The MCAA football teams had a rough week with an overall 1-3 showing in week 4. Hoisington was the lone winner with a big 54-0 win against rival Ellinwood.
The Cardinal football team doubled its win total on Friday. And it didn’t take long. Hoisington jumped to a 21-0 first quarter lead against rival Ellinwood, piling on 33 more points in the second quarter for a 54-0 score that would also be the final.
Senior quarterback Hagan Hanzlick was once again the driving horse behind the offense, leading the team with 173 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries. Sixty-six of those yards came on the biggest scoring play of the night for the final touchdown of the game. Chance Demel added 73 yards and two scores on seven carries, going 27 yards for his longest touchdown. Avery Urban added an eight-yard touchdown run, and Jeffrey Kaiser scored the other touchdown on one of three fumble recoveries for the Cardinal defense.
The Lady Eagle volleyball team was headed for a tournament title on Saturday. The girls won all three pool games, including a marquee, three-set win against Ellsworth. In bracket play, Southeast of Saline downed Ellinwood 25-17, 25-21. In the consolation match, Ellsworth got its revenge, needing three sets to win 25-21, 24-26, 25-23.
Ellinwood (14-8) also defeated Russell and Lyons in pool play, downing both squads in just two sets. In the first set against Ellsworth, senior Lindsey Zink and junior Sophie Hayes combined for five kills midway through for a 20-14 lead. Hayes added two aces late for a 25-15 win. The Bearcats took over midway through set two, coming from behind 13-12 to lead 20-13. In the final set, Ellsworth again held a lead at 22-17 before Hayes used a kill to steal the momentum. On the serve, Hayes got help from Amanda Tucker with two kills down the stretch, adding two aces herself for the 25-22 decisive win.
Something good came to an end Friday in Ellis. After the first 3-0 start in 14 years, the Indian football team did not have an answer for the Railroaders on either side of the ball in a 36-0 loss. Larned kept it close at 6-0 after one quarter, but Ellis scored 30 points over the next two quarters to pull away for its second win.
After piling up all kinds of yards in the first three weeks, the Indians managed just 100 yards of total offense of Friday. Seventy-three of those yards came on three plays. Brady Keith struggled to just 37 yards on 12 carries. Quarterback Easton Palmer fared little better with 13 yards on eight attempts. The junior completed 5-of-18 passes for 33 yards, but tossed four interceptions. Brayden Smith had the big catch of the night for 33 yards.
Twenty unanswered points in 11-man football is usually a winning equation. Friday night, the Monarchs rattled off three straight touchdowns in the third quarter, but that was not enough to erase a 28-point deficit, and TMP eventually fell to Ellsworth 50-35.
TMP (1-3) led 7-0 after one quarter, but the Bearcats came alive in the second quarter to take a 36-15 lead into the half. Another Ellsworth touchdown early in the third put the score at 43-15. Quarterback Shane Zimmerman responded with a career-high 266 yards on 13-of-22 passing, but he also threw three interceptions late in the game. The Monarch running backs were held in check, especially with the passing game being utilized in the comeback, finishing with just 62 yards as a whole. Ryan Mayorga had a big night with four receptions for 145 yards and a score. Kade Megaffin caught six passes for 89 yards, and adding a touchdown in the air with a 40-yard strike to Mayorga.