September 10, 2010
0 and 1 Hutchinson at 0 and 1 Derby. It's not as marquee a match-up following both teams' season opening losses, but when the Salthawks come to Derby, it's always the talk of the town. Hutch nearly beat Missouri's top-rated team behind a bevy of first-year starters. Meanwhile, Derby has to shore up a defense which yielded 325 yards on the ground to Salina Central, over 6 yards per carry.
Dodge City and Northwest have this in common: both are Derby's victims in the state quarterfinals the last two years. Each is trying to get that next level as a 6A contender. Dodge seemed unphased last week against Southeast after losing their top quarterback, running back, wideout, linebacker and head coach from 2009. After struggling on offense against Kapaun last Thursday, Northwest has to find a way to move the football.
Ark City goes to Winfield for the Cowley Cup, the rivalry unusually early in the season. Winfield has won four of the last five meetings and retained the Cup in last year's Mud Bowl, winning for the second consecutive time.
Salina South takes its physical brand of football to McPherson with hopes of stalling the Bullpups' potent offense. Mac led 52-14 at one point last week against Andover. It's likely South can't win a shootout.
The Andale Indians rolled on last week, continuing their dominance of Wellington. Jake Hattabaugh, the latest in a series of athletic, sturdy runners for Andale, leads his team into Mulvane, which Andale hasn't played since 2005.
Hesston and Halstead both righted the ship after going down early last week. Hesston battled back from 14-0 to beat Pratt 21-14; Halstead went down 9-0 to Hillsboro before winning 14-9. Both teams will battle all year, and they meet tonight.
I'll end with a little 8-man. Tomorrow morning's box score for the Caldwell at Central Burden game will resemble that of a Wichita Wild game. Both feature potent air attacks; QB Bo Savage leads Central, a program which was 4 and 41 in five seasons before last year's 7-3 record; QB Braden Lebeda heads up Caldwell after compiling nearly 3,000 yards last year and taking his team to a 10-1 record and the state quarterfinals. This one's going to be a track meet.