HOISINGTON — Nolan McCurry broke free early and often for Hoisington High School’s football team against Thomas More Prep Marian on Thursday night.
The junior tailback broke loose for four touchdowns, leading the Cardinals to a 26-17 victory.
McCurry scored a pair of touchdowns in the first half, a 59-yard jaunt in the first quarter, and a 67-yard sprint with 2:47 remaining before intermission.
Hoisington led 12-3 at halftime.
McCurry punched in another score from 15 yards out with 7:46 remaining in the third quarter.
The Monarchs closed to within 19-11, but McCurry turned on the burners for a 62-yard TD late in the third quarter, making it 26-11.
Thomas More Prep scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t make up the difference.
With the win, Hoisington is the Class 3A District 15 runner-up and the Mid-Central Activities Association champion in the final year of the conference’s existence. Hoisington (4-4) plays at Holcomb (6-3) in Tuesday's first round of the Class 3A football playoffs.
Larned 27, Pratt 14
PRATT — Larned is in.
For the first time since 1985, the Indians are going to play in the postseason after rallying from a 14-7 deficit in the fourth quarter to win their 4A District 14 game.
In the final 12 minutes, Brayden Smith had a receiving touchdown from quarterback Easton Palmer to tie it up. Trey Kraisinger had an interception return for a go-ahead TD, and Jamil Shoemaker put it away with a rushing score.
Gage Stude also had a rushing touchdown in the game. Larned (7-2) plays at Andale (9-0) in Tuesday's first round of the Class 4A football playoffs.
Otis-Bison 32, Sylvan-Lucas 30
OTIS — For Otis-Bison it was just too little, too late.
The Cougars defeated Sylvan-Lucas, causing a three-way tie for runner-up in the Eight-Man Division-II District 7 standings at 3-2.
Dighton, the third team in the tie, beat Western Plains 56-6.
Dighton leads the three teams with 37 tiebreaker points. Sylvan-Lucas has 25, and Otis-Bison finished with two.
Cougars quarterback Kole Urban rushed for a team-leading 90 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 56-yard punt return for a TD.
Kade Urban added 61 yards and two scores on the ground.
Central Plains 38, Little River 14
CLAFLIN — Central Plains finishes the regular season with an 8-1 record after topping Little River.
Oilers quarterback Braeden Crites threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two more in the win.
Crites completed 33- and 9-yard TD passes for Layne Bieberle and an 11-yard scoring toss to Michael Lamatsch.
Crites rushed for 48- and 2-yard touchdowns. Central Plains (8-1) plays South Central (8-1) at home in Tuesday's first round of the Eight-Man I football playoffs.
Kiowa County 48, St. John-Hudson 0
ST. JOHN — St. John only managed 35 yards of total offense against the undefeated Kiowa County defense.
The Mavericks ended the game in the third quarter due to the 45-point rule.
Trever Powell led Kiowa County with 228 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
— Kevin Price