Centre-The Cougars ran into a steam roller in the form of the defending state champion Hope on Friday, losing 54-6.
The Cougars started well when Seth Jirak broke free for a 49-yard touchdown run with 10:36 left in the first quarter.
But Hope reeled off 48 straight points to finish the first half with a 48-6 lead. A 22-yard touchdown by Carl Bentz with 10:54 left in the third quarter ended the game on the 45-point rule.
Adding injury to insult was the Cougars losing Dustin Burnett for the remainder of the season with an injury.
Centre rushed for 105 yards compared to 199 for Hope, but a Centre interception, losing three of four fumbles, and having two punts blocked proved costly for the Cougars.
Jirak led Centre with 68 yards on 10 carries while Keenan Geissert added 28 yards on eight carries. Jirak was 3-for-6 passing for only three yards.
Defensively, Jirak had three unassisted tackles and six assists while Burnett, Tad Remy and Matt Leach all recorded three tackles.
With the loss, Centre falls to 1-2 for the season with a trip to Goessel coming this Friday night.
Goessel-The Bluebirds battled all night, but fell to Argonia, 42-28, for their first defeat of the season.
After falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter, Goessel tied the game when Garrett Hiebert scored from 16 yards out. The extra-point kick was blocked and the game remained tied.
After Argonia took a 14-6 lead, Goessel again tied the score when Justin Fensky broke free for a 48-yard run followed by a scoring pass from Hiebert to Ryan Janzen for a 14-14 halftime score.
Argonia scored on a 50-yard run in the third quarter to grab a 20-14 lead, but the Bluebirds tied the game on another Fensky touchdown, this time from three yards out. The PAT was unsuccessful and the game remained tied at 20.
Argonia then scored 22 straight points to put the game out of reach. A late touchdown with 33 seconds remaining by Fensky from 22 yards out provided the final score, 42-28.
Goessel managed 11 first downs to 10 for Argonia. Hiebert was 10-of-23 passing for 62 yards with one interception. Goessel finished with 262 total yards compared to 408 for Argonia.
The Bluebirds fumbled three times and lost two while Argonia put the ball on the turf twice and lost one.
With the loss, Goessel is 2-1 on the season and will play Centre at home on Friday.
Canton-Galva-The Eagles dropped a 39-28 decision Ell-Saline Friday night in Brookville.
Ell-Saline quarterback Drew Shaver burned the Eagle defense for 293 yards and five touchdowns on 10-of-16 passing.
Seth Moddelmogg scored from 15 yards out for Canton-Galva’s first score, but the Eagles trailed 20-6 at halftime.
Canton-Galva tied the game in the third quarter when Aaron Crouse scored from seven yards out and Kelly Bandy picked off a Shaver fumble and returned it 33 yards to tie the score at 20.
After falling behind 32-20, Canton-Galva’s Joel Hardman scored on an 18-yard pass from Travis Regehr with 3:32 to play to cut the lead to 32-28, but that was as close as the Eagles would come.
Moddelmogg led the Eagles’ ground attack with 148 yards on 23 carries; Crouse carried the ball 15 times for 74 yards.
Moddelmogg also caught two passes for 45 yards and Hardman caught three passes for 35 yards.
Regehr was 7-for-19 passing for 95 yards with two interceptions.
With the loss, the Eagles are 0-2 in the Heart of America League and 0-3 overall. They will play Chase County at Canton this Friday.
Peabody-Burns-The Warriors defeated Sedgwick Friday night, 19-7, to remain undefeated at 3-0. No other information was made available by press time.