5 takeaways from Week 2 of high school football

Hoxie defeated Osborne 52-20 on Friday, September 7, 2018. (Photo: Everett Royer, www.ksportsimages.com)
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1.Hoxie defeats Osborne in key eight-man battle

Hoxie pulled away from Osborne in the second half and scored the game’s final 24 points in a 52-20 victory. Hoxie’s standout defensive line of Taye Washington, Colton Heskett and Jarrod Dible, along with senior linebacker Sam Bretz, controlled Osborne’s running game. Osborne quarterback Darnell Holloway had rushed for 356 yards in the opener. Hoxie limited Holloway to less than 30 yards on the ground and frustrated Holloway into some turnovers.

Holloway did not play the last part of the third quarter and all of the fourth because of a team violation. Hoxie continued to have players step up on offense as Wylie Weems went over 150 yards on the ground and Jared Kennedy accounted for four touchdowns. Hoxie cemented itself as a state favorite in Division I, while Osborne, a top-five team in Division II, struggled with Hoxie’s depth and size.

2. Carroll defeats Wichita Heights; Wichita North 2-0

Carroll avoided back-to-back losses for the first time since 2002 with a solid 36-20 win against Wichita Heights in a key City League contest. BC, which lost on a last-second field goal to Wichita Northwest in the opener, has won nine straight over the Falcons. Jackson Nichols recovered from a big Week 1 collision and rushed for three touchdowns. Carroll controlled the game and led 29-14 early in the fourth quarter and 36-14 with 8:30 left. On a rainy night, Heights quarterback K’Vonte Baker had two touchdown runs called because of penalties. He had a 90-yard kickoff return for a TD.

Also in the City League, Wichita North halted its 21-game losing streak in Week 1 with a win against Wichita South. North moved to 2-0 with a 13-6 road victory at Liberal. North already has its most wins in a season since ’09 and is 2-0 for the first time since ’03. Coach Scott Moshier, known for his single wing running attack at Meade, had another big game from Joe Williams. He accounted for 198 yards, including a key 74-yard touchdown run.

3. Coldwater-South Central ends Spearville’s winning streak

In a key matchup of top-10 Eight-Man, Division I teams, South Central beat Spearville, 24-8, on a rainy night. SC led 12-0 early in the second quarter and 12-8 at halftime. Quarterback Chayde Snyder delivered a five-yard and 70-yard touchdown runs. In the fourth quarter, he ran and passed for a score.

The T-Wolves had the third-best scoring defense in eight-man football last year. This season, SC has allowed just 14 points. The T-Wolves have allowed just 14 points in two contests. It marked the first time Spearville lost in the regular season since Week 5 of 2013. Spearville had opened the year with a quality victory against Satanta. SC travels to Hodgeman County this week in another high-profile matchup.

4. Maize rolls over Hutchinson; Andover beats Maize South

Maize established itself as a Class 5A state power with a 49-0 win against Hutchinson. Quarterback Caleb Grill passed for 205 yards and accounted for five touchdowns. Caden Cox rushed for 110 yards and two more scores. Maize has won two contests by the same score. Maize South is 0-2 for the first time since its inaugural season. Andover defeated the Mavericks, 20-3, and moved to 1-1 after the season-opening loss to Great Bend.

5. Other key results

In quagmire-esque conditions, Central Plains defeated Victoria, 32-8, in a matchup of ranked Central Prairie League rivals in Eight-Man, Division I. CP has allowed just 22 points in two contests. … Hesston, playing without all-state quarterback Cameron Cox, delivered its second straight close win with a 28-21 victory at Larned. …. A hallmark of the season’s first two weeks has been teams ending long losing streaks, including Wichita North. Kinsley ended its 22-game losing skid with a 36-24 win at St. John.