PHILLIPSBURG — Chalk up another blowout victory for the Phillipsburg High School football team.

This one sends the Panthers to the Class 2A sectional round.

The Panthers ran roughshod past Lakin on Friday night, putting up a 27-0 lead in the first quarter and rolling to a 41-0 victory to set up a showdown next week with unbeaten Conway Springs.

Treylan Gross rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown, caught two passes for 19 yards and a score, and Phillipsburg made short work of 7-2 Lakin, in its fourth year under head coach Chris Bamberger, the former Ness City coach.

Trey Sides added 47 passing yards with a score each to Gross and Austin Miller. The game was the second shutout of the year for the Phillipsburg defense, which is only surrendering nine points per contest, and now has only given up 24 points in the first half all season.

Next week, the Panthers will travel to Conway Springs, a 21-14 winner over Chaparral in other regional action.

Class 1A

Smith Center 56, Sacred Heart 7 

SMITH CENTER (GH) — One month later, the result wasn't any better for the Sacred Heart Knights.

The No. 1-ranked Smith Center Redmen flexed their muscles early and often, scoring eight touchdowns on just 23 offensive plays in the first half Friday night in rolling to a 56-7 victory at Hubbard Field.

The victory boosts the Redmen (9-1) into next Friday night's Class 1A quarterfinal state playoff game at either Sedgwick or Meade.

This one was over in a hurry.

Ethan Peterson and Colby Benoit each scored three touchdowns in the first half and Smith Center's defense had four interceptions and a fumble recovery while holding Sacred Heart to 55 yards of total offense.

Peterson scored on runs of 2, 80 and 67 yards, while Benoit had TD runs of 1, 54 and 11 yards, the last one while breaking a half-dozen tackles late in the second quarter.

From the 5:30 mark of the first quarter to the 4:22 mark of the second period, the Redmen snapped the ball 12 times on offense and scored six touchdowns.

Trailing 21-0 late in the first quarter, Sacred Heart picked up three first downs and drove the ball to the Smith Center 14, but after a short run and two incompletions, Charlie Skidmore's 29-yard field goal was tipped at the line of scrimmage on the last play of the quarter.

In addition to Peterson and Benoit, the Redmen also got touchdowns from Hesston Maxwell on a 9-yard run early in the second quarter and a 35-yard pass from Trenton Colby to Griffin Kugler with 4:42 remaining in the second period.

The game was played with a running clock in the second half. Sacred Heart got on the scoreboard late in the game when Skidmore completed a 15-yard pass to Trace Leners with 1:48 remaining to cap a 79-yard, eight-play drive.

The touchdown was the first in four games for Sacred Heart (4-6) against Smith Center, which won a 55-0 game on Oct. 5 at its home field.

Eight-Man Division I

Central Plains 50, Ness City 0

CLAFLIN — The Claflin-Central Plains defense flexed its muscle again. If its any consolation for the Ness City Eagles, they are only one of two teams to score on Central Plains all season. It just didn’t happen Friday.

Central Plains (10-0) recorded its eight consecutive shutout, and hasn’t had a game make it out of the third quarter since defeating Victoria 32-8 in Week 2. The top-ranked Oilers now face Hoxie (9-1), and will have to travel for the sectional round.

Ness City ended it season at 7-3.

Hoxie 22, Clifton-Clyde 0

CLIFTON-CLYDE — This one had the makings of a championship game, just about like every other game in the west half of the Eight-Man Division I bracket.

The defending Eight-Man I champion Indians led 16-0 out of the gate, then had to score late on a long touchdown run to seal the deal. More imressively against a previously unbeaten Clifton-Clyde team, the Indians played without starting quarterback Jared Kennedy, who suffered a concussion last week against Hill City.

Wylie Weems had 126 rushing yards on 22 carries with two scores, while Logan Weimer had 47 yards on nine carries with a score.

Hoxie (9-1) will take on Central Plains (10-0) in the sectional round, a 7 p.m. start in Hoxie.

St. Francis 30, Victoria 12

ST. FRANCIS — Victoria again was without the services of starting quarterback Cooper Windolz and fell into an early hole against unbeaten St. Francis.

The Indians led 14-0 after a 24-yard run by Jordan Raby, his first of two TDs. Grant Schoenrock put the Knights on the board with a 29-yard pass to Jake Wellbrock, but the Indians scored two straight to end the first half. That ended up being the Indians’ final score.

Victoria, which ended its season at 8-2, scored the game’s final TD in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard run by Jayvon Pruitt.

St. Francis quarterback Brady Dinkel finished with 28 passing yards and a score, while rushing for 96 yards and another TD. Raby had 86 yards and two scores.

Schoenrock, a sophomore, finished 9 of 12 passing for 101 yards with one TD and one interception.

St. Francis (10-0) will be at home to face Hodgeman County (9-1) in the sectional round.

Eight-Man Division II

Osborne 66, Sylvan-Lucas 20

OSBORNE — Quarterback Darnell Holloway had 179 rushing yards on 15 carries with two TDs, while younger brother Darrien Holloway had 102 yards and four scores for Osborne. The Bulldogs won their eighth straight since falling to Hoxie in Week 2. It also was the Bulldogs’ eighth straight blowout, though they did allow 20 or more points for the first time since Week 3.

The win means Osborne (9-1) will take on Kiowa-South Barber (9-0) in the regional round in Osborne. South Barber, a 60-14 winner over Stafford, does have a tie on its record — though not officially — as it had a game called off at halftime against Otis-Bison in Week 6 due to weather.

Friday’s contest will be at 6 p.m. in Osborne.

Dighton 52, Northern Valley 6

DIGHTON — Still just nine players strong, the Dighton Hornets continued their impressive run in Eight-Man II by rolling past the visiting Huskies. Northern Valley, which has shown signs of a potent offense all season, had just 176 yards of total offense, and scored its lone touchdown in the second quarter.

The six points scored came after back-to-back weeks of putting up 70-plus, though it came against teams with a combined 7-11 mark.

Dighton (8-2) will face Otis-Bison (8-1-1) in sectional round in Dighton.

Otis-Bison 66, Hutchinson-Central Christian 52

OTIS — In a high-scoring affair that took a long time to decide, Otis-Bison won its eighth straight game — sandwiched around a tie that ended at halftime against South Barber — and now will travel to Dighton for the next round.

Otis-Bison and Central Christian combined for 901 yards of total offense with Otis-Bison putting up all 405 of its offense in the ground game.

Quarterback Anton Foust accounted for 291 of those yards on 19 carries as Otis-Bison played past the third quarter since a Week 1 loss to Victoria.

Seth Hoopingarner finished with 114 yards for the Cougars, while Central Christian countered with 277 passing yards and three scores from Caleb Lambert, who completed 29 of 49 passes. He also rushed 39 times for 144 yards with five scores. In addition, Central Christian recovered two onside kicks to start the second half and made it 36-34 with 9:01 to play in the third quarter. That was as close as the visiting Cougars got after it had fallen down by a touchdown at halftime.

Otis-Bison (8-1) will travel to 8-2 Dighton for the second round.


The six-man championship game will feature two area teams after Friday’s semifinal round. Weskan, with its 55-38 win against Pawnee Heights, will take on Golden Plains, a 71-46 winner against Ashland.

Weskan had a 35-18 lead by halftime and held on to defeat the defending six-man champion. Golden Plains handed Ashland its first loss. Nolan Ritter had six total touchdowns for the Bulldogs, who fell to Weskan 52-46 during the regular season.

The six-man title game is Saturday in Dodge City.