The Otis-Bison High School football team’s Week 5 matchup against Dighton is on, according to Cougars head coach Travis Starr.
Dighton was forced to forfeit last Friday’s game against Hoxie due to injuries and lack of numbers, but Starr said Hornets head coach Ken Simon let him know that they would be able to field a team.
“He told me that as of now, they have enough to play,” Starr said. “I think they were down to 11, and in the game against Quinter, they got down to seven and had to forfeit the rest of that one.
“Hopefully, we can have the game.”
Otis-Bison’s offense has run through one player this season — senior running back Dylan Wissman.
Wissman has carried the ball 108 times for 732 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“I don’t think it’s all about the carries,” Starr said. “It’s about contact. We can’t keep running him 30 to 35 times a game, but he runs smart. He avoids contact when he can, and he runs out of bounds.”
Of the 14 scores, six came in last Friday’s 58-20 win over Pratt-Skyline. Wissman rushed for 158 yards.
“We started kind of slow against Skyline,” Starr said. “We had to kind of establish something. He’s done great so far.”
The Cougars (3-1) have scored 18 TDs total.
Quarterback Kole Urban has three of the remaining four scores — two on the ground and one through the air.
Urban has rushed for 80 yards this season. He has completed 9 of 19 passes for 127 yards.
Otis-Bison has only attempted 20 passes this season.
“We’ve been hitting the passing game hard in practice this week,” Starr said. “We want to be able to pass more. Right now, with new receivers and a new quarterback, we’ve been working on timing and things like that.”
Dighton’s (1-3) only win came in Week 2 against Greeley County, a 54-6 triumph.
Since then, injuries have gotten in the way. The Hornets have a 38-18 loss at home against Quinter, followed by the forfeit to Hoxie.
at Hoisington (2-2)
The ground game of quarterback Hagan Hanzlick has been the fuel that has propelled Hoisington to winning its last two games.
Hanzlick rushed for an average of 79.5 yards in the first two weeks.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior has averaged 189 yards for the Cardinals since. He has thrown for three touchdowns and rushed for eight this season.
Tailback Chance Demel has rushed for 255 yards and five scores.
Phillipsburg’s leading rusher is Hunter Kohler, who has 256 yards and five TDs.
Kinsley (1-3) at St. John (3-1)
St. John unleashed 337 rushing yards against Central Prairie League rival Macksville last week on its way to a 54-28 win.
On Friday night, the Tigers will look to do the same against Kinsley.
Junior Schuyler Brown rushed for 162 yards and one score against the Mustangs.
Senior fullback Ethan Long reached 136 yards on the ground with three TDs.
Kinsley’s one win came against Wilson in Week 2, a 70-38 triumph.
The Coyotes average 34 points per game while allowing 45.5.
Ellinwood (0-4) at Sterling (0-4)
Both teams will be looking for their first win of the year.
Ellinwood is coming off a 54-0 drumming at the hands of Mid-Central Activities Association rival Hoisington.
Sterling’s Week 4 game was a 48-16 loss at Halstead.
The Black Bears haven’t scored more than 16 points since Week 1.
Larned (3-1) at Cimarron (3-1)
Larned will be looking to bounce back from a loss for the first time this season after falling 36-0 at Ellis.
Indians leading rusher Brady Keith was held to 37 yards against Ellis. He has rushed for 586 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
Junior quarterback Easton Palmer has completed 40 of 72 passes for 668 yards and two touchdowns. He’s thrown six interceptions.
Cimarron’s Ty Clark has rushed for 704 yards and nine TDs.
The Blue Jays are coming off its only loss this season, a 56-0 setback at home against Meade.
at Central Plains (1-3)
Central Plains is coming off a 40-22 loss to CPL foe Victoria.
The Oilers were led by Chris Woolf, who rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
Quarterback Bryce Steiner punched in a 16-yard TD.
Canton-Galva is coming off its first loss of the season, a 38-8 setback at home against Peabody-Burns.
The Eagles average 38 points per game. They allow an average of 25.
South Barber (3-1)
at Macksville (1-3)
Macksville will look to rebound from a CPL loss last week to St. John.
Junior quarterback Tanner Tranbarger threw for three touchdowns against the Tigers. He completed two scoring passes to Billy Burnett, and one to Jordan Welch.
Tranbarger also returned a kick 71 yards for a TD.
South Barber’s offense runs through quarterback Payton Yandel.
Yandel has completed 23 of 37 passes for 419 yards and nine touchdowns. He has also rushed for 397 yards and 10 scores.
Caldwell (2-2) at Stafford (2-2)
Stafford is coming off a loss at South Barber, and Caldwell is coming off a pair of wins at home.
Tristin Paulsen leads the Trojans with 318 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Ethan Johnson has 295 yards and five TDs on the ground.
Caldwell averages 27 points per game while allowing 22.