The playoff football weekend hits its stride tonight, with games in 6A, 5A, both 4A divisions, 2A-1A and the 8-man divisions. Saturday sees the return to the field of the 3A playoff participants for the third time in eight days.
Washburn Rural snapped a 24-year playoff win drought with their 27-15 win over Dodge City in round one of the 6A West bracket. This week they get a rematch with Centennial League rival Manhattan. Rural hosted Manhattan in Week 2 of the regular season, and in a game first delayed and then shortened by rain, the Indians topped the Junior Blues 28-6.
I spoke with Junior Blues head coach Steve Buhler about tonight’s game.
In class 5A the Seaman Vikings cruised past KC Harmon 61-22 in round one of the East bracket, setting up a game against another KCKS school. The Turner Golden Bears outscored Washington last week.
The Hayden Wildcats have won four straight games heading into their first postseason contest. They face Osawatomie tonight in the 4A-II playoffs. Hayden swept through their district with wins over Santa Fe Trail, Holton, and Jeff West. The defense has picked up steam late in the season and with a healthy offensive unit, the Wildcats are racking up the points.
I caught up with Wildcats head coach Bill Arnold.
Saturday sees the resumption of play in class 3A. The Silver Lake Eagles have a tough task at hand as they take on fellow unbeaten Nemaha Central. The Eagles routed Mission Valley 50-0 in their first-round win.
I chatted with Eagles coach CJ Hamilton about the challenge they’ll face against the Thunder.
The Rossville Bulldawgs’ defense of their state title continues with a game at Sabetha. The Bulldawgs pummeled Perry-Lecompton 41-14 on Tuesday.
I had a chance to get Rossville head coach Derick Hammes’ thoughts on Saturday’s game.