CLAFLIN, Kan. The Central Plains Oilers remain undefeated as they beat the Ness City Eagles by a score of 50-0.
Central Plains Oiler #4 Myles Menges rushes with the ball in the first quarter. The Ness City Eagles took on the Central Plains Oilers at Central Plains High School in Claflin, Kansas on November 2, 2018. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
The Oilers came into the Eight-Man Division I Regional game without a loss on the season. In the past seven games, they did not even surrender a point to the opposition.
Over the season Central Plains had only allowed three touchdowns. Two of those scores came from the Ness City Eagles in Week One.
The Eagles came into the night wanting a chance to upset the long dominate Oilers.
The Oilers received the opening kickoff. Then on the first play from scrimmage, Alex Hickel broke two tackles and ran 33-yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed.
Ness City took the ball and met the brick wall of the Central Plains defense. They turned the ball over on downs.
Central Plains moved the ball across midfield and then Lawson Oeser took off on another 33-yard run to score the second touchdown of the night. After the two-point conversion, Central Plains led 14 to 0.
Lawson Oeser added another touchdown, this one from eight yards out, on the next possession.
The following Central Plains possession saw Myles Menges toss a 32-yard pass to Devin Ryan who came one-yard short of scoring. Menges would punch in the ball on the very next play for a touchdown. They now led 28 to 0.
Ness City took over with 1:50 left in the first quarter. They started to move the ball, getting their first first down of the game. Then on third and long, quarterback John Pfannenstiel threw a long pass to almost the Central Plains 20-yard line. His receiver was close, but Myles Menges jumped in front and intercepted the ball. Menges then took off and winded his way down the field to score on a 60-yard pick six.
The Eagles now faced an insurmountable 36 to 0 hole.
Central Plains kept their foot on the gas. Two minutes later, Menges threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Jerred Bieberle. Lawson Oeser would score about two minutes after on a short one-yard rush.
The Central Plains Oilers defeated the Ness City Eagles by a score of 50 to 0 at halftime.
Central Plains Coach Chris Steiner knew his team would rise to the occasion on the rematch, "We talked a lot about the first game. We came out fired up and played really well."
"Our kids are phenomenal at watching film and preparing for a game," said Coach Steiner. "They will rise to the challenge of our next opponent."
Central Plains will travel to Hoxie for the Sectional round to face the Indians.
Ness City's season ends with a 7 and 3 record.