(Photo courtesy of Lynne Miller)

HOWARD — Leading by six points midway through the first quarter, Cedar Vale/Dexter ran off the game’s final 44 points as it rolled past West Elk, 58-8, in an Eight Man I-District 1 contest last Friday at Pat Simmons Stadium.

The Spartans — 5-1 overall on the season — remained perfect in district play, sitting all alone atop the standings at 3-0. CVD will close out the home portion of its schedule this Friday when it entertains Oswego in another district matchup in Cedar Vale. The Indians are 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the district following last week’s 36-20 road loss at Central-Burden.

Meanwhile, West Elk lost for the third time in four games as it fell to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the district. The Patriots will hit the road this Friday to Rosalia for a matchup against Flinthills. The Mustangs are winless on the season at 0-6 overall and 0-3 in District 1 following last week’s 54-8 setback at Sedan.

Cedar Vale/Dexter was led by Brogan Myers, who had 12 carries for 194 yards rushing and six touchdowns. That included the first two scores of the game on runs of 18 and 41 yards. The Patriots cut into the margin on a two-yard dive into the end zone by Koleton Branch, but Myers responded with a 10-yard scramble for a 20-8 Spartan lead after one quarter.

From there, it was all CVD. Myers scored three touchdowns as part of a 38-point second quarter, capped off with a 27-yard run with no time remaining that closed out the game at halftime due to the eight-man mercy rule.

The Spartans had 344 total yards of offense, including 295 on the ground.

West Elk, which was limited to 88 yards, was without two of its top players — Devin Loudermilk and Nic Moreno — due to injuries.