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Pedigo's 5 TDs spark Hoisington Cardinals
Hoisington Cardinal Wyatt Pedigo (33) gains yardage.jpg
Hoisington Cardinal Wyatt Pedigo (33) gains yardage. - photo by Hugo Gonzalez

HOISINGTON — Hoisington all-state TB-LB Wyatt Pedigo was a one-man wrecking crew with five touchdowns and a fumble recovery as the Cardinals roared past Hays-Thomas More Prep 42-12 in 2A District 8 football. The game was delayed 45 minutes at halftime due to a light malfunction.

Pedigo rushed for 192 yards and scored on runs of 4, 10, 30 and 38 yards. Quarterback Mason Haxton completed a 38-yard touchdown pass to Pedigo to start the scoring. Pedigo and Kameron Schneweis recovered fumbles and Wyatt Wikum intercepted a pass. Joshua Ball scored a rushing touchdown and had 11 tackles, four for loss.

"We played with our hands and got off blocks. We tackled and wrapped up. We executed and played better defensively," said Hoisington coach Zac Baird. "We've got a great group of seniors. When we play with energy, we played faster. We got other runners involved that second half. We got big runs from Hunter Morris and Josh Ball ran the ball hard."

Foreign exchange student Jaime Echanove converted 7-of-7 extra points in his varsity football debut.

"Jaime did a great job," said Baird. "He's automatic and consistent. He's got an accurate, strong leg. The first one he kicked in practice, he turned to coach (Ross) Coomes and said 'this is easy.' I appreciate his confidence.

TMP's Kade Harris scored on a 1-yard run and completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jace Lang.

No. 1 ranked 2A Hoisington (4-0, 1-0 District) plays at Ellsworth (4-0, 1-0 District) in a showdown of unbeaten teams.

Hays-TMP 6 0 6 0  — 12

Hoisington 7 21 21 0 —42

TMP—Kade Harris 1 run (kick failed); H—Wyatt Pedigo 38 pass from Mason Haxton (Jaime Echanove kick); H—Pedigo 4 run (Echanove kick); H—Pedigo 10 run (Echanove kick);  H—Pedigo 30 run (Echanove kick);  H—Josh Ball 4 run (Echanove kick); H--Pedigo 38 run (Echanove kick); TMP—Jace Lang 15 pass from Harris (kick failed) 

RUSHING—TMP—Dreiling 16-55; Harris 17-26; Lance Lang 8-23; Schwartz 2-1; team 2-(-4); H—30-411; Pedigo 12-192; Hunter Morris 3-121; Ball 5-31; Haxton 5-25; Cole Steinert 4-37; Avery Brewer 1-5.

PASSING—TMP—Harris 4-9-1, 44; Schwartz 0-2-0; H—Haxton 2-6-0, 42.

RECEIVING—TMP—Lance Lang 3-55; Jace Lang 1-15; Jace Wentling 1-7; H—Pedigo 1-38; Ball 1-4.