tackles.”
Laramie Peters was, once more, the workhorse for Little River (4-4, 2-2, District 5), as he carried he ball 19 times for 108 yards.
“He’s just a tough kid,” Dold said. “With the offense we run, he’s going to get a lot of.”
The Eagles improved to 5-3 on the season, 2-2 in district play. The win guarantees Canton-Galva a winning record, which Savage said would be the first time that has occurred for this year’s senior class.
Little River and Canton-Galva are both still alive in the playoff hunt for 8-Man Division I, though Little River plays district leader Central Plains on the road next week and would need the upset to stay alive.
Canton-Galva would need a win and a Solomon loss by a wide margin to make the playoffs.
Inman comes up short against Sterling in overtime
STERLING — Inman and Sterling new what was on the line Friday night.
A win would guarantee a playoff berth, while a loss meant next week is the end of the road.
The two teams battled for four quarters, ending regulation tied at 20-20. Sterling managed to punch in a touchdown in overtime, however, to take away a 26-20 win and the runner-up slot in Class 2-1A District 5.
“Our kids played extremely hard,” Inman coach Mike Vernon said. “They really got after it tonight and left it all out there. They did every thing we asked.”
Senior Tyler Cottam paved the way for the Teuton offense, as he had 81 yards on 25 rushes with all three Inman touchdowns. He also caught a two passes for 40 yards.
Senior quarterback Justin Friesen completed 7-of-20 passes for 82 yards.
Inman (5-3, 1-2 District 5) ends their season next week against Ellinwood in a game that means nothing in the terms of postseason play. For Vernon, however, he’s looking forward to one last time out in front of a home crowd.
Page 3 of 3 - “I’m excited to spend it with the guys,” Vernon said. “We’ll go out and make the most of it.”