It appears the Moundridge Wildcats have found their groove.
After four straight losses to open the football season, the Wildcats have been a different team since district play got under way.
Moundridge moved to 2-0 in its district on Friday with a 44-8 rout of arch-rival Inman, piling up 565 yards of total offense.
Jerod Kaufman was a sledgehammer for the Wildcats by pounding out 288 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns. Daniel Kaufman also had two rushing TDs, and Damion Calderon and Cody Hazelton added one apiece.
Mason Dyck has shaken off his early season injuries, throwing for 115 yards as he completed 5 of 7 on the night.
Inman actually had an early 8-6 lead as Payton Froese and Connor Brown hooked up on an 85-yard bomb. Froese had a nice night throwing the ball with 208 yards on 12 of 21. Brown totaled 102 yards in receptions and Jack Doerksen had six catches for 67 yards.
Jerod Kaufman, Noah Eichelberger and Dillon Vogts were the tackle leaders for Moundridge.
The Wildcats play Friday at Sedgwick with the district championship possibly on the line. The Teutons are home against Remington.
• Canton-Galva 66, St. John 32 — After being blanked last week by Central Plains, the Eagles scored 28 points in the second quarter and 30 in the third.
The Eagles ran only 22 plays, but accounted for 241 yards. Dylan Wood had a big night for C-G with 109 yards rushing and three scores, while catching a touchdown pass. Landon Everett and Jonah Sargent added rushing TDs, while both had kickoff returns for scores.
Wood led the defense with 9 tackles.
• Hesston 30, Kingman 14 — The Swathers got back on track to even their record at 3-3.
Parker Roth started the game with a bang by blazing 80 yards just 14 seconds into it and he added two more touchdowns before the first half was over. He finished with 142 yards on 19 carries and Cameron Cox ran it 31 times for 101 yards. He only threw for 59, with Reese Nebel catching three for 34. Jorge Morales contributed a field goal from 30 yards.
After leading 21-0, the Swathers saw the Eagles rally within 21-14, but Cox hooked up with Nebel to give Hesston some breathing room.
The Swathers start district play on Friday going to Hillsboro.
• Smoky Valley 22, Lyons 0 — The 5-1 Vikings tuned up for district play with a short-night victory as Lyons called the game after a quarter.
The Vikings were dominating the proceedings when the weather brought a halt to the game. Kyle Anderson ran for a pair of scores and had 59 yards rushing on five carries, while Brett Heitschmidt threw to Zach Able for another score.
Lyons had only 21 yards of offense and was clearly overmatched, which made the decision to call the game much easier.
Smoky Valley begins district play next week hosting Rock Creek.
• Central Plains 52, Little River 12 — At first glance, it appears the Redskins were never in the game, but looks can be deceiving.
Little River trailed Central Plains just 14-6 at the half after taking a 6-0 lead on a Peyton Harvey touchdown.
Little River also scored first in the second half to pull within 14-12 on a 3-yard run by Hunter Thomas, but after putting up such a great fight, the wheels came off as Central Plains scored the game’s final 38 points.
Little River managed only 137 yards of total offense as the Oilers were physical up front. Harvey did rush for 50 yards to lead the LR offense.
Little River goes to Canton-Galva on Friday in the game that could very well determine the second district playoff qualifier after Central Plains. Last year it was the Redskins who came in as No. 2.