Against the odds, second-ranked Axtell won Friday’s district game against top-ranked Hanover with persistence and perseverance.
The anticipated showdown between No. 1-ranked Hanover, a team on a 43-game winning streak, and No. 2-ranked Axtell, a team that has won five straight, kicks off a three-week district battle for the top seed going into the playoffs.
It was a Kamble Haverkamp Friday night as the Centralia quarterback rushed 23 times for 315 yards and three touchdowns and completed 75 percent of his passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Hanover’s 46-0 win against visiting Randolph-Blue Valley Friday earned the Wildcats their 42nd straight win and the longest winning streak for an eight-man team since the inception of the Kansas State High School Activities Association.
Marysville struck early to lead 20-0 against Sabetha before the Bluejays revived their homecoming with plays that kept them in the district opener Friday night.
Valley Heights reached 2-0 with a 54-0 shutout at Horton and Centralia rebounded from its opening loss to Rossville to win 54-32 against Riley County in football games Friday night.
Valley Heights and Troy football players took the field two-by-two Friday night to open the season with a dedication and a moment of silence for former VHHS assistant coach Lew Edward Whitson III.
Frankfort finished by halftime in its eight-man Division II season opener against visiting Linn Friday. Hanover won its 39th straight game, and Axtell, Valley Heights and Marysville opened the season with wins.
A football jamboree gave Axtell an idea of what it needed to work on to be ready for the 7 p.m. kickoff to the season Friday against Beloit-St. John’s/Tipton.