Hesston hosts Sterling in 3A playoffs tonight

By Steve Sell
November 01, 2016

Hesston’s football team entered its Class 3A district as the No. 3 seed, but there was little doubt it was No. 1.

The Swathers roared through their district with a 3-0 record, a division that included two 6-0 teams prior to the start. Hesston handled Hillsboro, Southeast of Saline and Marion by a combined score of 140-70 to earn a home playoff game tonight against Sterling.

Hesston got off to a rocky start to the season, losing three of its first four games.

But it all turned around with a 35-0 rout of playoff-bound Smoky Valley in Week 5. The offense was on fire the final 5 weeks, scoring no less than 34 points every game and also turning in games of 57 and 49 points.

The defense at times struggled, but Hesston showed it could win shootouts with its high-octane attack.

Like Hesston, Sterling enters tonight’s game 6-3. But the Black Bears’ confidence had to be shaken last week with a 71-8 loss to Halstead. Their other losses were to Class 2A Sedgwick and Marion. For those into comparative scores, Hesston walloped Marion 57-24 while the Black Bears were routed by the Warriors, 44-14.

If the Swathers win, they get the winner of Douglass and Chaparral on Saturday. Chaparral is a strong favorite in that game.