Pratt High football steam-rolled the injury-riddled Hesston Swathers last Friday, 55-0.
Pratt traveled to Hesston on Friday, September 14 to play an injury-riddled Swather football team, and the weakness showed itself early and often in a 55-0 ballgame that included a running clock the entire second half.
An injury to the Ulysses starting senior quarterback Cameron Cox forced sophomore Brady Cox to the spot — he normally plays wide receiver. He did not have the services of starting running back Parker Roth, either.
Meanwhile, Pratt rolled on. Travis Theis, considered one of the state’s top running backs entering the season, quarterbacked the Greenbacks — though he only attempted two passes on the night. One was called back on a defensive interference penalty and the other was incomplete. Theis ran the ball instead, putting two touchdowns and 89 yards on the board.
His teammate Kadence Riner stole the show — scampering for 121 yards and five touchdowns on 11 carries.
Pratt outgained Hesston 312 yards to 66 on the ground — and 361 yards to 101 yards overall.
“We were happy with the win and our players did a nice job for the greater part of the game,” said head coach, Jamie Cruce.
However, he does believe the Greenbacks have some things they could’ve done better. “We did get off to a slow start defensively and had another drive against our starters where we didn’t perform quite up to our expectations, however there are things on both sides of the ball that can be corrected in order for us to continue to improve and help us play at a high level.”
Cruce said he has faith that his players will start improving each week as they move into district play this Friday against Larned.
PHS 14; 27; 14; 0; 55
HHS 0; 0; 0; 0; 0
9:41 PHS Theis, 44 yard run (Sanchez kick) 7-0
1:39 PHS Riner, 10 yard run (Sanchez kick) 14-0
11:50 PHS Riner, 65 yard run (Sanchez kick) 21-0
9:28 PHS Riner, 5 yard run (Sanchez kick) 28-0
4:35 PHS Riner, 10 yard run (Sanchez kick) 35-0
:28 PHS Riner, 11 yard run (Kick failed) 41-0
9:34 PHS Riner, 43 yard interception return (Sanchez kick) 48-0
2:23 PHS Theis, 25 yard run (Sanchez kick) 55-0
Pratt — Riner 11-121-5, Theis 8-115-2, Huber 10-37-0, Winsor 3-12-0, Cox 2-15-0, Nickelson 3-17-0, Crow 1-6-0, Blankenship 2-2-0, Roadhouse 3-9-0. Totals: 39-312-7. Hesston — M. Arnold 11-31-0, Cox 8-34-0, Griffin 3-(-2)-0, N. Arnold 1-5-0, Eilert 1-(-2)-0. Totals: 21-66-0.
Pratt — Koehler 1-1-43-0-0, Theis 0-1-0-0-0. Totals: 1-2-43-0-0. Hesston — Cox 7-18-35-0-2, Eilert 1-4-10-0-0. Totals: 8-22-45-0-2.
Pratt — Winsor 1-43-1. Hesston — Bollinger 5-29-0, Spencer 1-7-0, Wingfield 1-10-0, N. Arnold 1-(-1)-0.