Neither team scored in the first quarter then combined for 40 points in the second. Hays scored 16 of their points in a 1:26 span of the second with a Alex Delton to Lane Clark 24 yard touchdown pass on third down. Great Bend fumbled the ensuing kick-off out of bounds at the two and then Hayden Kruezter tackled Ty Yager in the endzone for a safety and 9-0 score. Adam Klaus then returned the Great Bend free kick 48 yards to the Great Bend 22 yard line and three plays later Preston Weigel scored from six yards out for the 16-0 advantage.
Great Bend answered back with a 72 yard pass from Bryce Beck to Jonathan Allende, but Hays added ten more points on a Lane Clark 29 yard field goal and nine yard Weigel run to go up 26-8. Right before the half the Panthers tacked on their final score of the game with a six yard pass from Beck to Justin McGuiness.
Hays controlled the second half scoring on three of their five drives, with the other two ending inside the Panther ten with a fumble and change of possession on downs.
Hays ran for 361 yards in the win and threw for 58 for a total of 419. Hays never attempted a pass in the second half. The Panthers were held to 227 yards and just 50 in the second half. Great Bend ran only 35 total plays while Hays ran 69.
Hays moves to 6-1 over all and 3-1 in the conference. Hays can only win the conference title if Garden City loses to Dodge City in week nine. If Garden City wins they will also be 3-1 and hold the head to head tie breaker over the Indians.
The Indians are also 1-0 in district play with +13 points and will face Salina South who beat rival Central on Friday and moved to 5-2 and 1-0 in district play.
Great Bend drops to 4-3 and 2-2 in the conference. The Panthers are 0-1 in districts.