OTIS — The Otis-Bison High School football team wasted little time getting on winning track Friday night. The Cougars scored 30 points in the first quarter and 20 in the second to win via the mercy rule against Bucklin at halftime.
Otis-Bison (1-1) senior Anton Foust returned the opening kickoff 72 yards for a touchdown, one of four total touchdowns. He also hit Bevan Gradig for a 30-yard score, and connected with Maitland Wiltse for a 21-yard score. Wiltse added a 55-yard kickoff return for a score after he had made the tackle on the previous possession for a Bucklin safety.
Otis-Bison is at home again in Week 3 to face Stafford (2-0). Stafford is coming off a 62-14 win against Minneola, and has scored 108 points combined in the first two weeks.
Central Plains 38, Victoria 8
CLAFLIN — Central Plains is the No. 2 ranked team in Eight-Man Division I behind Hoxie. And Friday night, the Central Prairie League favorite proved why.
The Oilers at one point led 24-0 before visiting Victoria got on the board in the third quarter. Myles Menges, the Oilers’ veteran quarterback, had two TD tosses and rushed for a 3-yard score to blow the game open.
The Knights’ lone score came on a 9-yard pass from Cooper Windholz to Caden Oberle in the third quarter to make it 24-8. Alex Hickel then ran in a pair of scores from 31 and 37 yards to set the final margin.
Windholz finished with 43 passing yards, completing 6 of 14 attempts with one interception. Menges was 4 of 8 for 54 yards and two scores, and threw a pick to Oberle. Oberle also recovered a fumble for the Knights, as did Windholz.
Victoria (1-1) will take on Macksville (1-1) in the Knights’ homecoming Friday. Macksville lost 50-28 to Ness City on Friday. The Eagles moved to 1-1 after opening the season with a loss to Central Plains.
Russell 50, La Crosse 12
RUSSELL — The first meeting between the two programs, Class 3A Russell scored early and often in a 50-12 victory.
Austin Price passed for 142 yards and three scores, while backup Jacob Sohm threw for 127 yards and two scores as Russell led 30-12 at halftime.
Price added 84 yards on six carries with a score. Russell posted 132 yards on the ground and La Crosse finished with 148 and two rushing scores. Blake Herrman had 56 rushing yards, while Hunter Morgan and Colby Stull scored La Crosse’s touchdowns.
Morgan passed for 77 yards and had two interceptions. The Broncos also had a 77-yard kickoff return for a score after time expired in the second quarter. La Crosse had just got a 1-yard scoring run from Morgan to make it 22-12, but Russell senior A.J. Oste answered with the long going to the locker room. La Crosse will face Republic County (0-2) on Friday. Russell (2-0) will take on Southeast of Saline.
Phillipsburg 31, Plainville 3
PHILLIPSBURG — Ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, the Phillipsburg Panthers pulled away in the second half to dispose of Plainville. The Cardinals dropped to 1-1, while Phillipsburg cruised to a 2-0 start ahead of next week’s showdown with unbeaten Smith Center.
Nathan Moon started the scoring Friday with a 2-yard run. Plainville put its lone points on the board with a 27-yard field goal by Tanner Copeland before the Panthers went up 17-3 by halftime.
Trey Sides hit Treylan Gross for a 35-yard score, then Jonathan Hunnacutt hit a 28-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Cha’Ron Ellis had a 29-yard score for the Panthers, and Gross capped the scoring from 11 yards.
Ellis finished the night with 113 yards on seven touches, while Gross had 76 yards and Moon 74. Sides connected on 2 of 10 passing attempts for 51 yards.
Cardinal quarterback Jordan Finnesy connected on 10 of 18 passing attempts for 47 yards and had one interception. Jared Casey finished with 56 rushing yards on 18 touches.
Plainville (1-1) is at home to face TMP-Marian (1-1) on Friday. Phillipsburg travels to 2-0 Smith Center for what could end up being the MCL championship in Week 3. Smith Center took out Norton, 40-0, on Friday. Norton dropped to 0-2.
Hill City 48, Trego 18
HILL CITY — Hill City continued its high-scoring season with a 48-18 win, its first of the season. Hill City now has scored 124 points in its first two contests. Trego struck first Friday, but Hill City rattled off four straight touchdowns. Trego got a 4-yard pass from Keagan Shubert to Hunter Price with 30 seconds left to make it a 24-12 game at halftime.
Hill City, though, scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to pull away, including a 37-yard fumble return by Dalen Journigan.
Connor Born had another big game for Hill City. He rushed for nearly 400 yards a week ago in a loss at Osborne. He followed that up with 161 passing yards and two scores against Trego, adding 95 rushing yards on 23 carries and a score. Journigan had a big night with 147 rushing yards and two scores. Brody McDowell had both receiving TDs.
Dallas Schneider finished with 162 rushing yards for Trego.
Hill City will be at Thunder Ridge (2-0) on Friday. Thunder Ridge defeated Washington County 12-0 in other action. Trego (1-1) will face Triplains-Brewster (1-1).
Northern Valley 62, Triplains-Brewster 22
ALMENA — Northern Valley moved to 2-0 , racking up 258 rushing yards. Aidan Baird rushed for three scores, while Caden Bach rushed for two for the Huskies. Nick Stutsman added two rushing scores, running for 138 yards on 16 carries. The senior quarterback also completed 6 of 8 passes for 78 yards and hit Ross Cole for a 6-yard touchdown.
Triplains-Brewster fell to 1-1. Northern Valley will be at Wheatland-Grinnell in Week 3. The Thunderhawks fell 50-18 to Logan-Palco on Friday.
Logan-Palco 50, Wheatland-Grinnell 18
LOGAN — Being at home as kind to the Trojans, who picked up their first win. Micah Thompson had 12 carries for 126 yards and three touchdowns for Logan-Palco. Logan White added 46 yards on eight carries and a score, while Cody Brown finished with 10 carries for 59 yards and a score. Wheatland-Grinnell will take on Northern Valley in Grinnell in Week 3, while Logan-Palco will travel to Leoti to face Wichita County (2-0). Wichita County grabbed a 54-6 win against Sharon Springs-Wallace County in other action Friday.
Stockton 54, Sylvan-Lucas 26
STOCKTON — The Stockton Tigers picked up their first win by scoring 40 second-half points to grab a 54-26 win. The Tigers trailed 16-14 at halftime against the Mustangs (1-1). Stockton now travels to 1-1 Osborne in Week. Sylvan-Lucas will be at Lincoln (2-0).
In a matchup of two of the best teams in six-man, Pawnee Heights outlasted Weskan 39-37 in Weskan as the Coyotes dropped to 1-1 and Pawnee Heights moved to 2-0. Weskan will travel to Moscow (0-2) in Week 3, while Pawnee Heights will take on Cheylin (2-0). Cheylin rolled past Rolla on Friday, 74-43. Golden Plains also moved to 2-0 with a 53-25 win vs. Moscow, while Natoma grabbed a 60-51 win against Fowler. Natoma will be at home in Week to face Deerfield (0-1).