BULLPUPS, EAGLES, TEUTONS, REDSKINS SEEK PLAYOFF WINS!!
By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com
As we enter the second round of the state football playoffs on Friday evening, McPherson County will still have four teams playing for a chance at playing in a state championship game in a few weeks.
Both the McPherson Bullpups and the Canton/Galva Eagles will go into the weekend unbeaten and nearly untested at 9-0 on the season.
The Bullpups will be hosting Goddard in a rematch of last seasons Class 4A state semifinal game in which Goddard stopped several late game scoring opportunities by the Bullpups to win 15-14 and move on to the state championship game.
Canton/Galva will be hosting Lebo as they continue their road that will hopefully end in the state championship game.
The other two county teams still playing will be the Inman Teutons and the Little River Redskins. The Teutons will be taking a long road trip to Elkhart, while the Redskins will play host to Ness City.
Here are game previews for all four county teams:
GODDARD at MCPHERSON:
(Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at McPherson College Stadium or can be heard on 96.7 FB on KBBE)
MCPHERSON – It seemed destined from the beginning of the 2019 season that eventually McPherson and Goddard would get a rematch somewhere along the road to a possible trip to the state championship game.
This year it comes in round two and not the semifinals as the Bullpups have been rolling along with most of their games going with a running clock in the second half.
As they did last season, the Bullpups will come into the game unbeaten at 9-0 while the Lions are only 4-5 on the season, much of that due to injuries to several of their top players.
Goddard has shown their toughness, one due to the schedule they play which has included such powerhouses as Andover Central, Goddard Eisenhower, Maize and Maize South, and two because they are still playing despite a five-game losing streak in the middle of the season.
The Lions will play with their backup quarterback, but despite that they have thrown for over 1,750 yards between the two. Goddard will have a possible matchup problem for the Bullpups defensive backs as their top receiver stands six-foot, five inches and has nearly 700 yards on the season.
It only takes a little bit of reading to know that the Lions will be led on defense by not one, but four players that have the potential to be earning post-season honors. Nose guard Zeke Howell, defensive end Braydon Wickliffe, plus linebackers Dhimani Butler and Carter Morrow could pose the first major threat to a Bullpup offense that seems to always be running on all cylinders this season.
While the Bullpups struggled running the ball against Goddard last season, they have hopes to break lose either diminutive running back Jakob Feil, who enters the game with a couple yards shy of 700 on the season and 12 touchdowns, and quarterback Kaleb Hoppes who has run for nearly 500 yards and thrown for another 1,400-plus. Hoppes has accounted for 27 scores this season, 11 by running and another 16 through the air. Bullpup Head Coach Jace Pavlovich is hoping to have the teams leading receiver, Aaron Powell, for the game after he missed last week due to an injury. Powell has covered over 650 yards on 45 receptions and scored six times despite not playing last week.
While the big defensive weapon for the Bullpups will be defensive end Cody Stufflebean, linebackers Mason Thrash and Brycen Labertew have combined for over 130 tackles on the season between them.
If the Bullpups stay on track and defeat Goddard, they will then play the winner of the Cowley County matchup of Winfield (6-3) and Arkansas City (3-6). Due to the strong season, the Bullpups will continue to have the home field advantage next week as well.
LEBO at CANTON/GALVA:
CANTON – The Canton/Galva Eagles will put their 9-0 mark on the line again on Friday when they play host to Lebo in the second round of the 8-Man Division I playoffs. All nine Eagle victories were decided by the point rule, with eight of those wins being decided by halftime.
Lebo pounded out a 58-8 win over Goessel last week and will bring a 7-2 mark into the game with the losses being to Valley Falls and Madison.
Last week the Eagles dismantled Chase County for the second time this season, 46-0, which was also their seventh shutout victory. Something to remember may be that the Chase County lost to Lebo earlier in the season by just two points, 28-26.
The Eagle offense is on a roll, led by quarterback Landon Everett, running back Brayden Collins, and a sturdy offensive line led by Nick Pearson.
With another win, the Eagles would then be scheduled to play the winner of the game between Coldwater/South Central (9-0) and Argonia/Attica (5-4). Like the Eagles, Coldwater/South Central has a very stingy defense as they also have had eight games where they gave up one score or less.
NESS CITY at LITTLE RIVER:
LITTLE RIVER – Ever since week one when Little River lost to Canton/Galva, the Redskins have been on an unstoppable roll, including last weeks 54-0 dismantling of South Gray to move their season mark to 8-1 in the first round of the 8-Man Division I playoffs.
Next up to test the Redskins will be the Ness City Eagles, who will also come into the game with a record of 8-1 after defeating Macksville 23-8 last season. Like Little River, the Eagles have played South Gray, winning 30-7.
Since that first game loss to Canton/Galva, Little River has only given up 14 points over eight games while having an offensive juggernaut led by juniors Graham Stephens and Jayden Garrison. Garrison is averaging a hair over 150 yards in offense per game while Stephens averages 108.
According to comments coming out of Little River by Head Coach Kevin Ayers, Ness City will be led by their own pair of offensive weapons in quarterback Jose Guzman and running back Hector Rodriquez, running an offense of multiple formations and a defense on par with what the Redskins has.
With a win, Little River would then move on to play the winner of the battle between Clifton/Clyde (9-0) and Leoti (8-1).
INMAN at ELKHART:
INMAN – It must seem like déjà vu for the Inman Teutons as they make a 260-mile trip on Friday to battle the Elkhart Wildcats in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs for the second season in a row.
It was a year ago that the two teams met in the second round as well with Elkhart scoring a 53-10 victory and sending the Teutons home for the season.
This year, the Teutons will come into the game with a 5-4 mark on the season while Elkhart is
The Teutons are 5-4 on the season while Elkhart is on a seven-game winning streak and is 7-1 overall.
Led by Chace O’Hair who averages over 196 yards rushing per game, the Wildcats cover 354 yards per game as a team and will give the Teuton defense a powerful foe to stop.
Inman is coming off a game where Kolby Blank ran wild for 263 yards and scored six touchdowns in what Teuton Head Coach Lance Sawyer has mentioned may be their best overall game of the season.
With a win, Inman would then face either Plainville (8-1) or Ell Saline (7-2) next weekend. The Teutons lost to Ell Saline in week five, 14-0.
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