Mac County teams look to rebound from last week as just one brought home the victory.
Winfield at McPherson
McPherson plays at home for the first time this season before going back on the road for two more. The Bullpups may have the toughest opening two games of anyone in Kansas but, that only helps your football team get better, if you don't have a let down. Winfield comes into the game with an identical 1-1 record as Mac, having beat Towanda-Circle last week after dropping their opener to Augusta.
Expect the Bullpups offense to get back on track after being shutout last week while the defense will just keep getting better. This game should be a breeze but that is what makes it scary. It is also Down Syndrome Awareness Night in honor of senior, No. 41 Ryan Ronsse, so McPherson Stadium should be a fun place to be.
Haven at Smoky Valley
LINDSBORG — Eight was not enough for Haven in each of its first two games, losing 48-8 to Nickerson and 49-8 to Pratt. Smoky Valley comes into the game off a disappointing loss to Larned 28-14 but this is a very good Larned team.
Smoky Valley will keep doing what Smoky Valley does, which is pound the ball, pound the ball, pound the ball. Expect the Vikings defense to bounce back after giving up 28 points last week. Smoky Valley has all the talent to be a pretty darn good football team and will not let one loss derail their season.
Moundridge at Ell-Saline
BROOKVILLE — I talked with Moundridge coach Jeremiah Meeks briefly on Thursday evening about how well his team is playing despite the 0-2 record. The Wildcats schedule lends itself to preparing a football team for district play, where they have a great chance to unseat Sedgwick this year.
Moundridge is dinged up a little going into this game, which is not good. Ell-Saline is 2-0 with impressive victories over Sedgwick and Whitewater-Remington under their belt so far. Expect the Cats to play hard and not quit but the most important thing coming out of this game will be staying healthy.
Inman at Sterling
STERLING — Inman is struggling this year on both sides of the ball, losing both of their first two games by wide margins. But coach Lance Sawyer knows how to get the most out of his team when their backs are against the wall. Just like Moundridge, Inman has a brutal non-district schedule that lends itself to getting ready for district games.
The Teutons have several players that are going both ways which wears a team down fast when facing such high quality opponents. If Inman is going to win a non-district game, this will have to be the one, with high powered Ell-Saline up next. Staying healthy and showing improvement will be a victory for the Teutons.
Peabody-Burns @ Canton-Galva
CANTON — Last week's Great Plains Federal Credit Union Team of the Week celebrates homecoming this week and coach Shelby Hoppes just hopes his team can avoid the distraction and stay focused. That might be difficult if his Eagles team glanced at the season results thus far for Peabody, who lost last week 62-26 to Wakefield and in week one 40-26 to the same Rural Vista team that Canton-Galva whipped 62-6 last week.
The Eagles are a young, growing and excited bunch who can't wait to hit the field every Friday. With an entirely new offense and defense installed last in the summer, Canton-Galva is a work in progress. Expect them to progress with a big step forward this week over and over-matched Warriors team, likely sending the crowd home at halftime.
Wakefield at Little River
LITTLE RIVER — Little River is also celebrating homecoming this week as they host the Bombers of Wakefield in non-district play. The Redskins have given up 42 points in each of their first two games while scoring 50 and 20 respectively. Wakefield is hard to gauge because they haven't really played a quality opponent yet, having defeated Goessel and Peabody very handily.
Skins coach Chad Lafferty knows his team has to find its identity but they need to do so quick, with two of the next three against Solomon and Central Plains. The Redskins will give the Bombers their first real test of the season and I'd expect them the Bombers to fail the test. It should be a happy homecoming for the Redskins faithful.
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