By JIM MISUNAS
CLAFLIN — The Central Plains Oilers (9-0) and Attica-Argonia Titans (7-2) will match two teams which lost to state champions last year. Kickoff is 6 p.m. Tuesday at Claflin.
Eight-Man 1 champion Spearville eliminated the Oilers 58-28 a year after Central Plains edged the Royal Lancers 42-40 en route to the 2014 Eight-Man 1 championship. The Titans are a two-time runner-up in Eight-Man 2, losing to Victoria 52-8 and 36-28 in back-to-back title games.
Oiler QB Devin Ryan (1,312 yards, 28 TDs), WR Alex Barton (711 yards, 16 TDs) and backs Alex Hickel (489 yards, 8 TDs), Dalton Beck (311 yards, 7 TDs) and Bryce Miller (411 yards, 4 TDs) lead a balanced Oiler offense that averages 165 yards rushing and 156 yards passing.
“We’re happy with how we’ve played together as a football team,” said Central Plains coach Chris Steiner. “We’ve played in a good football league that has prepared us and tested us pretty well.”
The Oilers’ biggest test came in a 40-28 victory over Otis-Bison when Dalton Beck and Alex Barton scored fourth-quarter TDs for a comeback victory. Backs Jacob McAtee and Lawson Oeser played key roles against Otis-Bison when several starters had to sit out with injuries.
“That was a huge turning point when we guys step up when we had some starters out that game,” Steiner said. “They trusted in each other and things worked out for us. It’s a nice luxury to have players who can help us get players a break during the game. We play guys both ways, but we also play guys when someone needs a break. We take pride that we are well conditioned to play well in the fourth quarter.”
Central Plains coach Chris Steiner said the Titans were hurt by five touchdown passes against Coldwater-South Central in a 48-42 loss.
Titan QB Trevor Pierce threw for 233 yards and three scores, but was intercepted four times. WR Mason Miller caught two TD passes and RB Seth Hemberger caught one TD pass. Pierce rushed for 88 yards and two TDs. The Titans rushed for 140 yards.
South Central QB Chayde Snyder threw for five touchdowns and 330 yards passing. WR Dalton Morehead caught three TD passes and Cody Lohrding and Cade Lohrding caught TD receptions. South Central gained 487 yards.
“South Central played a physical style, then completed several touchdown passes,” Steiner said.
Pierce (1,075 yards, 22 TDs), RB Seth Hemberger (887 yards, 19 TDs) and WR Brady Ricke (334 yards, 6 TDs) and WR Blake Harnden (349 yards, 6 TDs) lead the Titans.
The Titans feature a multiple offense from a single wing formation.
“They’ll run the football from their single wind, and throw it when they play a passing formation,” Steiner said. “They’ve got some good skill players.”
TUESDAY’S PLAYOFF GAMES
Peabody 5-4 at St. Paul 9-0, 6 p.m.
Solomon 6-3 at Burlingame 9-0, 6:30 p.m.
West Elk 8-1 at Oxford 7-2
Clifton-Clyde 8-1 at Osborne 9-0
Attica-Argonia 7-2 at Central Plains 9-0, 6 p.m.
Atwoo-Rawlins County 7-1 at Spearville 9-0
Little River 4-5 at South Central 8-1
Ness City 7-2 at St. Francis 8-0
7 QB—Devin Ryan, 5-11, so.
2 RB—Dalton Beck, 5-9, jr.
1 RB—Bryce Miller, 5-10, sr.
34 TE—Alex Barton, 6-3, sr.
44 TE—Brett Liebl, 6-2, so.
55 C—James Radenburg, 5-11, sr.
45 LG—Trey Schulte, 6-0, so.
22 RG—Philip Donecker, 6-1, jr.
44 RE—Brett Liebl, 6-2, so.
22 LE—Philip Donecker, 6-1, jr.
45 NG—Trey Schulte, 6-0, so.
2 LB—Dalton Beck, 5-9, jr.
5 LB—Alex Hickel, 5-11, so.
13 CB—Kade Beck, 6-0, jr.
7 CB—Devin Ryan, 5-11, so.
34 S—Alex Barton, 6-3, sr.