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Area football recap
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Area football recap - photo by Dale Hogg

Victoria-16,  Central Plains-12

VICTORIA— In a showdown of defending 8-man state champions Victoria avenged last year’s season opening loss to Central Plains with a 16-12 victory over the visiting Oilers Friday.

The Knights never trailed and scored first midway through the opening period and converted the extra try to go up 8-0.

The Oilers responded on the next possession as Jacob Warnken trotted in from two yards out but a missed extra attempt had Central Plains trailing 8-6 with 2:25 remaining in the first quarter.

With 5:03 remaining in the second period the Knights would score again on short yardage, this time on a two-yard rush. The Knights converted the extra point run giving Victoria a 16-6 advantage heading to the break.

Central Plains would score for the final time for either team with just under a minute remaining in the third period.

The Oilers went to the air on a four-yard dump pass from quarterback Braedan Crites to Bryce Miller. Central Plains missed their extra point attempt on an unconverted pass.

Otis-Bison-54, Macksville-0

OTIS—Brad Lightfoot scored two touchdowns and carried the ball seven times for 52 yards as Otis-Bison rolled past Macksville in the season opener for both teams.

Lightfoot’s 43-yard touchdown run began the scoring fest for the Cougars before Kade Urban posted three consecutive scores on the rush.

Another Lightfoot touchdown run, this time from 10 yards out, gave Otis-Bison a 38-0 lead just four seconds into the second period.

Nick Higgason then scored from 42 yards away before a five-yard scamper by Anton Foust put the Cougars up, 52-0 with 4:12 left before intermission.

The game would end on the mercy rule at halftime as the Cougars caught Macksville in their own end zone for a safety.

Pretty Prairie-48, Stafford-0

PRETTY PRAIRIE—Following an 8-0 lead after the first quarter, Pretty Prairie went on a 34-point rampage in the second period and sealed the deal with another touchdown in the third as the Bulldogs opened their season with a 48-0 routing of Stafford.

The Trojans, who lost several graduated seniors from last season, struggled all night trying to produce an offensive spark plug. Stafford managed just 46 yards on the ground and five yards in the passing department.

Junior Trace Schultz led the defense for Stafford with 15 tackles while freshman Caleb Hidebrand posted 12 stops.

Ellinwood-50, St. John-0

ST. JOHN— The Eagles put up 50 unanswered points and the game was called at the half as Ellinwood opened their 2015 season with a 50-0 victory over St. John.

Ellinwood scored 28 points in the first quarter alone. St. John, who is very low on numbers this year with most of the team playing on both sides of line of scrimmage, was not allowed a first down conversion in the entire outing. The Eagle offense produced 18 first down conversions for the one half of competition.

The Tigers travel to Otis-Bison next Friday while Ellinwood is set to host Victoria.