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Area Football Week 5

Macksville hosts Pretty Prairie on Friday

POSTED September 28, 2011 11:15 p.m.
Kevin Price Great Bend Tribune/

St. John running back Patrick Prescott (1) take...

The Week 5 matchup between Macksville High School’s football team and Pretty Prairie on Friday is a game of opposite offenses.
Pretty Prairie averages 45.5 points per game, which is lower than the Mustangs’ 51 points per game.
Both teams are 4-0 this season, but the Bulldogs have put their points on the scoreboard using their running game.
That offense focuses on running back Tanner Cooper, who has rushed for 449 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Five others on the roster have scored at least one rushing TD.
Bulldogs quarterback Alex Mains has only attempted 19 passes and has completed 13. He has thrown for six touchdowns, 334 yards and two interceptions.
“I expect them to be a hard-hitting, physical team,” Macksville head coach Jeff Kuckelman said. “They will power it at you, and you have to step up and stop them.”
Macksville has looked to the air to score a majority of its touchdowns.
Quarterback Seth Filbert has completed 53 of 76 passes (69.7 percent) for 938 yards. He averages 246 yards per game.
“He is very accurate,” Kuckelman said of Filbert. “He spreads the ball out well. He finds the open man.
“We’re throwing the ball a lot more this year. Last year, we were more of a power-running offense, but we lost Dakota Allison and some guys on the offensive line.”
Filbert has connected for 12 scores and only two interceptions.
Mustangs running back Adam Oak leads the team with 225 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He has seven receiving touchdowns, and is the leading receiver with 553 yards.
Tanner Tranbarger has 314 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Defensively, Pretty Prairie has only allowed seven points per game with two shutouts.
Macksville averages 16.5 points allowed with one shutout.
Friday night’s game is the third district game for both teams, who are 2-0 in the district.
Last season, the Bulldogs won their district, going undefeated until they were knocked out of the Class 1A Division-I state playoffs in the second round by Osborne.
“It is awfully early to say that (this game is for the district), but it goes a long way toward putting you in a sense of urgency,” Kuckelman said. “They are the reigning district champions, so they are the team to beat.”
 
Canton-Galva (2-2)
at Central Plains (3-1)

Canton-Galva averages 26 points per game while allowing 26 points per game, including a Week 1 46-0 in over Central Christian.
Last Friday, the Eagles allowed 306 rushing yards to Lincoln in a 60-14 loss.
They will need to buff up their run defense against Central Plains, which has two running backs capable of big gains.
Last week, Nick Schepmann led the Oilers with 98 yards and three touchdowns.
Benn Kirmer added three rushing TDs of his own.
 
Beloit-St. John (1-3)
at Otis-Bison (3-1)

Otis-Bison will have a chance to right the ship after the 44-18 loss to Thunder Ridge last week.
The Cougars rushing attack, which is usually potent, was held to 96 yards.
Beloit-St. John averages 17.5 points per game, and is coming off of a 52-6 loss to Hill City.
 
St. John (3-1) at Fairfield (2-2)
St. John opened its district play with a 40-22 victory over Pratt Skyline last Friday.
Now, the Tigers will face another district game against Fairfield on Friday.
Fairfield hasn’t won a game since a Week 2 victory over Attica, 45-0.
Since then, the Falcons haven’t scored more than 28 points, which they did last week in a 62-28 loss to Kiowa County.
The Tigers will look to running back Patrick Prescott, who rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns last week.

Ell-Saline (1-3)
at Ellinwood (1-3)
Ell-Saline of Brookville hasn’t won a game since Week 1 at Bennington, 54-12.
Since then, the Cardinals haven’t mustered more than 15 points in any one game.
The Eagles’ running game produced 175 yards last Friday in the 32-22 loss to Haven.
Ellinwood was led by sophomore Allen Templeton, who rushed for 54 yards.
 
Hoisington (2-2)
at TMP-Marian (3-1)

Hoisington will look to reboot its offense, which was held to 97 rushing yards and 174 passing yards by Ulysses last Friday.
Running back Hagan Hanzlick was held to 88 yards, but the truly pressing issue is turnovers.
Over the last two weeks, the Cardinals have committed 10 turnovers — five fumbles against Ellinwood and four interceptions and one fumble against Ulysses.
Thomas More Prep-Marian averages 34 points per game, and is coming off of its first loss of the season at the hands of LaCrosse last week.
 
Stafford (1-3)
at Cunningham (0-4)

Stafford travels to Cunningham, one week after a 48-38 loss to Ingalls.
The Trojans handed the ball to several players with three backs rushing for more than 50 yards.
Tristin Paulsen leads Stafford with 387 yards and five touchdowns.
Cunningham averages 11 points per game, including a 54-0 loss to St. John.
 
Larned (0-4) at Cimarron (1-3)
Larned is coming off its worst defensive outing this season, giving up 80 points to Beloit.
Cimarron also lost last week, getting blanked by Meade, 54-0.
Cimarron running back  Alex Neuschafer leads the team with 448 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Quarterback Tyler Siek has completed 20 of 45 passes (44.4 percent) for 354 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Larned’s Easton Palmer has completed 21 of 58 passes (36.2 percent) for 372  yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions.
The Indians’ leading rusher is Chad Wallace, who has 369 yards and five touchdowns.


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