Pratt High defeated Hoisington on the road Friday night 35-28.
Pratt High went to Hoisington Friday night hoping to get some payback for their only defeat last season. But with Hoisington having two weeks to prepare and a group of tough, motivated athletes, it wasn’t going to be easy.
The Frogs escaped with a 35-28 win, and the outcome was in doubt until the final buzzer.
The night began with neither offense able to get much going on the first few possessions. Then, an Andres Fernandez fumble recovery put PHS in good field position.
Kadence Riner capped a 40 yd drive with a 3 yd touchdown run at the 1:41 mark of the first period to give the Greenbacks a leg up, 7-0.
Hoisington answered with a long drive of their own that spanned into the second frame. A 43 yd run put the Cardinals on the board, but a missed kick left PHS with a 7-6 lead.
QB Landen Studer then took a keeper 78 yards to put the Greenbacks up 13-6. Hoisington drove deep into Pratt territory, aided by a pair of 15 yd penalties on PHS.
Luckily, the Cardinals put the ball on the ground and Kaden Evert scooped it up and returned it 75 yds for a score.
Down 20-6, the Cardinals responded with a grinding 75 yd drive, culminating in a TD and 2 pt conversion with :44 seconds remaining in the half. Realizing Hoisington would get the ball to begin the second half, Pratt hoped to strike through the air for a quick score before halftime. Instead, disaster struck as the Cardinals “pick 6-ed” to go up 22-20 at the break.
Each team tallied once in Q3, Landen Studer taking it in from 15 for the Pratt score. Pratt made their 2 pt conversion while Hoisington’s failed, so the score was knotted at 28 heading into the decisive quarter.
At 8:22, Travis Theis took it in from 15 yds to put PHS up 35-28. Both defenses stiffened in Q4, and the teams traded possessions a couple of times. Hoisington had the ball on their own 40 with :59 seconds left, but their last gasp was thwarted by a Kaden Evert INT. Pratt ran out the clock in the victory formation.
“We didn’t play that well, obviously,” said PHS head coach Jamie Cruce. “We had too many penalties.”
“Hats off to Hoisington, they’re a physical team,” Cruce continued. “We’re happy to get the win. The kids played hard.”