8-Man heavyweights meet at Canton-Galva
CANTON—There are three matchups between undefeated teams in Kansas and one of them resides in Canton. Canton-Galva faces its toughest test of the season when the Eagles host South Central on Friday.
The Timberwolves are a perennial powerhouse. South Central hasn’t won fewer than eight games in a season since going 6-4 in 2014. The Timberwolves have also gone 9-2 each of the past two seasons.
This game features two of the best players in 8-Man between South Central’s Chayde Snyder and Canton-Galva’s Landon Everett.
Snyder has thrown for 893 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing 529 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Timberwolves favor the run slightly more than the pass, but can do both well. Eight different Timberwolves have rushed for a touchdown, while four different players have rushed for at least four touchdowns.
South Central’s best win is a 48-14 win over Hodgeman County (9-1) on Sept. 20. The win is comparable to Canton-Galva’s 70-23 win over Little River (9-1) on Sept. 6.
The winner of this game will likely be rewarded with another undefeated team. Madison (10-0) faces Caldwell (7-3) with the winner advancing to the semifinals.
Kickoff for the South Central and Canton-Galva game has been moved to 6:30 p.m.
Little River travels to Wichita County
LEOTI—The Wichita County offense is explosive. In the opening round of the playoffs, The Indians scored a season-high 88 points against a solid Victoria squad. In all nine wins, Wichita County has scored at least 54 points. However, in Wichita County's lone loss at St. Francis, the Indians were shutout.
Kayde Rietzke is one of the premiere players in 8-Man. Throwing the ball, Rietzke has thrown for 28 touchdowns and only three interceptions while throwing for 1,565 yards. Running the ball, Rietzke has rushed for 1,457 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Slowing down Rietzke is easier said than done, but it is the key to stopping the lethal Indians' attack. Jesse Gardner also has 661 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.
The winner of this game will face the winner of Hodgeman County (9-1) and St. Francis (10-0). Kickoff in Leoti is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Inman tested at home against Plainville
INMAN—Inman High School has won four of its last five games, but the Teutons face perhaps their toughest test of the season when they host Plainville on Friday in the 1A Quarterfinals.
Plainville enters the game 9-1 with its only loss coming to Smith Center (10-0) in late September. The Cardinals are also coming off a nice 53-21 win over Ell-Saline (7-3) last week.
Plainville will run the ball until an opponent can prove they can stop it. The Cardinals have rushed for 2,406 yards as a team this season, led by Jared Casey’s 1,068 yards and 18 touchdowns. Jordan Finnesy has 825 yards and 14 touchdowns as well.
Finnesy is Plainvill's quarterback and has thrown for 931 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The winner of this game will face the winner of Smith Center (10-0) and Sedgwick (9-0). Kickoff in Inman is scheduled for 7 p.m.