HOISINGTON — In a Mid-Central Activities Association showdown on Friday night, the Hoisington High School football team took hold of the advantage from the opening kickoff.
Then the momentum stayed firmly in the Cardinals’ hands as they routed Ellinwood 54-0 at Elton Brown Field.
“We have aspirations,” Hoisington head coach Jason Ingram said. “We delivered what we wanted to do for that first half, and we were able to play our JV the second half, so we’re looking forward to next week.
“They executed what we wanted.”
Cody Richter started Hoisington (2-2) off right, returning the kickoff to the Cardinals 48. It was the first of many possessions that Hoisington started near midfield.
“We put the Richter brothers back there just to have some fun,” Ingram said of Cody Richter and Cameron Richter. “We like what they do back there, and they gave us great field position. We did a great job.”
From there, explosive senior quarterback Hagan Hanzlick took over.
In a two-play drive, Hanzlick burst for 42- and 10-yard gains, on the way to scoring the first of his four touchdowns in the game.
Tailback Chance Demel scored on the Cardinals’ second possession on a 9-yard scamper to the end zone, followed by a 13-yard Hanzlick touchdown on the ground in the final minute of the first quarter.
“The whole group,” Ingram said. “Everybody, because I’m not going to single out anybody. Everybody did a great job tonight.”
Demel had one more touchdown on the night, finishing with 68 yards.
Hanzlick, who finished with 192 rushing yards, scored on 13- and 66-yard sprints in the second quarter.
Jeffrey Kaiser scored a defensive touchdown when a long snap shot over Ellinwood quarterback Jared Oelke’s head and into the end zone, where Kaiser fell on the ball.
Avery Urban added a TD on an 8-yard run, part of his 53 yards on the night.
The Eagles (0-4) were struck with injuries early in the game, seeing three players go down, possibly for the season.
Senior Cody Isern broke something in his hand, according to Ellinwood head coach Dusty Beam.
Patrick Ringering, who rushed for 32 yards in the first half, came out with a possible concussion. Kaleb Schartz left the game with a separated shoulder.
With Ringering on the sideline, Colton Churchill had most of the carries in the second half, finishing with 30 yards.
“We’ve got to be able to run between the tackles, like any football team,” Beam said. “If you can’t run between the tackles, you can’t be successful in any offense. Until our kids decide that we want to be just as physical as everyone else, it’s going to be like this.
“There comes a time when the mental aspects have to take over.”
Hoisington hosts Phillipsburg in Week 5.
Ellinwood travels to Sterling on Friday night.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Elton Brown Field
Hoisington 54, Ellinwood 0
1 2 3 4 F
Ellinwood 0 0 0 0 — 0
Hoisington 21 33 0 0 — 54
Hoisington — Hagan Hanzlick 10 run (Brandon Ball kick), 11:32.
Hoisington — Chance Demel 9 run (Ball kick), 4:54.
Hoisington — Hanzlick 13 run (Ball kick), 55.3.
Hoisington — Demel 27 run (kick failed), 10:35.
Hoisington — Hanzlick 13 run (kick failed), 7:58.
Hoisington — Jeffrey Kaiser fumble recovery (Ball kick), 7:46.
Hoisington — Avery Urban 8 run (Ball kick), 3:40.
Hoisington — Hanzlick 66 run (Ball kick), 1:20.