High School football reaches mid-season.
McPherson at Towanda-Circle
TOWANDA — This week's Great Plains Federal Credit Union Team of the Week, presented by the McPherson Sentinel, goes on the road for the fourth time in five games, as they travel to Towanda to take on the Circle Thunderbirds. They say you should never say never but this game is as close to Circle never having a chance against Mac as it gets.
The Bullpups were clicking on all cylinders last week in handing Augusta its first loss of the year 40-0. The defense is the talk of the State but don't go to sleep on this offense. They have many weapons at their disposal both on the ground and through the air. Coach Pav has this group grounded. Expect it to be a short night.
Hesston at Smoky Valley
LINDSBORG — Ok, try to keep up here. Smoky Valley beat Halstead but lost to Larned. Larned beat Halstead but lost to Hesston. Hesston beat Larned and Halstead. So Hesston therefore should beat Smoky Valley, right? Not so fast my friends. If football worked that way then a lot of games would be unnecessary to play.
The Vikings are celebrating Homecoming and sport a 3-1 record including being 2-0 at home. They continue to be a pound and ground offensive team that relies on its defense to keep things close. Hesston was impressive in beating Larned on the road, a place the Vikings fell short this year. This may be the best game involving a Mac County team this week and could have team of the week implications.
Medicine Lodge at Inman
INMAN — Inman comes in at 0-4 while Medicine Lodge is 1-3. The difference? The Teutons have played a gauntlet of a non-district schedule while the Indians only win has come against a Douglass team that averages two wins a season, while getting blown out by Chaparral, Cheney and Conway Springs.
Inman coach Lance Sawyer knows it is districts that matter and that starts this week. The Teutons may not be as healthy as they'd like to be but Sawyer will have those that do play jacked up and ready to roll. I think Inman will surprise some people by beating the Indians and set the tone for a potential district run.
Moundridge at Whitewater-Remington
WHITEWATER — Moundridge plays the same non-district teams that Inman does and has faired just as poorly in the wins and losses column. However, the Wildcats have played much better than their record, with opportunities to beat Marion, Hutchinson Trinity and Ell-Saline before getting blasted by Sterling 42-7 last week.
Moundridge starting quarterback Mason Dyck returned from injury last week and got some valuable time in a game situation despite the loss. Though only the first district game for each team, this game will go a long way toward deciding which of these teams represent their district in one of the two post-season slots available. The Cats won last season at home and got in. Expect the winner of this to do the same this season.
Little River at Goessel
GOESSEL — Little River may be the surprise team of the 2017 season thus far, except to the Redskins players and coaches. Despite a loss to Bennington in week two, these guys realize not only how good they are but how good they can be and are living up to that.
Little River takes on a Goessel team that is struggling so far this season and could be headed for a no-win finish. The Bluebirds have lost by a combined 182-40 to teams the Redskins have beaten by a combined 156-80. On the surface the only bad news for Little River may be that they have to play until halftime, unless they look ahead to Central Plains next week.
Central Plains at Canton-Galva
CANTON — David versus Goliath may be the most over used cliche' in all of sports, by coaches, fans and writers. But sometimes it is appropriate and this week is one of those times. Central Plains rarely loose and most years they rarely score less than 50 points a game in the regular season. They come in with one loss and have only scored over 50 once this season however.
Canton-Galva is young and coach Shelby Hoppes knows it. With his goal to build the Eagles into a state title contender every year, this is not only a good measuring stick game for the program but a great program to learn from and emulate. I'd like to think David can beat Goliath in this one but it won't be with the just one rock and it would a bigger surprise than the original story in the book of First Samuel. You can bet one thing though, the Eagles will not quit until the final whistle blows.
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