All Mac County teams on the road except Little River.
McPherson at Maize South
WICHITA — McPherson avenged last year's loss to Buhler in resounding fashion last week. This week they have a chance to avenge their only other losses as they travel to Maize South. I doubt any team opens with two tougher games than the Bullpups, who proved last season you can lose them and still be a very good football team. Mac will have to have more from its running game this week, limit the turnovers and continue to improve on defense if it wants to win. But after last week, who doesn't believe the in Pups chances?
Smoky Valley at Larned
LARNED — Smoky Valley used week one as a statement game beating Halstead and letting everyone in Kansas know they are for real. Larned gave last year's 4A-II state champion Pratt all it could handle before losing 56-46. The Vikings are a pound and ground team that plays great defense. Expect them to do the same against the Indians as they try to control the clock and keep it low scoring. If they can accomplish that expect them to return to Lindsborg sporting a 2-0 record.
Moundridge at Hutchinson Trinity
HUTCHINSON — Last week was a tough loss for the Wildcats, who are fielding their best chance in years at winning their district. They gave Marion a battle but fell short losing 36-26. Hutch Trinity opened on the road at Inman, a district opponent of Moundridge's, and came away with a convincing 38-7 win. This week will give us some insight into whether Trinity is that good or if Inman just didn't play well. Last year the Wildcats lost to the Celtics by six but that was before their offense got rolling. If I were a betting man I'd still wager that this is the year of the Cats.
Bennington at Little River
LITTLE RIVER — Last time I saw Bennington was from the opposite sidelines at Moundridge when they thumped us 46-6, their last season in 11-man football. I figured they'd roll through 8-man ball last year but they struggled to a 2-7 record. They opened 2017 beating Herington 52-6. Little River opened with a win at Centre last week and handled the Bennington last year on the road 44-12. The Bulldogs have improved since then but so have the Redskins. I am expecting to see a shootout in the Skins home opener with the loud Little River crowd swaying the outcome.
Inman at Marion
MARION — Inman losing last week was not necessarily a surprise as they took on 3A Hutch Trinity but the margin of victory was. It doesn't get any easier this week as the Teutons go on the road to take on the Warriors in Marion. Inman is young and has several players going both ways, which is not going to be easy against a perennial power like Marion. I think they have to keep it close until the end to have a shot. If they let the Warriors get loose early it could be a long night. For Inman though they just need to stay healthy and keep getting better as they prepare for a tough district fight later in the season.
Canton-Galva at Rural Vista
WHITE CITY — The Heat begin a new era this year with coach Adam Flowers after Jeff Hostetter stepped away at the end of last season. Hostetter coached for 25 years at Hope and then three years at Rural Vista when Hope and White City combined, recording 221 wins, 21 playoff appearances, 4 second place finishes and a state title in 2003. Flowers picked up where Hostetter left off, opening with a 40-26 win over Peabody-Burns. Canton-Galva lost to Solomon last week but scored 34 points in the process. The Eagles are young but hungry and play with no fear. Expect a high scoring affair with the team touching the ball last likely getting the W.
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