Friday Football Preview: Mustangs, Knights Play Home Opener
Mike Hammett - September 13, 2013 5:00 am
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Newton (0-1, 0-1 AVCTL Division I) at Salina Central (0-1, 0-1 AVCTL Division I), 6:50pm pregame, 7:00 kickoff, SportsRadio 1150 KSAL
Play-by-play: Mike Hammett; Analyst: Justin Dean
The Salina Central Mustangs went blow-for-blow with one of the top teams in the state before falling to Hutchinson, 42-31. The Mustangs employed an emphasis on the passing game, and came out with a balanced attack, throwing the ball just three more times than they ran. J.W. Maldaner connected on 16 of 27 passes for 196 yards, including two touchdowns to Kamen Kossow. The Mustang defense broke down late, allowing Hutchinson to tack on two late scores to pull away. However, the Mustang defense faced 76 total plays, with 71 coming on the ground as the Salthawks wore down Central.
Tonight, it’s another run-heavy offense looking to find success against the Mustangs. Newton comes in off a 42-22 loss to Maize in the debut of head coach Nate Wollenberg. The Railers will try to run the ball at the Mustangs, as they employed a run-heavy attack in week one. Seth Hill returns at running back, while Braeden Morrison takes over at quarterback. The Railers have large offensive and defensive lines, while the Mustangs are smaller and quicker.
The winner gets back to .500 while the loser falls into an 0-2 hole.
Class 5A No. 1 Salina South (1-0, 1-0 AVCTL Division I) at Maize (1-0, 1-0 AVCTL Division I), 6:50pm pregame, 7:00 kickoff, Y93.7
Play-by-play: Todd Pittenger; Analyst: Dan Flemming
It’s a classic trap game set up for the top-ranked Salina South Cougars. South is coming off a dramatic 41-35 win over then-Class 6A No. 1 Derby, and Class 5A No. 3 Blue Valley makes the trip to Salina next week. In between sits a dangerous Maize squad. The Eagles return junior quarterback Connor Lungwitz, who is capable of throwing the ball all over the field. He’ll target playmakers Kendall Stewart and Kavan Jobe. Maize isn’t afraid to run with Chase White either. The Eagles will try to slow the Cougar option attack with a 4-3 front featuring Nick Benford and a linebacking corps with Clayton Norrod.
The Cougars built a quick 28-7 lead on Derby last week before the Panthers seized momentum in the second half, tying the game at 35. However, a fumble on fourth-and-one at the Derby 40 gave South a chance, and they converted on Mike Jones’ 3-yard touchdown run with six seconds left to give South the win. Quarterback Justin Stonebraker missed the last two drives with an injury, but head coach Sam Sellers says Stonebraker should be able to play against Maize.
Republic County (0-1, 0-1 NCAA) at Sacred Heart (1-0, 0-0 NCAA), 6:50pm pregame, 7:00 kickoff, Classic Hits 104.9
Play-by-play: Clarke Sanders; Analyst: Pat Martin
The Sacred Heart Knights play their home opener tonight, as they welcome the Republic County Buffaloes to Glen Martin Stadium. The Knights are coming off a tough 28-0 win over Hutchinson Trinity. The Knights scored three of their four touchdowns in the second quarter, relying on the big play. The Knights had an 80-yard touchdown run by Trevor Webb and added a 43-yard interception return by Clayton Wetter to build the 21-0 halftime lead. The Knights added a 1-yard touchdown run by Kyler Stover in the third quarter for the final margin.
Meanwhile, RepublicCounty continues to rebuild. The Buffaloes have won just two of their last 54 games spanning the last six seasons. While there are more kids out for football this year at RepublicCounty, the Buffaloes still have a long way to go following a 51-8 loss to Southeast of Saline last week.
Southeast of Saline (1-0) at Chapman (0-1), 7:00 kickoff
The Southeast of Saline Trojans are back on the road this week as they visit Chapman. The Trojans cruised to a 51-8 win over RepublicCounty in Belleville last week. The Trojans quickly put up 22 first quarter points, thanks to two touchdowns from Keith Short and a pass to Matt Helvey from Cody Schlesener. The Trojans added 22 more second quarter points, as Short scored again and Schlesener had two more scoring tosses, throwing one to Bailey Ramsey and the other to Kyler Sager. Dane Long added a late touchdown.
Chapman opened its season with a blowout loss to Rossville, 55-12. The Irish were 4-5 last year, and return six offensive and five defensive starters from a team that broke a long losing streak against the same Southeast of Saline Trojans last year.
Ell-Saline (0-1, 0-1 HOA) at Remington (0-1, 0-1 HOA), 7:00 kickoff
The Ell-Saline Cardinals were the victims of big plays against Marion. The Cardinals gave up just three pass completions to Marion, but all three went for touchdowns of 47, 60 and 19 yards. The Warriors added a 51-yard touchdown run in the second half as they rolled to the 35-6 win. Coach Terry King said his team fought hard, but the big plays were just too much to overcome.
Tonight, the Cardinals try to avoid the big play with a road trip to Remington. The Broncos have lost three straight and 14 of their last 15 games after a 60-20 loss to Bennington in the season-opener.