*Canton-Galva High School, Little River High School, and Inman High School were in action Thursday night. Scores were not available by press time and will be included in Saturday’s paper.*
Abilene (2-6) at McPherson (7-1)
The McPherson High School football team is in a good position. Regardless of Friday night’s outcome, the Bullpups are district champions and will play at home in the first round of the playoffs. However, the Bullpups still have plenty to play for.
A win would extend the Bullpups’ win streak to seven games just in time for the playoffs. An 8-1 regular season record would also be McPherson’s best since 2012.
McPherson hopes to put the game away early, ensuring the starters will be rested and healthy for the playoffs, while allowing younger guys to build confidence and gain experience. Abilene is limping to the finish line, but will be playing with nothing to lose.
The Cowboys are currently on a four-game losing streak, including a 28-27 overtime to loss to Wamego and a 36-0 loss to Hays in district play. In year’s past, Abilene has been solid and played McPherson tough.
However, the Abilene offense has struggled this season and the McPherson defense, simply put, has not. If the Bullpups come to play, they should improve to 8-1 and finish districts undefeated.
Smoky Valley (7-1) at Clay Center (6-2)
The winner of this game will be crowned district champions and will be gifted with a playoff game at home in the first round.
The situation was the same last season, as Smoky Valley High School won in overtime, 30-28, over Clay Center. The Vikings, who are 10-0 playing at home over the last two seasons, will need to win a major road game -- something they have not done during that same stretch.
Both teams have a playoff spot secured, but neither squad wants to play a district champion on the road to begin playoffs. The loser of this game will play at Nickerson in the first round while the winner will host either Wichita Collegiate or Wichita Trinity.
The Vikings enter this game on a six-game winning streak; an 8-1 regular season for the Vikings would be their best in over a decade. It was only two years ago the Vikings went 2-7; over the past two seasons, the Vikings have a combined record of 15-4.
Clay Center has won six of its last seven games, but is only 1-2 at home this season. With so much on the line, both teams should be fired up for this game. It will be hard to top last year’s thrilling overtime win, but these two teams might be in for another classic.
Prue (7-1) at Moundridge (2-6)
The Moundridge High School football team finished district play last week with a bitter 15-6 loss to Medicine Lodge, which eliminated the Wildcats from playoff contention. This week, the Wildcats host Prue (Oklahoma).
Prue is 7-1 on the year and is the No. 9 ranked team in Class 1B -- in Oklahoma, the class below 2A is separated into 1A, 1B, and 1C. The two teams played last year, with Moundridge winning on the road, 41-0.
Friday night will be Senior Night for Moundridge, who will be fighting to end the season on a positive note.
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