As the season progressed, this football matchup looked more and more like a greatest test on Central Plains High School’s regular-season schedule.
On Friday night, the Oilers travel to undefeated Solomon for 7 kickoff.
Both teams are 3-0 in Eight-Man Division-I District 5 play.
Both teams have 62 tiebreaker points, putting them ahead of Little River, which is 2-1 and has only two tiebreaker points.
With a win, Central Plains (6-1) secures a postseason spot. With a loss, it will go down to Week 9’s matchup against Little River.
Braedan Crites as led the Oilers offense all season, but took decisive control last week, rushing for two touchdowns and throwing for three more.
Crites has completed 64 of 117 passes for 1,599 yards and 23 touchdowns this season.
Layne Bieberle is the top receiver for the Oilers with 617 yards and 13 scores.
Solomon is led by senior running back Mason Demars, who has 1,034 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Mark Aylward adds 796 yards and 16 TDs on the ground.
Hugoton (5-2) at Larned (5-2)
After starting the season 5-0, Larned has lost its last two games.
The Indians will look to right the ship against Hugoton.
Moreover, the Indians need a Class 4A District 14 win in order to keep their postseason hopes alive.
Hugoton is 1-0 in the district with a 30-6 win over Pratt last Friday.
Larned hosted Ulysses last Friday, falling 43-0 to drop to 0-1 in district action.
Hoisington (2-4) at Russell (1-6)
Hoisington needs a win to keep its playoff hopes alive.
The Cardinals are 0-1 in 3A District 15 play after falling 14-0 against Scott City.
Russell is also 0-1 in the district, taking a 49-0 beating from Thomas More Prep Marian.
Hoisington is led by Nolan McCurry, who averages 6.15 yards per carry with 720 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
Avery Urban adds 333 rushing yards and six scores.
Russell averages 6.9 points per game, while allowing 43.7.
Stafford (5-2) at Cunningham (0-6)
Stafford sits No. 2 in the Eight-Man D-II District 4 standings.
The Trojans are 3-1 in the district with its only loss coming against South Barber, which is No. 1.
Cunningham is 0-3 in the district.
Stafford junior Ethan Johnson has rushed for 1,104 yards and 16 TDs this season.
Senior Tristin Paulsen has added 923 rushing yards and 13 scores.
Cunningham has averaged 14.3 points per game, while allowing 45.3 on the season.
Otis-Bison (1-6) at Wilson (1-6)
Otis-Bison is coming off its first win of the season, a 72-26 win over Western Plains.
The Cougars are 1-2 in Eight-Man D-II District 7 play.
Otis-Bison is still statistically in the running for district runner-up.
Quarterback Kole Urban rushed for over 200 yards against Western Plains, and has 643 rushing yards and 12 scores this season.
Wilson, which has not won a game since Week 1, averages 26.6 points per game. The Dragons allow 54.7 points per game.
at Pratt-Skyline (3-4)
With both postseason berths already claimed from Eight-Man D-I District 6, both Macksville and Pratt-Skyline are playing for pride.
Both teams are 1-3 in district action.
Macksville quarterback Tanner Tranbarger is getting close to breaking 1,000 yards rushing and passing for the second straight year.
Tranbarger has rushed for 932 yards and 18 touchdowns, and has completed 72 of 103 passes for 869 yards and nine scores.
La Crosse (7-0) at Ellinwood (0-7)
Ellinwood is coming off its best offensive game of the season, but still fell short, 50-36 against Medicine Lodge.
Kaleb Schartz lead Ellinwood with 245 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Colton Churchill has added 297 yards and two scores on the ground.
The Eagles are 0-2 in 2A’s District 5 with losses against Medicine Lodge and Sterling.
La Crosse is 2-0. It has defeated Sterling and Inman in its district.
St. John-Hudson (2-5)
at Fairfield (5-2)
St. John is led by senior tailback Schuyler Brown, who has 853 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also has 67 receiving yards.
The Eight-Man D-I District 6 champion and runners-up have already been decided.
District champion Kiowa County is 7-0 overall, and 5-0 in district play.
South Central is the runner-up at 6-1, 4-1.
St. John is 1-3 in district action, and Fairfield is 2-2.