HOISINGTON — The Hoisington High School football team was able to dominate its final Mid-Central Activities Association opponent on Friday night, beating Larned 41-15.
The Cardinals put up two touchdowns in each of the first three quarter before filtering in their junior varsity team.
“We dominated in every aspect, period,” Hoisington head coach Jason Ingram said. “That’s simply put. They were weaker than we actually anticipated, so we were pretty confident.”
Hoisington fullback Cody Batt scored two touchdowns on 1- and 9-yard runs, and it was Cardinals running back Hagan Hanzlick who kept drives going, rushing for an average of 8.0 yards per carry.
Hanzlick, who led Hoisington (4-2) with 136 rushing yards, scored one touchdown in the third quarter on a 5-yard dash.
“I tell you what,” Ingram said. “Not one person can take him down. It has to be two of three. He runs with great enthusiasm, great effort. He is just a workhorse, period.”
Quarterback Derrick Kaiser, who struggled controlling some of his passes against strong wind gusts, rushed for a 7-yard touchdown. Kaiser completed 6 of 15 passes for 125 yards and one touchdown.
Eric Hellerud, who added 46 rushing yards, also scored, rushing for a 1-yard dive into the end zone.
The first of Larned’s two touchdowns came at the end of the first half.
On a fourth-and-one, Indians quarterback Easton Palmer tried to catch the Hoisington defense with a hard count.
When that failed, Palmer ran an option to the right before scrambling back to the left, away from a mass of Hoisington defenders.
Palmer found Jacob Durrett open on the left sideline for a 31-yard gain to keep the drive alive.
“It was a busted play,” Larned head coach Al Troyer said. “We were just going to freeze them, but it didn’t work, so we just ran the play. Luckily, one of our players didn’t run down the field.”
Just two plays later, quarterback Brady Keith, who rushed for 59 yards to lead the Indians, scampered for a 23-yard score.
“We try to mix him up,” Troyer said of Keith. “He caught quite a few passes tonight, and also ran the ball as a tailback and a quarterback, so we like to use him as multi-faceted. It is hard to adjust to his quickness and speed.”
Larned (0-6) recorded a safety and scored on a 3-yard pass from Palmer to Jamil Shoemaker in the fourth quarter.
Palmer completed 11 of 23 passes for 124 yards, one touchdowns and two interceptions.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Hoisington 41, Larned 15
Larned 0 6 0 9 — 15
Hoisington 14 13 14 0 — 41
Hoisington — Batt 1 run (Broeder kick)
Hoisington — Hanzlick 69 pass from Kaiser (Broeder kick)
Hoisington — Kaiser 7 run (kick fail)
Hoisington — Hellerud 1 run (Broeder kick)
Larned — Keith 23 run (kick fail)
Hoisington — Hanzlick 5 run (Broeder kick)
Hoisington — Batt 9 run (Broeder kick)
Larned — Safety
Larned — Shoemaker 3 pass from Palmer (Ramirez kick)