OTIS — The Cougars needed a bounce-back win.

So the Otis-Bison High School football team got it — in a big way.

Holding the visiting Knights out of the end zone on a two-point conversion that could have tied the game late, the Cougars knocked off CPL foe Victoria 22-20 Friday night in a back-and-forth affair.

The win comes after Otis-Bison was handed its first loss last week at Claflin-Central Plains, which Victoria defeated 34-8 in Week 1, and it hands Victoria the first loss this season.

Cougars quarterback Anton Foust accounted for three touchdowns — two rushing, one passing — and the Cougar defense did the rest late.

Victoria’s Collin Kisner started the scoring as he ran for 65 yards early in the first quarter to make it 6-0.

Foust answered late in the quarter with a 49-yard scoring connection to Maitland Wiltse, but Victoria struck right back.

Kisner broke free for a 12-yard score, and quarterback Cooper Windholz ran in the PAT for a 14-8 Knights lead.

It was short-lived. Midway through the second, Foust ran in from 6 yards to tie the game after a failed PAT. Then midway through the third, Foust broke the tie with a 4-yard run, and then hit Daniel Scott for two and a 22-14 lead.

That score held until the final three minutes when Victoria’s Tyler Knoles capped a drive with an 8-yard TD run, but the Cougars stopped Kisner short of the goal line on the PAT, then rode out the clock for victory No. 3. Each team jumps into district play next week. Otis-Bison will play host to Sharon Springs-Wallace County (1-3) in Eight-Man Division II, District 6, while Victoria will be at home to face Logan-Palco (4-0) in Eight-Man Division I, District 4.

Wallace County 42, Trego 14

At Sharon Springs, the Wallace County Wildcats picked up their first victory, holding Trego out of the end zone until the fourth quarter. The Golden Eagles fell down 14-0 at halftime, then 28-0 by the end of the third quarter before attempting a rally.

The loss drops Trego to 2-2 as it returns to Eight-Man Division I, District 8 action at Hill City (2-2) in Week 5. Wallace County — done with games against Eight-Man Division I opponents — will be on the road to face 3-1 Otis-Bison in Eight-Man Division II, District 7.

Keagan Shubert was 18 of 35 passing for the Golden Eagles, throwing one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed 15 times for 76 yards. Hunter Price scored the Golden Eagles’ rushing TD, carrying 10 times for 46 yards.

Logan-Palco 52, Stockton 0

In Palco for the school’s homecoming game, the Logan-Palco Trojans made short work of Stockton, putting up 52 points by halftime to move to 4-0.

David Thompson had 103 yards on just six carries for two touchdowns, while Riley Allen added 64 yards on just three carries for two scores. Allen also completed 2 of 3 passes for 65 yards and a TD. Blake Bouchey added a 4-yard TD score. Logan-Palco had 209 yards on the ground.

The Trojans will be in Victoria to being play in Eight-Man Division I, District 4. Logan-Palco is one of only two teams unbeaten in the district as Osborne, Solomon and Victoria all suffered their first losses Friday. Bennington also remains unbeaten as district play begins.

Pike Valley 30, Osborne 28

The defending Eight-Man Division I state champions suffered a loss for the first time in 16 tries. Pike Valley got a 14-yard TD pass on fourth down with just less than two minutes to play to knock off the Bulldogs.

Darnell Holloway had three TD runs, helping Osborne to a 20-6 by the third quarter. Then Darrien Holloway scored as Osborne led 28-12, but Pike Valley came storming back, took the lead, then grabbed an interception in the end zone to seal off the win.

Osborne fell to 3-1, suffering its first loss since losing to Hanover in Week 9 of the 2015 season.

Darnell Holloway finished the night with 123 rushing yards on 19 carries with three scores. He also completed 7 of 14 passes for 84 yards with the late interception.

Osborne will begin Eight-Man Division I, District 4 play against Solomon (3-1) at home.

St. Francis 54, Decatur Community 8

In Oberlin, the St. Francis Indians rolled to 4-0 by ending the game in the third quarter via the mercy rule. Jordan Raby had five total touchdown in the contest. His first two came on 13- and 42-yard runs in the first quarter. Then he caught a 54-yard scoring pass from Brady Dinkel, part of six touchdowns in the opening frame for the Indians.

Raby then started the second quarter scoring with a 65-yard score and later had a 15-yard scoring pass from Dinkel.

The Indians ended the game when Tate Busse picked off a pass and returned it 57 yards for a score.

St. Francis will host Hoxie (4-0) in what could end up being for the championship in Eight-Man Division I, District 8 in Week 5.

Hill City 55, Quinter 8

In Quinter, the visiting Ringnecks ended the game by halftime via the mercy rule, putting up 27 points in the first quarter and 28 in the second.

Ethan Hamel had a big night with nine carries for 145 yards and five rushing scores, also completing 6 of 11 passes for 135 yards and a score. Garrett Handley had four receptions for 120 yards and the Ringnecks’ receiving TD. Dalen Journigan (6 carries, 44 yards) and Jayce Hamel (9 carries, 65 yards) also scored a rushing TD.

The Ringnecks (2-2) will take on Trego (2-2) in Eight-Man Division I, District 8 action on Friday. Quinter is at Decatur Community (0-4) in the same district.

Smith Center 43, Norton 0

In the Redmen homecoming at Hubbard Stadium, Smith Center wasted little time, scoring 15 points in the first quarter and 14 in the second, and holding a high-powered Norton team out of the end zone.

It was the first shutout suffered in the regular season by Norton since a 17-0 loss to Goodland in 2011. The shutout came after Norton had put up 37, 40 and 51 points in its first three contests this season.

Smith Center now has won back-to-back games since falling to Phillipsburg in Week 2. The Redmen will travel to 1-2 Oakley in Week 5. Norton will return home to face Southwestern Heights (2-2).

Phillipsburg 68, Oakley 6

In Phillispburg, the Panthers continued their dominant start by scoring early and often. The Panthers led 42-0 by the end of the first quarter and 61-0 by halftime en route to the 4-0 start.

Eight different running backs carried the ball for the Panthers and five different backs scored.

John Gower led the way with three rushing scores on six carries for 52 yards. Nathan Moon had five carries for 63 yards and a score.

Trey Sides completed 2 of 3 passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns. One went to Trey Thompson the other to Braden Juenemann.

Phillisburg is at home to face Ellis (2-2) in Week 5. Oakley travels to Smith Center.

Valley Heights 56, Ellis 20

In Ellis, the host Railers fell to 2-2, while Valley Heights moved its record to 4-0, including a season-opening 59-26 win against defending Class 2-1A state champion Troy.

La Crosse 31, Ellsworth 26

In La Crosse, the host Leopards handed the Bearcats their first loss of the season behind a big night for sophomore quarterback Hunter Morgan. He completed 12 of 15 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 37 yards and a score as the Leopards moved to 2-2 with back-to-back wins.

Ellsworth had a 20-13 lead at halftime before each team exchanged scores in the third quarter, but La Crosse scored 12 unanswered points in the final frame to seal the win. Brett Herrman had six catches for 81 yards and two scores, while Keldon Day had one catch, a 48-yard score.

Zak Brown added 38 rushing yards and a score for the Leopards, who are at home for the third straight week when they face Sublette (0-4) on Friday.

Area scores from Friday

Hoxie 22, Rawlins County 6

Bennington 62, Thunder Ridge 14

Cheylin 79, Fowler 34

La Crosse 31, Ellsworth 26

Garden City 7, Hays High 3

Golden Plains 56, Western Plains 0

Hill City 55, Quinter 8

Rock Hills 62, Lakeside 12

Ness City 46, Ellinwood 22

Smith Center 43, Norton 0

Phillipsburg 68, Oakley 6

Pike Valley 30, Osborne 28

Pawnee Heights 51, Weskan 6

Russell 27, Minneapolis 18

St. Francis 54, Decatur Community 8

Logan-Palco 52, Stockton 0

Sylvan-Lucas 56, Chase 14

Plainville 24, TMP 6

Colby 51, Ulysses 8

Valley Heights 56, Ellis 20

Otis-Bison 22, Victoria 20

Wallace County 42, Trego 14

Wheatland-Grinnell 60, Natoma 12

Pawnee Heights 51, Weskan 6