By BRETT MARSHALL
Southwestern Heights' Wes Winfrey put the football in the air 45 times Friday night against the Sublette Larks.
He completed 19 of those for 210 yards. That's the good news.
The bad news, at least for the Mustangs, is that six of those were picked off by Sublette defensive backs Brandon Stokes and Mason Hibbard as the Larks rolled to a convincing 26-6 season-opening triumph.
For their effort, the defensive backs are sharing The Telegram's Area Player of the Week award.
"They both played extremely well and just had the night where they were in the right place at the right time," Sublette coach Steve Simpson said. "I guess when you put the ball up that many times, if your people are where they're supposed to be, they'll have those chances."
One of Hibbard's interceptions came in the second quarter when he returned it 43 yards for a touchdown.
"We tended to get a little conservative in the second half," Simpson said. "But overall, we played well. It's always nice to have that experience and speed that you have with these guys."
1 Scott City (1-0) — With an impressive 39-0 shutout of Lakin (32-0 halftime lead) remains atop the weekly Telegram football prep rankings.
Coach Glenn O'Neil got two early touchdown runs from sophomore Dalton Smith and then watched a number of his backs also get into the scoring column.
2 Hugoton (1-0) — The Eagles scored early and often in their opening 48-6 victory over Stanton County. The Eagles will host Lakin this Friday in a Hi-Plains League upper division contest.
3 Garden City (1-0) — With junior quarterback Cody Bernbeck at the controls, the Buffaloes rolled over Ulysses, 30-6, with their new spread offense working line a finely-tuned engine. Bernbeck threw for nearly 270 yards and had more than 200 of those in the first half. The Buffs get their second home game this Friday when they play host to Maize South.
4 Sublette (1-0) — The Larks utilized an impressive defensive outing to capture a 26-6 season opening win over Southwestern Heights. The defense had six interceptions with Brandon Stokes and Mason Hibbard each picking off three Wes Winfrey passes.
5 Dighton/Ness City (1-0) — After leading just 7-0 at halftime, the Titans scored 26 points in the second half to run away from the Syracuse Bulldogs. Greg Fullmer scored three touchdowns for the Titans and Joe Flax accounted for two others. One of Fullmer's scores came on an 85-yard interception return. The Titans will play host to TMP of Hays onFriday.