The Moundridge Wildcats enjoyed winning so much for the first time last week that they decided to do it again.
The Wildcats were pushed to the limit Friday night, but outlasted Medicine Lodge 21-20 to improve to 2-0 in the district, 2-4 overall.
The MHS defense came up big late to thwart a potential game-winning drive by the Chiefs.
The Wildcats’ Joel Holloway scored on the game’s first play on a 70-yard sprint and MHS coach Matt Cole said his team might have relaxed a bit since it came so easy.
Damian Calderon put the Wildcats ahead 14-7, but Medicine Lodge tied the game, then went ahead 20-14. Anthony Otte scored the game-winner on a short run late in the third quarter.
Trenton Olson was in on 20 tackles for the Wildcats, 14 of them being solo. Medicine Lodge actually controlled the clock and had a few more yards, but the Wildcats had the advantage where it mattered most — on the scoreboard.
Moundridge has a non-district game on Friday when it hosts Remington.
• Hoisington 41, Smoky Valley 6 — The undefeated Cardinals jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead and cruised from there.
The loss dropped the Vikings to 2-4 as they head into district play on Friday at Nickerson.
Riley Odell scored the Vikes’ touchdown on a 5-yard run. The Cardinals limited Smoky to just 116 yards of total offense, with Kyle Anderson rushing for 37 yards on six carries.
• Sacred Heart 47, Inman 14 — The Knights’ Jacob Farber rushed for 250 yards and three touchdowns as they were simply too physical, pounding out to a 34-8 halftime lead.
Inman, falling to 1-5, was led by Keaton Case, who rushed for 117 yards. Inman moved the ball well on the ground with 217 rushing yards.
Inman has another tough game Friday when it hosts Sedgwick.
• Central Plains 62, Little River 16
The Redskins did take the Oilers into the fourth quarter before Central Plains finally hit the point-rule mark.
It was 48-8 at the half as Central Plains snapped Little River’s four-game winning streak.
Josh Dold scored in the first quarter for Little River and Peyton Harvey’s 2-pointer tied the game at 8-all.
But Central Plains scored the next 40 points before Clay Zeller hooked up with Damian Martinez for a 16-yard scoring strike.
Dold had a nice night with 74 yards on seven carries. Zeller threw for 64 yards.
Little River returns to district play on Friday at Canton-Galva.
• Solomon 50, Canton-Galva 0 – Undefeated Solomon ended the game at halftime, scoring 42 points in the first quarter.
The Eagles had only nine healthy players. Travis Unruh rushed 12 times for 36 yards to lead the C-G offense.
The Eagles, now 1-5, host Little River on Friday.
• Hesston 14, Pratt 7 — In a battle of 4-1 teams, the Swathers’ defense was just too rugged for the Greenbacks.
Pratt led 7-0 early, but Zach Esau threw a TD pass to Scott Duerksen to tie the game, then Esau scored from a yard in the third quarter before the defense massaged the lead the rest of the game.
Hesston will try to improve to 6-1 next week when it begins district play against Hillsboro.