at Otis-Bison (5-0)
Eight-Man Division II
Otis-Bison High School puts its flawless record on the line Friday night at home against Cunningham. Kickoff is set for 7.
“We have played Cunningham for the last couple of years,” Cougars head coach Travis Starr said. “Two years ago, they had a really strong senior class and they beat us in two quarters. Then, last year, we beat them after just the first half.”
The Cougars have yet to play a full game this. In Central Prairie League games, the clock is not stopped after the Cougars amassed a 40-point lead due to league rules. Non-league games were stopped in the second half, when the Cougars took a 40-point lead.
The Cougars’ offense spreads the ball out to a number of different players. Dylan Wissman, Michael Hlavaty and Patrick Piper all have over 200 rushing yards in an offense that has totaled 1,334 rushing yards.
Otis-Bison quarterback Trevor Keller has 333 passing yards and seven touchdowns.
The Wildcats’ offense is centered on Kyle Kerschen.
“Kerschen started as their quarterback,” Starr said. “In early film we’ve watched, he gets the ball and moves well and he is a pretty accurate passer.
“They have moved him out to a slot back now because I think they have been hurt by injuries.”
Kerschen has 271 passing yards, 350 rushing yards and 88 receiving yards. He leads the Wildcats in passing and rushing, but Jordan Schaller leads the team in receiving yards with 238.
Peabody-Burns (2-3) at Claflin (1-4)
Eight Man Division-I
CLAFLIN — The Claflin Wildcats come home after their first win of the season against Canton-Galva to square off against Peabody-Burns.
The Wildcats’ offense has run up 109 points in its last two games, while the Warriors’ defense has given up 100 in its last two losses.
Running back Benn Kirmer has become the workhorse for a Wildcats’ offense that has produced 28 points in its first three games. Last week, against Canton-Galva, Kirmer ran for 213 yards and scored five touchdowns.
Peabody-Burns gave up 171 rushing yards and 123 receiving yards to Brady Coover of Lincoln last week.
at Wichita-Sunrise Christian (3-3)
WICHITA — The Ellinwood Eagles travel to Wichita to face Sunrise Christian Academy on Friday night.
The Buffaloes’ high-octane offense rest on senior quarterback Andrew Westerfield’s shoulders. Westerfield averages over 200 passing yards and 177 rushing yards per game. He has 22 touchdowns – 14 rushing and eight passing.
Wide receivers Bo Westerfield and Preston Atherton have over 300 receiving yards. Bo Westerfield has seven touchdowns and is the only receiver with more than two.
Hoisington (4-1) at Larned (0-5)
LARNED — The Larned Indians host Mid-Central Activities Association foe Hoisington Friday night.
Both teams rely heavily on their ground game.
The Cardinals rushing attack, which is usually very potent having scored 102 points in the first three weeks, has only been able to score 31 in the last two.
The Indians’ rushing leader is sophomore quarterback Brady Keith, who has 300 yards and three touchdowns. However, Keith has not made a trip to the end zone since Week 2 against Ellinwood.
Tescott (1-4) at Quivira Heights (4-1)
BUSHTON — The Quivira Heights’ high-powered offense led by quarterback Gunner Phelan will square off against Tescott at home on Friday.
The Trojans are 1-4 with a 50-40 win against St. John’s Military of Salina in Week 4.
Phelan has thrown for 800 yards, 18 touchdowns and only two interceptions. On top of that, the coach’s son is second in rushing yards with 164.
Nick Scheppman leads the Thunderbirds with 392 rushing yards.
Phelan’s favorite target is Taylor Siemsen, who has 324 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns. Jordan Trevino is the Thunderbirds’ deep threat, averaging more than 21 yards per catch.
Macksville (3-2) at Minneola (0-5)
MINNEOLA — The Macksville Mustangs look to bounce back from a decisive 68-20 loss to top-ranked Eight-Man Division I team Pretty Prairie on Friday on the road against Minneola.
Mustangs head coach Jeff Kuckelman said that he is just trying to get his team focused on the upcoming game.
“We have been talking a lot about just trying to go 1-0 this week and getting better week after week,” Kuckelman said. “If we can go 1-0 this week, then we will get ready to try do the same thing next week.”
The Minneola Wildcats’ offense, with the exception of 44 points scored in Week 2 against Kiowa County, has struggled. In the last three weeks, the Wildcats have only scored three touchdowns.
To prepare for Minneola, Kuckelman said that practice is just business as usual.
“ We have been working on getting our reads and our assignments as we had some breakdowns in those areas last week,” Kuckelman said. “We have also worked our pass coverage as we need to do a better job making a play on the ball.”
South Central-Coldwater (1-4)
at St. John (4-1)
ST. JOHN — St. John is on a four-game winning streak, in which the Tigers’ offense hasn’t scored under 40 points per game.
Timberwolves Clay Jarnagin has thrown for 548 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions this season. Jarnagin has also rushed for 375 yards and four touchdowns.
South Central is led in rushing by Joey McCleary with 511 yards and five touchdowns. Coby Lindsay has four rushing touchdowns.
Timberwolves receiver Austin Mounts has 310 yards and three touchdowns, and receiver Steve Westrup has 217 yards and one touchdown.
Bucklin (0-4) at Stafford (2-3)
STAFFORD — The Stafford Trojans look to get out of a two-game slump at home against winless Bucklin on Friday night.
Blake and Brett Demoret are the two biggest offensive contributors for Bucklin. Blake has thrown for a team-leading 159 yards, but the Red Aces’ offense is primarily a rushing offense.
Bucklin has 322 rushing yards this season led heavily by Blake Demoret, who has 194 and three touchdowns.
Brett Demoret leads the team in receiving yards with 136 and three touchdowns.
The Red Aces have been plagued by turnovers this season. Bucklin has given up 11 interceptions and lost 11 fumbles.
Pawnee Heights (2-2) at Chase (4-1)
CHASE — Pawnee Heights will be back after taking a week off due to a game cancellation last week when the Tigers were slated to square off against South Gray.
This week, the Tigers face Chase, which has the best record of any opponent Pawnee Heights has faced since its Week 1 loss to Hodgeman County.
The Kats only loss of the season came in Week 3 against undefeated Otis-Bison, 54-6. It was the only game Chase’s offense was unable to score 48 points or more.
The Tigers have found offensive success in their last two games, scoring 62 against winless Bucklin and 64 against 3-2 Ingalls.