Week 10 FB Class 2A Previews
The two Class 3A High School Football teams still alive from Southwestern Kansas will get their next tests on Friday as they look to advance in the KSHSAA playoffs.
Cimarron (9-0) will get a battle from a Norton (6-3) squad which cruised to a win last week, while Lakin (8-1) will have its hands full with No. 1 Hoisington (9-0) and one of the best running backs in the state.
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.
Lakin (8-1) at No. 1 Hoisington (9-0)
Kickoff: 7 pm
If the Broncs are going to find a way to get their fifth playoff win in school history, and reach the quarterfinals for the third time, it will have to shut down Cardinal running back Wyatt Pedigo.
The senior has rushed for 1,823 yards and 28 touchdowns, and has ran for 100 or more yards in eight of the Cardinals nine games this season. Last week, he ran for 211 yards on only five carries in the rout of Southwestern Heights. Pedigo has accounted for more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage, and is the team's top receiver.
That means a defense, led by All-Hi-Plains League picks Hadley Panzer, Kayden Christiansen, Servando Gonzalez and Dawson Aller will have to hold strong and try to keep the elusive Pedigo in check.
Christiansen will also have to have a big game running the ball, with Panzer and Aller opening up holes and Gonzalez helping keep the offense moving.
Norton (6-3) at Cimarron (9-0)
Kickoff: 7 pm
Stream: Cimarron Bluejay Network
A pair of teams which rely heavily on a pair of running backs meet up in Cimarron for a chance to move on to the quarterfinals in this battle of the Bluejays.
Cimarron's offense revolves around it's Double-Wing attack and ball movement. All-State pick Tate Seabolt (828 yards rushing, 15 TDs) has company in Payton Marshall, who was a First-Team pick on the All-Hi-Plains League Team in three different positions. Marshall has rushed for 877 yards and nine scores, plus leads the team in receptions (15), receiving yards (316) and receiving touchdowns (5).
If Norton has an edge, it's in the passing game. Kade Melvin had completed 55 percent of this passes this season, for 1,376 yards and 10 touchdowns. Melvin has also toted the rock, leading the team in rushing (871 yards, 12 TDs), while getting help from running back Luke Wahlmeier (752 yards, seven TDs).