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2nd ranked Hoisington runs by Pratt 34-13

Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 9:55 PM CDT
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HOISINGTON, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Wyatt Pedigo may have graduated but the Hoisington run game is still alive and well. Friday night the second-ranked Cardinals rushed for more than 280 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-13 win over Pratt.

The Greenbacks turned the ball over just three plays into the game. Four plays later it was Cardinal senior Holt Hanzlick finding the end zone from 16 yards out. Hanzlick, who was expected to be an all-state caliber runner next to Pedigo last season, missed all of last year with an injury. He ran the ball 13 times for 89 yards Friday.

“It was amazing,” he said. “Football’s a great sport and I love playing it with my friends. I was just really ecstatic to be out there with my friends tonight.”

Cardinal senior Nolan Wilburn came up with a big sack to halt the next Pratt drive. Hoisington senior Cade Mason ran 40 yards on the next play from scrimmage before senior Hunter Morris broke a few tackles to get into the end zone on a 28-yard run. Hoisington led 13-0 just over six minutes into the game.

Pratt eventually found the end zone. Junior Grant Younie intercepted a Mason Haxton pass deep in Cardinal territory. Five plays later, Greenback quarterback Blake Coss scored from two yards out to close out the first quarter 13-6.

“We lost a little bit of enthusiasm,” Hanzlick said. “We’re not in game shape yet. There’s always next week to go at it. I think we did a fine job in the second half.”

Indeed it was all Cardinals in the second half. Joshua Ball scored late in the second quarter for a 20-6 score. Hanzlick opened the third quarter with a pair of big runs to set up a 47-yard touchdown pass from Haxton to Morris. Following another Pratt punt, Hoisington marched 61 yards on 12 plays, capped by an 8-yard run from Morris.

Pratt tacked on its final points with 1:20 remaining on a 36-yard completion from Coss to senior Bryce Winsor. Coss completed six of his 10 pass attempts for 68 yards and the score. Winsor hauled in three of those passes for 52 yards.

Hoisington’s stable of starting backs amassed 277 yards on 41 attempts. Hanzlick led the way, followed by Ball with 56 yards on eight carries. Mason and Morris split 87 yards on nine attempts, and Haxton finished with 45 yards on 11 carries. Haxton also threw for 49 yards and a touchdown.

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