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Friday Football Preview: Salina South, Hutch Meet

Mike Hammett - October 4, 2013 5:00 am

Join us for Inside High School Football tonight at 6pm on SportsRadio 1150 KSAL, as we preview the Saline County games and our two area games of the week. Listen to the scene setters, which kick off Inside High School Football, at the bottom of the page.

Hutchinson Salthawks (3-1 overall, 3-0 AVCTL I) at Salina South Cougars (2-2 overall, 2-1 AVCTL I), Y93.7, Pregame 6:50pm, Kickoff 7pm

Play-by-play: Mike Hammett. Analyst: Dan Flemming.

The Salina South Cougars looked the part of a preseason number one team in last week’s 56-28 romp over Campus. The Cougars sprinted out to a 28-0 lead, and led 42-7 at halftime before allowing reserves to play the second half.

Now, the Cougars get a true test to see if they have returned to state championship quality. Salina South hosts Hutchinson, with the winner staying in the thick of the AVCTL Division I title race, and the loser needing some help to claim the crown.

Last year, South claimed a rare win over the Salthawks, posting a dominating 35-10 win at Gowans Stadium. Former South assistant and current Hutchinson head coach Randy Dreiling is sure to remind his team of last year’s meeting.

The Salthawks are hurting coming into Salina. Hutch is without linebackers Colby Turner and Ryan Stoecklein. Turner was also playing some fullback. Also out tonight is Jacob Hardenburger. The junior fullback is the team’s leading rusher with 662 yards on 91 carries.


Minneapolis Lions (2-2 overall, 1-1 NCAA) at Sacred Heart (3-1 overall, 1-1 NCAA), Classic Hits 104.9, Pregame 6:50pm, Kickoff 7pm

Play-by-play: Clarke Sanders. Analyst: Pat Martin.

The Sacred Heart Knights proved they can score points against the vaunted Beloit Trojan defense. However, the Knights were unable to slow the Trojan rushing attack in a 56-44 Beloit win.

Sacred Heart racked up 488 yards of offense against Beloit, and rushed for 395 yards. Unfortunately for Sacred Heart, Beloit picked up 469 yards of offense, with 429 yards on the ground. While the Knights outgained Beloit, the Trojans never punted. Sacred Heart punted once.

The Knight offense has proven itself against two dynamic defenses in Beloit and Sedgwick. Now, it’s time for the Sacred Heart defense to prove itself, as the Knights welcome in Minneapolis for homecoming.

The Lions are 2-2, coming off losses to LaCrosse and Southeast of Saline. The Lions gave up 61 points and 508 yards to the Trojans, while putting up 252 yards of offense.


Russell Broncos (1-3 overall, 1-3 NCAA) at Southeast of Saline Trojans (4-0 overall, 2-0 NCAA), Kickoff 7:00pm

If you just look at the score, it would appear Southeast of Saline simply blasted Minneapolis last week. But, on closer inspection of the box score, the Trojans pulled away late for the 61-14 win.

Southeast scored 33 second half points, including 26 in the fourth quarter. The Trojan offense continues to be in high gear. Quarterback Cody Schlesener accounted for five touchdowns in the win, running for four scores and throwing for another. Keith Short had another successful night running the ball, going for 209 yards on the ground on 30 carries.

Russell picked up its first win of the season by knocking off RepublicCounty 26-12 on Friday. The Broncos are led by new head coach Chuck Bisbee, who has a previous coaching stint at Solomon. Russell brings a strong rushing attack, a tough defense, and solid special teams play into the match-up.


Ell-Saline Cardinals (2-2, 0-0 2-1A District No. 6) at Plainville Cardinals (1-3, 0-0 2-1A District No. 6), Kickoff 7:00pm

The Ell-Saline Cardinals open district play this week with a road trip to Plainville. Ell-Saline is coming off a 42-6 loss to Sedgwick, and faces a Plainville squad which has struggled this season.

Coach Terry King says his squad and Plainville are pretty similar. Both lines are nearly the same size, and the skill position players are of about equal talent.

Both teams have had missed opportunities in early games. Ell-Saline hung in against Marion and Sedgwick, but both teams eventually pulled away. Plainville is 1-3, but the three losses are against teams with a combined 10-2 record.

In a district with all six teams at 2-2 or worse, this game will go a long way in determining who will take one of the two playoff bids in the district.

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