District 5 Week 2
Fredonia was the only Tri Valley league team to get a victory in the first week of district 5 play. The Yellow Jackets defeated Eureka 7-0. Belle Plain upset the Cherryvale Chargers in the last minutes of the game to come away with a 41-40 thrilling win. The Douglass Bulldogs defeated the Neodesha Bluestreaks handily 60-14. This is going to be one of those districts that will come down to the final plays of the final week to determine the top 4 seeds.
Fredonia 3-1 will travel to Cherryvale 2-2
While most teams across the United States are spreading their offenses out across the field Fredonia is going old school and lining up to pound the football with the running game. Coach Svaty has decided that this offense fits the Yellow Jackets personnel best. With a good running back in senior Owen Blandamer I will not disagree. Cherryvale has a lot of misdirection plays with its offense. It has for many years. If you don’t play good assignment defense they will make you pay. Quarterback Cade Addis and running back Garrett Novotny are real threats that can score from anywhere on the field . This game should be an entertaining one for sure. A win for Fredonia would put them in the drivers seat for a spot in the top four to advance to the playoffs. Cherryvale needs the win to get above .500 on the season but more so to get its first district win. The Chargers have struggled defending the pass this season and will have to play Eureka who likes to throw the football and with already being 0-1 in district they can’t afford another loss.
Eureka 1-3 at Douglass 3-1
The Tornadoes have struggled with snapping the football along with catching passes. In last weeks shutout loss to Fredonia Eureka dropped more than 6 passes that coach Nichols said should of been caught. Its week five now and teams that continue to make the same mistakes over and over are teams that will not be making the playoffs. The Douglass Bulldogs have scored atleast 35 or more points in their three wins this season. Their only loss coming from the 4-0 Garden Plain team that are ranked in most publications. Jason Nichols squad in my eyes will have to put all those mistakes behind them and find a way to play an almost perfect game to come away with their first district win in 2018. If Douglass wins this game they should be the favorite for the top spot in district 5.
Neodesha 0-4 will make the long haul to Belle Plaine 2-2
The Bluestreaks will travel almost two hours to face the Dragons who are coming off , in my mind a huge upset victory over Cherryvale. Neodesha hasn’t had much go its way so far in 2018. But if they can defend the pass I believe it could be their turn to get the upset win. Belle Plain defense has averaged giving up 35 points a game . If the Bluesteaks can find a way to get to the quarterback and get him dirty while not giving up the big plays I believe they will have a chance to earn its first victory .
District 5 standings after 1 week
Douglass 1-0 21 points
Fredonia 1-0 7 points
Belle Plain 1-0 1 poimt
Cherryvale 0-1 -1 point
Eureka 0-1 -7 poimts
Neodesha 0-1 -21 points