A Thursday night fire that caused extensive damage at the Marmaton Valley High School football press box had Friday’s district opener against Sedan in jeopardy. But according to Sedan athletic director Carolyn Williams, the game will go on as scheduled after Marmaton Valley officials were able to get the field in shape enough to play a game.

Kickoff is still scheduled for 7 p.m. in Moran.

A fire Thursday night damaged the press box in Moran to the point that it allowed no electricity to the lights at the field. Yet, according to Williams, Marmaton Valley has been able to get enough power to the stadium for lights and a scoreboard as of now, which will allow the Eight Man I-District 1 opener between the Blue Devils and Wildcats to go on as planned.

Both teams have high hopes of punching their ticket into the eight-man playoffs this season. The Blue Devils head into the contest at 4-0 overall following last week’s 52-6 South Central Border League victory over Udall. Meanwhile, the Wildcats are 3-1 on the season after posting a 56-0 Three Rivers League win over Altoona-Midway.

Sedan looks for redemption this season after just missing the playoffs in 2016. The Blue Devils tied both St. Paul and West Elk for first place in the final district standings, but due to the point differential, they lost the tiebreaker and dropped to third overall … missing out on the playoffs for a seventh straight season. SHS has won 13 of its last 14 games overall, including wins over Cedar Vale/Dexter, Central-Burden, Oxford and Udall this season.

Marmaton Valley has had a promising start to its season by winning three of its first four games. In fact, the Wildcats have shut out three of their first four opponents — all in TRL play — including previous matchups against Chetopa (68-0) and Colony-Crest (50-0). The team’s only loss to date came in week three with a 58-20 home setback to Greenfield (Mo.). MVHS is seeking its first playoff berth since 2012.

A year ago, these teams opened up district play in Sedan, with the Blue Devils capturing a 40-20 victory over the Wildcats.

(Photo credit to Cynthia Hills)