As the Dodge City Red Demons head on the road for their annual rivalry-game, the state playoff pictures at the various levels are starting to come into focus.
Here’s a look at some key games happening tonight besides the one going on in Garden City, Kansas.
Cimarron (4-2) versus Lakin (5-1) in Cimarron, Kansas
This will be a matchup of two very tough teams trying to make runs at a state championship.
Lakin is coming off its first defeat of the season, 21-0 last week against Holcomb.
Prior to that, however, the Lakin Broncs had won five straight, the last two by a combined score of 109-9. This is a team that also knows how to win close games, having opened the year with a triple-overtime 28-20 win over Hugoton in Week 1 and a 30-28 win over Meade in Week 2.
The Cimarron Bluejays are not to be taken lightly either though. They enter the game having won three straight, including a 28-0 win over Meade on Sept. 22.
Cimarron athletic director David Ediger said this game could lead to the district Championship.
“We have two games after that but this should be the toughest game and we play them at home,” Ediger said. “If we play well we should be fine.”
The game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. in Cimarron, Kansas.
Meade versus Stanton County in Meade, Kansas
The Meade Buffaloes (3-3) take on the Stanton County Trojans (3-4) tonight in Meade, Kansas.
Wilhelm said he is optimistic about the team.
“I think now we’re starting to kind of come around a little bit,” Welhelm said. “We’re starting to get healthy, we’ve got a couple of guys that are getting close to being back and they’ve been starting practice with us this week.”
The returning players, if they play today and whenever they return, could allow the Buffaloes to get back to full-speed as the playoffs loom.
While Stanton County may not have the greatest record, Wilhelm said they’re a dangerous team. If a team let’s them stay in it, that team might find them on the wrong-side of the score, Wilhelm said.
“Our game plan is just to go out there, kind of finish, do what we did last week against Whitewater,” Wilhelm said. “We came out and played really well and I think we just want to keep building on that from last week.”
The game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. tonight in Meade County, Kansas.