Pratt High School football team clinched district championship play with a 49-14 stomp on the Panthers Friday.
The Greenback football team beat Nickerson this Friday to go undefeated in the regular season and earn district champions. The score was 49-14 and it was a tough night for the Panthers as the Green- backs came out strong.
Within the first minute of the game, Travis Theis scored a 78-yard kickoff return to start the game. Brett Winsor followed the momentum with a 89-yard interception return.
Dylan Cox continued the scoring streak with a blocked punt leading to a 1-yard return.
“We had a great start to the game against Nicker- son. We were able to get a three score lead without having an offensive snap,” said head coach, Jamie Cruce.
Kadence Riner ended the 1st quarter with a 14- yard run to bring the score to 28-0.
The touchdowns con- tinued the 2nd quarter with Theis throwing a 24- yard pass to Winsor and scoring on a 62-yard run. The half ended with a score of 42-0.
Riner scored once more on an 11-yard run.
“We were able to get a number of younger players into the game during the second half which will hopefully pay off for them down the road,” Cruce said.
Nickerson scored twice in the second half but it wasn’t near enough to comeback. The game end- ed with a score of 49-14.
Though he’s happy with the results of the game, Cruce understands there are some things his team needs to work on before playoffs.
“Once we were able to get our offense some drives, we struggled with ball security at times. That is something that we will not be able to continue if we want to advance in the playoffs. Defensively, we played well at times, but there are things we must improve on."
Pratt plays at home this Friday against Concordia in the first playoff game of the season. They are practicing hard this week in preparation for the game.
"We will need to contain their quarterback who is a taller kid with a strong arm, good vision and moves well. As previously mentioned, we will need to eliminate our turnovers in order to have success," Cruce said.