HESSTON — Hesston High’s defense at times has been having a hard time keeping up with its flashy offense.
But the Swathers excelled on both sides of the ball Tuesday night to lambaste Hutchinson Trinity Catholic 47-6 in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.
Hesston is now 7-3 and plays Saturday at undefeated Conway Springs, a 55-6 winner over Wichita Independent on Tuesday.
The Swathers came out on fire with three first-quarter touchdowns and blew it out to 34-0 by halftime.
Hesston’s offense, which has been machine-like all season, piled up 491 yards, but it was the 174 yards allowed that was encouraging as the Swathers’ defense has been generous at times.
Junior Swather quarterback Cameron Cox threw for 167 yards and four scores, while rushing for 46 yards.
Parker Roth needed only 9 carries for pile up 149 yards and one touchdown, while also catching a TD pass. Go-to receiver Reese Nebel had 6 catches for 127 yards, with three of his catches for TDs. Also scoring for the Swathers were Grady Toews and Jacob Eilert as Hesston spread the wealth.