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Area Football Preview
Stafford has tall order in road trip to Otis-Bison
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Stafford High School looks to continue its success by upsetting undefeated Otis-Bison in an Eight-Man Division-II matchup Friday night.
The Trojans have gotten past their rocky start after losing to Skyline, 50-14. Stafford (2-1) bounced back to blank Burrton, 48-0, and defeated Central Christian, 42-20.
Otis-Bison is 3-0.
“We’ve done a better job tackling,” Trojans head coach Jeff Lowther said of his team’s improvement. “Offensively, we’ve gotten better at executing and our players have a better understanding of our blocking scheme.”
Lowther said that he understands how good Otis-Bison is and that it will be tough to beat the Cougars on the road.
“Otis-Bison is going to be a tougher opponent than we’ve faced before,” Lowther said. “We’re trying to work on our 3-3 defense and just sure up our tackling. We also know they can pass the ball effectively so we are working on our pass defense.”
The Cougars are coming into the game having only given up six points thus far in 2010. It happened last week in Chase, when Otis-Bison ran over the Kats, 54-6.
Cougars head coach Travis Starr said that they were working on containing Stafford’s spread offense.
 “They run a bit of spread and when we played St. John, we didn’t handle the quarterback very well in their spread offense,” Starr said. “Stafford has a pretty mobile quarterback so we are working on containing that.”
Last week, the Cougars ran for 207 yards and threw for only 84, and Starr said that this Friday, he just plans on mixing in both.
“It depends on what the defense lets us do,” Starr said of his offensive game plan. “They run a 3-3 defense, which is a little different than the other defenses we’ve played so far, so we need just to be ready.”

Claflin at Goessel
Claflin looks for its first win against another winless team when it travels to Goessel.
The Wildcats’ offense has scored 28 points in three games, 20 of which came against Claflin’s loss to Little River last week, 42-20.
The Blue Birds have scored 52 points in as many weeks, but are coming off a crushing loss to Lincoln, 84-24.

Haven at Ellinwood
The Ellinwood Eagles will have to win without its biggest deep threat at home against Haven.
Chantz Clawson, who left last week’s game in Hoisington just before the end of the first half, broke his foot and will likely be out the rest of the season, Eagles coach Monte Doll said.
Ellinwood and Haven are both 1-2 and both coming off of league losses. Ellinwood lost to Hoisington, 42-12. Haven lost to Lyons, 46-20.

Hoisington at Ulysses
Undefeated Hoisington travels to Ulysses (2-1) for the Tigers first home game of the season.
Ulysses only loss came in Week 1 in Liberal when the Tigers lost 40-8, but they are coming off of an easy win at Clayton where the Tigers blanked the winless Yellowjackets, 51-0.
Hoisington has two road wins already under its belt winning in Sedgwick, 26-21, and Medicine Lodge, 34-22.

Larned at Beloit
Larned travels to Beloit (2-1), looking for its first win of the season.
Beloit has been rolling since its first-week loss to Concordia 12-6. Since then, the Trojans’ offense has found its rhythm scoring 104 points in the last two weeks.
Larned has been having trouble offensively this season only scoring 6 points in two of its three games. The Indians best game offensively came on the road against Ellinwood when backup quarterback Brady Keith ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

South Central at  Macksville
After losing a heartbreaker at Quivira Heights, 36-30, Macksville (2-1) returned to the gridiron to thrash Fairfield on the road, 58-8.
This week, the Mustangs return home to face South Central (1-2) from Coldwater. After beating Spearville on the road 32-24, the Timberwolves have dropped two home games.
The first was a 58-26 loss to South Gray. Last week, the Timberwolves lost to Pretty Prairie, 60-14.

Ingalls at Pawnee Heights
Pawnee Heights found something against Bucklin last week after starting the season 0-2 and only 8 points scored.
The Tigers worked the Red Aces on the road for 62 points. Now Pawnee Heights returns home for the first time since giving up a national record-tying 10 touchdowns to Evan Kreger of Hodgeman County to open the season.
The Tigers host undefeated Ingalls in their fourth straight Southern Plains-Iroquois Athletics Association league game.
It will be the first time Ingalls, which is 2-0 in league play, will play a team with a win under its belt having beaten three 0-3 teams — Bucklin, 58-12; Spearville, 36-30; and Santana, 58-12.

Quivira Heights at Central-Burden
There have only been three games this season, but Quivira Heights (2-1) has been on both sides of emotional finishes.
In Week 2, the Thunderbirds had a goal line stand in the final seconds of the game to propel them over Macksville. One game later, Quivira Heights played host to St. John only to get upset, 44-36.
Now the Thunderbirds travel to Burden to play Central-Burden
Central-Burden is also 2-1 with a Week 2 loss to Caldwell and will finish up a three-game stint at home this week.
The Raiders enter the game after a 46-36 win against Wilson.
St. John at Skyline
St. John (2-1) looks to ride the momentum from its Week 3 upset against Quivira Heights 44-36 to Skyline, where the Tigers will face the Pratt-area Thunderbirds this week.
Skyline is 2-1 after its loss last week at Kiowa County, 62-22. The Thunderbirds began their season with a 50-14 win over Stafford. Their second win came at home against Cunningham when they won 44-16.
The Tigers began their season by getting shut down at home by Otis-Bison, 46-0. They turned around and shut out Western Plains 58-0.