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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Eagles spoil Pratt HC

  • The good news was, Pratt High School outplayed Hugoton in the second half Friday night at Zerger Field. The bad news was that, in this year’s Homecoming game, the Greenbacks trailed 30-6 at halftime, which was too big a deficit to overcome. The Greenbacks fell to the Eagles 30-12 in the first round of district play.
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    • STATS: Pratt v Hugoton
      Pratt       0   6  6  0  12

      Hugoton 8  22 0  0  30

      First downs: Pratt 8, Hugoto...
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      STATS: Pratt v Hugoton
      Pratt       0   6  6  0  12
      Hugoton 8  22 0  0  30
      First downs: Pratt 8, Hugoton 17
      Passing: Pratt 9/33/82/ 1 TD/ 2 int;  Hugoton 1/3/30
      Rushing: Pratt 17/41; Hugoton 63/292
      Individual rushing Pratt
      Regalado 6-16
      Ruckle 11-25
      Individual passing Pratt
      Ruckle 9/33/82yd/ 2 int/ 1 TD
      Individual receiving
      Ramos 4-5
      Noel 2-16
      Sullivan 1-3-1 TD
      Regalado 1-4
      Barnard 1-9
  • The good news was, Pratt High School outplayed Hugoton in the second half Friday night at Zerger Field. The bad news was that, in this year’s Homecoming game, the Greenbacks trailed 30-6 at halftime, which was too big a deficit to overcome. The Greenbacks fell to the Eagles 30-12 in the first round of district play.
    Pratt struggled to mount any offense in the first half, actually racking up negative yardage before intermission. Their defense turned in some good work, and special teams came up big to keep PHS in the ballgame.
    The Greenback D held on a 4th and goal on Hugoton’s first possession. Pratt then went 3-and-out but on the ensuing punt, Chance Henke recovered the Hugoton muff to give Pratt some field position. A pass interference call moved the ball deep into Eagle territory, but there the Pratt drive stalled.
    With 2:52 left in Q1, a 58 yd TD run put Hugoton up 8-0.
    In the second stanza, after a Pratt punt to Hugoton, an Ethan Sharp interception gave Pratt the ball back. Failing again to gain offensive yardage, the Greenbacks punted again. This time, Henke recovered the Eagle fumble on the 5-yard line. Brandon Ruckle hit Spencer Sullivan for a TD pass to make the score 8-6.
    With 3:27 left in the half, Pratt only trailed by 2, but then disaster struck. Hugoton put up 3 scores in the final 3:27 to take a commanding 30-6 lead into the locker room. Pratt’s inability to sustain offense gave the ball back to Hugoton, who converted their opportunities.
    The second half saw the Greenbacks play much better. Making a defensive adjustment, they stuffed the Hugoton flex-bone in the second half, forcing a couple of Eagle punts— something Hugoton had not done the entire first half.
    Pratt had their best drive in a couple of weeks, runs by Ruckle, Sean Noel and Cesar Regalado moving the ball. Ruckle punched it in from 4 yds out to make the score 30-12.
    Pratt had a chance to get it closer still, but a pair of interceptions— one in the red zone—stopped Greenback drives. Hugoton was able to run out the clock and claim the 30-12 victory, but Pratt’s offense had shown signs of life in the second half and the defense and special teams had played well all night.
    Pratt travels next Friday to Ulysses. Complete stats online next week.

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