RILEY — After surrendering two touchdowns just before halftime the Riley County football team fought back for a chance to tie early in the fourth quarter, but came up short.
At St. Marys, the Rock Creek Mustangs started slow but finished strong in their 51-28 win over St. Marys Friday night.
At Linn, the Frankfort Wildcats scored in bunches against Linn, with sophomore quarterback Adam Kenworthy throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for three more, while junior running back Jase Suther rushed for four scores and 235 yards.
At Chapman, the Red Raiders managed to win a low-scoring affair to start district play, taking a 13-6 lead to halftime and scoring on a 50-yard scramble by quarterback Kyler Alderson in the second half to put away the game.
At Miltonvale, Southern Cloud won a battle of winless teams against Blue Valley Randolph, outlasting the Rams to win by 18 points.
At Alma, the Valley Heights Mustangs dominated from start to finish against the Chargers, taking a 38-0 halftime lead and cruising through the second half while preserving the shutout.
The Manhattan High football team opened district play with a loss to Topeka High Friday night at Bishop Stadium, 52-41.
With just two more matches next week preceding the official start of the postseason, the Manhattan High boys’ soccer team has yet to play a full, 80-minute game up to its potential. Against Highland Park in Topeka on Thursday, it didn’t matter in a 6-0 Manhattan victory.
Each year, the playoff bracket has at least one undeserving team advance through the district system and into the playoffs. Last season it was one-win Wichita North.
Royals manager Ned Yost stood on a platform near the Kauffman Stadium infield and told a national TV audience: “This was really for our fans and our city. We couldn’t have done it without these fans.”
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