Moundridge football coach Courtney Moddelmog is hoping that Friday’s 12-6 victory over arch-rival Inman signals a turnaround to the season.
The Wildcats ushered in district play with the hard-fought win, keyed by a great goal-line stand in the third quarter and coming up with a crucial fourth-down conversion late in the final period.
“We got the monkey off our back,” said Moddelmog, whose team is now 1-4 while the Teutons continued their offensive woes in losing for the fifth straight time.
The stats actually slanted the game more the Wildcats’ way than the final score. MHS rushed for 230 yards and totaled 274, while its defense held the Teutons to 163 total yards.
Moundridge’s Joel Holloway was a difference-maker, scoring both touchdowns, one in the second quarter and the other in the third. Inman got on the board with 2:58 left in the game on a dive by Kyle Blank.
Holloway finished with 105 yards on 18 carries. while DeShawn Pfeiff added 49. Blake Drueker rushed for 66 yards to lead the Teutons, with Chad Sprunger a yard behind.
Moundridge goes on the road Friday to play Medicine Lodge. Inman is home to play Sacred Heart.
• Smoky Valley 21, Hillsboro 20 — The Vikings held off a spirited bid by Hillsboro to improve to 3-2 on the year.
Smoky Valley pounded out 328 yards of total offense and kept the ball in the hands of quarterback Cole Norberg, who rushed for 231 yards on 36 carries. But it was the passing game that stepped to the front, as Norberg fired TD strikes to Kirk Barnes and Brandon Archuleta.
The Viking defense was staunch against the run, permitting just 100 yards on 34 carries. The Trojans did hit for 159 yards through the air. Riley O’Dell did yeoman work defensively for the Vikings with 16 tackles and Greg Elvin added 10.
Smoky Valley is back on the road Friday to play at Hoisington before entering district play the following week.
• Little River 54, Goessel 8 — The Redskins got back on the positive side and did it in overwhelming fashion.
Little River snapped a two-game losing streak, ending its game with Goessel in the third quarter. Four first-quarter touchdowns led to a 28-0 lead and it was 42-6 at the half.
Grant Harvey returned to his early season form with four touchdowns and a pair of deuces. Cordell Moore threw for a pair of scores, while Zach Galyon scored twice, one of them on a kickoff return. Collin January and Kyler Cox also got into the scoring act.
Little River, now 3-2, has a huge test Friday at unbeaten Central Plains.
• Central Plains 62, Canton-Galva 12 — Speaking of Central Plains, the unbeaten Oilers handed Canton-Galva its second defeat in five games, as Eagles coach Jeff Savage said that anything and everything went wrong as it was just one of those nights. He added that Central Plains is as good as any team C-G will see.
C-G played without starters Kendrick Bandy and Brody Scott, which didn’t help its chances, though it probably didn’t make a different in the outcome.
Travis Unruh ran for one C-G score and threw to Caleb Sovde for the other.
C-G hosts Solomon on Friday.
• Hesston 56, Haven 21 — What was expected to be a competitive game for the Swathers ended up in another rout as Hesston is now 5-0 on the year.
The Swathers piled up four touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 35-21 in the wildly entertaining first half. Hesston then pulled away with three second-half touchdowns while pitching a shutout.
Grant Raleigh had another huge night by rushing for five score and throwing to Tyler McCartney for two more. Daniel Fulghum had the other score while Garrett Roth nailed eight straight extra points.
Hesston goes to Pratt on Friday.