The CPL football teams had another nice week. No. 1 squads LaCrosse and Ness outscored their opponents by a combined score of 98-0 to remain unbeaten.
With the other four teams in Class 2-1A, District 5 battling against one another, the No. 1 Leopards played up a class against 3A TMP. That did little to slow down red-hot LaCrosse, who scored 35 points in the first quarter and rolled to a 50-0 win.
The Leopards again used the big play to rattle off five first quarter touchdowns. William Storie took the first one 54 yards less than three minutes in. Less than two minutes later, Levi Morss followed a huge week with another big week, starting with a 54-yard touchdown. Storie caught a 25-yard pass from Jack Garcia for a score, then Morss broke off another 43-yard touchdown. Morss finished the quarter off on defense with a 34-yard interception return for a score. Sheldon Schmidt added a fumble recovery for a score in the second quarter, and Warren Storie went 65 yards for the final score. Morss needed just five carries to go 111 yards. Both Storie boys each added 69 yards. Garcia completed all three passes for 38 yards. Lucas Moeder and Kelby Parton also had interceptions in the win, giving the Leopards 10 picks in just five games.
Quinter has long been a dominant team in the eight-man ranks. Friday night, it was No. 1 Ness City’s turn. The top-ranked Eagles turned in other dominating performance, downing the Bulldogs 48-0 and needing just two quarters to do it to open district play.
Koltyn Ratliff’s 22-yard pass to Will Frusher put Ness City on the board. Garrett Flax added a 65-yard punt return, and Ratliff ran in from five yards out for a 22-0 lead after one quarter. Flax was the lone Eagle to break 100 rushing yards with 129 yards on 14 carries. Dalton Gantz added 50 yards on eight tries, and Ratliff finished with 38 yards on six carries. Ratliff completed 2-of-6 passes for 47 yards, a touchdown, and an interception, his second in two weeks. Frusher finished with 47 yards on two catches. Tanner McMillen also scored in the win, and Blake Vicker picked off a pass.
The Knights took a 2-2 record into Division II, District 7 play on Friday night. Victoria started the new season with a win, finishing off Sylvan-Lucas (1-4) 58-12 with time left in the fourth quarter.
Neither team could score in the first quarter, but Sam Ottley ran in from a yard out in the second quarter to open the gates. The junior quarterback then found Noah Dreiling for a 30-yard strike. Bryan Dome added a 51-yard score, and Ottley added a four-yard touchdown for a 26-0 halftime lead. Ottley had an answer for both Sylvan scores in the third quarter on runs of 45 and 23 yards. He added 44-yard and 37-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter to finish his night with 201 yards and six scores on the ground, and another 35 yards and touchdown in the air. Dome added 144 rushing yards, and Clayton Roth also had a touchdown, needing just eight carries to go 99 yards.
The past four weeks meant little Friday night in Macksville. South Barber came to town with a 3-1 record. The Mustangs had struggled to a 1-3 record. Both sides lit up the scoreboard, but the Macksville held tough in the fourth quarter, keeping the Chieftains without a score for a 64-50 win.
The Mustangs took a 22-16 lead after one quarter, but South Barber tied things up at 34 by halftime, and took a 50-48 lead into the final quarter. There, quarterback Tanner Tranbarger gave the ‘Stangs the lead from two yards out, then provided some insurance with a 34-yard strike to Adolfo Ibarra. Tranbarger finished with 429 total yards, rushing for 222 yards and six scores on 22 carries, and throwing for another 207 yards and two scores on 12-of-23 passing. Macksville finished the night with 473 yards of offense. Billy Burnett had two catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.
It was not supposed to be a close game. Two Friday’s ago, Dighton had to forfeit its game against Hoxie, a team that is responsible for Otis-Bison’s one loss. The Hornets were healthy enough to play on Friday, heading to No. 5 Otis-Bison. Dighton gave the Cougars a game, eventually coming up short 50-34.
The Hornets (1-4) held a 12-6 lead after one quarter before Otis-Bison put the next three scores in the book to lead 28-12 at halftime. Dylan Wissman scored on runs of 10 and 30 yards, and Kole Urban hit Tyler Maier for an eight-yard strike. Urban scored from 48 yards out in the third quarter to keep the Cougars ahead 34-26 with a quarter to play. Dighton kept fighting, but an 18-yard touchdown from Urban and a four-yard score from Wissman sealed the deal for Otis-Bison. Urban finished the night with a team-high 160 rushing yards. Wissman finished with 150 yards.
The Lady Oiler tennis team has been preparing to send more girls to state in 2012. Last Thursday, the squad hosted a quad, tying with Sterling for the title. Both teams finished with 23 points, well ahead of Lyons’ eight points.
The No. 1 doubles team of seniors Janae Hekele and Katie Hipp continued to cruise with a 3-0 showing. The duo blanked all three opponents. The No. 2 doubles team of Aubrey Kempke and Karli Beck also went 3-0. The pair blanked St. John and beat Lyons and Sterling 8-2. Breanna Schartz posted a 2-1 record at No. 1 singles. She gave up just one game combined in wins over Lyons and St. John, but fell to Sterling’s Ryce Stuckey 8-6. At No. 2 singles, Ryanne Hekele went 1-2 on the day. She dropped a close 8-7 (7-5) match to Lyons, downed St. John 8-1, then fell to Sterling 8-0.
The Lady Tiger tennis team was in action Thursday at Central Plains. St. John finished fourth with six teams. Central Plains and Sterling each tallied 23 points, and Lyons scored eight points.
At No. 1 singles, Rachael Davis picked up half of the points. After falling to Central Plains and Sterling, she edged out Lyons’ Brittanie Eskut 8-5. The No. 1 doubles team of Tyler Dove and Katlyn Spangenberg picked up the other three points. They too lost to the Oilers and Black Bears before handing Lyons an 8-6 loss. Yvonne Ortiz and Audrey Mercer posted an 0-3 record at No. 2 doubles. After being blanked by Central Plains, the duo went 8-4 against Lyons and Sterling. The Lady Tigers did not have a No. 2 singles player at the meet.