Smoky Valley (3-2) at Hoisington (4-1)
After a Week 1 setback in double overtime, Hoisington High School’s football team has overcome every challenger thus far.
The Cardinals are on a four-game win streak and hosting Central Kansas League East team in the final week before the Class 3A district games begin.
Hoisington’s offense averages 20.8 points per game thus far.
The Cardinals defense allow an average of 8.2 points per game. It hasn’t allowed more than seven points since Week 1.
Smoky Valley is coming off a 21-20 win over Hillsboro, the only common opponent between the two teams.
Hoisington defeated Hillsboro 35-6 in Week 4.
Larned (3-2) at Haven (2-3)
After starting the season with a hard-fought win, Larned struggled through weeks two and three.
Now the Indians have gotten some momentum with back-to-back wins heading into the final game before they start the 4A Division-II district slate.
The Indians are coming off a 33-7 win over Lyons, the second straight week that the Indians scored 33 points in a win.
Larned averages 18.8 points per game, while allowing 13.8.
Haven averages 23.2 points per game, while allowing 26.6.
Haven is looking to rebound off a 56-21 loss against Hesston.
Little River (3-2) at Central Plains (5-0)
While Little River has a record of 3-2 overall this season, the record that counts it the 1-0 Eight-Man D-I District 5 record.
The No. 3-ranked Central Plains has vanquished all comers thus far and also sports a 1-0 district record.
The Oilers’ closest game was in Week 1, when they defeated Victoria 42-24.
After that, Central Plains’ defense went three weeks without giving up a touchdown.
Last week, the Oilers allowed 12 points in a 62-12 victory over Canton-Galva.
Little River is coming off a 54-9 win over Goessel.
Ellinwood (2-3) at Goessel (1-4)
Ellinwood is having one of the better season since 2010, but is still sitting 0-1 in Eight-Man D-I District 5.
The Eagles get their second attempt at a district win against 1-4 Goessel, which is coming off a one-sided district loss against Little River.
Goessel’s one win came in Week 4 against Sylvan-Lucas, a 40-32 victory.
Ellinwood is coming off a 54-28 loss against Solomon.
South Central (3-2) at St. John-Hudson (0-5)
While St. John is still struggling to find a foothold this season, South Central has built up a head of steam heading into this Eight-Man D-I District 6 matchup.
The Timberwolves are on a two-game win streak, coming off a 46-0 win over Deerfield and a 56-8 win over Kiowa County.
The last game was a district game, leaving South Central at 1-0.
St. John is 0-1 in the district after losing 24-12 against Kinsley last week.
Kinsley (2-3) over Macksville (0-5)
Macksville has struggled to get points on the board this season.
The Mustangs, who are 0-1 in district play, have scored 12 points in five games.
Last week, Macksville fell 52-0 against Pratt-Skyline.
Kinsley is 1-0 in district play, coming off a 24-21 victory over St. John.
Stafford (5-0) at Ashland (2-3)
Stafford has turned back every challenger this season, and until last week, it was mainly due to the running of Ethan Johnson.
Johnson still has a team-leading 863 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.
However, last week’s 58-6 win over Cunningham had Parker Patterson lead with 93 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Johnson still had 73 yards and two touchdowns.
The Trojans had seven ball carriers last week.
Ashland is coming off a 48-0 victory over Bucklin.
Otis-Bison (3-2) at Natoma (2-3)
Both of these teams are sitting at 0-1 in Eight-Man D-II District 7.
While this isn’t a make-or-break game for both teams, the losing team will be in a deep district hole.
The Cougars are coming off a 60-8 loss against No. 3-ranked Thunder Ridge.
Natoma is coming off a 50-0 setback against No. 2-ranked Beloit St. Johns-Tipton.
In fact, there are three Top 5 teams in the six-team district.