INMAN—The Inman High School football team will be heading 260 miles west to take on top-seed in Class 1A Elkhart High School on Friday's state tournament.
Winner of Friday's game will advance to the sectional round to take on the winner of the Plainville-Ell Saline game next week.
The challenge for the Teutons' defense is figuring out how to stop Elkhart's rushing attack led by their Chase O'Hair, who is the Wildcat's leading rusher with almost 1600 yards and 28 touchdowns this season. Elkhart's quarterback Emmanuel Moreno has 448 yards on the ground and 379 passing yards. The defense is no stranger to facing teams that run option plays, but Elkhart could be the best one of them all.
"This game will match their strength, the offense vs. our strength, the defense," Sawyer said. "Our defense will obviously be important, but I think the key to this game is if our offense can put together drives and keep their offense off the field. Our offensive line will be key in opening holes for our running backs this week. They will also need to keep Jace clean in the pocket. I think Jace will have a big game passing the ball."
Inman's breakout player goes to its running Kolby Blank, who last week scored six touchdowns alone in the Teutons' 49-6 win over Stanton County. Inman hopes to have an encore performance from the 1,000-yard rusher, but if not, Sawyer is confident that his other weapons can get the job done.
"Kolby's performance was a great team performance last week," Sawyer said. "Our guys take a lot of pride in getting him to 1,000+ yards on the season. However, we have some other really good running backs this week that might see holes open up because of Kolby. I expect Justin Schroeder, Carter Brown, and Kendyn Blank to have a big game this week."
Kickoff will be at 6 p.m.
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