Pigskin Previews – Week Five
Pat Strathman - September 30, 2016 7:36 am
The weather is finally starting to get colder in Kansas, but the matchups are just starting to heat up.
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Newton (0-4) at Salina Central (0-4)
There will be a victor tonight at Salina Stadium. One of these teams will get that first taste of victory for the 2016 season and both can certainly use a bit of a boost. Salina Central struggled to stop Campus last week in a 45-8 defeat. The Mustangs were in striking distance by trailing just a touchdown late in the first half, but three scores in the last five minutes drastically changed the game. Speaking of game changers, Newton has one in running back Kade Remsberg. Central coach Mike Hall sees him as a major threat.
Remsberg has offers from Kansas, Army, Air Force and Yale. His 40-yard dash speed is quite impressive around 4.3. But yet, he only boasts two touchdowns through four games, with the most recent being a 21-0 loss to Valley Center last Friday.
Salina South (0-4) at Goddard (3-1)
Last week, Salina South showed just how far the Cougars have come. Sure, the result was still a defeat, but it was a tough 28-21 battle with Maize. The Cougars had a chance to tie the game on a fourth and goal at the four, but they couldn’t punch in the score to continue their winless season. In order for that to chance tonight, the Cougars must stop a great one-two punch on offense. Coach Sam Sellers explains more.
Quarterback Blake Sullivan and halfback Kody Gonzales are quite the combo. Sullivan had 2,200 total yards and 30 touchdowns a season ago and is well on his way to eclipse that mark for 2016. Gonzalez nearly has 400 rushing yards and three scores through four games.
You can listen to the game tonight on Y93.7 and online here with Travis Reece and Barry Cairns.
Ellsworth (2-2) at Sacred Heart (2-2)
Both these teams are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Sacred Heart has lost back-to-back games with the most recent being a 24-14 loss to undefeated Southeast of Saline. On the other hand, Ellsworth has won two straight contests and is starting to turn things around after a 42-22 win over La Crosse. The Bearcats pose quite a challenge with that option offense. Sacred Heart coach Bruce Graber breaks that down more.
The Bearcats could very well be 4-0 as they dropped a 28-20 decision to Russell and lost in a 58-52 shootout to Beloit.
Catch the game on FM 104.9 and online here with Clarke Sanders and Adam Coulter.
Abilene (4-0) at Concordia (1-3)
The Abilene Cowboys are on a tear. They wiped out the Chapman Fighting Irish 48-8 in the longest high school football rivalry west of the Mississippi River. Abilene doesn’t appear to be slowing down, either. Although, the Concordia Panthers are up for the challenge. Abilene coach Steve Simpson knows Concordia will not back down.
Concordia is coming off a 34-0 blanking by Marysville, but this Panthers team was one of the few to limit Beloit to 22 points in a narrow 10-point loss in the 2016 season opener.
Listen to the game on AM 1560 KABI with Trent Sanchez and Tim Klein.
Bennington (1-3) at Lincoln (1-3)
Much like Sacred Heart and Ellsworth, tonight’s matchup sees two teams on different paths. Lincoln won its first game 56-28 against Tescott, but the Leopards haven’t seen a victory since. Lincoln came close against Sylvan-Lucas in a 46-34 defeat, but last Friday saw the Leopards lose to Beloit St. Johns-Tipton. As for Bennington, the Bulldogs were victorious last week with a 54-14 takedown of Thunder Ridge.
Catch the area game of the week tonight on Oldies 98.5 with Skylar Nosker and Ryan Thies.
Southeast of Saline (4-0) at Minneapolis (1-3)
The Trojan train is blazing down the tracks, barreling over anything that gets in its way. Southeast of Saline took down Sacred Heart 24-14 last Friday, a monster of a victory for the Trojans. Quarterback Bryce Banks continued to produce as he had 256 yards and two touchdowns in that win. Wide receiver Damon Douglas had a breakout game as well, finishing with nine catches for 103 yards and a score. But if the Trojans want to stay perfect tonight, coach Mitch Gebhardt realizes the battle in the trenches must be won.
Minneapolis might have just one victory, but don’t let the Lions fool you. This Lions bunch is getting better every week and last week’s 31-21 loss to Russell certainly proves that.
Ell-Saline (3-1) at Hutchinson Trinity (3-1)
This might be the best matchup in the state of Kansas tonight. After suffering a 21-18 loss at Sedgwick, Ell-Saline ripped off three straight victories and looked very impressive in each game. The latest was a 42-13 win over Inman and running back Jacob Funk was the main star of the show. On 22 carries, he had 212 yards and two scores. As for Hutchinson Trinity, the Celtics are like the Ell-Saline Cardinals according to Ell-Saline coach Terry King.
Trinity suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Sedgwick last Friday. The Celtics lost 27-26 in overtime and are looking to get back on track after losing for the first time in 2016.