Wamego (4-3) at McPherson (6-1)
Riding high on a five game winning streak, the McPherson High School football team looks to stay undefeated in districts as Wamego heads to town.
During the streak, the Bullpups are winning by an average scoring margin of 39.2 points. The offense has been electric since the shutout loss at Maize South, while the defense has allowed less than 10 points in five of seven games.
Wamego will not go down quietly, however. The Red Raiders are also seeking a 2-0 start in District 8 after narrowly defeating Abilene in overtime last week, 28-27. The winner of this game will be in sole possession of first place in the district.
The Red Raiders are a resilient bunch, and a team that is very comfortable in close games. All four Wamego wins this season have come within a touchdown or less. The Red Raiders, winners of three straight, are also bringing some momentum of their own.
The Bullpups host Abilene next week to conclude the regular season.
Chapman (1-6) at Smoky Valley (6-1)
A year ago, Smoky Valley clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 44-0 win at Chapman. The Vikings can take one giant step closer to consecutive playoff appearances Friday night when Chapman travels to Lindsborg.
If the Vikings win Friday night, and Clay Center (5-2) knocks off Rock Creek (2-5), Smoky Valley is playoff bound. The following week at Clay Center would determine which team is the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in District 6.
But before the Vikings can shift their attention toward Clay Center, they must first handle Chapman like they are expected to do. Chapman is on a five game losing streak, but has played a few competitive games this season and will likely give Smoky Valley all it can handle.
The Vikings are saying goodbye to a very talented group on Senior Night, but if all goes well the next two weeks, the Vikings will get another home game in the playoffs.
Medicine Lodge (2-5) at Moundridge (2-5)
A win in this game will go a long way toward making the playoffs for both teams.
Moundridge sits in second place in District 5 at 2-1, while Medicine Lodge is tied for third at 1-1 . With Sedgwick atop the district undefeated, the race for the second and final playoff spot will likely come down to Medicine Lodge or Moundridge. Whitewater-Remington is also in the mix with a 1-1 district record.
Moundridge has battled injuries all season, and will have to replace quarterback Mason Dyck, who broke his arm in last Friday’s loss at Sedgwick. Even after all the injuries, even after the 0-4 start to the season, the Wildcats are one win away from all but clinching a playoff spot.
The Wildcats end the regular season next Friday at home against Prue (Oklahoma).
Inman (0-7) at Christ Prep Academy (5-2)
Another team that has faced significant injuries, the Inman High School football team is still searching for its first win of the season.
The Teutons travel out of district on Friday nearly three hours away to Lenexa to take on Christ Prep Academy. The two teams have played one common opponent — Medicine Lodge — but otherwise have played a completely different schedule.
The Teutons are coming off one of their best performances of the season in a 21-14 loss against Whitewater-Remington. The final two games for Inman — Christ Prep Academy and Sedgwick — will not be easy games as the Teutons try to avoid a winless season.
Little River (5-2) at Ellinwood (1-6)
Things are looking up for the Little River High School football team.
Sitting at 2-1 in districts, Little River is the clear favorite to finish second and earn a playoff spot from District 5. Barring any massive upsets, Central Plains will win the district, leaving one spot left.
Little River and Goessel are the two teams duking it out for the final spot, but the Redskins have a much easier path than the Bluebirds. Little River takes on Ellinwood on Friday and concludes the regular season at home against St. John (2-5). Win both those, assuming Central Plains defeats Goessel, and the Redskins are back in the playoffs for the second straight year.
Since winning its first game, Ellinwood has dropped the next six. Ellinwood has only been competitive in one of those games — an eight-point loss to St. John.
Central Plains and Goessel do not meet until the final week of the season, so the Redskins will most likely have to wait to clinch a playoff spot until next Friday on Senior Night.
Canton-Galva (3-4) at Goessel (2-5)
It’s been a solid turnaround for first year head coach Shelby Hoppes.
The Canton-Galva football team won only one game in 2015 and just two games last year, but Hoppes already has the Eagles at 3-4, with a decent chance to finish the year 5-4.
Canton-Galva travels to Goessel on Friday with the chance to play spoiler. While not technically mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, Canton-Galva can put Goessel’s playoff hopes to rest with a win.
The game looks favorable for the Eagles on paper, as Canton-Galva defeated Peabody-Burns 46-0 on Sept. 15, while Goessel lost to Peabody-Burns 44-38 the following week. However, the transitive property does not always apply to football, meaning this game could very well be up for grabs.
A win this week for Canton-Galva would put the Eagles at 4-4 with a very winnable game next Friday against Ellinwood on Senior Night.