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Larned, Hoisington to start district play
Area Football
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Larned High School quarterback Easton Palmer (9) brushes past Ellinwoods Gavin Vink (35) for a touchdown on Sept. 13 at Larned. - photo by Kevin Price Great Bend Tribune

For high school football teams Classes 6-3A, Friday night marks the start of district action.
Three games to decide whether a team’s season ends with the regular season or goes on to try to make a run to a state title game.
For Larned, that starts with a game against Ulysses in 4A’s District 14 at home.
Ulysses and Larned are both 5-1.
The Tigers’ only loss came in Week 1 against Liberal, 56-41.
The Indians are coming off their first loss of the season, a 27-9 Mid-Central Activities Association setback against Hoisington.
Easton Palmer has completed 53 of 86 passes for 723 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
He has also rushed for 426 yards and eight scores.
The Ulysses offense funnels through sophomore Ian Rudzik, who has rushed for 1,283 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Tigers have 30 rushing TDs from seven athletes.

Scott City (5-1)
at Hoisington (2-3)
The matchup marks the beginning of 3A District 16 play for both teams.
Hoisington’s Nolan McCurry has rushed for 683 yards and seven touchdowns.
Avery Urban has added 312 rushing yards and six TDs.
Scott City has a balanced offense. The Eagles have 1,001 passing yards and 946 rushing yards.
Scott City has 13 touchdowns on the ground and eight through the air.

South Central (5-1)
at Macksville (1-5)
This Eight-Man Division-I District 6 matchup is between two teams led by senior quarterbacks.
Tanner Tranbarger heads up Macksville, rushing for a team-leading 949 yards and 18 touchdowns.
He has also completed 64 of 92 passes for 758 yards and eight scores.
Stetsen Underwood leads South Central with 973 rushing yards and 16 TDs.
Underwood has completed 26 of 47 passes for 338 yards and five scores.
The Mustangs are 1-2 in district play, while the Timberwolves are 3-1.

Lincoln (3-3)
at Central Plains (5-1)
Both Central Plains and Lincoln have offenses led by quarterbacks.
Braeden Crites leads the Oilers.
Crites has 50 of 95 passes for 1,359 yards and 20 touchdowns this season.
Layne Bieberle is the top receiver for the Oilers with 430 yards and 10 scores.
 Quarterback Zac Walter leads Lincoln with 939 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, while completing 43 of 68 passes for 547 yards and eight scores. He has thrown four interceptions.
Central Plains is 2-0 in the Eight-Man D-I District 5.
Lincoln is 0-2 in the district.

Western Plains (1-5)
at Otis-Bison (0-6)
Otis-Bison averages 16.7 points per game.
The Cougars defense has allowed 51.3 points per game.
Western Plains averages 26.3 points per game, while allowing 51.8.
The Eagles are 1-1 in the Eight-Man D-II District 7.
Otis-Bison is 0-2.

Norwich (2-4) at Stafford (4-2)
Stafford junior Ethan Johnson has rushed for a team-leading 902 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Tristin Paulsen is right behind him with 793 rushing yards and 10 scores.
Quarterback Jacob Norris leads Norwich with 1,245 passing yards and 21 touchdowns. He has completed 80 of 172 passes.
Norris has thrown five interceptions.
Norwich is 1-1 in Eight-Man D-II District 4 action. Stafford is 2-1.

Pratt-Skyline (2-4)
at St. John-Hudson (2-4)
Schuyler Brown leads St. John with 713 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
Dustin Weber leads the Thunderbirds with 609 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
Cole Patterson has a team-leading 10 rushing touchdowns.
Skyline is 0-3 in Eight-Man D-I District 6 play. St. John is 1-2.

Ellinwood (0-6)
at Medicine Lodge (1-5)
This will be the second 2A District 5 game for Ellinwood, which is 0-1.
Medicine Lodge is 0-2 in district action.
Quarterback Marc Waite leads the Eagles, completing 23 of 67 passes for 262 yards and two TDs. He has thrown four interceptions.
Medicine Lodge averages 24.6 points per game, while allowing 38.2.