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High School Gameday Preview: 9-22

Pat Strathman - September 22, 2017 8:01 am

Isn’t it supposed to be fall?

I mean, I get that today is officially the first day of the new season, but it sure doesn’t feel that way. This heat needs to go away.

On second thought, I take that back as a few rivalry showdowns bring up the temperatures even more.

Get excited for tonight’s action with these tiny previews. For more, you can catch High School Gameday from 6 to 6:45 on Sports Radio 1150 KSAL.

Following tonight’s action, tune in to the RE/MAX Advantage Realtors Scoreboard Show from 10 to 11, also on 1150 KSAL.

Not only can you listen to these games on the radio, but you can find them online at KSAL.com. Just go to the top and pick the appropriate station.

AND IN AWESOME NEWS, we have a new app for your mobile devices! Search for the Rocking M Media app in the Google Play store or iTunes. It’s extremely easy to bounce from game to game.

Campus (1-2) at Salina Central (0-3) on Sports Radio 1150 KSAL

The Salina Central Mustangs are hoping for a bit of homecoming luck tonight at Salina Stadium. It worked for the Salina South Cougars last Friday as they blasted the Campus Colts. Meanwhile, Central went south to Hutchinson and fell 55-20. But, the Mustangs were able to find some positives in the second quarter, scoring the same amount of points as the Salthawks. Junior quarterback Brogen Richardson threw for over 200 yards on nine completions. As for the Colts, they are loaded with athletes. Senior quarterback Federico Harvey is a special player and is going to be a handful tonight.

Salina South (1-2) at Maize (2-1) on Y93.7

South finally was able to break through for the first win of the season. The stingy defense held Campus to 234 yards and allowed just two third-down conversions on 13 attempts. The real story was on the other side of the football as senior quarterback Casey Lanoue gashed the Colts for 219 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Confidence is key and it’s vital going into tonight’s contest versus an interesting Maize team. The Eagles gave up 681 yards to Derby in last week’s 60-28 defeat. But, Maize knows how to grind out victories. The Eagles were 5-1 in games decided by 14 points or fewer in 2016. The trend continues as they are 2-0 this year.

Southeast of Saline (1-2) at Sacred Heart (1-2) on FM 104.9

Ahh. Nothing like a rivalry game to get the blood flowing. The Graves Family Sports Complex is going to be rocking as both these teams are extremely hungry for that second victory. Southeast is fired up after back-to-back tough losses. The Trojans lost 28-20 to Chapman and followed that up with a one-point defeat to Russell, 28-27. SES is looking to end the two-game skid, but Sacred Heart wants the same thing. In week three, the Knights were tied with the Beloit Trojans 14-14 at the half. Beloit commanded the second half, marching on to a 40-14 win. Speed is key tonight and there should be plenty of it on both sides.

Ell-Saline (3-0) at Inman (0-3) on Real Country 101.7

The Ell-Saline Cardinals are looking awfully impressive. Ell-Saline had no problems downing Moundridge 28-14 in week three. Junior quarterback Nick Davenport continues to shine in this high-flying attack. Coach Terry King sees this group being quite special. Inman has had a rough start to 2017. After winning three games a year ago, the Teutons (awesome mascot) have lost three-straight to open 2017. But, this isn’t strange territory for Inman as the Teutons started 0-4 in 2016.

Smoky Valley (2-1) at Hillsboro (1-2) on 95.5 The Rock

Smoky Valley bounced back in the biggest way. After nipping Halstead 24-22, the Vikings dropped a 28-14 decision to Larned. SV answered with a dominating 36-6 win over Haven. Tailback Kyle Anderson continues to complete long drives by sniffing out the end zone. Hillsboro has lost two-straight. The Trojans lost 20-6 to Kingman in the second week. Last Friday was a 53-28 road loss to Hoisington.

Russell (2-1) at Minneapolis (2-1) on 92.7 The New Zoo

This might be the most overlooked game in Kansas tonight. Minneapolis has figured out the lethal rushing attack in two consecutive victories. After blasting Republic County 54-6 in week two, Minneapolis shut out Lyons 35-0. For the third-straight week, tailback Evan Keating scored on his first carry. He had 209 rushing yards and four touchdowns, but anyone can be a force in this offense. Russell has been the greatest surprise through three weeks. The Broncos have already matched their win total from 2016 after edging Southeast of Saline 28-27. Russell is doing this with six combined starters back. Can’t wait to see how this one plays out.

Abilene (1-2) at Chapman (1-2) on The General 1560 KABI

Another heated rivalry! Chapman and Abilene always get fired up for this contest, but this year is a tad bit different. Abilene has been terrific over the years, but the Cowboys find themselves staring at a 1-2 record. The Cowboys lost to Andover Central 41-14 in week three. Chapman has shown improvement early this season. The Fighting Irish lost to Jeff West 7-6 in the 2017 season opener. Chapman then edged Southeast of Saline 28-20, but lost last week 35-15 at Concordia. Abilene has dominated this series in recent years. Chapman hasn’t taken down Abilene since a 29-28 edging back in 2012.