By KEVIN THOMPSON
ULYSSES — Since a playoff loss to Pratt in 2003, Ulysses has been on a continuing mission.
The Tigers have now won 11 straight games against the Greenbacks, including six in a row as league opponents and the last five in playoffs, including last year's 32-7 first-round game in Ulysses.
No reason, then, to expect anything different this year as the Tigers raced past Pratt 60-14 in bi-district play.
The closest Pratt has come to the Tigers has been two- and three-point losses in the 2009 and 2008 regular seasons. The last four playoff wins for Ulysses had not been closer than 25 points.
After spending most of the season in the top of the 4A rankings, Ulysses showed once again that it is on the right track that has led thus far to a 9-1 season.
Armando Sandoval took the handoff on the second play from scrimmage with one cutback down the home sideline for a 74-yard score.
On their next possession, the Tigers went one better, scoring on the first play from scrimmage, a 61-yard pass from Braden Langston to Tate Annis.
Josh Jarnagin took the handoff on the second play on the next series 71 yards for a score.
Langston hooked up again with Annis for a 34-yard strike, giving the Tigers a 27-6 lead in the first quarter.
Eight plays, under three minutes of possession, and four touchdowns.
Razzy Morales and Annis scored in the second quarter for Ulysses as the Tigers went up 40-14 by halftime.
The Tigers amassed 242 yards on just 26 yards and 199 yards on seven completions for 441 combined yards in the first half.
That total was aided by three plays over 70 yards. They ended the night with 641 combined yards.
Pratt struggled with just 139 yards on 33 plays in the first half. They would finish with just 182 total yards.
Pratt got on the board after a fake punt turned into a 35-yard pass to the 10, then quarterback BJ Dean ran it in on the next play.
Dean hit Dylan Besser on a 24-yard pass as the second quarter ended.
But it was big plays often and early from big-time players that helped the Ulysses blitz.
Sandoval rushed for 131 yards, while Annis had 189 yards receiving and three touchdowns on just four catches.
For Pratt coach Forrest Mazey, in his first season with the Greenbacks, the experience was a learning lesson.
For Ulysses coach Jason Kenny, career win 100 with the Tigers tasted a bit sweeter because of the playoff.
"Our offense is pretty explosive. We came out and hit on all cylinders, like how we play," Kenny said.
Credit the offensive line for creating the big plays, he said, and the skill players for making it happen.
"We got big plays. That's how we like to do it; get up on people early," Kenny added.
The Tigers had prepared for Pratt's spread offense, which Kenny said is tough to stop, especially with a no-huddle approach from Pratt.
The defense was so good, in fact, that the Greenbacks never ran the ball the entire second half, instead throwing on all 19 plays and completing just six.
The approach was simple for quarterback Langston.
"Try to sustain drives," he said. "It starts with our offensive line."
Except this night sustaining the early drives was unnecessary, as both receivers and rushers found huge gaps in the defense.
Ulysses continues in the playoffs with a 9-1 record, while Pratt ends its season 4-6.
Ulysses will next play at Hesston on Saturday. Hesston defeated Concordia in its game, 19-16.
Pratt 6 8 0 0 -- 14
Ulysses 27 13 14 6 -- 60
Uly--Sandoval 74 run (Jarnagin run), 11:16
P--BJ Dean 10 run (pass failed), 9:34
Uly--Annis 61 pass from Langston (Jarnagin kick), 9:22
Uly--Jaranagin 71 run (kick blocked), 7:45
Uly--Annis 34 pass from Langston (Mendez kick failed), 5:11
Uly--Morales 1 run (run failed), 8:34
Uly--Annis 78 pass from Langston (Mendez kick), 1:10
P--Besser 24 pass from BJ Bean (Besser pass from Bean), :12
Uly--Morales 2 run (Mendez kick), 4:17
Uly--Newell 49 pass from Langston (MendeZ kick), 2:43
Uly--Degollado 2 run (run failed), 11:07
Rushes-yds 9-41 50-393
Passes-yds 17-141 8-248
Total yds 182 641
Penalties-yds 10-98 4-29
Turnovers 2 0
1st downs 7 14
RUSHING--Pratt: Cananta 3-14, BJ Dean 4-21, Besser 1-11; Ulysses: Sandoval 16-141, Morales 18-87, Newell 2-37, Degollado 5-29.
Passing--Pratt: BJ Dean 17-43-1-141; Ulysses: Langston 6-11-0-248.
Receiving--Pratt: McClain 3-47; Ulysses: Annis 4-189, Newell 2-59.