Each week during the 2018 prep football season, The Hays Daily News will highlight five games of interest from the area. This week, the HDN heads to Hoxie as the last two Eight-Man Division I state champions meet up.
Osborne (1-0) at Hoxie (1-0) (Game of the Week)
In a 12-1 run to the Eight-Man Division I state title game in 2017, the Hoxie High School football team touted a potent defense that wasn’t scored on all that often. While it lost some starters, Hoxie feels its defense is still solid in what the Indians hope is another deep run in 2018. Friday’s 7 p.m. matchup in Hoxie certainly will put its defense to the test. Osborne comes in with arguably one of the best offenses in eight-man, having put up 88 points in Week 1 against Hill City.
Hoxie picked up a 44-18 win against Tribune-Greeley County in its opener. Quarterback Jared Kennedy rushed for 118 yards and four scores, while Wylie Weems had 113 yards and a score in the victory. Kennedy added 96 passing yards and a score.
Meanwhile, Osborne’s offense was aplenty vs. Hill City. Quarterback Darnell Holloway had 356 rushing yards and seven scores, and passed for 94 yards and a score, while Kade Miller posted 153 rushing yards and three scores. Darrien Holloway tacked on 69 rushing yards and two more scores.
Darnell Holloway also went to Miller in the passing game for 91 yards and a score.
Friday will mark the first meeting between the two teams since 2011. Hoxie has yet to get a win against Osborne as an eight-man program. The last meeting was a 42-38 Osborne win in 2011. The year prior, Osborne won 42-6.
Hoxie is the No. 1 ranked team in Eight-Man Division I, while Osborne holds the second spot behind Hanover in Eight-Man Division II.
Victoria (1-0) at Central Plains (1-0)
In Week 1, the perennial Central Prairie League powers faced tough tests against arguably the two other best teams the league has to offer.
Victoria had a 22-0 lead, but had to hold on for a 28-14 win against Otis-Bison, while Central Plains, had to score late twice to hold off Ness City, 30-14.
The two teams square off in a 7 p.m. game Friday in Claflin.
Each team likely will feature numerous weapons out of the backfield, and will rely heavily on experience at the quarterback position. Cooper Windholz led Victoria a week ago with three total touchdowns. He rushed for 42 yards and two scores, while passing for 41 yards and another TD.
The Oilers got 162 yards passing and 167 yards rushing from Myles Menges, who completed 12 of 19 passes, but did throw interceptions. Last week, Victoria picked off three Otis-Bison passes, though they were all against backup quarterback Seth Hoopingarner.
Central Plains is ranked No. 2 in Eight-Man Division I, while Victoria was receiving a nod, just outside of the top five this week.
Hays High (0-1) at Great Bend (1-0)
New Hays High coach Tony Crough goes up against a program he used to coach in Great Bend, and he heads in there with a Hays High team coming off a shootout loss to Class 6A Junction City in Week 1. The Indians lost 56-31, but stood toe-to-toe with the Bluejays.
New quarterback Palmer Hutchison completed 21 of 31 passes for 204 yards with no interceptions for Hays High, adding 125 rushing yards and a pair of scores in the loss, easily the Indians’ biggest weapon. Keaton Markley was busy on the defensive side, racking up 12 tackles (eight solo).
Great Bend’s Koy Brack passed for 260 yards in the Panthers’ 35-12 win at Andover. Brack had two passing touchdowns, but did throw an interception. He also rushed for 53 yards. Great Bend’s Alex Schremmer had 181 receiving yards and both Great Bend touchdowns.
Plainville (1-0) at Phillipsburg (1-0)
Plainville picked up an impressive Week 1 victory, rolling past Norton in MCL action, while it was business as usual for Phillipsburg, the No. 3 ranked team in Class 2A. The Cardinals have enjoyed a solid stretch in recent years, making it all the way to the 2-1A state title game two seasons ago, and making another deep playoff run a year ago. However, Phillipsburg remains the one team the Cardinals haven’t been able to get the drop on. Plainville hasn’t won in the series since 2011, a 37-21 win in Plainville. The Cardinals are led by quarterback Jordan Finnesy, who had 178 yards passing and three scores in the victory against Norton. He also rushed for 88 yards and returned an interception for a score. In true Phillipsburg fashion, the Panthers rolled by Ellis in Week 1, 52-12, with three rushing scores each for Treylan Gross, Cha’Ron Ellis and Conlee Hugunin.
Trego (1-0) at Hill City (0-1)
In most weeks, 76 points easily would win an eight-man football game. However, Hill City — despite putting up basketball points — fell by 12 points against Osborne. The Ringnecks will be looking for more of the same offense against a Trego team that put up 52 points in a Week 1 win vs. Stockton. Each team got impressive quarterback play in Week 1. Keagan Shubert passed for five touchdowns and rushed for two more for Trego, while Hill City’s Conner Born had 396 rushing yards and seven scores and passed for 80 yards and two scores in the loss to Osborne. In addition, Hill City features a big weapon in Dalen Journigan, who rushed for 61 yards and a score in the loss.