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Friday Football Preview: Central, South Wrap Regular Seasons

Mike Hammett - November 1, 2013 7:01 am

Salina Central Mustangs (3-5, 1-1 5A District 7) at Hays Indians (6-2, 1-1 5A District 7), Pregame 6:50pm, Kickoff 7:00pm, SportsRadio 1150 KSAL

Play-by-play: Mike Hammett. Analyst: Justin Dean.

There is no need to worry about the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s complicated district tiebreaking rules tonight. In Hays, it’s win and go to the playoffs, while the loser’s season comes to a sudden end.

Salina Central is back on the road, where the Mustangs have had success this season. The Mustangs are 3-1 outside of Salina Stadium this year, and played well in the loss against Hutchinson. It’s also a non-league game. The Mustangs were 0-5 in the very difficult AVCTL Division I, but are 3-0 in non-league contests this year.

Last week, the Mustangs decided to let Malik Veal handle the load, and he responded. Veal ripped off 289 yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns to pace Central in the 41-14 win at Great Bend to keep their season alive.

Hays enters with a dynamic playmaker in quarterback Alex Delton. Delton, who is receiving Division I interest as a junior, threw for four touchdowns against Salina South last week in a 56-34 loss to the Cougars. Hays hung tough against South, going score-for-score with the Cougars until the middle of the third quarter.


Great Bend Panthers (4-4, 0-2 5A District 7) at Class 5A No. 4 Salina South Cougars (6-2, 2-0 5A District 7), Pregame 6:50pm, Kickoff 7:00pm, Y93.7

Play-by-play: Todd Pittenger. Analyst: Dan Flemming.

The Salina South Cougars have already wrapped up a district title, and Great Bend’s season will end tonight, but this is far from a meaningless game.

Salina South has plenty to play for. First, seeding in the playoffs starts with your district record. A loss tonight would likely assure South of the fourth-seed in the postseason. Second, the Cougars want to stay sharp as they prepare for the playoffs. Third, the Cougars want to get a win on senior night.

South went to the air a little more to beat Hays last week. The Indians were intent on taking away South’s ground game, so the Cougars responded as Justin Stonebraker completed 10 of 14 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns. Stonebraker also had two rushing touchdowns. Zach Nachbar hauled in two touchdowns, including an 87-yarder that helped bust the game open.

Great Bend will miss the playoffs again this season. However, the Panthers are looking to close the year with an upset win and send their seniors out on a good note. The Panthers will run through Johnny Allende, who ran for 50 yards on 19 carries against Salina Central last week. The Panthers will run multiple formations on offense and give different looks on defense as one of the most diverse teams Salina South will see this year.