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Cardinals survive Beloit scare 26-20
Hoisington halfback Holt Hanzlick gains yardage against Norton. - photo by Photo by Dan Witt


HOISINGTON  — Hoisington’s Holt Hanzlick scored three touchdowns as the No. 2 ranked Cardinals survived 26-20 against Beloit in 2A, District 8 football. Hanzlick scored on 1-and 7-yard runs and converted a 10-yard pass from quarterback Mason Haxton with eight seconds left in the first half.

Hanzlick was a defenive terror with six tackles and 10 tackles with two stops for losses. Logan Robinson contributed six tackles and five assists. Chase Robinson intercepted a pass.

The Cardinals (8-0, 5-0 District) will play Ellis (3-5) Oct. 31 in the 2A playoffs.

Hoisington failed to build momentum heading to the 2A playoffs. The Cardinals rushed for 164 yards, half of their average.  Beloit (2-6, 1-3) rushed for 160 yards and had 58 yards passing.

“Beloit played harder than we did, so a lot of credit goes to them,” said Hoisington coach Zach Baird. “It’s a lack of effort.”

Beloit quarterback Owen Eilert connected for touchdown passes to Brycn Corbett and Hunter Prohaska to keep the Trojans within one touchdown.

Beloit 6 0 7 6 — 20

Hoisington 6 7 7 6 — 26

H—Holt Hanzlick 1 run (kick failed)

B—Anthony Henke 20 run (run failed)

H—Hanzlick 10 pass from Mason Haxton (Joshua Ball kick)

H—Hanzlick 8 run (Ball kick)

B—Brycn Corbett 37 pass from Owen Eilert (Brennan Walker pass from Eilert)

H—Cole Steinert 37 pass from Haxton (kick failed)

B—Hunter Prohaska 2 pass from Eilert (run failed)


RUSHING—B—48-160; Henke 25-111; Benson Berndt 18-63; Prohaska 3-7; Eilert 2-(-21); H—33-164; Holt Hanzlick 13-95; Hunter Morris 2-33; Cole Steinert 3-22; Joshua Ball 8-18; Mason Haxton 6-5; Cade Mason 1-(-9)

PASSING—H—Haxton 5-6-0, 79; B—Eilert 6-15-1, 58

RECEIVING—H—Steinert 1-37; Dylan Richards 1-18; Hanzlick 1-10; Chase Robinson 1-9, Ball 1-5; B—Corbett 2-43; Henke 3-13, Prohaska 1-2

Cheney crushes Larned


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CHENEY —  Undefeated Cheney moved their record to 8-0 Friday 48-22, claiming the championship of 3A District 8.

Larned (2-5, 1-3) travels to No. 1 ranked Andale (8-0) Oct. 31. fell to 2-5 but still claimed the number 4, and final, playoff berth in the District. Cheney will host Halstead on Friday in first-round playoff action while Larned will travel to Number-one-ranked Andale, the District 7 champion who knocked off previously undefeated Wichita Collegiate Friday 43-14. 

Larned took the opening kickoff and mixed strong runs and timely passes to advance deep into Cheney territory but an interception by Logan Bartlett on the Cardinals’ 23 killed the drive. Cheney then put together a drive of their own that resulted in an 11-yard touchdown pass from Harrison Voth to Luke Grace and following a conversion kick the Cardinals had a 7-0 lead.  

“That early interception really changed the momentum in the game, stated Larned coch Tad Remy. I thought we were going to score and grab the early lead and momentum but that changed things”, he added. 

Larned answered quickly when quarterback Dillan Smith broke loose for a 55-yard touchdown run and Fernando Herrera toed through the kick and the game was tied 7-7. 

Cheney posted 28 consecutive points to blunt any Larned upset hopes for a 35-7 halftime lead. Cheney benefitted from two first-half Larned turnovers, the interception and a blocked punt at Larned’s 33-yard line that was converted into points with 9 seconds remaining in the half on a 10-yard touchdown reception by Dayton Higgs from Harrison Voth.

Voth was a thorn for Larned all evening with his pinpoint  passing and scrambling ability. Numerous times he extended a play while escaping from defensive pressure and then finding an open receiver. Voth accounted for 223 yards of total offense with 40 yards rushing and 183 passing, accounting for five touchdowns.

After the first half onslaught Larned held Cheney on the Cardinals first possession of the second half and moved downfield behind a big pass to Gunner Cline and some nifty running by Andreus Tucker. With 8:04 remaining in the third quarter Tucker scampered 8 yards for a touchdown and Larned narrowed the gap to 35-14 but just three minutes later Cheney answered that score with a 7-yard touchdown run by Brody Hillman and the Cardinal fans sensed victory.

Larned coach Tad Remy said, “Cheney is a very good team and Voth is an outstanding quarterback. Our kids played hard and played well but the three turnovers really hurt us and then we had a few injuries that hurt.” 

Larned played most of the fourth quarter without quarterback Dillan Smith who was hurt on an late hit. Jack Stelter took over at quarterback and directed Larned’s final touchdown. Stelter scored on a 20-yard run and a two-point conversion run with 2:48 remaining for the final 48-22 score.

Voth was outstanding for the Cardinals as he completed 16 of 27 passes to a bevy of talented receivers. Cheney posted 240 yards rushing and 214 yards passing in a balanced attack. Luke Grace caught 9 passes totaling 99 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

Larned posted 189 yards rushing, led by Dillan Smith’s 81 and Andreus Tucker with 53 but Larned’s usually potent passing game struggled with only 151 yards as Smith and Stelter were under tremendous defensive pressure throughout the game. Smith was 7 of 11 for 101 yards and Jack Stelter was 3 of 5 for 50 yards. 

Larned 7 0 7 8 — 22

Cheney 14 21 6 7 — 48

C—Luke Grace 11 pass from Harrison Voth (Logan Bartlett kick)

L—Dillan Smith 55 run (Fernando Herrera kick)

C—Dayton Higgs 35 run (Bartlett kick)

C—Voth 2 run (Bartlett kick)

C—Grace 27 pass from Voth (Bartlett kick)

C—Higgs 10 pass from Voth (Bartlett kick)  

L—Andreus Tucker 8 run (Herrera kick)

C—Brody Hillman 7 run (kick failed)

C—Voth 2 run (Bartlett kick)

L—Jack Stelter 20 run (2-pointer)


RUSHING—L—189; Smith 81; Tucker 53; C—Harrison Voth 40 

PASSING—L—Smith 7-11-1, 101; Jack Stelter 3-5-0, 50; C—Voth 16-27-0, 183

RECEIVING—L—Stelter; Tucker; Fernando Herrera; Snyder; Luke Wilson; C—Grace 9-99


CLAFLIN — Central Plains quarterback Michael Laymon scored four touchdowns and Michael Menges scored three times as the Oilers roared past Wilson 66-20 in 8-Man 2, District 5. Central Plains (5-1, 3-1) secures a home playoff game Thursday against Peabody (5-3).

Michael Laymon gained 104 yards and scored on runs of 1, 2, 16 and 32 yards. Menges rushed for 189 yards and converted scoring runs of 10, 19 and 55 yards. William Laymon scored on a 54-yard fumble return. 

Wilson tailback Cooper Weinhold scored on a 51-yard run and on 4- and 11-yard passes from quarterback Camryn Eberhart.

Wilson 6 6 8 — 20

Central Plains 22 16 28 — 66

W—Cooper Weinhold 51 run 

CP—Michael Menges 10 run (Beck pass from Michael Laymon)

CP—M. Laymon 2 run 

CP—M. Laymon 32 run (M. Laymon run)

W—Weinhold 4 pass from Camryn Eberhart 

CP—Menges 55 run (Dawson McNeal pass from M. Laymon)

CP—William Laymon 54 fumble return (M. Laymon run)

CP—Menges 19 run

W—Weinhold 11 pass from Eberhart (pass from Eberhart)

CP—M. Laymon 16 run 

CP—Beck 34 pass from M. Laymon (34 run)

CP—M. Laymon 1  run (M. Laymon run)


RUSHING—CP—Michael Laymon 13-104; Michael Menges 12-189; Dawson McNeal 3-7; W—25-75; Cooper Weinhold 12-62; Camryn Eberhart 13-13

PASSING—CP—M. Laymon 5-10-0, 98; W—Eberhart 9-3-0, 140.

RECEIVING—CP—Karter Beck 2-60; Menges 2-30; McNeal 1-8; W—Weinhold 4-80, James Huck 3-24; Noah Crawford 1-31; Memphis Eberhart 1-5


MACKSVILLE — Macksville quarterback Ryan Kuckelman rushed for four touchdowns and passed for two scores in a hard-fought 50-44 loss to Kinsley in 8-Man 1, District 6. Macksville (3-4, 2-3 District) travels to Attica/Argonia for the 8-Man 1 football playoffs.

Kuckelman rushed for 91 yards and Jason Cleveland gained 80 yards. Isaiah Rose caught a 60-yard touchdown pass and Cleveland scored a receiving touchdown.

Kuckelman contributed 15 tackles and two assists. Cleveland had eight tackles. Cleven Huggins and Jonny Threlkeld intercepted passes and Gusatvo Portillo recovered a fumble.


RUSHING—M—45-171; Ryan Kuckelman 26-91; Jason Cleveland 18-80; Cleven Huggins 1-0

PASSING—M—Kuckelman 6-9-1, 141

RECEIVING—M—Isaiah Rose 2-68, Cleven Huggins 1-47, Cleveland 2-16, Jonny Threlkeld 1-16


BROOKVILLE — Ell-Saline quarterback T.J. Morrical rushed for four scores and completed a touchdown pass in the Cardinals' 65-0 victory over Ellinwood in 1A, District 3. Tailback Keenan Drees caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Morrical and added a trio of rushing touchdowns. Morrical rushed for 154 yards and Drees gained 170 yards for Ell-Saline (3-5, 2-4 District).

Ellinwood's Colby Heinz rushed for 30 yards and Aiden Ricker gained 26 yards. Ellinwood (0-8, 0-6 District) has been outscored 412-14 entering Friday's playoff game at Sedgwick (7-1). 

Ellinwood 0 0 0 0 — 0

Ell-Saline 18 27 7 13 — 65

ES—T.J. Morrical 26 run (kick failed)

ES—Keenan Drees 41 pass from Morrical (kick failed)

ES—Morrical 15 run (run failed)

ES—Drees 8 run (Gabe Roche kick)

ES—Morrical 5 run (kick failed)

ES—Kade Wilson 35 interception return (Roche kick)

ES—Drees 50 run (Roche kick)

ES—Morrical 55 run (Roche kick)

ES—Drees 67 run (kick failed)

ES—Mason Ellerman 10 fumble return (Roche kick)


RUSHING—E—29-30; Colby Heinz 9-30, Aiden Ricker 9-26, Gage Hosman 1-(4), Drew Heinz 10-(-26); ES—26-392

PASSING—E—Drew Heinz 1-10-5, 27; ES—Morrical 2-5-0, 30

RECEIVING—E—Nathan Ringwald 1-27


VICTORIA —Victoria quarterback Grant Schroenrock passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two scores in the Knights' 54-0 rout over Otis-Bison in 8-Man, District 8. Schroenrock completed two touchdown passes to Drayden Karlin and one to Lucas Klein. Schroenrock scored on 31- and 50-yard runs and gained 112 yards.

Victoria (8-0, 6-0 District) plays Norwich in the 8-Man Division 2 playoffs.

Otis-Bison (2-6, 2-4 District) was led by quarterback Kaden Foust with 70 yards passing. Christian Roth had 34 yards receiving and Dalton Regan had 28 yards receiving. Christian Roth had 41/2 tackles and Eston Juno had 31/2 tackles.

Otis-Bison 0 0 — 0

Victoria 38 16 — 54

V—Drayden Karlin 45 pass from Grant Schroenrock (Landon Schmidtberger pass from Schroenrock)—11:15

V—Lucas Klein 6 pass from Schroenrock (Jayvon Pruitt run)—7:44

V—Pruitt 16 run (pass failed)—5:27

V—Schroenrock 50 run (Pruitt run)—3:36

V—Karlin 36 pass from Schroenrock (Klein pass from Schroenrock)—0:33

V—Schroenrock 31 run (Carson Werth run)—9:35

V—Pruitt 11 run (Werth run)—9:06


RUSHING—OB—17-24; Ky Schwartz 3-9, Christian Roth 7-8, Dalton Regan 2-6, Kaden Foust 5-2; V—20-218; Schroenrock 6-111, Pruitt 6-78, Karlin 1-10, Schmidtberger 2-10, Chase Schumacher 4-5, Werth 1-4

PASSING—OB—Foust 6-16-2, 70; H—Schroenrock 5-9-0, 97

RECEIVING—OB—C. Roth 3-34, Schwartz 1-28, Regan 2-8; V—Karlin 3-91, Klein 1-6


HUTCHINSON — Missing leading rusher Kleyton Schrieber didn’t translate well for the Stafford Trojans. Central Christian’s T.J. Bessmer scored four touchdowns and Dawson Urwiller scored three times in a 62-16 victory over the Trojans in 8-man, District 6.

Stafford (4-4, 2-4) was eliminated from playoff contention before kickoff because Peabody (5-3, 4-2) owned a 64-62 victory over Stafford. Central Christian (4-4, 3-3) was also eliminated from playoff contention by Peabody’s overtime victory over Norwich.

Stafford 8 8 0 0 — 16

Hutchinson CC 20 7 8 0 — 62

CC—T.J. Bessmer 17 run (kick failed)

CC—Carson Hamby 2 run (kick blocked)

S—Foos 47 run (Tai Hildebrand run)

CC—Emilio Ibarra 4 run (Bessmer run)

CC—Bessmer 12 run (Hudson Clark kick)

S—Tai Hildebrand 1 run (Tai Hildebrand run)

CC—Bessmer 1 run (Bessmer run)

CC—Dawson Urwiller 9 run (Clark kick)

CC—Urwiller 2 run (Erwiller run)

CC—Bessmer 5 run (pass failed)

CC—Urwiller 35 run