Class 3A-District 7: Week 9 Preview

Riverton (1-7, 1-1 in district) at Galena (8-0, 2-0 in district) 

One week after wrapping up the CNC League championship, Galena will try to cap off a perfect run through District 7 with a title Thursday against Riverton.

The Bulldogs remained perfect at 8-0 overall while picking up their second straight district win with a 57-7 thumping of Southeast-Cherokee last week. In that contest, Galena jumped out to a 27-0 lead after one quarter and cruised from there to the win — its 11th straight in regular-season action dating back to last year. GHS clinched its first league title since 2011 and seventh CNC crown for football in school history.

Galena has punched its ticket into the postseason for a seventh straight season and can officially earn a home playoff game with a district championship if its finishes the regular season off Thursday night by beating Riverton.

Despite a 1-7 overall record, the Rams still have hopes of not only getting into the playoffs but also earning a district title. Riverton is currently tied with Cherryvale for second place behind Galena. Although RHS suffered a 42-0 loss to Cherryvale last week, it can still win the district championship with a victory and a Southeast-Cherokee upset win over Cherryvale.

Riverton is trying to finish the season strong with a second win in three weeks. That came on the heels of a six-game losing streak to open the season.

Southeast-Cherokee (0-6, 0-2 in district) at Cherryvale (6-2, 1-1 in district)

With last week’s 42-0 home win over Riverton, Cherryvale moved one step closer to the postseason. Now the Chargers need to wrap up the regular season with a victory over Southeast-Cherokee to punch its ticket to the playoffs for the 11th time in program history.

In last week’s win over the Rams, CHS used a 22-point second quarter to take control of things. The Chargers went on to outgain Riverton 402-66 in total yardage — holding the Rams to an average of just 1.6 yards per play.

Cherryvale has now won five of its last six games and stands at 6-2 overall. With a convincing win over the Lancers, the Chargers will advance to the Class 3A playoffs as the District 7 runner-up behind Galena. It would be CHS’ fifth trip to the postseason in coach Harry Hester’s 10 seasons as coach.

The Chargers will try to avoid a letdown against a Southeast squad that has struggled for wins. The Lancers are 0-6 on the season and 0-2 in district play. They have lost 27 consecutive games overall and will try to avoid a third straight winless season.

In last week’s loss to Galena, Southeast managed just 66 total yards, including a net of minus-41 yards rushing. It was the Lancers’ final CNC League as they make the move into the Three Rivers League effective next season.