SMITH CENTER — The Smith Center High School football team wasted little time getting off to a good start in the Class 2-1A playoffs. The Redmen steamrolled visiting Medicine Lodge, 84-7, to advance to the second round next week.
Smith Center (9-1) won its eighth straight blowout and now has scored at last 54 points in its last four contest, including three of 70 or higher.
The Redmen will make the long trip to Elkhart in Round 2 to face the Wildcats.
Elkhart 35, La Crosse 6
Elkhart, the district champion from District 8, took it to La Crosse. Elkhart, in the playoffs for the fifth time since 2009, won in the first round for the first time in that span, earning a shot at Smith Center at home in the second round.
Plainville 21, Meade 0
In Plainville, the host Cardinals rolled past perennial contender Meade to move to 7-3, and will hit the road for the second round.
The Cardinals will take on Brookville-Ell Saline for the second straight year. The Cardinals are 8-1 following a 44-41 road win against Sedgwick in other Friday action.
Plainville won its seventh straight contest after starting the season 0-3.
Spearville 42, St. Francis 20
In Spearville, the St. Francis Indians saw their third straight trip to the playoffs cut short in the first round with a 42-20 loss to perennial Eight-Man Division I power Spearville.
The Indians led 6-0 on a 34-yard pass from Brady Dinkel to Wyatt Hackler, but Spearville scored the next 34 points to roll to the victory.
The loss ends St. Francis’ season at 7-2, while Spearville moved to 10-0 and will meet up with Claflin-Central Plains (9-1) for the second straight season in the quarterfinals.
In the other half of the west bracket, Hoxie (9-1) will play host to Coldwater-South Central (9-1).
Osborne 64, Clifton-Clyde 14
In Osborne, the defending Eight-Man Division I state champion Bulldogs rolled for the second straight year against the Eagles. Denton Schurr rushed for 155 yards and four touchdowns, with Darnell Holloway adding 126 yards and a score. Throw in Darrien Holloway’s 75 yards and a touchdown, and the Bulldogs rushed for 356 yards. Darnell Holloway added 154 yards passing and a pair of scores.
Osborne (9-1) will travel to St. Paul (9-1) for a 5:30 p.m. Friday game. The winner will face either Howard-West Elk or Burlingame in the sub-state title game.
Burlingame 34, Victoria 24
In Burlingame, the Victoria Knights’ return trip to the Eight-Man Division I playoffs was cut short by the Bearcats, a team that has made sub-state title game appearances the last two seasons.
The Knights’ season ended at 7-3 with losses to Burlingame, Osborne and Otis-Bison. It was the first time since 2012 that the Knights lost a first-round playoff game.
Hodgeman County 59, Northern Valley 14
Despite the home field advantage, the Huskies couldn’t keep up with eight-man juggernaut Hodgeman County, which rolled to an 8-2 mark and now will get a home game against Kiowa-South Barber (9-1). The winner of that game will face either Otis-Bison (9-1) or Ingalls (8-2) in the sub-state championship game.
On the east half of the bracket, Caldwell (9-1) will host defending champion Hanover (10-0), while Hutchinson-Central Christian (10-0) will travel to Scandia-Pike Valley (10-0).
Holcomb 46, Colby 15
HOLCOMB — Colby (6-4) fell behind early in its Class 4A Division II playoff game, trailing the Longhorns (9-1) 13-0 after the first quarter and 33-8 at halftime.
The Longhorns added 13 more points in the third quarter before the Eagles scored in the final period.
Holcomb will travel to Lindsborg-Smoky Valley (9-1), which beat Wichita Collegiate, 12-2.