LA CROSSE — It took a little bit for the Plainville High School football team to figure things out against La Crosse on Friday night.
Once Jared Casey broke through for a 70-yard touchdown in the first quarter, it was smooth sailing for the Cardinals in the Class 1A, District 6 opener.
The Cardinals scored often enough that after it was decided the teams weren’t going to play after a near-hour weather delay, that the game would be ruled official. Plainville won 35-0 with 3 minutes, 4 seconds left to play in the second quarter.
The win pushes Plainville to 4-2 overall, while La Crosse — plagued by even lower numbers than what Plainville has — dropped to 2-4.
Plainville quarterback Jordan Finnesy had two touchdown passes in the second quarter and added one on the ground as the Cardinals rolled up 372 yards of offense, compared to La Crosse’s 34. By the time the game was called, Plainville had more penalty yardage (45) than La Crosse had offense.
Keldon Day proved to be La Crosse’s only big weapon as he finished with 27 yards on three attempts — most came on a first-quarter first-down run.
Plainville will take on Ellis in its second district game Friday in Plainville, while La Crosse will play host to Oakley.
Ellis (2-4) captured a 26-13 win at home against Oakley in other action Friday. Ethan Abell had two touchdowns for Oakley on nine carries.
South Barber 36, Otis-Bison 36
OTIS — In another game affected by the Rush County storm, Otis-Bison and South Barber played to a 36-36 tie in a game called at halftime because of the weather.
In non-district action, two of Eight-Man Division II’s teams played to the wire until the rain and lightning rolled in. Otis-Bison is 4-1-1 with South Barber sitting 5-0-1.
The teams exchanged scores all half with neither side gathering more than a one-TD lead.
Otis-Bison’s Anton Foust started the scoring with a 29-yard touchdown run. It was his first of five total touchdowns, a feat nearly matched by his counterpart Trevor Rooks for South Barber.
Foust had three rushing scores, a kick return score for 68 yards and a 56-yard TD pass to Seth Hoopingarner that put Otis-Bison up 36-30 with 5:16 to play in the second quarter. Rooks, though forced a tie when he found Gage Cantrell from 20 yards with 44 seconds left. At halftime, the storm rolled in.
South Barber finished with 334 yards of offense compared to 346 for Otis-Bison with South Barbers coming on 11 more plays.
The Cougars will return to district action Friday when they play host to 0-6 Chase.
Victoria 52, Washington County 6
VICTORIA — The host Knights battled through a pair of delays to bounce back from last week’s defeat at the hands of Clifton-Clyde in Eight-Man Division I, District 7 play.
Friday’s win puts Victoria at 4-2 overall and 2-1 in district play, tied for second with Hill City.
Cooper Windholz had two passing and one rushing score Friday. The game ended in the third quarter via the mercy rule.
Jayvon Pruitt had 47 yards and a score, while Walker Braun and Tyler Knoles each added a rushing score. Both of Windholz’s touchdown passes went to Caden Oberle.
The Knights are at Hill City on Friday with the winner sitting alone in second place behind Clifton-Clyde, which owns wins against both.
Hill City 55, Lincoln 6
LINCOLN — Hill City moved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Eight-Man I, District 7, while Lincoln dropped to 2-4 and 0-3.
Conner Born passed for 61 yards, completing 4 of 4 passes for three scores. Dalen Journigan added 129 rushing yards and a score as the game was called at halftime.
Lincoln’s lone score came with 1:27 left in the half on a 19-yard pass from Drew Biggs to Landon O’Hare.
Hill City has won back-to-back games since suffering a loss to Clifton-Clyde. The Ringnecks have posted at least 48 points in each of their four wins, including 51 and 55 the past two contests.
Hill City will play host to Victoria on Friday.
Spearville 16, Ness City 14
SPEARVILLE — With John Pfannenstiel returning from injury at quarterback, visiting Ness City nearly pulled off a win against the Eight-Man Division I juggernaut Spearville, but a missed two-point conversion in the first quarter ended up being the difference.
Pfannenstiel had two touchdown passes, including a fourth-quarter toss that made it 16-14 when he hit Landon Reinhardt from 16 yards.
Spearville’s 26- and 3-yard TD runs, though, was all the Lancers needed to move to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in district play. Ness City dropped to 4-2 overall and 2-1. Each team has yet to play frontrunner Hodgeman County (6-0, 3-0), which won 59-14 at Kinsley on Friday.
Clifton-Clyde 54, Stockton 0
STOCKTON — The visiting unbeaten Eagles scored 32 points in the first quarter, then rolled to the halftime score, dropping Stockton to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in Eight-Man Division I, District 7. The Tigers are at home to face Lincoln (2-4, 0-3) on Friday.
Osborne 52, Wilson 0
WILSON - Since dropping a 52-20 game at Hoxie, the Osborne Bulldogs have steamrolled their last four opponents, including Friday’s game being called at halftime. Half a game was enough for Darrien Holloway to rack up 161 yards on seven carries with three scores. Darnell Holloway had seven carries for 64 yards and two scores, while Mason Schurr added a rushing score. Jordan Wherry also returned an interception for a score as Osborne moved to 5-1 and 3-0 in Eight-Man Division II, District 5. Next up the Bulldogs will travel to Almena on Friday to face Northern Valley (5-1, 2-1).
Northern Valley 28, Sylvan-Lucas 20
SYLVAN GROVE — Aidan Baird scored three rushing TDs for the Huskies as they outlasted the host Mustangs by a score. Nick Stutsman added a rushing score. Baird finished with 114 yards on 17 carries as Northern Valley has won back-to-back games since falling at Thunder Ridge. The Huskies will take on Osborne on Friday.
Thunder Ridge 40, Logan-Palco 38
PALCO — It took overtime for Thunder Ridge to take care of Logan-Palco in the one game the Trojans play each season on Palco’s field. The win for Thunder Ridge pushed the Longhorns to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Eight-Man Division II, District 5. Logan-Palco dropped to 2-4, despite three touchdown passes for freshman Dylan Van Laeys. He added three carries for 10 yards and a score in the loss. Van Laeys completed 13 of 23 passes for 159 yards, but did have an interception.
He hit Micah Thompson six times for 105 yards and all three scores.
Logan-Palco will travel to Sylvan-Lucas in district action Friday. Thunder Ridge returns home to face Wilson.
Trego 38, Oberlin 22
OBERLIN — Trego stayed in contention in Eight-Man Division I, District 8 by handing Oberlin the loss. Trego moved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in district play behind five rushing scores for Dallas Schneider. The senior finished with 16 carries for 166 yards, while Keagan Shubert added 162 passing yards and a score.
The Golden Eagles sit ahead of Wichita County, a team they lost to last week. Wichita County fell 44-6 to district leader St. Francis (6-0, 3-0) in other action Friday.
Trego is at home to face St. Francis Friday. Oberlin, dropped to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in district play with Friday’s loss. Colton Ketterl had 55 yards rushing and two scores, while Gavon Uehlin passed for 106 yards and a score to Zach Corbett. The Red Devils will take on Hoxie at home next week.
Hoxie 54, Rawlins County 0
HOXIE — Bouncing back from its loss to St. Francis, Hoxie posted 40 points in the first quarter Friday, and rolled to the victory by halftime. The host Indians moved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in Eight-Man i, District 8. Jared Kennedy passed for two scores and rushed for one, while Dylan Weimer had two rushing scores. Wylie Weems also returned an interception for a score. Hoxie is at Oberlin to face the Red Devils before closing the regular season at home against Trego.
Quinter 54, Wheatland-Grinnell 20
QUINTER — The host Bulldogs snapped their long losing streak by taking care of the Thunderhawks at home. Quinter won for the first time since beating Logan-Palco during the 2014 season, a string of 33 straight losses. The win puts the Bulldogs at 1-5 overall and 1-2 in Eight-Man Division II, District 6. Collin Blackwill had three touchdown passes, completing 5 of 6 passes for 88 yards. Tucker Gillespie had 22 carries for 156 yards and three touchdown runs, while Kasen Ostmeyer and Blackwill each scored a rushing TD.
Quinter will be at home to face Dighton (4-2, 3-0) on Friday. Wheatland-Grinnell (1-5, 0-3) will take on Triplains-Brewster (3-3, 2-1).
Triplains-Brewster 20, Greeley County 14
TRIBUNE — Weston Schmidt rushed for 190 yards and a score for the Titans, who moved to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in Eight-Man II, District 6. Cayde Welsh added a rushing score with five carries. The Titans will take on Wheatland-Grinnell next week.
Phillipsburg 43, Ellsworth 3
ELLSWORTH — It was business as usual for Phillipsburg as the Panthers rolled to 6-0 and 3-0 in Class 2A, District 8, setting up a key showdown with Hoisington (5-1, 3-0) this week.
The Panthers fell down 3-0 Friday on a 43-yard field goal, then scored 48 unanswered through the end of the first half. The game was called at halftime due to weather.
Trey Sides passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another in the victory. Cha’Ron Ellis returned an interception 24 yards for a score, while Nathan Moon and Treylan Gross each added a touchdown run.
Smith Center 55, Sacred Heart 0
SMITH CENTER — The host Redmen opened Class 1A, District 5 action by putting up 42 points by halftime. Colby Benoit scored three rushing scores in the first half of 77, 4 and 41 yards, finishing his night with five carries for 140 yards. Ethan Peterson had six touches for 100 yards and two scores, while Trenton Colby had a 51-yard TD pass. Colton Shoemaker tacked on the game’s final score with an 80-yard run in the third quarter.
Smith Center will host winless Republic County this week before playing at Ell-Saline in the final week in what likely will decide the district championship.
In six-man action, Golden Plains suffered its first loss this season, dropping a 52-46 decision at Weskan. Weskan moved to 3-2 and will play at winless Western Plains this week. Golden Plains has an open date before closing the season against Western Plains. Natoma grabbed its third win this year by dropping Western Plains (0-5) 59-14.