Led by four total touchdowns for Cade Lewis, the Ellis High School football team won a shootout Friday night in La Crosse in the first of two meetings between the teams this season.
Lewis rushed for scores of 14, 5 and 54 yards as Ellis picked up its first win of the season. Lewis had the game’s first score as well, catching a 15-yard pass from Tegan Cain. The Railers had a 15-0 lead before La Crosse’s Hunter Morgan found Kaden Depperschmidt on back-to-back TDs. Morgan connected three straight times to give La Crosse a lead, finding Blake Herrman on the third score from 6 yards out.
Ellis’ Auntonio Jones, though, answered with an 85-yard kickoff return. Morgan answered. He found Haden Sherman, a freshman, from 20 yards, then ran a 2-point conversion in as La Crosse led 28-22 at halftime, with all of the Leopards’ points coming in the second quarter.
Lewis scored with 1:35 left in the third, this time from 5 yards to narrow the gap, then Jones got free on a 72-yard catch-and run to put Ellis back up.
Morgan connected on his fifth touchdown pass to answer, but Lewis put the game out of reach with just over three minutes to play on a 54-yard run.
Morgan finished the night with 275 passing yards and five scores to one interception for La Crosse, which fell to 2-2. Ellis moved to 1-3. The Leopards will travel to Salina-Sacred Heart (1-3) on Friday. Ellis will travel to Syracuse (2-2).
Ellis and La Crosse will meet again later in the season in Class 1A, District 6 play.
Phillipsburg 56, Norton 20
NORTON — The visiting Panthers led 42-0 in the second quarter and rolled to a 4-0 mark as Trey Sides had a big night passing. Sides finished 11 of 16 for 166 yards and four scores with three going to younger brother Ty Sides. The latter Sides had four catches for 82 yards. Treylan Gross also had a big night, rushing for 111 yards, most of which came on a 95-yard TD run that put Phillipsburg up 42-0.
Norton got on the board with an 8-yard pass from Kade Melvin to Hayden Wiltfong.
Trey Sides added a 6-yard run in the third quarter and Nathan Moon made it 56-6 with a 5-yard run.
Melvin finished with three TD passes for Norton — two going to Wiltfong, the other a 60-yard pass near the end of the third quarter. Melvin finished with 208 yards passing. Jonah Ruder had 39 rushing yards for the Bluejays.
Norton fell to 1-3 and will travel to 3-1 Minneapolis on Friday. Phillipsburg is at home to face Thomas More Prep-Marian (1-3), which fell 42-0 to Hoisington on Friday.
Concordia 42, Russell 20
CONCORDIA — Russell got 204 yards passing and two touchdowns from Austin Price, who added 122 rushing yards and a score, but it wasn’t enough against 2-2 Concordia. The Broncos fell to 2-2. Russell finished with 184 rushing yards, while Kyler Fritschen had 131 receiving yards. Russell will travel to 4-0 Scott City on Friday.
Colby 39, Beloit 14
BELOIT — Colby continues to climb the ranks and is 4-0 for the second straight year after disposing of Beloit. The Trojans fell to 2-2. Colby will face Concordia (2-2) in Week 5, a team coached by former Smith Center standout Austin Kingsbury.
Oakley 22, Goodland 0
Goodland — Oakley head coach Jeff Hennick, a former Wallace County standout and Garden City Community College quarterback, has his Plainsmen 3-1 after shutting out Goodland. Even with a 26-22 loss to Norton on its record, Oakley has given up just 9.5 points per contest ahead of Friday’s matchup at Smith Center.
Victoria 52, Lincoln 0
LINCOLN — Victoria moved to 3-1 and 1-0 in Eight-Man Division I, District 6 play, behind 76 rushing yards and two scores from Jayvon Pruitt. The Knights also got a special teams score (64-yard punt return for Jake Wellbrock) and defensive score (7-yard interception return for Tyler Knoles) as the game ended by halftime. Six different Knights carried the ball with Knoles and Cooper Windholz adding rushing scores. Victoria next takes on district frontrunner Clifton-Clyde (4-0). Clifton-Clyde rolled past Hill City, 64-14, in a game played Friday afternoon.
Clifton-Clyde 64, Hill City 14
HILL CITY — Drake Steinbrock and Christian Seifert combined for 305 yards rushing as Clifton-Clyde rolled past upset-minded Hill City. The game was called in the third quarter via the mercy rule. Steinbrock scored twice and Seifert four times in the run game and Seifert added a 17-yard interception return. Conner Born was 5 of 11 passing for Hill City for 68 yards, while Dalen Journigan led Hill City’s rushing attack with three carries for 37 yards.
Hill City (2-2) finished with 115 yards of total offense and just 47 rushing yards, compared to 366 rushing for Clifton-Clyde. Hill City takes on Stockton (2-2) in district action Friday. Stockton defeated Washington County (2-2) 56-8 in other district action Friday.
Trego 58, Rawlins County 12
ATWOOD — Trego opened Eight-Man Division I, District 8 action in convincing fashion, pushing its record to 3-1. Kobi Shubert had 184 passing yards and three scores, while Dallas Schneider had nine carries for 108 yards and two scores on the ground. Trego had a 22-12 lead at the end of the first quarter before putting up 30 in the second quarter and ending the game via the mercy rule in the third.
The Golden Eagles will face Leoti-Wichita County (3-1) at home Friday. Wichita County fell 36-20 to defending Eight-Man Division I Hoxie in other district action.
Hoxie 36, Wichita County 20
HOXIE — Wylie Weems had a big rushing night for the defending Eight-Man Division I state champion Indians, rushing 36 times for 173 yards and a score, while quarterback Jared Kennedy did his part with 14 carries for 81 yards and a score. Kennedy added 127 passing yards and a score, but was picked off twice. Dylan Weimer carried just seven times for 17 yards but had two scores, and recorded 15 tackles on defense. The Indians will travel to 4-0 St. Francis on Friday for a key District 8 showdown this week. St. Francis streamrolled Oberlin 5-0 in other district action Friday.
Ness City 54, South Gray 18
MONTEZUMA — Moving to 3-1, Ness City rolled through its Eight-Man Division I, District 6 opener with a 54-18 win. Since falling 30-14 to open the season to perennial power Central Plains, Ness City has put up at least 50 points in its last three blowout wins, outscoring opponents 158-46. The Eagles will face 1-3 Kinsley on Friday.
Otis-Bison 46, Satanta 0
SATANTA — In a game that could have been billed as the best in Eight-Man Division II, District 8, Otis-Bison made short work of the home Indians. Since losing to Eight-Man Division I Victoria in the season opener, Otis-Bison has outscores its last three opponents 146-0, moving to 3-1. Satanta fell to 2-2.
Osborne 60, Sylvan-Lucas 14
SYLVAN GROVE — Darrien Holloway turned in the big night for Osborne’s offense, racking up 192 rushing yards on 18 carries with three touchdowns, while older brother, Darnell Holloway, had 83 yards on 10 carries with four touchdowns.
Since falling to Hoxie, Osborne has outscored its last two opponents 128-36. Mason Schurr had 59 yards on 12 touches for the Bulldogs, who moved to 3-1 and 1-0 in Eight-Man Division II, District 5. Up next for Osborne is 2-2 Logan-Palco, which won 52-6 against Wilson in other district action Friday.
Thunder Ridge 24, Northern Valley 14
KENSINGTON — Coming off a 53-6 loss last week to Hill City, the Thunder Ridge Longhorns bounced back by handing Northern Valley its first loss in the Eight-Man Division II, District 5 opener. The Longhorns got 141 rushing yards and two scores from Brandon Grauerholz, while Jacob Barnes passed for 126 yards and two scores, both to Landon Gering. The Huskies, thought to be a district favorite, got 125 passing yards from Nick Stutsman with one score, and Caden Bach added 42 rushing yards and a score. Riggs Reneberg and Gering each had two sacks for the Longhorns. Thunder Ridge next will take on Sylvan-Lucas. Northern Valley is at home to face Wilson.
Triplains-Brewster 36, Quinter 28
BREWSTER — Quinter suffered its 32nd straight loss Friday, but for the second time this season was within a touchdown, falling by eight to the Titans in their Eight-Man Division II, District 6 opener. Dakota Enslow carried the ball 21 times for 146 yards and three scores for the Titans, who moved to 2-2. The Titans will take on district leader Dighton (2-2) on Friday in Winona. Dighton defeated Greeley County 62-38 on Friday. Quinter will travel to Sharon Springs to face Wallace County. Wallace County opened district play with a 50-0 beating of Wheatland-Grinnell.
Two area six-man games produced big numbers Friday as Golden Plains rolled to a 4-0 record by putting up 92 points in a 92-47 win against Cheylin. It was the first loss of the season for Cheylin. In Natoma, Weskan put up 75 points to pick up a 39-point win.