INMAN — Matt Cole won’t forget his first win as Moundridge head football coach anytime soon.
Not only did the Wildcats break through Friday night, but it was against arch-rival Inman and perhaps most importantly, it was the district opener.
In the renewal of “the greatest high school rivalry West of the Mississippi,” the Wildcats finally put four solid quarters together for a surprisingly decisive 21-0 victory over the Teutons.
Moundridge set the tone early with a pair of Dylan Sugars touchdown runs in the first quarter and then in the third quarter, Joel Holloway provided the insurance with the TD dagger.
Cole said he was pleased with the Wildcats’ running game as they pounded out 189 yards, including 111 on 25 carries by the diminutive Damian Calderon. Holloway added 40 yards and Sugars picked up 34.
Cole also was pleased that the defense, led by Trenton Olson, limited the Teutons’ ground game and didn’t allow it to control the clock.
Olson updated his resume for postseason “all” honors with another 11 tackles, seven of them being solos.
Cole said his team was flying to the football and gained confidence as the night went on.
The 1-4 Wildcats, who have played four of their five games on the road, are home for three of the last four, starting with Friday’s district home game against Medicine Lodge.
Inman, also 1-4, goes on the road to play Sacred Heart, which was routed 44-14 Friday by Sedgwick.
• Central Plains 52, Canton-Galva 0 — It wasn’t so much what the Eagles didn’t do, it was what the Oilers did.
C-G coach Dustin Patee, whose team had only eight healthy bodies, was proud of the effort against the No. 1 team in the state.
The Oilers, just as they have done in most of their games, struck early with 38 first-quarter points and the game ended at halftime.
Travis Unruh was 4-of-5 passing for the Eagles. Garrett Romaine was the top receiver with three catches.
Patee said his team will watch film on Monday more for how well Central Plains executes and hopes it can learn from that. He says the Eagles should be at least up to 10 players next week when they play at Solomon.
• Smoky Valley 35, Hillsboro 12 — When the Vikings win, they score a lot of points.
Smoky Valley improved to 2-3 and in its two wins, it has scored a combined 75 points.
This one was over early as the Vikes raced to a 22-0 lead over a Hillsboro team that is terribly young.
Kyler Anderson’s three TD runs keyed the win, while Brett Heitschmidt and Riley Odell had one apiece. Anderson, who is emerging as a big-time back, rushed for 132 yards and Odell added 127.
The Vikings will try to get back to the .500 mark Friday when they host Hoisington.
• Little River 36, Goessel 20 — The Redskins improved to 4-1 with their fourth straight win.
They broke away with 20 fourth-quarter points.
Peyton Harvey ran for 115 yards and two scores to lead the way, while Levi Swenson also had a good game on the ground with 68 yards on 11 totes and two more touchdowns. Josh Dold caught a TD pass from Clay Zeller.
Little River has its hands full on Friday when No. 1-ranked Central Plains comes to town.
• Hesston 55, Haven 8 — It was a no-doubter for the Swathers, now 4-1.
Hesston exploded for 42 first-half points and put it on cruise control from there.
Zach Esau ran for two scores and finished with 107 yards on 10 carries. Also with a big game was Scott Duerksen, who caught a TD pass from Esau and returned an interception for another score. Alex Hostetler chipped in with two TD runs and 73 yards. Parker Roth and Cameron Cox broke off long TD runs and combined for 166 yards on just eight carries.
Hesston is back home Friday to take on Pratt.