HESSTON — An injruy-riddled Hesston Swather football team hosted Pratt, and the weakness showed themselves early and often in a 55-0 ballgame that included a running clock the entire second half. 

"We had a lot of young guys that were playing tonight in spots they were put into because of injuries to upperclassmen," said coach Tyson Bauerle. "It makes us a different team. .. That factored big time into this."

An injury to starting senior quarterback Cameron Cox forced sophmore 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 138 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 able to get a lot of young guys in this week and created some depth," Bauerle said. "... This silver lining is some of the young guys getting a lot of reps this week."

Hesston will head to Smoky Valley to open district play next week.

 

PHS 14; 27; 14; 0; 55

HHS 0; 0; 0; 0; 0

Scoring summary

1Q

9:41 PHS Theis, 44 yard run (Sanchez kick) 7-0

1:39 PHS Riner, 11 yard run (Sanchez kick) 14-0

2Q

11:50 PHS Riner, 65 yard run (Sanchez kick) 21-0

9:28 PHS Riner, 6 yard run (Sanchez kick) 28-0

4:35 PHS Riner, 11 yard run (Sanchez kick) 35-0

:28 PHS Riner, 12 yard run (Kick failed) 41-0

3Q

9:34 PHS Dipman, 45 yard interception return (Sanchez kick) 48-0

2:23 PHS Theis, 26 yard run (Sanchez kick) 55-0

 

Rushing

Pratt — Riner 11-138-5, Theis 8-89-2, Huber 10-42-0, Winsor 3-10-0, Cox 2-15-0, Nickelson 3-10-0, Crow 1-6-0, Blankenship 1-6-0, Roadhouse 1-2-0. 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.

Passing

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.

Receiving

Pratt — Winsor 1-43-1. Hesston — Bollinger 5-29-0, Spencer 1-7-0, Wingfield 1-10-0, N. Arnold 1-(-1)-0.