In the second meeting between the teams this season, the Ellis High School football team made it 2-0 against La Crosse with its 48-14 Class 1A, District 6 win Friday night.
The win by the Railers wrapped up the second-place spot in the district behind Plainville, and secured a home game for bracket play in Class 1A next week.
The Railers now will take on Salina-Sacred Heart (3-5) on Friday for a shot at making it to the regional round of the 1A playoffs. The win pushed Ellis to 3-5, while La Crosse dropped to 3-5. The Leopards earned the No. 3 seed out of the district and will have to travel to Brookville/Ell-Saline on Friday to take on Terry King’s 6-2 Cardinals. The Cardinals dropped a 15-8 decision to top-ranked Smith Center after holding a lead late against the defending 2-1A state champion Redmen.
Plainville 56, Oakley 13
PLAINVILLE — The host Cardinals put the finishing touches on a Class 1A, District 6 championship with the blowout, winning their fourth straight game to move to 6-2. It also was the fourth straight blowout as Plainville went 3-0 in the district.
Next up, Plainville will take on winless Republic County in the 1A bracket on Friday. The Cardinals defeated the Buffaloes 38-6 on Sept. 28. The winner of that game will face either Ell-Saline or La Crosse on Nov. 2.
Phillipsburg 61, Minneapolis 6
PHILLIPSBURG — Trey Sides passed for 157 yards and three touchdowns. Treylan Gross rushed for 147 yards and three scores — and caught two touchdown passes. Business as usual for the No. 3 ranked Panthers as they wrapped up a title in Class 2A, District 8.
Gross’ two TD catches racked up 84 yards, while Cha’Ron Ellis had two catches for 73 yards and a score in a video-game like effort for the Panthers. Nathan Moon had 82 yards rushing while 15 different Panthers touched the ball. It was 41-6 by halftime.
Phillipsburg will play host to Southwestern Heights (2-6) on Friday in the 2A bracket. The winner will face either Lakin (7-1) or Norton (4-4). Those two teams will meet Friday in Lakin.
Hoisington 49, Norton 27
NORTON — Hoisington wrapped up the second spot in Class 2A District 8 behind Phillipsburg, while Norton slipped to the third spot and will have to travel in the first round.
The teams exchanged blows Friday night before the Cardinals pulled away in the fourth quarter. The teams were tied at 21 midway through the third quarter before Wyatt Pedigo got a 60-yard touchdown run to break the tie to give Hoisington the lead for good. Hoisington led 35-21 before Judson Wiltfong caught a 65-yard score from Kade Melvin, but Pedigo tacked on his third TD run to break the momentum. Josh Ball added a 32-yard run to set the final margin.
Melvin finished with 222 passing yards for Norton, adding 67 rushing yards and a score.
Pedigo finished with 248 rushing yards and four scores for the Cardinals, who will be at home to face Sterling (3-5) on Friday. The winner will face either Cimarron or Ellsworth.
Victoria 40, Stockton 18
VICTORIA — The host Knights got three second-half touchdowns to break open a close game and secure the second spot in Eight-Man Division I, District 7 behind Clifton-Clyde. Cooper Windholz scored on a 1-yard run to start the third quarter, then Jayvon Pruitt added a 9-yard run to make it 34-12, before Walker Braun caught a 34-yard pass from Cooper Windholz for Victoria’s final score.
The game was 20-12 near the end of the second quarter after Stockton’s Brady Beougher scored his second of three rushing touchdowns.
Tyler Knoles scored the first three touchdowns for Victoria, which had mounted a 20-6 lead to start the second quarter.
Knoles finished with 122 yards on 20 touches, while Windholz passed for 105 yards.
Beougher had 108 yards and all three Stockton scores, but was intercepted twice, completing 12 passes for 76 yards.
Victoria will take on Leoti-Wichita County (6-2), the No. 3 seed from District 8, in the 8MI bracket. Stockton, which finished fourth in the district, will travel to race unbeaten St. Francis.
St. Francis 58, Rawlins County 8
ST. FRANCIS — The host Indians put up at least 50 points for the fifth time this season, rolling past Rawlins County to wrap up the Eight-Man Division I, District 8 championship. The Indians’ closest game remains the season-opening 28-0 win against Sharon Springs-Wallace County as St. Francis will play host to Stockton on Thursday.
Rawlins County — at 1-7 — missed bracket play in Eight-Man Division I, and will wrap up the season win or lose with a Thursday home game against Lincoln (2-6).
Osborne 58, Thunder Ridge 12
OSBORNE — The Bulldogs have yet to be truly tested since falling 52-20 to Hoxie in Week 2. Darnell Holloway rushed for 161 yards and four touchdowns in Friday’s win, which ended in the third quarter. Darrien Holloway added 106 yards on three scores and Mason Schurr 53 yards and one score. In addition, Darnell Holloway passed for 43 yards and a score.
Thunder Ridge, which finished as the four seed in Eight-Man Division II, District 5 (Osborne was the champion), got 100 rushing yards from Brandon Grauerholz. The Bulldogs picked off Thunder Ridge quarterback Jacob Barnes three times. Osborne will be at home to face Triplains-Brewster (4-4) in the Division II bracket Thursday. Thunder Ridge (5-3) will travel to Dighton (6-2), the district champion out of District 6.
Wallace County 20, Triplains-Brewster 6
BREWSTER — The visiting Wildcats secured the second spot in District 6 with the win, securing a home game for Thursday’s bracket play. Wallace County (3-5) now will face Sylvan-Lucas (5-3), which finished third in District 5 after a three-way tie among Northern Valley, Sylvan-Lucas and Thunder Ridge. Northern Valley took the second spot behind Osborne based on points, a two-point advantage over the Mustangs.
Northern Valley 70, Logan-Palco 34
LOGAN — Nick Stutsman had 225 rushing yards, while three different Huskies had two rushing touchdowns a piece. Stutsman had two, Aidan Baird had two and Caden Bach had two as Stutsman added two passing touchdowns in the blowout.
The blowout win was enough for the Huskies to leapfrog Sylvan-Lucas for second place in the district standings and earn a home game for Thursdays bracket play. Northern Valley (6-2) will face Tribune-Greeley County (4-4), the third-place team out of 6. Logan-Palco (2-6) will end its season Thursday against Quinter (1-7).
Hoxie 74, Trego 28
HOXIE — The defending Eight-Man Division I state champion Indians have taken out their frustrations for a 64-30 loss to St. Francis with three straight poundings. The Indians put up a season-high 74 points Friday in routing Trego to wrap up second place in Eight-Man Division I, District 8.
Dylan Weimer had 126 rushing yards and four scores with Wylie Weems adding 127 yards and two scores. Quarterback Jared Kennedy had 82 rushing yards and scored three times, completing 2 of 5 passes for 42 yards.
Keagan Shubert threw three TD passes for Trego, which finished fourth in the district, and will travel for the bracket Thursday.
Hoxie will be at home to face Hill City (5-3), which picked up a win Friday, 46-20, at Washington County. Trego will have to travel to No. 2 ranked and unbeaten Clifton-Clyde. The winner between Hoxie and Hill City will turn around and play either the winner of Clifton-Clyde and Trego.
Hill City 46, Washington County 20
WASHINGTON — Jayce Hamel had four rushing touchdowns, while Dalen Journigan added two as Hill City wrapped up its third place showing in Eight-Man Division I, District 7 with the victory. Born also completed 9 of 14 passes for 163 yard and a touchdown. Hill City will travel to Hoxie on Thursday.
Otis-Bison 56, Ingalls 6
INGALLS — Putting the finishing touches on its Eight-Man Division II, District 8 championship, Otis-Bison ended Fridays’ game by halftime after posting 30 points in the first quarter. Anton Foust completed 6 of 6 passes for 75 yards with three going for touchdowns to to Maitland Wiltse. Kaden Foust also competed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Bevan Grading. Seth Hoopingarner had 118 rushing yards for the Cougars with one score, while Foust added 58 yards and a score on the ground.
Otis-Bison will take on 3-5 Pretty Prairie on Thursday.
In the only six-man game played in the area, Weskan put up a 9-2 46 win against Cheylin at home, while Golden Plains earned a forfeit victory over Western Plains due to the Bobcats not having enough players.