The rain did not stop the Greenbacks from scoring touchdowns and winning the first home game of the season against Halstead on September 7.
The rainy weather may have called for umbrellas and towels to dry off the bleachers but it did not stop the Pratt High football team from beating Halstead 32-16 in the first home game of the season on September 7.
In the first quarter, Travis Theis had a 91-yard touchdown run for the Greenbacks, bringing the score to 6-0 right off the bat, and by the end of the first quarter, the score remained at 6-0.
Soon after the start of the second quarter, Brett Winsor moved the audience to cheering and applause after successfully diving and catching a football along the sideline.
Hunter Huber scored a 2-yard run touchdown, bringing the score to 12-0 but shortly after, Halstead scored a touchdown off of a 50-yard run and a 2-point conversion, bringing the score to 12-8.
Theis had another touchdown with a 37-yard run, then, Daniel Sanchez added an extra point, making the score 19-8 by the end of the first half.
A touchdown by Caden Blankenship during the third quarter brought the score to 25-8, and soon after, Halstead scored a touchdown, raising the score to 25-16.
Theis had another touchdown with a 52-yard run in the fourth quarter and with the earning of an additional point, the Greenbacks were up 32-16.
The Greenbacks rang the victory bell following handshakes with the other team to celebrate their win and congratulate each other.
“I think we did a great job overcoming some adversity,” said head coach, Jamie Cruce. “Halstead was a difficult team and the kids had to adjust to some schemes that we were needing to adjust to defensively, and so I thought the kids handled the adversity well which is nice to get that experience before we get into our more important district games.”
Cruce said it will be important for the Greenbacks to approach each game with the mindset that the other team is the best team they are going to play so that overconfidence does not get the best of the team.
“They were a quality team--they run a tough scheme where if you’re not sound, they’re going to break a lot of things and so, I thought our kids did really well in that regard,” Cruce said. “Next week, we’ll see a team that will be a little more balanced--they also have an extremely talented running back and a quarterback, if he’s healthy, that is also really really good.”
The next football game will be September 14 in Hesston.