The Meade Buffaloes had no trouble in dispatching Decatur County in the bi-district round of the Class 2-1A football playoffs and have the privilege of playing a team looking for another upset in the Sterling Black Bears.
The Buffaloes (9-1) scored 20 points in the first quarter on the way to recording a 47-0 shutout over the Red Devils at home, while Sterling (4-6) upset perennial-power Smith Center 26-16 in another bi-district contest.
The Buffaloes continue to shine on offense with a 364.7-yard average in 10 games so far this season. Meade has averaged 63.4 points in its last five games.
Senior back Trevin Wiens has 1,164 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns to lead Meade in that category (127 yards and three scores in the victory over Decatur). Senior quarterback Chris Hardaway (910 yards, 13 scores) and junior back Jett Little (729 yards, eight scores) have also been major threats for the Buffaloes to score.
Hardaway has also been a terror against opposing teams' secondaries. The quarterback is 55-of-81 passing (67.9 percent completion rating) with 17 touchdown passes (five each to Little and junior Morgan Davis, and three each to Wiens and senior Randy Friesen). In the Decatur game, he ran for 155 yards and three scores, while completing 7-of-9 passes and another score.
The Buffaloes have also been able to stop teams from getting their offense going. Meade's defense isn't just a stop-run defense, but teams also have trouble getting passes to one another with the Buffaloes having 24 interceptions on the season (eight by Little).
Sterling was able to beat Smith Center with 320 yards rushing (230 by senior quarterback Riley Galyon). Galyon has 1,544 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground this season for the Black Bears; and he also led Sterling in tackles in the victory over Smith Center.