October 15, 2010
Three weeks after losing at home to rival Conway Springs, 5 and 1 Garden Plain opens district play at home against undefeated 6 and 0 Trinity Catholic of Hutchinson. This is a battle between two top-five teams in Class 3A. Rarely in the past has a team from the Heart of America league posed a real threat to a top team from the Central Plains League, but that's what Trinity brings to Garden Plain. Last year the Celtics knocked off Conway at regionals; tonight they look to knock off the Owls at districts. A Trinity win would really upset the balance of power around here in Class 3A.
Also in Garden Plain and Trinity's district, Sedgwick travels to rival Halstead. Since early-season losses, both Heart of America teams have quietly compiled 5 and 1 records. The Halstead flexbone offense hasn't scored fewer than 34 points since a Week 2 loss to Hesston, and the Sedgwick spread has scored 35 points or more in four of six games this season. This battle of conflicting offensive strategies will weed out the underdog in this district who has a real shot to knock out Garden Plain or Trinity in the coming weeks.
Finally, Salina Central and Salina South hook up for their annual rivalry game. Salina South kick-started their running game just in time, as the Cougars had two individual rushers gain over 200 yards each last week at Derby. Salina Central's do-it-all quarterback Shay Wooten returned from injury to the lineup in last week's romp over Newton. This is a key district match-up. The loser has an uphill climb ahead of them against upstart Hays in the coming weeks. A win tonight offers a head start. More than bragging rights are on the line tonight in Salina.