After capturing its first win last week, the Hoisington High School football team will be looking to follow that up with a Mid-Central Activities Association victory at home against Ellinwood on Friday night.
Hoisington beat Sunrise Christian Academy 49-32 on the road in Week 3.
“It wasn’t so much of a change, as we got our intensity back,” Hoisington head coach Jason Ingram said. “We played a team that wasn’t so physical as the two teams we’d played before, so that was in our favor.
“It always feels good to get your first win. We got over the hump, but now we have to keep going.”
Senior quarterback Hagan Hanzlick leads the Cardinals (1-2) with 364 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Hanzlick has completed 11 of 32 passes for 141 yards and three scores, along with three interceptions. He is coming off a 205-yard rushing explosion for four touchdowns in Week 3.
Tailback Chance Demel has 182 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
“Hagan’s definitely our leader in a lot of ways,” Ingram said. “We also have Chance in the backfield. Our senior leadership is very good.”
Senior running back Patrick Ringering leads Ellinwood with 314 yards.
The Eagles (0-3) are averaging 19.3 points per game. They allow an average 39.3.
“We know they have a good running back, but they also have a good play-action package we need to be ready for,” Ingram said. “They are a very physical team, so we’re going to have to be ready to match their intensity.”
St. John (2-1) at Macksville (1-2)
Both Central Prairie League teams are coming off wins heading into Week 4’s Stafford County showdown.
St. John shut down Central Plains 35-0, while Macksville edged Kiowa County 28-24 last Friday.
The Tigers usually rely on an aerial offense fueled by senior quarterback Spencer Nusser and a pack of receivers, including 6-foot-7 sophomore Dean Wade and seniors Zuriel Reyes and Francisco Calleros.
Against the Oilers, St. John also used a potent ground game, led by tailback Schuyler Brown and fullback Ethan Long.
Brown finished the game with 124 yards and one touchdown. Long rushed for 108 yards and three scores.
Quarterback Tanner Tranbarger led Macksville to its first win of the season.
He rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns, while passing for 181 yards and one TD.
Larned (3-0) at Ellis (1-2)
Larned remained undefeated after a 31-21 triumph over MCAA foe Thomas More Prep Marian last Friday.
Senior running back Brady Keith leads the Indians with 549 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
Junior quarterback Easton Palmer has completed 35 of 54 passes for 612 yards and two TDs. He has thrown two interceptions.
Ellis got its first win in Week 3 against Ellinwood, 40-18. It was the first time the Railroaders scored more than six points in a game this season.
at Pratt-Skyline (0-3)
Otis-Bison started the season with a pair of wins before falling on the road at Hoxie last Friday.
The Cougars are led by senior tailback Dylan Wissman, who has 574 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
Pratt-Skyline is still looking for its first win, coming off a Week 3 setback at Coldwater- South Central, 50-0.
Brandon Baird leads the Thunderbirds with 283 rushing yards and two TDs.
Central Plains (1-2)
at Victoria (2-1)
Central Plains defeated Stafford in Week 1, but has since fallen on hard times with losses at Otis-Bison and St. John.
The Oilers are led by quarterback Bryce Steiner, who threw for 99 yards last Friday.
Victoria averages 38 points per game through three weeks, while allowing an average of 22.6.
The Knights’ only loss came in Week 2 against St. John, a 40-28 setback.
at South Barber (2-1)
The rushing duo of Tristin Paulsen and Ethan Johnson have helped Stafford get a pair of wins after falling to Central Plains in Week 1.
Paulsen has 275 yards and four touchdowns. Johnson also has four touchdowns this season, rushing for 261 yards.
South Barber averages 35.5 points per game, though it has a 48-0 loss in Week 2 against South Haven.
The Chieftains are coming off a 50-0 win at Attica.