FB Regional Playoff Previews - Class 6A and 3A
Two interdistrict rematches and a highly anticipated battle highlight the Regional round involving teams in Southwestern Kansas from Class 6A and 3A.
Dodge City (9-0) hosts Junction City (7-2) in the 6A West Playoffs, while a pair of District 8 battles - Beloit (6-3) at Colby (9-0), and Concordia (5-4) at Scott City (7-2) - punctuate the Class 3A Regional round.
We, of course, will be keeping track of the action as much as possible throughout Friday night - the best way to follow along is follow our Twitter feed @SWKSPreps.
Junction City (7-2) at Dodge City (9-0) Kickoff: 7 pm
Radio: 98.3 FM
The Red Demons - who will play at home through the sectional round - look to continue their winning ways against the visiting Blue Jays. Dodge City has won the last two meetings against the schools, while Junction City holds the all-time series edge, 6-3. The teams have also met five prior times in the playoffs, with the Blue Jays holding a slight 3-2 edge.
It'll be the third straight home game for the Red Demons, who have not hosted three straight home games at Memorial Stadium since 2010 - the last time Dodge City advanced to the state semifinals.
The Red Demon offense is built on the versatility of quarterback Beau Foster, who will likely surpass the 1,000-yard mark in both rushing and passing during Friday's contest. Running back Alden Knedler has been big as of late, rushing for 174 yards and two scores last week in their playoff opener, a 34-13 win over Haysville-Campus.
Beloit (6-3) at Colby (9-0)
Kickoff: 7 pm
One of the best games of the 2019 season to date took place in Week 4, when the Eagles held off the Trojans, 21-20.
Both teams are coming off of dominating wins last week - Colby ran past Nickerson, 42-0, while Beloit took care of Larned, 44-6.
Calvin Stapp ran for more yards (135) than the Eagles defense allowed from Nickerson (110). Stapp accounted for three TD's in the game (two rushing, one receiving).
The Trojans used a quick spurt early to seize control against Larned. Carson Cox scored twice and Grant Arasmith added a rushing score.
When the two teams faced off in late September, Colby jumped out to a 14-0 lead, while Beloit used the running of quarterback Hudson Gray and running back Carson Cox to score two third-quarter TDs and tie the game.
The Eagles scored in the 4th quarter, but Beloit answered on a Gray TD run to pull within one. However, the Trojans were turned away on the 2-point try.
Concordia (5-4) at Scott City (7-2)
Kickoff: 7 pm
Radio: 94.5 FM
Streaming: Audio - click here
Just two weeks ago, the Beavers ended a two-game losing streak at the expense of the Panthers in the regular season finale for both teams.
Parker Gooden, in his first start at quarterback, went 9-of-16 passes for 177 yards and three TD passes, and added 78 yards rushing and another score. Last week, it was much different for Scott City, as Hunter Yeager rushed for 174 yards and scored two touchdowns, while Gooden was 8-of-12 passing for 104 yards passing, and another 78 yards rushing.
Concordia took over the game in the second half last week in their 43-18 win at Hugoton, and will likely lean on backfield mates Hunter Schroeder, Wyatt Trost and Keyan Miller. Schroeder has rushed for 1,100 yards this season, and the trio have combined for 2,341 yards on the ground and 13 rushing touchdowns. The Panthers racked up 440 yards of offense in their win last week over the Eagles.
Trost, who has played just six games this season, went 8-of-13 passing for 115 yards at Hugoton last week, but was 0-for-6 in the first contest in Scott City two weeks ago. The Panthers were held to just 124 yards by the Beavers in their Oct. 25 meeting.
Concordia is trying for just their second playoff win since 2014.