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Stafford Football versus Otis-Bison 9-14-18

The third week of the football season saw an undefeated Stafford Trojans travel to face the Otis-Bison Cougars. The Cougars entered the game with a 500 record of 1 and 1.

Homecoming festivities kicked the night off. After the crowning, both teams took to the field for the game.

The game started slowly, but Otis-Bison then took over after eight minutes of gameplay. The Cougars would go on to lead 38 to 0 at halftime. Stafford managed to lengthen out the game to a couple of minutes into the fourth quarter before Otis-Bison ended the contest with a score of 50 to 0.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

Otis-Bison Football vs St. John 9-1-17

The start of a new season presents a team with a clean slate to the year. Walking onto the field for the first time, both sides are 0-0. The question that hands over the field is what’s going to happen when the whistle blows and a foot connects with a football for the first time?

The Otis-Bison Cougars traveled to face the St. John Tigers for the season opener. Both teams came into the game with short rosters. The Cougars suited up only fourteen players, the Tigers nine.

The Cougars quickly piled up the points on the board with only three plays from scrimmage and two pick sixes that made the score 20 to 0 with only six minutes and change remaining in the first quarter. St. John did control the clock and were able to move the ball some, but they failed to truly threaten to score.

By the end of the first half, the Cougars registered 58 points on the board to the Tigers 0. The game ended at halftime due to the 45-point rule.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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8 Man Division I Regional: Spearville versus Central Plains 11-8-14

The second round of the Eight Man Division I playoffs kicked off in Claflin on Saturday with a matchup between the Spearville Lancers and the Central Plains Oilers.

Both team came in undefeated. Central Plains jumped out to a two score lead. Spearville would battle back and both teams traded scores most of the game. Central Plains missed several two point conversions which kept Spearville within contact and even allowing them to take the lead late in the game.

A Layne Bieberle pick six later and the Oilers held on for a 42 to 40 victory.

Central Plains will play Ness City for the right to play for the State Championship.

Spearville finishes the year with a 10 and 1 record.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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Spearville vs Hodgeman County 10-24-14

Week Eight of the Football season saw District Matchup with two long time foes as the Spearville Lancers traveled to Jetmore to face the Hodgeman County Longhorns.

Both teams came into the game undefeated. Spearville jumped out to an early three touchdown lead in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Hodgeman County woke up and put some points on the board. The second half was a back and forth affair, but Hodgeman County could not erase the edge that the Lancers gained early in the game.

Spearville won the game by a score of 50 to 28.

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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Kinsley vs Otis-Bison Football 9-26-14

Week Four of High School Football saw a score occur that no one expected. Otis-Bison hosted their Homecomming Game by matching up with Central Prairie League rival the Kinsley Coyotes in an Eight Man Football game.

Over the years, Eight Man football has put up some large scores in part to having three fewer players on the field per side and twenty less yards. The amount of scoring led the Kansas High School Activities Association to start a 45 point Mercy Rule over 20 years ago. (Meaning if a team gets out to a lead of at least 45 points after playing one full half, the game would be over at that point.) In recent years, some teams have really opened up play with Spread style offenses and other more exotic ways of generating yards and points.

This was an old-fashioned Eight Man game with two running backs running all over the field. Otis-Bison’s Brad Lightfoot and Kinsley’s Tyler Espinosa literally lit up the score board. Lightfoot ended the night with 10 touchdowns and 415 all-purpose yards.

If one team scored, the other would respond. Otis-Bison was able to build a lead and hold on to it through out the game after the first quarter. Kinsley would punch back with a score, many times thanks to Espinosa’s ability to run and evade, and keep things close enough where the Mercy Rule would not come into play.

The final score, which set a new State record for combined scoring in an Eight Man game, was Otis-Bison 104 Kinsley 70. (Kinda beats the 3-0 game I went to last week.)

Below are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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Otis-Bison vs Thunder Ridge (Sub-State)

The Otis-Bison Cougars faced off against the Thunder Ridge Longhorns for a second time this season. This matchup was for the right to play for the State Championship.

From the beginning of the game, the Longhorn running attack dominated the game. The Cougars fought back scoring at the end of the first half and at the start of the third quarter. Unfortunately, they could not keep up with Thunder Ridge. The final score was 54-26 Thunder Ridge.

The Cougars finish the season with a 10-2 record and both loses came at the hands of the Longhorns.

Here are some of the pictures I took at the game:

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