ST. FRANCIS — It what potentially could have been a sub-state championship preview in Eight-Man Division I, the St. Francis High School football team held off Hoxie, 16-8, in a battle of unbeatens in Division I, District 8.

St. Francis, the state runner-up to Osborne last year in Division I, overcame Hoxie’s 8-0 lead to score two second-quarter touchdowns to grab the win and move to 5-0.

After Hoxie went up 8-0 in the first quarter on a 10-yard pass from junior Jared Kennedy to senior Luke Schippers, St. Francis responded with two Brady Dinkel scoring tosses in the second quarter.

Both went to Tate Busse, one from 14 yards and the other from 41 as the home Indians broke the tie.

The win puts the defending district champions in the driver’s seat, while Hoxie still is in good position for the second playoff spot in district play via last week’s win against Atwood-Rawlins County.

Senior Latham Schwarz led Hoxie’s run game Friday, putting up 91 yards on a 31 carries. He also had 11 tackles in a defensive battle

Hoxie (4-1) will travel to winless Quinter on Friday. St. Francis (5-0) is back at home to face Rawlins County. The Buffaloes will need a win or would be 0-2 against the top two teams in the district to this point. Rawlins County fell 22-6 to Hoxie in Week 4, and had an open date Friday.

 Hill City 35, Trego 14

Also in DI, District 8, the Hill City Ringnecks took out Trego in Hill City. The win pushes the Ringnecks’ district record to 2-1, though they have yet to play Rawlins County or Hoxie. Hill City got a big night from Ethan Hamel in the win against the Golden Eagles. He completed 14 of 25 passes for 241 yards and three scores to one interception .He also rushed 12 times for 68 yards and a score as the Ringnecks led 14-8 at halftime, then outscored the visitors 21-6 in the third and fourth quarters.

Trego quarterback Keagan Shubert finished 8 of 21 for 121 yards and a TD, while Hunter Price put up a big game on the ground, carrying 23 times for 196 yards and a score. He had 196 of the Golden Eagles’ 206 yards. Price also caught three passes for 42 yards. The lone TD toss went to Brendan Flax.

Hill City will step out of district play this week to host Rural Vista, while Trego (2-3) returns home to face Oberlin-Decatur Community. The Red Devils defeated Quinter, 58-12, in other district action Friday.

 Otis-Bison 70, Wallace County 24

In Otis, the host Cougars erased a 16-14 first-quarter deficit by exploding for 26 points in the second quarter, then 22 in the third, eventually ending the game early with a fourth-quarter touchdown.

The Cougars improved to 4-1, and 1-0 in Eight-Man Division II, District 6. Wallace County, a sub-state runner-up a year ago, fell to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in district play.

Otis-Bison running back Blake Bahr had a hand in six touchdowns and quarterback Anton Foust had a hand in five as the Cougars scored the most points they’ve had since posting 104 in a shootout with Kinsley in 2014.

Foust completed 8 of 16 passes for 109 yards and three scores — one going to Bahr — while Bahr rushed for 148 yards on eight touches. Foust also had 136 rushing yards on seven carries.

Wallace County’s Luke Johnson completed 5 of 11 passes for 68 yards and a score, while Seth Johnson had 91 rushing yards on 23 attempts with a score.

The top three teams in the district — Dighton, Hodgeman County and Otis-Bison — have a combined two losses. Dighton sits 5-0 after a 49-0 win Friday against Triplains-Brewster. Hodgeman County is 4-1 after defeating Greeley County 60-14. Otis-Bison is at Greeley County in Week 6, while Wallace County is at Dighton.

Ness City 53, Kinsley 0

At Kinsley, the Eagles jumped all over the Coyotes in their Eight-Man Division I, District 7 opener to be one of three teams at 1-0 in district play. The Eagles moved to 3-2 as Brennan Chacon rushed for six scores on 18 carries and 176 yards.

John Pfannenstiel added 42 yards and a score on just three carries, and completed 2 of 6 passes for 7 yards. The Eagles are at home to face unbeaten Spearville on Friday. The Lancers rolled to a 48-2 win over previously unbeaten Montezuma-South Gray in other district action Friday.

Osborne 58, Solomon 40

Having a quarterback and a top running back sit out didn’t slow down the defending Eight-Man Division I champions. Opening play in Division I, District 4 with a three-score win.

Quarterback Darnell Holloway and running back Darrien Holloway didn’t play, leaving the door open for a huge game for running back Denton Schurr. He posted 465 rushing yards on 49 carries and 7 touchdowns as the Bulldogs scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to grab the win.

Schurr’s 465 was part of Osborne’s 534 rushing yards, while junior Kade Miller stepped in as a running back to post 16 carries for 61 yards and a score.

The Bulldogs (4-1) play at Logan-Palco (4-1) in a key district matchup in Week 6.

The big game pushed Schurr’s career mark to 3,044 yards and 59 scores.

Plainville 50, Republic County 6

In their homecoming game, the Cardinals won their second straight by steamrolling the visiting Buffaloes. Plainville (2-3) got five touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Jordan Finnesy (one passing). He rushed 17 times for 189 yards and four scores, and completed all four passing attempts for 69 yards.

Converted lineman Hayden Gillum also added a rushing score from 39 yards and Tanner Copeland completed the scoring with a 4-yard run.

The Cardinals, after a rough start against the beef of their regular season schedule, have won the last two contests 24-6 and 50-6. Plainville will travel to Salina to face Sacred Heart (1-4) on Friday.

Smith Center 62, Oakley 6

Since dropping a 23-0 game to Phillipsburg, Smith Center has not been touched, posting 61-14, 43-0 and 62-6 victories the last three weeks. In Friday’s win at Oakley, the Redmen put up a 46-0 lead by halftime, then tacked on two more scores to roll to a 4-1 mark. The Redmen will play at Ellis (2-3) in Week 6.

Phillipsburg 69, Ellis 13

In the Panthers’ homecoming, Phillispburg left little doubt early, leading 31-0 by the end of the first quarter and 55-0 by halftime. The Panthers have outscored opponents 255-27, the closest contest being a 23-0 win at Smith Center.

Trey Sides complete both his passing attempts and both went for TDs on Friday for a combined 59 yards. He added four rushing attempts for 86 yards and a score. Kirk Coomes carried the ball just six times for 151 yards and three scores, the longest being a 68-yard TD run. He also had a 47-yard TD run. Cha’ron Ellis and Nathan Moon also got in on the scoring action in the ground game. The Panthers put up 399 yards on the ground, holding Ellis to 156 total yards in the game.

Joseph Eck finished 3 of 9 passing for 6 yards and threw two interceptions. One was returned by the Panthers’ John Gower for a 25-yard TD.

Konnor Pfeifer, a freshman, was the Railers’ leading rusher. He had 12 carries for 76 yards.

The Railers (3-2) will be at home to face Smith Center on Friday. Phillipsburg travels to Larned, which despite a 2-3 record, could be the Panthers’ toughest test of the regular season.

La Crosse 67, Sublette 8

In the Leopards’ homecoming at La Crosse, senior Zak Brown posted 97 yards on 11 carries, and scored three times as the Leopards won their third straight game.

La Crosse posted 289 rushing yards from seven different backs, while Hunter Morgan passed for 136 yards and two scores.

After starting the year 0-2, the Leopards have outscored two of their last three opponents 90-15, and own a 31-26 win over previously unbeaten Ellsworth.

La Crosse travels to 2-3 Stanton County in Week 6.

Eight-Man II, District 5

The Sylvan-Lucas Mustangs remain the only unbeaten team in the district as they rolled to a 50-0 win against Stockton in Stockton. Northern Valley moved to 3-2 and 1-0 in district play after a 46-0 blowout against Lakeside. The other team to grab a win was Thunder Ridge as the Longhorns took care of Wilson, 62-12, for their first win. Thunder Ridge is at home to face Stockton. Northern Valley is at Wilson, while Sylvan-Lucas is at home to face Lakeside.

Area scores from Friday

Beloit 36, Russell 14

Pawnee Heights 52, Cheylin 26

Cimarron 44, TMP-Marian 35

Holcomb 27, Colby 0

Dighton 49, Tripains-Brewster 0

Phillipsburg 69, Ellis 13

Golden Plains 36, Fowler 26

Valley Center 24, Hays High 7

St. Francis 16, Hoxie 8

Northern Valley 46, Lakeside 0

Victoria 50, Logan-Palco 26

Ness City 53, Kinsley 0

Plainville 50, Republic County 6

Decatur Community 58, Quinter 12

Otis-Bison 70, Wallace County 24

Smith Center 62, Oakley 6

La Crosse 56, Sublette 8

Sylvan-Lucas 50, Stockton 0

Thunder Ridge 62, Wilson 12

Hill City 35, Trego 14

Natoma 51, Western Plains 0

Weskan 54, Wheatland-Grinnell 20