BURDEN — Jumping out to a 37-point lead at halftime, Argonia/Attica cruised to a 69-24 victory over Central-Burden Friday night at the Central Sports Complex.
Coming off a 40-34 home loss to Hutchinson Central Christian a week earlier, the Titans evened their record at 1-1 overall. A/A will remain on the road on Sept. 20 when it travels to Pratt to take on Skyline. The Thunderbirds are 2-0 on the season following Friday’s 24-8 road win at Kiowa County.
Central-Burden dropped to 0-2 with Friday’s loss and will wrap up its pre-district slate with a road game at South Central Border League foe Udall on Sept. 20. The Eagles are 1-1 overall following last Friday’s 52-21 road loss to West Elk.
The Titans nearly made quick work of things against the Raiders on Friday, scoring the game’s first 43 points.
Mason Miller had a one-yard touchdown run to start things off for A/A. He was then on the receiving end of a 26-yard scoring strike from Xander Newberry. Later in the opening period, Noah Phillips ran in from two yards out to give the Titans a 23-0 advantage.
The visitors continued to dominate before the half. Miller scored his second rushing touchdown — this time from 67 yards out. Conner Harnden then completed a 22-yard TD pass to Adam Blanchat as the Titans’ lead reached 37-0 at the intermission.
Argonia/Attica was on the verge of the eight-man mercy rule early in the third quarter following a 13-yard jaunt into the end zone by Wyatt Peterson. But the host Raiders went the distance with the Titans by scoring 24 points down the stretch, starting with a five-yard pass play from Logan Branscum to Garrett Toon.
A/A’s defense got in the scoring act early in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard interception return for six by Blake Shaddox. Central-Burden returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown on a 70-yard scamper by Bo Smith. Harnden added three rushing touchdowns down the stretch on runs of 20, 51 and one yard. The Raiders’ final score came on a 20-yard pass from Branscum to Lane Toon.
The Titans finished with a 420-218 advantage in total yardage. Harnden recorded a game-high 107 yards rushing on seven carries.