Dodge City keeps Hatchet, Colby bests Scott City in 2OT
Week 7 of the high school football season in Southwestern Kansas turned out to be wild. And not just the games.
Mother Nature decided to make its presence known as several games were delayed by lightning - and one was cancelled due to lightning. The weather, which included gusty North winds, had its impact on nearly all games in the area.
Week 7 Football Finals:
Dodge City 17, Garden City 7
Beau Foster tossed two TD passes in the final six minutes of the game to help Dodge City retain the Hatchet in the 82nd edition of the rivalry game at Garden City.
Foster found Alden Knedler on a screen pass for a 33-yard score to put the Red Demons (7-0) in front for good, then added a 62-yard scoring strike to De'Jon Delgado to add to the lead.
In a game which was delayed by 90 minutes due to the weather, it took until the 4th quarter for both teams to get into the end zone.
Jose Valverde's 37-yard field goal was the only points scored in the first three quarters, as Dodge held a 3-0 halftime lead. But Garden City (2-5) cashed in on a Red Demon turnover, and Buffalo junior running back Josh Janis scored on a 4th-and-goal from the 1 to give GC its only lead.
Garden City will host Great Bend next week, while Dodge City hosts Liberal to close out the regular season.
Colby 28, Scott City 20 (2OT)
If you watched nothing but the overtime periods, you knew who the go-to players were for both sides in this district battle. But it was the Colby defense which came up with the biggest play of the night to give the Eagles their first win over the Beavers since 1999.
The overtimes belonged to Scott City quarterback Parker Gooden, and Colby running back Calvin Stapp.
Gooden scored on the first play of overtime, but was held out on the 2-point try. Colby answered with a Stapp TD, but a mishandled snap on the extra-point attempt kept things knotted at 20-all and sent the game into a second extra period.
Colby (7-0) had the ball first in the second overtime, and Stapp scored again, plus added the two-point conversion to give the Eagles the lead.
Scott City (5-2) rode Gooden to the Colby 1, but on 4th-and-goal from the 1, Gooden went over the left side and was stopped by the Colby defense short of the goal line to end the game.
Colby will play at Goodland next week, while Scott City hosts Concordia.
Hugoton 39, Larned 15
Sawyer Harper had a huge night at the right time for the Hugoton Eagles.
Harper threw 5 TD passes, and ran for a sixth score, as the Eagles (3-4) soared to a huge district win at Larned. If Hugoton can beat Holcomb next week, they would claim the No. 1 seed out of Class 3A District 7.
Holcomb 13, Pratt 6
Edgar Ramirez grabbed a bobbled pass attempt from a Pratt receiver and raced 70 yards for what turned out to be the winning margin, as the Longhorns (4-3) kept their hopes alive of a top seed in the district with a win over Pratt.
Holcomb would need to beat Hugoton, and Larned would have to be knocked off by Kingman, to have a chance to win the district.
Greeley County 68, Wallace County 20
In what only can be described as a sporting gesture, Wallace County agreed to play Greeley County in an 8-man game with only six players aside. The Jackrabbits - who are down to six healthy players on its roster - outscored the Wildcats, 60-6, after Wallace County took a 14-8 lead in the first quarter.
After the game, to show their gratitude, all six of the Tribune players took an extra step and personally thanked the Wallace County coaching staff for allowing them to play.
Lakin 18, Sterling 13
Down by a touchdown entering the fourth quarter, the Broncs (6-1) scored a pair of 4th-quarter TDs to turn away the Black Bears (3-4).
Lakin quarterback/safety Servando Gonzalez scored the game-winning TD, then stopped Sterling's final drive of the night by coming up with an interception to seal the win.
Sterling held a 6-0 lead at the half, as both teams used their double-wing offenses to grind out yards, and both defenses came up with big plays to keep the scoring to a minimum.
Cimarron (7-0) 48, Lyons (1-6) 14
Deerfield (3-4) 72, Fowler (1-6) 54
Elkhart (6-1) 49, Stanton County (1-6) 8
Russell (1-6) 25, Goodland (1-6) 0 (Game stopped with 9:43 in 4th due to lightning)
Great Bend (3-4) 42, Liberal (2-5) 20
Inman (4-3) 19, Meade (1-6) 0
Moscow (7-0) 51, Pawnee Heights (4-3) 0
Ashland (5-2) 57, Rolla (1-6) 7
Southwestern Heights (4-3) 22, Ellinwood (1-6) 0
Sedgwick (7-0) 48, Sublette (1-6) 8
Ulysses (4-3) 17, Altament-Labette County (3-4) 13
Wichita County (6-1) 58, Rawlins County (2-5) 8
Weskan (5-2) 58, Western Plains/Healy (0-6) 13