Hesston, SV, LR make playoffs

By Steve Sell
October 21, 2017

The offensive numbers the Hesston Swathers put up on Friday were simply flabbergasting.

The Swathers averaged 11.2 yards per play and totaled 649 — 555 on the ground — to outscore the Trojans, 59-42.

It was another amazing night for the 1-2 punch of Cameron Cox and Parker Roth. Cox stunningly ran for 309 yards and three scores, while Roth rumbled for 209 and four scores.

Cox also threw a TD pass to Grady Toews.

Southeast quarterback Hunter White was remarkable in defeat. He rushed for 195 yards and three scores and threw for 151 and three more touchdowns.

Hesston is now 5-3, just like last year when it advanced all the way to the state title game. It will play at Marion on Friday for the district title. The Warriors routed Hillsboro 44-12 on Friday. The winner of Hesston-Marion is home for the first round of the playoffs, the loser goes on the road.

• Little River 66, Ellinwood 18 — Little River is playoff bound.

The Redskins clinched a berth on Friday by ending their game early with Ellinwood.

It was 30-6 at the half and then the Redskins erupted for 30 points in the third quarter.

It was a monster night for Hunter Thomas as he rushed for 209 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns. Graham Stephens also scored three rushing TDs and Peyton Harvey had a TD on the ground. The Redskins did not complete a pass and attempted only two.

Harvey had a punt return for a TD and Stephens had a pick-six for yet another score.

Little River hosts St. John in the finale, provided the Tigers have enough players. They had to forfeit a game earlier this season, but did have enough to play Central Plains on Friday.

• Canton-Galva 46, Goessel 0 — The Eagles now have a chance at a winning season.

In what was expected to be a somewhat closer game, the Eagles would have none of that as they ended it by halftime as the defense came to play.

C-G scored 24 points in the first quarter and tacked on 22 more in the second as the Eagle faithful were able to head home early.

It was an amazing night for Dylan Wood, who rushed for 196 yards on 14 carries and scored five times. Landon Everett rushed for 76 yards and threw a TD pass to Kinser Colgin.

Amazingly, C-G had 314 yards of offense to just 18 for the Bluebirds.

The 4-4 Eagles host Ellinwood for their season finale.

• Smoky Valley 43, Chapman 12 — The Vikings clinched a playoff berth for the second straight year and will play at Clay Center for the district championship on Friday.

Kyle Anderson had a big night on the ground by rushing 19 times for 200 yards. He got into the end zone four times.

Cort Elliott and Brett Heitschmidt also scored rushing TDs.

Smoky Valley totaled 402 yards on offense and gave up only 210.

• Medicine Lodge 15, Moundridge 6 — It was the battle for the second playoff spot.

For Moundridge, it was a painfully disappointing loss as it simply couldn’t muster enough offense without injured starting quarterback Mason Dyck.

The Chiefs led 9-6 at the half and scored the game’s only second-half touchdown.

Corbin Unruh rushed for 70 yards for the Wildcats and Jerod Kaufman added 60. The only score for MHS came on a TD pass to Noah Eichelberger from Hunter Emerson.

The game also was close in total offense, with Medicine Lodge totaling 275 yards and the Wildcats 242.

Moundridge is now 2-6 and hosts Prue, Okla., in a non-district game to close out the season.

• Note — Inman plays today at Christ Prep Academy.