Just one season after joining the Central Kansas League to help cut out travel time, the Greenbacks are headed west again, for a game between former MSAA teams and a chance to move on to the next round of playoffs.


Thursday night’s games were more of a formality than anything, with Pratt figuring to make the playoffs and draw a matchup with Ulysses (7-2). This time, the Greenbacks are excited to be heading west.


Just one season after joining the Central Kansas League to help cut out travel time, the Greenbacks are headed west again, for a game between former MSAA teams and a chance to move on to the next round of playoffs.

Thursday night’s games were more of a formality than anything, with Pratt figuring to make the playoffs and draw a matchup with Ulysses (7-2). This time, the Greenbacks are excited to be heading west.

“We knew,” said head coach Jeff Fuss. “We’d like to go to Hugoton (District 14 runner-up) too, but we’re glad to be in the position we are and we’ll go play anybody right now. We’ll show up and we’ll play.”

With the regular season over, Pratt is peaking at the right time, with back-to-back dominating wins.

Haven (1-8) was outmatched from the beginning, with Pratt scoring 17 points in the first quarter and not allowing the Wildcats to move the ball effectively. Haven threatened to score just once the entire game in the third quarter after recovering a squib kickoff untouched. The Wildcats drove into the Greenback red zone, but senior Justin Gilmore intercepted the next pass and ran it back 95 yards for a touchdown.

Besides the playoff implications, it was senior night for the Greenbacks. Senior Jake Siroky rushed for 188 yards on 17 carries, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the year.

“When you here people in the area talk about the tough Pratt kids, they’re talking about kids like Jake Siroky,” Fuss said. “The kid’s shoulder was hurting him so bad tonight, but he wanted to play, and we wanted to get him that 1,000 yards. That was really important to our offensive line and it was really important to Jake. We got it done and we got him out of there when he was feeling pretty good. His shoulder feels good, he aches, but for him, a little bit of pain is like nothing at all, because he’s so dang tough.”

Fuss was proud of all his seniors as they dominated Haven on both sides of the ball. Besides scoring 52 points and racking up 361 rushing yards, the defense was dominant, giving up just 23 yards on the ground in 18 carries, with seniors like Taylor Baird and Steele Flemming leading the way.

“They’ve been fun,” Fuss said of his seniors. “From the beginning of the summer, starting June 1 in camp, all the way through the summer with our conditioning, they did a good job. If we had kids that weren’t showing, they went and got those kids. That’s a good sign of senior leadership. They’re showing those young frogs how it should be done.

“I’m really happy for our seniors. We missed the playoffs last year, and we were a little bit sick to our stomachs. But here we’ve got a share of the league championship, we’re in the playoffs, and hopefully we won’t be done for a while.”

Perhaps most importantly Thursday night, was Pratt finishing the game without creating a new injury to one of their players. The JV squad got most of the time in the fourth quarter, giving the starters a chance to rest up for Tuesday’s game.

“It’s big,” Fuss said of the lack of injuries. “It’s the first game in a long time that we actually got through it and didn’t get anybody hurt. We’re still banged up, but we’re going to show up to Ulysses and try to give them a heck of a game.”

Fans wanting to ride on a Greenback bus to Ulysses can do so for $5. The bus leaves at 3 p.m. and will need a minimum of 35 interested people to make it happen. Kickoff in Ulysses is set for 6 p.m.