Wild West Bowl IV Game Previews
The 4th Annual Wild West Bowl will take place Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Dodge City. One of the four teams participating - Moscow - will be making its first appearance at the event, while the other teams involved have been part of this experience before.
Weskan and Golden Plains - who will meet in the Consolation Game at 1 pm - are making their fourth trip to the Wild West Bowl, while Cheylin will make its third appearance after missing out on a trip last season.
Both games will be available on DCHS Sports feed on YouTube, which you can access here.
6-man 3rd place
Weskan (6-4) vs. Golden Plains (6-4)
We are about to experience the 4th Wild West Bowl, and the Weskan Coyotes have been a part of all four of them. They’ll look for another third-place finish to go along with two championships and another third-place effort when they take on Golden Plains – who has been in the Wild West Bowl just as often.
Golden Plains has played in the title game once – just last season – and will play Weskan for the third time in the event. The Coyotes have won the prior two meetings, and won the regular season contest this season, 53-28.
The Coyotes are spearheaded on offense by the Mackley brothers – Jace and Dalton. Jace Mackley threw five TD passes in the loss at Moscow last week, rhree of which went to Dalton. Jace added a TD run and a kick return for another score.
The Bulldogs managed 192 yards passing and a rushing TD from quarterback Rojello Loya, while top ground-gainer Harley Weese – who has over 1,400 yards rushing and 25 TDs this season – eclipsed the 100-yard mark. The Loyas – Roberto and Rojello – have combined with Weese for over 2,600 yards rushing and 47 TDs on the ground.
Moscow (9-0) vs. Cheylin (9-0)
The lone two unbeatens left in 6-man will appropriately square off in the title game on Saturday, as both make their first appearance in the Championship.
The Wildcats have quite the 1-2 punch running the football in Austin Snyder and Adan Granillo. Snyder has been over the 1,000-yard mark in each of the past three seasons and has made plays on both sides of the football throughout his career. Granillo, when he can break loose, provides the speed to country Snyder’s power running. Bot don’t forget about Ryan Penrod and Gerardo Garcia, who also had big contributions last Friday in the win over Weskan.
Cheylin has lit up the scoreboard throughout the season but has also played in tight games during its run to the title game. They’re led by dual-threat QB Colton McCarty, who poses problems with his arm and his legs. McCarty has over 3,200 combined scrimmage yards and has accounted for 57 TDs in nine games. Andrew Schields and Tyler Sabatka have also made giant contributions throughout the season, combining for nine rushing and 19 receiving TDs.
Cheylin will be in its third Wild West Bowl and looking for their first win. The Cougars played for the title in 2017 but lost to Pawnee Heights.
What’s not clear about this one will be the obvious nerves of playing on the big stage for both teams. This one will likely come down to who can make fewer mistakes on the field and who can overcome miscues the best.