Moundridge humbled by Central Plains
CLAFLIN — The No. 1 team in 8-Man Division I did not hold back Friday night against Moundridge High School.
Central Plains improved to 7-0 on the season by defeating the Wildcats, 52-0. The loss drops the Wildcats to 3-4 on the season and 2-2 in district play. The Wildcats have all but secured the No. 4 seed in their district, which would set them up with undefeated Hodgeman County in the first round of the playoffs.
The Wildcats trailed Central Plains 30-0 at the end of the first quarter and the game was called at halftime after Central Plains scored 22 more in the second quarter.
Moundridge was led by 35 rushing yards from Cody Hazleton and 33 rushing yards from Gage Diederich. On defense, Brady Helms led the team with five tackles.
Central Plains had 322 total yards compared to 89 for Moundridge.
The Wildcats conclude the season on the road at 6-1 Little River.
Teutons survive Meade, will play for district championship
MEADE — Inman High School’s Mason Thiessen blocked the potential game-tying extra point in the fourth quarter as the Teutons defeated Meade 28-27 to stay unbeaten in Class 1A District 7.
After leading by double digits on three separate occasions, the Teutons had to hang on late in the fourth quarter to fend off upset-minded Meade, who dropped to 2-5 on the season.
The Teutons will travel to Sedgwick next Friday to determine the district champion.
Inman, now 5-2, jumped ahead 13-0 and led 20-7 at halftime.
The Teutons held their largest lead of the game at 14 points with seven minutes left in the third quarter, but Meade chipped away and scored the game’s final 13 points.
No statistics were available by press time.
Vikings overcome 14-point deficit, defeat Halstead to remain unbeaten
LINDSBORG — The Smoky Valley High School football team has been nearly automatic at home under fourth-year head coach Tim Lambert. But with an undefeated season on the line, the Vikings nearly coughed one up at home to Halstead.
But 20-unanswered points, including the go-ahead touchdown with one minute left, ensured Smoky Valley improved to 7-0 on the season and the Class 3A District 5 Champions.
Although Smoky Valley has the district locked up, the Vikings still have an undefeated season to play for next Friday at winless Rock Creek.
At the moment, it looks as though the Vikings will host Cheney (2-5) in the first round of the playoffs.
Little River takes care of business against St. John
LITTLE RIVER — It was business as usual Friday night as Little River High School blanked St. John, 50-0, to stay on pace for the second seed in 8-Man District 5.
With a win next week at Moundridge, Little River will host the No. 3 seed in District 6, which could be one of three different teams at the moment.
Little River put on an outstanding effort in the first quarter, as St. John found itself down 36-0 after 12 minutes of play. Hunter Thomas had two rushing touchdowns of over 30 yards, Graham Stephens scored on a 49-yard run, Matt Dougherty had a 52-yard rushing touchdown, and Brayden Sears also scored a touchdown on the ground from four yards away, all in the first quarter.
Sears (13 yards) and Dougherty (62) yards would add another rushing touchdown before the mercy rule was enforced.
In total, Little River rushed for 367 yards while holding St. John to 68 total yards.