HOISINGTON, Kan. Few running backs around Kansas garner as much attention as Hoisington senior Wyatt Pedigo. The two-time state wrestling champion rushed for 2,100 yards last season, and strung together 282 yards on just 25 carries last Friday. Homecoming proved to be another big night: prior to the game, Pedigo was crowned Homecoming king. After that, he scored another five touchdowns as the Cardinals moved to 4-0 with a 42-12 win over TMP.
The Monarchs made a good run at spoiler early on with an opening drive that ate more than seven minutes off the clock. Freshman quarterback Kade Harris completed a big pass to sophomore Lance Lang that came up just shy of the goal line. Two plays later, Harris punched it in from a yard out for the 6-0 lead.
It was all Hoisington after that. After netting just three yards on his first two attempts, Pedigo broke free for a 34-yard gain on the first Cardinal drive. Then on a fourth-and-long play, Pedigo caught a screen pass from Mason Haxton and ran 38 yards for the touchdown.
Pedigo scored just 73 seconds into the second quarter on a 4-yard run. Haxton later had a big run called back on a hold but his 32-yard gain set up a 10-yard score from Pedigo, who finished the half with 108 yards and two scores on eight carries, plus the big touchdown catch.
The Cardinal defense cruised after that opening drive. TMP marched 70 yards on 15 plays on that first drive but netted just 38 yards on 27 carries in the first half. The first two TMP drives in the third quarter resulted in a three-and-out and an interception by Cardinal sophomore Wyatt Wikum.
The Cards, meanwhile, kept rolling. Three different players needed just four carries to run 81 yards on the first drive. Pedigo ate up 41 of those yards, including 30 on a touchdown run. Junior Hunter Morris had the big run on the next drive, breaking for 87 yards before getting caught inside the five. Joshua Ball finished off that drive from four yards out. Pedigo took the first play of the next drive 38 yards to pay dirt.
TMP was able to string together one more big drive on the night. Harris capped that series with a nice touch pass to junior Jace Lang in the end zone to finish out the third quarter.
Pedigo finished with 189 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries. He added the 38-yard touchdown catch. Morris, with his big run, finished with 113 yards on three carries – all in the second half. Sophomore Jaime Echanove booted through all six PAT attempts in the game.