The Dodge City High School Red Demons head to Wichita South tonight to take on the Titans. That game, however, is just one of many happening on gridirons throughout the region.
For those not able to attend that one, or for those who live closer to other high schools, here are a few others which might be worth watching.
South Gray at Spearville, 8-man Division I
This game is possibly one of the most intriguing matchups of the week in western Kansas. South Gray is 4-0 after beating Minneola, Bucklin, Wakeeney-Trego County and Ingalls high schools. Spearville is also 4-0, having also beaten Ashland, Minneola, Hodgeman County and Hill City.
Spearville head football coach Matt Fowler said South Gray has “a pretty good team this year.”
This game could serve as a barometer game for South Gray, which hasn’t been to the state tournament since losing in the State Championship game to Madison/Hamilton in 2011. To do that, they’ll need to beat a Spearville team which lost to St. Francis in the Sub-State level of the tournament last year and won the State title the year before.
Spearville, however, also has a good team, having won three of four games by halftime this season, the one outlier being the victory against Hodgeman which ended up being a 64-34 win by the Lancers after the full four quarters.
That game is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight in Spearville, Kansas.
Cimarron at Thomas More Prep-Marian, in Hays, Kansas
The Cimarron Bluejays beat rival Meade 28-0 last Friday to move to 2-2. Activities director David Ediger said the 6-0 lead at halftime could be attributed to a high number of turnovers by the team.
According to Maxpreps.com, the team lost five fumbles in that game. Ediger said he feels pretty good about the team going forward though.
While the Cimarron Bluejays look to use Friday night’s game to keep building momentum, the Thomas More Prep Monarchs will look to start a comeback this season of their own.
The Monarchs have started 1-3, winning their second game of the season against Ellis back on Sept. 8, but having lost to Abilene, Smith Center High and, most recently, Plainville.
The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight in Hays, Kansas.
Meade at Syracuse, in Syracuse, Kansas
The Meade Buffaloes were on the losing end of the 28-0 score last week to Cimarron. The lose moved the team to 1-3 overall. Still, athletic director Mike Wilhelm said he thought the team had a good showing last week. He pointed out how Meade only trailed 6-0 at halftime against Cimarron.
“I thought we played pretty good in the first half,” Wilhelm said. “Then I felt like in the second half I think their size and depth kind of caught up with us a little bit.”
The Syracuse Bulldogs are also 1-3, coming off a pair of loses after having won Sept. 8. against Beaver High School.
The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight in Syracuse, Kansas F