As the high school football season progresses toward completion, every game matters for teams trying to build momentum going into the playoffs.
Here’s a look at some key games happening tonight.
Spearville versus Ness City in Ness City, Kansas
The Spearville Lancers dominated Montezuma South Gray last week, winning 48-2 in a half and moving to 5-0 while making South Gray 4-1 in the 8-Man D1 division.
Despite the high score his team achieved, Spearville head coach Matt Fowler said it was the defense his team played that stuck out the most.
“We did a lot of things well, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Fowler said. “That was where I was most pleased with us. We held a really good team to just a few first-downs.”
That defense will be necessary this week, Fowler said, because Ness City runs a well-balanced offense and is coached extremely well. Ness City will also have an advantage most teams don’t against Spearville.
“Their advantage is that they’re familiar with us,” Fowler said.
Because of that familiarity, Ness City won’t have to try as hard to figure out Spearville’s play.
One big are of emphasis this week was ball-care, Fowler said. That’s usually a staple of the team, and is something they work on often in practice anyways, but after losing two fumbles and getting tackled for a safety after the third, it was something the team put extra work into.
The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Cimarron versus Elkhart in Cimarron, Kansas
Cimarron beat Thomas More Prep last week 44-35. It was a team with an incredible quarterback, one with State records in passing yardage, Cimarron activities director David Ediger said.
“Our kids played really well and held him largely in check,” Ediger said.
This week, they’ll go up against a 4-1 Elkhart team.
“They’re very well coached and they’re one of the better teams in our league,” Ediger said.
Besides coaching, the team plays physically, even if they lack some of the size Cimarron has, Ediger said. They also have a strong, elusive quarterback.
“That’ll cause us a problem if we don’t play good defense,” Ediger said.
Still, Cimarron has size to its advantage, and Ediger said he thinks the team will be able to establish the run in Friday night’s game.
The Cimarron Blue Jays take on Elkhart at 7 p.m. tonight.
Meade versus Remington in Meade, Kansas
Last week, Meade beat Syracuse 27-7. Athletic director Mike Wilhelm said the team played well in both halves, but committed too many turnover.
This week, they welcome in Remington. Last week’s game was an example of the offense working well, Wilhelm said. Similar success could be helpful this week, Wilhelm said, because Remington brings a good offense to the table, which utilizes the read-option and uses spread formations to both run and pass.
“Their quarterback throws the ball well, and they’ve got some guys that catch the ball and run,” Wilhelm said.
With two potent offenses, this game could turn into a shootout. With the season nearing closure, Wilhelm said a win could be big.
“I think this week would be huge if we could go out and play a good game going into Districts,” Wilhelm said.
Meade takes on Remington at 7 p.m. tonight in Meade, Kansas.