The Hesston Swathers weren’t going to start the football season 0-2 again.
Hesston scored the first victory of the Tyson Bauerle era on Friday as it avenged last year’s loss to Halsetad with a 37-22 victory.
The game, though, started as a defensive struggle as the Swathers led only 10-8 at the half.
But Hesston reached paydirt four times in the second half.
Cameron Cox had a huge night, including TD runs of 16, 72 and 8 yards. Parker Roth powered his way to touchdowns of 44 and 75 yards and Jorge Morales added a field goal.
• Canton-Galva 62, Rural Vista 6
Canton-Galva not only won, it needed only a half as it overwhelmed Rural Vista to give Shelby Hoppes his first Eagle coaching victory.
The Eagles scored 40 points in the first quarter.
Landon Everett guided the Eagles to the win and scored three times, and Dylan Wood contributed four scores to lead C-G.
• Marion 64, Inman 13 — The Warriors were unstoppable, scoring 36 points in the first quarter and 20 more in the second.
Payton Froese scored the first Teuton touchdown, with Jaxon Eddy coming up with the other on pass from Connor Brown.
• Larned 28, Smoky Valley 14 –Smoky Valley ran 70 plays to just 38 for Larned, but that didn’t seem to matter.
The Indians averaged 8.5 yards a play and had 323 yards to 4.0 and 281 for the Vikings.
Larned jumped out to a 21-6 halftime lead, with Cort Elliott scoring for the Vikes. Riley Odell’s 2-yard run accounted for the other SV score, with Kyle Anderson running for 2.
Anderson was held to 63 yards on 19 carries, Odell had 53 on 13, Tim Lambert had 41 on 13 and Elliott was 9 for 38. Anthony McConnell was a handful as he led Larned with 177 yards on 17 carries and scored three times.
• Trinity Catholic 30, Moundridge 19 – The Wildcats are 0-2, but they’ve been right there in both losses.
The Wildcats led 7-0 early on a Collin Kohl 2-yard run, with Damian Calderon booting the PAT.
After MHS got down 16-7, it pulled within 16-13 on a 16-yard pass from Mason Dyck to Calderon.
Trinity, though, scored the next two touchdowns before Dyck ran for a 1-yard fourth-quarter score.
Moundridge actually won the yardage battle, 231-223 and had the edge in plays, 67-57.
Dyck threw for 184 yards. The MHS ground game struggled, though, as Jerod Kaufman, coming off a 100-yard game, was held to 29 on 19 carries and Dyck added just 16 on 12 tries.
Noah Eichelberger had his second straight 100-yard receiving game with 104 on 8 catches. Calderon had 7 tackles to lead the defense
• Bennington 42, Little River 20 — In a bit of a surprise, the Bulldogs’ defense was tough for three quarters to build up a 26-6 lead before Little River got untracked with two fourth-quarter scores.
Hunter Thomas scored twice for Little River and Peyton Harvey added a TD, but it was too much J.J. Allen as he carried 34 times for 220 yards and four scores for the Bulldogs.
Harvey had 76 yards on 8 carries for Little River, which was held to 159 yards.