HESSTON — The Phillipsburg High School football team didn’t waste much time establishing its dominance Friday night.
Rolling to a 12-0 mark with a 47-7 win against Hesston, the Panthers scored on their first three possessions against the team that knocked them out of the 2016 postseason.
John Gower capped the Panthers’ first three drives with 3-, 1- and 1-yard touchdown runs, and just like that, Phillipsburg was up 19-0 and well on its way to a quarterfinal victory.
Treylan Gross added a pair of touchdown runs in the contest, and Kirk Coomes scored once. Ty Sides, the Panthers’ freshman backup quarterback to older brother Trey Sides, got the start due to a thumb injury to his brother and made the most of his opportunity. He was used sparingly, but did have a 15-yard TD pass to Trey Thompson in the third quarter. By the start of the fourth quarter, the Panthers produced a running clock with a 47-0 lead.
Gross racked up 146 yards on 13 carries to lead the charge, with Coomes adding 117 yards and Gower 115 with the three scores.
Hesston ended its season at 8-4, a year after finishing as the state runner-up. Phillipsburg will play host to either Marysville or Cheney in the sub-state round next week. Those two teams were slated to play Saturday afternoon in Marysville.