Pratt High football defeated Hugoton 42-14 in the opening round of districts.
It was Senior Night; it was Pink Out; it was Jr Greenback cheerleader night; it was PHS Band Show night; and it was 1967 Greenback team reunion night.
It was also the opening night of district play and the Pratt High football team came through with a 42-14 win over Hugoton.
The Eagles did not end up making it as tough on PHS as some were suggesting they might, but they did have their moments.
One of those came early on when the Frogs had to punt on their first possession, mishandled the exchange, and ended up turning the ball over to Hugoton on the 15 yd line. From there the Eagles punched it in to take the early 7-0 advantage.
PHS decided the best way to avoid a repeat of that gaffe was not to punt anymore- and they didn’t. Pratt scored on their next 6 possessions, and ran out the clock on their final one.
In Q1 after a 70 yard drive following the Hugoton TD, Pratt’s Travis Theis converted a 15 yd touchdown to tie the score.
After holding the Eagles to 3 & out to begin the second quarter, Pratt marched the ball again. A Landen Studer to Theis pass went for 38 yards on a 3rd-&-8 to keep the drive alive. Theis then rushed it in from the 20 to put PHS ahead for the first time, 14-7.
In the 2-minute drill to end the first half, PHS executed a perfect hook-and-ladder from Studer to Kaden Evert to Theis for a 30 yd score to give the Greenbacks a 21-7 cushion heading into the break.
PHS took the second half kickoff and drove into the red zone. Jadon Koehler caught a 3 yd Studer pass in the end zone for a 28-7 lead.
Hugoton scored on their next possession to make it a 2-score game again, but they couldn’t stop the Frog offense. Theis completed another long PHS drive with a 25-yd TD.
Brett Winsor, who made several nice plays in Pratt’s defensive backfield, thwarted the next Eagle drive with an INT. Theis then scored another TD. 42-14 PHS.
The Greenback “d” made a goal line stand to squelch Hugoton’s last gasp and from there Pratt ran out the clock.
“I was real proud of our guys,” PHS head coach Jamie Cruce said. “It was nice to play well for our Seniors on their night. With all the celebrations going on, it was a great night to be a Greenback.”