FB Week 10 Previews - 8-man and 6-man
Two of the better matchups among teams in Southwestern Kansas still alive in the football playoffs will take place Friday, with one determining a berth into the Championship Game in 6-man.
South champion Moscow (8-0) faces off with Weskan (6-3) in a rematch of a game from the regular season won by the Wildcats, 30-27. The other has all the seeds of a great contest, as Wichita County (8-1) looks to keep going in the postseason as they make the trek to Clifton-Clyde (9-0).
We, of course, will be keeping track of the action as much as possible throughout Friday night - the best way to follow along with us is to follow our Twitter feed @SWKSPreps.
8-man Division I Wichita County (8-1) at Clifton-Clyde (9-0)
Kickoff: 6 pm
One look at this matchup has one believing in the Old-School vs. New-School offensive theories, as the Indians take their spread offense on the road to go up against the Single-Wing attack of the Eagles.
Clifton-Clyde leans on quarterback Aiden Rudolph, who toted the ball 27 times for 165 yards when the Eagles beat Victoria during the regular season. That's the same team that the Indians outscored, 42-6, in the second half to win its playoff opener, 88-66. Clifton-Clyde beat Hoxie in their first round contest, 66-20.
Kayden Rietzke is the quarterback on the other side for Wichita County, who is playing in the Round of 16 for the first time since 2001. Rietzke has rushed for nearly 1,300 yards and passed for over 1,300 yards. Rietzke accounted for nine touchdowns in the win over Victoria last week, and has accounted for 44 total TDs this season (24 passing, 20 rushing).
But it's not all Rietzke for the Indians. Jesse Gardner has added 694 yards rushing and 12 scores, while Sheldon Whalen has 45 receptions for 711 yards and 12 TDs for the boys from Leoti.
Weskan (6-3) at Moscow (8-0)
Kickoff: 6 pm
The two-time defending state champions look to continue their hopes of playing for another title tonight, and get revenge after a loss from earlier this season, as Weskan visits Moscow.
The Wildcats won the first meetingin Week 3, 30-27, because of a stingy defene that kept the Coyotes off the scoreboard for much of the second half and enabled Moscow to end Weskan's 8-game winning streak.
Weskan escaped its first round battle with a 58-54 win over Ashland last week. Since the 6-man Association began three years ago, Weskan has finished no worse than third, and has a 7-1 postseason mark.
The Wildcats - who are playing just their second season of 6-man football - will turn to the 1-2 punch of Austin Snyder and Adan Granillo. Snyder is closing in on the 1,000-yard mark rushing, and in the first meeting with the Coyotes, was a terror on both sides of the ball - picking off a pass at the Moscow 3 to keep Weskan off the scoreboard. Granillo - who scored four TDs in the win at Weskan - has more than 600 yards rushing and 12 total touchdowns.