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Wamego quarterback Hayden Oviatt (2) runs past a Great Bend defender during Friday night’s game. The Red Raiders won 42-21 at home.

WAMEGO — The Wamego High football team entered the Class 4A playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the western portion of the bracket.

Wamego’s seeding held true Friday night, as it rolled past winless Great Bend 42-21.

A lights-out defense that did a great deal of the work, forcing several turnovers that resulted in Wamego (8-1) touchdowns.

Most of the first period was scoreless. That is, until Hunter Phillimore pushed the ball in from the Great Bend 3. Noah Ficke’s kick put the Raiders ahead 7-0 with just 15 seconds remaining. The second quarter went much the same way. But with just 38 seconds left in the half, Wamego quarterback Hayden Oviatt tossed the ball 6 yards to Hagen Johnson for the score. Ficke’s kick gave the Raiders a 14-0 halftime lead.

Coming out of the locker room, the Panthers (0-9) got on the scoreboard thanks to a Cody Miller TD. A good kick and the visitors had cut the Wamego lead to 14-7 with 9:06 left in the period.

The ball changed hands a couple times, then the Raiders got themselves to the Panthers’ 1-yard line. A sneaky quarterback switch saw Colin Donahue take the snap and score. Ficke again cleared the uprights, and Wamego regained the 14-point spread, 21-7.

Wamego kicked it short and the Panthers fumbled. Lane Jeanneret recovered it for the Raiders, and Oviatt scored on a 34-yard run. With the kick, the Raiders led 28-7 at the 5:15 mark of the third quarter.

Jeanneret came up big again for the Raider defense just seconds later, intercepting a Cayden Scheuerman pass. Oviatt followed up with a 68-yard run — and with Ficke’s kick — widened the lead to 35-7 just a minute later.

The third period ended with the Raiders up 37-7. Great Bend opened the fourth quarter with another Miller touchdown, taking a bite of the Raiders’ advantage, 37-14.

Wamego responded when Oviatt scampered 27 yards for the Raiders’ final touchdown. Ficke stayed perfect on the night, adding the extra point and putting Wamego up 42-14.

Scheuerman added a last score for Great Bend on a 29-yard quarterback keeper, but Wamego comfortably moved on to the regional round. The Raiders will host Augusta later this week.

Augusta, which is 6-3 on the season, defeated El Dorado, 33-25, on Friday.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.