EMPORIA, Kan. - It's a Friday night in Kansas, district play is firing at all cylinders and it's an amazing night to be a sports fan. If you're setting their thinking about what it is you should watch tonight, allow your liberal sportsman to let you know where you should go.
Otis-Bison at Victoria
I could have gone with Hutchison vs. Hays here, but I once told a young man, that 8-man football can be just as fun to watch as the big boys. This game should be fun to watch, Victoria has been amazing so far this year, at 7-0, but the Cougars of Otis-Bison have also played well. I think Victoria will win, but Otis-Bison can really make a statement here and earn a spot in the playoffs outright.
Hutch Trinity vs. Sedgwick
If it feels like I'm going with all small schools...well maybe I am. The Celtics have been a big surprise this year and have put themselves in a spot to win their district and move on to the state playoffs. The Cardinals have only one blemish on their record, a loss to Ell-Saline, but they have outscored teams 134-21 over the last three weeks and could surprise Trinity.
Garden Plain vs. Medicine Lodge
Garden Plain was right here in this spot last week. And this week will be another tough test for the Owls. They have to bounce back from a loss last week to Conway Springs while the Indians are coming off of a huge win over Belle Plain. I think Garden Plain will win this, but not by the big margin alot of people are expecting.
Madison at Lebo
Nobody really expected Lebo to be 7-0, but now that they are people are taking notice. Cole Brockelman has put up amazing rushing numbers for the Wolves this season and they will be playing at home. Madison has been playing without quarterback Henry Ott, but Colin Kyle stepped in and took advantage of playing time. Zach Nowell has done well on the ground, but this game could end up being about the two teams defenses. Madison has only allowed 46 points (6.5 ppg) while Lebo has only allowed 66 points (9.4 per game) while both offenses have put up big points. I like Coach McClain's Bulldogs in this one, but don't expect any mercy rule.
Gardner-Edgerton vs. Aquinas (Congrats East, two games for you)
This game could answer the age old question, does playing a tough schedule pay dividends. The Trailblazers behind the leadership of Coach Diener have rolled through an easy schedule. Aquinas has taken some close victories over some really tough competition. I think Gardner wins this match-up, but it will be close, and they might meet again later the playoffs.
Look for this to become a weekly sports column, I'll help you find something to attend.