PLAINVILLE — It didn’t take long for the Phillipsburg High School football team to jump on top of Plainville. And the Panthers never let up.
Panther senior Kirk Coomes scored from 74 yards out just over a minute into the game, and the Panthers cruised to a 41-0 victory over the Cardinals to move to 3-0 with its second straight shutout performance against an MCL opponent.
The Cardinals fell to 0-3 in a gruesome early-season schedule, and were shutout for the first time since Week 5 of 2014.
The Panthers went on to score two more TDs in the opening session, a 67-yard touchdown pass from Trey Sides to Trey Thompson, and a 7-yard run by Coomes. By halftime, the Panthers had run the score to 35-0 on a pair of long runs (39 and 32) from Treylan Gross.
John Gower tacked on the final score midway through the third quarter from 2 to set the final margin.
The Panthers got 144 yards from Coomes, 105 from Gross and 334 total from its run game, while Plainville was contained to just 178 yards of total offense. Sides completed 3 of 9 passes for 99 yards. For the Cardinals, sophomore quarterback Jordan Finnesy completed 7 of 20 passes for 82 yards, and rushed 34 times for 94 yards.
The Cardinals will take on 1-2 Thomas More Prep-Marian in Week 4. Phillipsburg is at home to face 1-2 Oakley. Oakley lost 51-0 in Norton on Friday.
Norton 51, Oakley 0
At Norton, Tevin Petrie rushed for three scores and added an 80-yard kickoff return for a score as the Bluejays rolled to a 3-0 start against 1-2 Oakley. The Bluejays also got two touchdown passes from senior quarterback Jace Ruder — one to Hayden Wiltfong, the other to Ryan Johnson. Jay Mulder added a 25-yard field goal.
The game was delayed by lightning for a little more than an hour.
The Bluejays — since starting the season with a three-point win — have outscored their last two opponents 91-10 heading into this week’s matchup against MCL rival Smith Center in Smith Center.
Ness City 56, St. John 6
In Ness City’s homecoming, Brennan Chacon had a big night for the Eagles, racking up 150 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns, while John Pfannenstiel added 88 yards and three rushing scores on just eight touches. The Eagles led 44-6 by halftime, then tacked on two more scores to end the game midway through the third quarter.
Ness City had 343 yards rushing and Pfannenstiel completed 1 of 3 passes for 55 yards with one score going to Dylan Muniz.
The Eagles (1-2) will take on 1-2 Ellinwood on Friday.
Victoria 50, Ellinwood 0
In Victoria, the host Knights put up 50 by halftime to end the game early via the mercy rule. Collin Kisner scored from 42 yards out to start things, then caught a 36-yard pass from Cooper Windholz. Caden Oberle got in the action with a 28-yard pass from Windholz, then Kisner tacked on a 7-yard score to make it 32-0 by the end of the first quarter.
Windholz ended up with three passing touchdowns as he hit Oberle again for a 9-yard score in the second quarter. Jayvon Pruitt had 75 yards on just two touches, one going for a 75-yard score for the Knights. Kisner had 56 yards on four carries with two scores.
The Knights (3-0) will travel to 2-1 Otis-Bison on Friday night.
St. Francis 50, Hill City 4
In an oddity of a score at Hill City, the Ringnecks caught St. Francis in the end zone twice, but couldn’t do much else against last year’s Eight-Man Division I state runner-up. The game began play for both teams in Division I, District 8. The Indians started the scoring with a 65-yard kick return by Tate Busse on the opening kickoff. Busse then caught a 60-yard scoring pass from Brady Dinkel.
St. Francis scored six more times in the second quarter, and had a safety of its own. Jordan Raby scored on a 67-yard fumble recovery, and had scoring runs of 42 and 1 yards. He also caught a 28-yard TD pass from Brady Dinkel.
The Indians contained Hill City to just 23 yards on the ground and 49 yards through the air. St. Francis (3-0), despite giving up four points, has yet to allow an offensive score this season. The Indians will travel to Oberlin to face Decatur Community (0-3) in Week 4. Hill City (1-2) will be at 0-3 Quinter.
Trego 50, Quinter 0
In WaKeeney, the Golden Eagles enjoyed a homecoming that ended with a touchdown in the third quarter. Keagan Shubert passed for 103 yards and two touchdowns, while Dallas Schneider racked up 116 yards on seven carries for two touchdowns. Hunter Price carried four times for 54 yards and a score, while Hunter Olson had three carries for 15 yards and the other score. Both of Shubert’s TD passes went to Carter Minson, who had three catches for 32 yards.
Trego will be at 0-3 Sharon Springs-Wallace County on Friday.
Hoxie 52, Wallace County 0
The struggle against Eight-Man Division I, District 8 continues for Division II Wallace County. Three games into their schedule and the Wildcats haven’t found the end zone, while giving up 144 points to the Division I district’s three best teams.
Hoxie posted 22 points in the first quarter and 30 in the second to roll to the win in Sharon Springs.
The Indians had 171 yards on the ground with five rushing scores combined from Jared Kennedy and Lathan Schwarz. Kennedy had 80 yards on just three carries, while Schwarz had 69 yards on 12 touches. Hoxie — like district foe St. Francis — has yet to allow a touchdown, and has scored 152 points in three games. Hoxie will host Atwood-Rawlins County (3-0) in Week 4. Wallace County will take on another DI District 8 opponent at home against Trego (2-1). Rawlins County was a 48-0 winner against Oberlin-Decatur Community on Friday night.
La Crosse 34, Washington County 7
Behind two passing touchdowns for Hunter Morgan and two rushing for Zak Brown in the La Crosse, the Leopards picked up their first victory. Brown carried the ball 11 times for 93 yards, while Morgan completed 4 of 6 passes for 87 yards. The sophomore added 91 yards on seven carries with a score as the Leopards led 21-0 by halftime.
Brown added six tackles and a sack on defense for La Crosse, which will take on Ellsworth (3-0) at home this week.
Sylvan-Lucas 52, Lincoln 6
At Sylvan-Grove, RJ Haberer rushed for three scores for Sylvan-Lucas as the Mustangs ended the game in the third quarter via the mercy rule. Tyler Barrientes added a rushing score, and Owen Krueger had two as the Mustangs moved to 3-0. Haberer added a touchdown pass to Caiden Rivers. Haberer’s three touchdown runs all came inside the 5-yard line, while Krueger had the longest scoring play of the night, a 53-yard run that made it 32-6.
Logan-Palco 46, Thunder Ridge 0
In Logan, the Trojan defense led the home team to a blowout victory. Recording its first shutout, Logan-Palco held Thunder Ridge to 15 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, the Trojans’ David Thompson did his thing with 179 yards and two scores on 19 carries. The Trojans put up 219 yards on the ground in the two quarters played. Blake Bouchey racked up 10 tackles and Thompson and Bodey LeRoux each had nine as the Longhorns struggled to move the ball.
Logan-Palco (3-0) will be at home to face 0-3 Stockton in action Friday. The game will be played in Palco. Stockton fell to 0-3 with a 56-6 loss to Pike Valley in other action Friday. Thunder Ridge also is 0-3. The Longhorns will face Bennington in Week 4.
Area scores from Friday
Clay Center 21, Goodland 6
Victoria 50, Ellinwood 0
Hays High 20, Liberal 0
Hoxie 52, Wallace County 0
Colby 14, Hugoton 12
Osborne 70, Lakeside 6
Norton 51, Oakley 0
Atwood 48, Oberlin 0
Central Plains 36, Otis-Bison 12