Some games were postponed, some were played through delays and some played right through the rain and the muck Friday night.
Among those postponed was the Victoria High School team’s game against Bennington. The teams were slated to start their game at 5 p.m. Saturday in Victoria. La Crosse also had its game postponed until 2 p.m. Saturday.
In a game played out west, though, the Atwood-Rawlins County Buffaloes sealed a big win that kept its playoff hopes alive in a now muddy Eight-Man Division I, District 8.
The Buffs knocked off the defending district champion St. Francis Indians, 40-32, making four teams in the district now 2-1.
Buffs quarterback Maverick Green hit Braden Leitner for a 56-yard score that broke the 32-32 tie in the fourth quarter. It as one of three total touchdowns for Leitner.
The host Indians (5-1) started the scoring in the first quarter as Tate Busse caught a 31-yard pass from Brady Dinkel. The Buffs answered in the first with Green hitting Nick Withington to tie it up. It was back and forth the rest of the way. Rawlins County did have a two-score lead in the second quarter after Leitner’s first score, but St. Francis came right back with Jordan Raby scoring on a 25-yard lateral after a pass completion from Dinkel to Busse. Raby had two touchdowns in the game.
St. Francis, Hoxie, Hill City and Rawlins County now all are 2-1 in district play, while Hill City still has yet to play Hoxie and Rawlins County. St. Francis is 1-1 against Rawlins County and Hoxie, while Hoxie is 1-1 against Rawlins County and St. Francis. Each of those three teams winning out would mean a three-way tie, and point differential would come into play. As of this week, St. Francis and Hoxie have the edge.
Decatur Community 34, Trego 16
In WaKeeney, in the same district, Decatur Community picked up the road win behind three rushing touchdowns for Kole Breth, the Red Devils’ senior quarterback. Breth scored on a 13-yard run in the third quarter, then capped the scoring with back-to-back scores in the fourth, a 1-yard run and a 70-yard run.
The win boosts Decatur Community to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in District 8. Trego fell to 2-4, 1-2 in district play. The Red Devils take on Hill City on Friday. Trego travels to 5-1 Hoxie.
Hoxie 54, Quinter 0
In Quinter, the Indians made quick work of the winless Bulldogs, ending the game at half via the mercy rule.
Hoxie’s five in the run game put up 220 yards and seven rushing scores, led by 93 yards and two scores for Latham Schwarz. Wylie Weems and Chris Cox each scored a pair of rushing TDs as well. The Hoxie defense recorded 8.5 tackles for loss as Quinter finished the two quarters with just three yards of net offense.
Hoxie will take on Trego on Friday. Quinter will travel to Atwood to face Rawlins County.
Otis-Bison 50, Greeley County 0
In Tribune, the Cougars move to 2-0 in Eight-Man Division II, District 6 by ending the game at halftime, dropping Greeley County to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in district play. Otis-Bison moved to 5-1 behind two rushing scores for Blake Bahr and two passing TDs for Anton Foust. Bahr also had a punt return for a touchdown from the 48, and the Cougars scored on defense when Maitland Wiltse picked off a pass and returned it for a score.
Bahr, Foust and Luke Higgason combined for 109 rushing yards and three scores on the ground. Foust completed all three of his passing attempts for 49 yards and two scores, one to Bahr and one to Wiltse.
The Cougars are home Friday to face unbeaten Dighton in what could end up being the district championship game. Dighton picked up a 20-8 win against Sharon Springs-Wallace County in other action Friday.
Sylvan-Lucas 46, Lakeside 6
In Downs, the Sylvan-Lucas Mustangs continued their stranglehold on Eight-Man Division II, District 5 by downing the Knights. The win pushes Sylvan-Lucas to 6-0 and 2-0 in district play ahead of this week’s showdown with Northern Valley (4-2, 2-0). The two teams are the only ones in the six-team district with winning records as the rest of the district is a combined 2-20. Northern Valley defeated Wilson 68-0 in other district action Friday. Stockton’s game at Thunder Ridge was postponed to Saturday.
Phillipsburg 34, Larned 6
At Larned, unbeaten Phillipsburg continued to roll, despite a long weather delay. The Panthers led 14-0 at halftime before giving up the lone score early in the third quarter, then went on to add three more touchdowns before the end of the session.
Treylan Gross had eight carries for 104 yards to lead the way with a pair of scores. Kirk Coomes finished with 17 carries for 99 yards and a score, while John Gower had 12 carries for 49 yards and a score.
The Panthers begin play in Class 3A, District 14 at home against TMP-Marian on Friday.
Plainville 50, Sacred Heart 0
The game was started Friday night in Salina, then finished Saturday afternoon as the two teams met in Russell. Plainville had a 21-0 lead Friday before the game was pushed to Saturday, then continued to roll on the neutral field. Plainville is 3-3 and will begin Class 2-1A, District 7 play at home against Oakley this week. Oakley fell 46-0 to TMP-Marian in a game made up Saturday.
Norton 35, Colby 6
Colby struck first at Travis Field in Norton, then it was all Bluejays.
Ryan Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards to tie the game and the rest was history.
Norton quarterback Jace Ruder had two rushing TDs — one from 9, the other from 72 yards — while Tevin Petrie added a 78-yard score to push Norton to 5-1 as the Bluejays travel to Russell this week to begin play in Class 3A, District 14. Elsewhere in the MCL, Smith Center blasted Ellis, 33-7.