ELLIS — The Ellis High School football team struggled to move the ball early in Friday night’s Class 1A bracket opener in Ellis.

Throw in some penalties on a few drives for the visiting Sacred Heart Knights, and it spelled an end to the Railroaders’ 2018 campaign.

The Railers fell into a 27-0 hole by halftime, eventually falling 34-7 to the Knights to end their season at 3-6. Sacred Heart (4-5) will advanced to face Smith Center this week in the 1A regional round.

Sacred Heart, already leading 14-0, seemed to do no wrong Friday. The Railers seemed to gain some momentum with a sack of Knights’ quarterback Mac Hemmer. But facing third-and-forever from their own 38, Hemmer delivered a strike to Trace Leners for a 62-yard score.

The Railers next possession just before halftime resulted in just a 2-yard punt, setting up a fourth short field for the Knights. Sacred Heart capitalized and led 27-0 at halftime.

The Railers’ lone score came on a 36-yard touchdown run by senior Cade Lewis in the third quarter.

 Phillipsburg 55, Southwestern Heights 12

PHILLIPSBURG — Like it has all season, the Phillipsburg High School football team steamrolled its competition, opening Class 2A bracket play with a blowout. Trey Sides passed for 55 yards and two scores, while Treylan Gross, Tyler Martin, Nathan Moon and Cha’Ron Ellis each found the end zone in the run game.

Phillipsburg (9-0) led 48-0 at halftime after a Jonathan Hunnacutt 22-yard field goal, then went to backups in the second half.

The Panthers now will face Lakin (8-1) in Fridays’ regional round.

Lakin defeated Norton (4-4), 44-14 in other Friday action.

Plainville 54, Rebublic County 8

PLAINVILLE — Jumping out to a 30-0 lead by halftime, the Plainville Cardinals (7-2) pummeled Republic County for the second time this season. The win sets up a showdown with Ell-Saline (7-2) in Friday’s regional round in Plainville.

Ell-Saline rolled past La Crosse 56-12 to push its record to 7-2 ahead of the meeting.

Jared Casey rushed for 132 yards Friday for Plainville with one rushing touchdown. He also returned a kickoff 69 yards to give Plainville a 38-0 lead to start the third quarter.

Jordan Finnesy added five total touchdowns, throwing for two and rushing for three. He completed 7 of 13 passes for 81 yards with a score going to to Tanner Copeland and Kobe Spiess. He also finished with 88 rushing yards.

Friday’s contest against Ell-Saline will be the first time Plainville will play a team with a winning record since it lost 21-10 to Smith Center on Sept. 21. Only two teams on Plainville’s schedule — both losses — finished the season above .500.