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Panthers return to Wichita

Western Athletic Conference

Great Bend 2-0 5-0
Garden City 2-0 5-0
Liberal 1-1 3-2
Dodge City 0-1 3-2
Hays High 0-3 1-4

Friday’s Games
Great Bend at Wichita East
Wichita Northwest at Garden City
Liberal at Wichita Southeast
Dodge City at Hays

Great Bend, 476
Garden City, 369
Dodge City, 348
Liberal, 245
Hays High, 237

Great Bend, 206
Garden City, 145
Hays High, 92
Dodge City, 38
Liberal, 34

Great Bend, 270
Dodge City, 240
Garden City, 227
Liberal, 211
Hays High, 146

Garden City, 249
Liberal, 251
Hays High, 288
Dodge City, 325
Great Bend, 367

Great Bend, 45-24
Garden City, 38-15
Dodge City, 28-20
Liberal, 26-20
Hays High, 13-26

Jacob Murray, GB, 997-10 TD-1 INT
Jesse Nunez, GC, 666-4 TD-3 INT
Hunter Brown, HH, 458-4 TD-1 INT
Dawson Williams DC, 189-2 TD-1 INT
Jesse Alvarado, LIB, 170-1 TD-2 INT

Jacob Murray, GB, 761-16 TD
Dawson Williams, DC, 739-13 TD
Jesse Nunez, GC, 738-14 TD
Cal Marshall, GB, 544-5 TD
Tylor Garcia, DC, 472

Bryce Lytle, GB, 40-521-6 TD
Brayden Smith, GB, 13-271-4 TD
Jason Yi, GC, 11-226-2 TD
Koy Brack GB, 18-149
Brodie Stabel, GC, 10-139-2 TD
Collyn Kreutzer, HH, 12-144-2 TD

Payton Mauler, GB, 76
Jose Aguliera, LIB, 51
Jensen Randall, GB, 48
Ezequiel Herrera GC, 44
Miseal Monarrez, LIB, 44

Ezequiel Herrera, GC, 2
Tye Davis GC , 2
Ezequiel Herrera GC, 2
Samuel Unruh DC , 2

Jose Auguilera LIB, 5
Ezequiel Herrera GC, 4

Miseal Monarrez LIB, 3
Braulio Vargas, GB, 2
Jose Auguilera LIB, 2
Collyn Kreutzer HH, 2

Tyesse Hill, HH, 3
DeMarcus Elliott GC, 3
Jasper Partin GC, 2.5

Great Bend’s football team has continued a trend of yielding 300-plus yards on the ground, but rallying defensively in the second half.
That streak continued when the Panthers beat Wichita West 42-21 after trailing 14-0. West gained 354 yards rushing, joining Wichita Northwest and Dodge City in the 300-yard rushing club.
The No. 3 Class 5A-state ranked Panthers (5-0) will finish a three-game road trip against Wichita East (2-3) at Wichita Northwest High School. The Panthers are ranked third in the western half of Class 5A.
The Panthers have yielded lengthy scoring plays during the season while yielding 367 yards per game.
“The best way to control team speed is run all 11 guys to the football,” said Great Bend coach Erin Beck. “You’ve got to maintain proper pursuit angles and be assignment sound.”
WLB Payton Mauler averages 15 tackles and assists per game. MLM Jensen Randall averages nine tackles and NG Dominique Rideaux averages 7 tackles per game.
The Blue Aces post modest offensive numbers, but RB Milan Jenkins has enjoyed some bright moments. Jenkins scored four touchdowns against Wichita North and gained 165 yards with two scores against Garden City.
The Blue Aces have enjoyed mixed success in the air, going 1 for 12 last week, but winning 21-20 over Wichita Southeast despite 176 offensive yards.
“They have good speed on the edge,” Beck said. “We’ll see the same type of offense with power and counter that gave us trouble the past few weeks. We need to stop that power-read, counter-read plays.”
The Panthers have adjusted defensively after halftime after yielding big plays the past four games.
“Defensively, we got a few things figured out assignment-wise,” Beck said. “We got a couple turnovers that our defenses thrives on.”
The Panthers’ offense is averaging 270 yards rushing and 206 yards passing behind QB Jacob Murray (997 passing-10 TDs; 761 rushing-16 TDs) and WR Bryce Lytle (40-521) and RB Cal Marshall (544 yards).
“We take advantage what the defense gives us,” Beck said. “We frustrate defenses because we take advantage of the defense’s weaknessses. Our ability to run the football has opened up our passing game. It’s nice to run the football and control the clock snd keep your defense off the field.”