The Hesston Swathers were able to take some good shots from the Pratt High School Greenbacks Friday night at Zerger Field. Not only that, they showed the ability to keep their poise and turn the tables on PHS whenever the Greenbacks made a play that seemed to change the momentum.
Pratt got on the scoreboard first at 3:33 of the first quarter on an Anthony Cannata plunge. Pratt had recovered a Hesston fumble giving them a short field, and a reverse play put the ball in scoring position.
The PAT failed, but Pratt seemed to have seized control of the game at 6-0.
However, 7 seconds later, the Swathers Ryan Schadler shook loose for a 62 yd. TD run to regain the momentum and a 7-6 lead.
The Greenbacks gave Hesston a short field with a poor punt on their next possession. The Swathers expressed their appreciation with a scoring drive capped by a John Birch 4 yd. touchdown plunge. 14-6 Hesston at the end of the first quarter.
To start the second quarter, Pratt went 3 and out. Hesston got the ball at midfield and put together an impressive drive, with a mix of runs and passes. Schadler finished it off with a 4 yard scamper to put the Swathers up 21-6.
The teams then went toe to toe in the middle of the field for a few possessions each, both defenses putting the clamps on the opposition
As the clock ticked away in the first half, the Greenback D got Hesston’s offense moving backwards and eventually Weston Riner hopped on a Swather fumble on the 7 yard line. Skylar Dean took it in from 4 yards to get the Greenbacks back to within 21-12 (PAT failed.)
Hesston got the ball into field goal range before time expired, but the 3 point attempt sailed wide left as time expired.
The third quarter was mostly uneventful as neither team could mount much offense. One exception was a long Mitchell Baird run off a trick play that took the ball to the Swather 15. Unfortunately, Hesston held Pratt on downs at that point.
On Hesston’s initial possession of the 4th frame, Robby Eggleston scooped up a Hesston fumble and returned it for a TD. The Cesar Regalado PAT got the Greenbacks within 2 at 21-19 with 10 minutes left to play.
The Pratt D seemed to have put up a stop and were on the verge of getting the ball back when a long pass play on 3rd and forever let Hesston keep the ball. And Schadler scored from 27 yds. out on the next play to make it 28-19. with 8:30 left.
Hesston would get the ball again and with 2:00 left, Schadler drove in the final nail with yet another TD run. Final 35-19 Hesston.
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Pratt 6 6 0 7 19
Hesston 14 7 0 14 35
Pratt 123 yards rushing; 10/26/38 yards passing; 8 first downs
Hesston 230 yards rushing; 10/21/136 yds. passing; 12 first downs
Ind. Rushing McEachern 3/10; Dean 21/90; Cannata 9/30; Baird 1/30
Ind. Passing Dean 7/21/49yds/1 INT; Evert 4/5/20 yds./
Ind. Receiving Ramos 3/15; Cannata 3/21; Dean 3/30; Landry 1/3; Baird 1/(-3)