It was a long night for Holcomb Longhorns as the undefeated Pratt Greenbacks were relentless from the opening whistle in 51-15 rout Friday night in Pratt. The loss to Pratt (7-0,4-0) marks the second loss for Holcomb (3-4,2-2) in district play, and drops the Longhorns below .500 for the season.
On the first drive of the game, the Greenbacks traveled 58 yards on seven plays, all on the ground, marching down to score when senior quarterback Travis Theis scored his 19th touchdown of the season on a 10-yard run.
Holcomb could not take advantage of a short field after a the kick-off, going three and out and giving the ball back to the Greenbacks.
After the Holcomb punt, it only took Pratt three plays to score its second touchdown of the quarter, on runs of 17, 27 and the eventual 10 yards — the latter by senior Kaydence Riner closed out the 54-yard drive, giving the Greenbacks the 14-0 lead.
Holcomb did show some fight later in the first half, stopping Pratt on downs at the Holcomb 17-yard line. Unfortunately for the Longhorns, a promising ensuing drive ended at midfield, and a bad snap over the head of the Longhorn punter, which traveled 25 yards in the wrong direction, gave the Greenbacks great field position.
Two plays later, Pratt’s Theis scored his second rushing touchdown of the night on a 12 yard run.
On the first play of the Greenback following drive, Theis found his receiver Brian Windsor wide open for a 54-yard touchdown.
The Greenbacks scored again when Theis out-ran every Longhorn defender on the way to a 42-yard touchdown run.
Holcomb did finally manage to add some points when Jacob Henson punched it from 1 yard out, avoiding a first half shutout. But Pratt got the ball back with 38 seconds remaining in the half, and that was long enough for Pratt to add one more touchdown, when Thein found Windsor again for 65 yards, giving the Greenbacks a 42-7 lead going into halftime.
Holcomb managed to add one more touchdown on a Colby Johnson 14-yard run, and a successful two-point conversion, before the end of the game, but could not muster up a rally to comeback after the big Pratt first half.
The Longhorns will now face Hugoton with second place in the district on the line.