In a game filled with big plays, Junction City made more of them to take a 48-30 win over Hays High in Friday night’s season opener at Lewis Field Stadium.
Junior quarterback Andrew Khoury, in his first year as starter, threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns as the Blue Jays found plenty of open space in the Indian secondary.
Hays High did stop Junction City at the 1-yard line on the final play of the first half to trail 20-7 heading into the locker room. The Indians then scored first in the second half on an 88-yard punt return by sophomore Jaren Kanak to make it 20-14 with 8:18 remaining in the third quarter. Junction City responded by scoring the next three touchdowns in the third to take a 42-14 lead heading into the final period.
Hays High opened the scoring with a 44-yard run by senior running back Hayden Brown, who finished with a game-high 90 yards. Junction City took a 14-7 lead after the first, scoring on junior Russell Wilkey’s 1-yard run and a 45-yard TD pass from Khoury to senior wide receiver Ethan Alcorn.
Khoury added a 12-yard scoring toss to senior wideout Qua’Vez Humphreys for a 20-7 lead, but the Indian defense stopped Wilkey from the 2-yard line at the end of the half.
Hays High sophomore quarterback Dylan Dreiling, who was held to 4 yards passing on one completion in the first half, tossed a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth, a 7-yarder to Kanek and a 33-yard completion to sophomore Carson Kiefer.
Hays High will play host to rival Great Bend at 7 p.m. Friday at Lewis Field Stadium in both teams’ Western Athletic Conference opener. Great Bend won its season opener, defeating visiting Andover 13-10 in overtime.
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