8-Man | District Week 1
Madison (4-0, 3-0, 0-0) @ St. Paul (4-0, 2-0 TRL, 0-0)
Someone will suffer their first loss this week. This is easily one of the top games to watch this Friday night in Southeast Kansas. St. Paul’s defense gave up 36 points last week, including one touchdown as time expired. Prior to that, they pitched two shutouts and only allowed one score. Their offense has scored 192 points through 4 games. They rely on a heavy ground game.
Madison’s defense hasn’t been as lights out, but their offense has lit up the scoreboard with 240 points score so far this season. Read Tim Lopez’s recaps on St. Paul and you’ll easily see why this is one of the best games to attend if you’re looking for a game to watch this Friday night.
Sedan (4-0, 4-0, 0-0) @ Marmaton Valley (3-1, 3-0 TRL, 0-0)
While the records may not be as flashy as Madison @ St. Paul, this game has just as much marquee appeal. Big offensive numbers from both teams with gritty defenses. It is worth noting that Marmaton Valley’s lone loss came again a team outside of the state of Kansas.
Now at the point in the season that points matter, just getting points on the board will be difficult for both teams. If you love defensive showdowns, this is the game to go see.
Altoona-Midway (1-3, 1-3 TRL, 0-0) @ Colony-Crest (2-2, 1-1 TRL, 0-0)
The Jets came crashing back to reality with a loss against Marmaton Valley last week. Colony Crest defeated a struggling Chetopa squad. Despite having one up in the W column, Colony v. Altoona is going to be a close game. These are two programs that battle in each game. Altoona picked up their first win of the year 2 weeks ago and Coach Arell has the team and community buying back into Jets football. Don’t be shocked Saturday morning if the final score resembles that of a tight ballgame and the Jets improve to 2-3.
Chetopa (0-4, 0-4 TRL, 0-0) @ Marais des Cygnes (0-4, 0-2, 0-2)
Chetopa rounds out our coverage preview in 8-Man District action. Someone is going to get their first W of the season. Who wants it more? Not for me or anyone else to decide, but instead the coaches and players on the field Friday night.
Pleasanton (3-1, 0-1 TRL, 1-0) @ Wichita Homeschool
Pleasanton is back in action after a bye day Tuesday. (I’m kidding. 2 varsity games in one week is impressive). The key for Pleasanton is get out of this game healthy. Wichita Homeschool is a part of the KCAA (Kansas Christian Athletic Association) and have put up 50+ points in all 3 of their wins so far this season. However, their defense is giving up an average of 33 points per game. This is a match up that is good practice for Pleasanton to sharpen their claws heading in to the final 4 game stretch of their district play, but get out healthy with Waverly waiting in Week 6.
Jayhawk-Linn (4-0, 3-0 TRL) @ Pleasant Ridge (1-3)
Last Meeting: Jayhawk-Linn defeated Pleasant Ridge 32-16 (2016)
The Jayhawks enter Friday night’s contest after defeating the Yates Center Wildcats a week ago, 42-6. The Jayhawks received big contributions from running backs Harley Stone, Blaine Morrell, and Hayden Broyles, as well as their stout defense against the Wildcats. Cruising thus far, the Jayhawks have rolled over their opponents by a combined score of 154-38. Meanwhile, Pleasant Ridge is riding high after earning their first win of the season in week four. The Jayhawks are looking to stay healthy in this match-up with district play looming in just two weeks. Jayhawk-Linn will also try to keep their bid for a perfect season alive, improving to 5-0.
Olpe (2-2) @ Uniontown (2-2, 1-1 TRL)
Last Meeting: Olpe defeated Uniontown 48-0 (2009)
The Uniontown Eagles play host to the Ople Eagles Friday night in a battle of two 2-2 teams. After falling to Christ Prep 49-12. Although, Uniontown can take some positives from the Christ Prep game, as they were within three points late in the second quarter. While Uniontown is looking to regain its footing, Ople enters the contest after deating Burlington 13-8. This will be the first meeting between the schools since the 2009 season, when Olpe defeated Uniontown 48-0. Which “Eagle” will fly higher on Friday night?
St. Marys (1-3) @ Yates Center (1-3, 1-1 TRL)
Last Meeting: St. Marys defeated Yates Center 61-0 (2016)
Yates Center is hoping to rebound against a tough St. Marys squad in week five, after being handed a 42-6 loss courtesy of Jayhawk-Linn. The Wildcats rushing attack was stifled all night long by the Jayhawks stout defense, and could never gain any momentum. Although St. Marys 1-3 record does not show it, they are a very good ball club. Head Coaches Tanner Davis and Ryan Panko know this is a good test for their Wildcats with district play quickly approaching.
Oswego (0-4, 0-2 TRL) @ Northeast-Arma (0-4, 0-2 TRL)
Last Meeting: Oswego defeated Northeast-Arma 12-0 (2016)
With both teams entering week five sporting identical 0-4 records, one of these squads will walk away from Friday night’s contest with their first win of the season. Both teams are struggling defensively. Oswego’s defense is giving up an average of 44 points per game, while Northeast’s defense is giving up a similar 45 points per game. Northeast is still looking for its first win since the 2015 season, will Friday night be the game they get over the hump? Or will Oswego earn their first victory of the 2017 campaign?