Wildcats making move to 8-man football

By Steve Sell
August 20, 2018

MOUNDRIDGE — Moundridge’s football team has now been through one week of 8-man practice.

Jeremiah Meeks is transitioning his team from 11-man to 8-man and so far, so good.

“I thought we had a really good first week, the kids worked their tails off and got better,” said Meeks, entering his third year. “We stayed healthy through the week and are closer to getting into game shape. Kids are grasping the 8-man game well and are picking it up fast.”

Decreasing numbers forced Moundridge to drop down and it certainly has the athletes to be competitive.

“Cody Hazelton, Brady Helms and Dillon Vogts have all looked good so far,” Meeks said. “Braden Schmidt and Jordan Ediger have stepped up and played a couple different positions for us and they are doing a great job.”

The Wildcats went through a scrimmage on Saturday to wrap up the first week.

“Our O-line looked the best that it has looked all week and our physicality really impressed me,” Meeks said. “We’re still making too many mental mistakes, but as the adjustments become quicker the mental mistakes will go down.”

The Wildcats open their season Aug. 31 when they host Goessel. Fans should take note the kickoff will be 5 p.m. due to the game needing to be over before dark.

Moundridge kickoff on Aug. 31 will be 5 p.m.

By Steve Sell
August 20, 2018

MOUNDRIDGE — The Moundridge Wildcats will get the jump on most of the state on Aug. 31.

The Wildcats’ football game at home with Goessel will have a 5 p.m. start instead of the customary 7 p.m.

The game needs to be completed before dark because Moundridge is conserving on its electrical usage at the start of the year.

Little River football team making strides

By Steve Sell
August 20, 2018

Chad Lafferty says times have changed since he was in high school.

Lafferty put his Little River football team through the paces for the first time last week and says there was a welcomed change from his playing days.

“Where in the world was this type of weather when I was a kid?” Lafferty quipped. “I never remember having temperatures in the 70's and 80's my first week of practice. First week of practice went quick, not sure if we put in everything we needed to, but it was a good week and I'm looking forward to getting better this week.”

The Redskins were a splendid 7-3 last season in Lafferty’s first year, an improvement of three wins. All signs point toward this year being another step in the right direction.

“I think the thing that was most impressive to me is how easily our team picked up on the offense and defense,” Lafferty said. “Last year we put some new things in being my first year, but this year the kids seemed to picked up right where they left off last season. This has enabled us to get a little further in the playbook and be a little more precise with our angles and blocking schemes.”

Lafferty said it’s been a business-like atmosphere, but he’d like to see a little more noise in the air.

“I think team leadership from a vocal standpoint needs to improve,” he said. “We have plenty of kids that are leading by example, but we need a few of them to step up vocally and bring us along. We are a pretty quiet team, there will be times when we need someone to push some buttons and be a vocal leader and we have yet to find that.”

Some key players being counted on to lead the way certainly stood out in the first week.

“Brayden Sears at linebacker has stepped up so far this season,” Lafferty said. “He has been a lot more disciplined on defense and is trusting his reads defensively. Hunter Thomas has also looked pretty solid at running back, he has put on some weight since last year, the good kind of weight, and will hopefully be able to run through some tackles and get those extra few yards now. Kody Hawkinson and Trey Baldwin both have looked good up front on our line, these guys definitely bring some size to the table and a lot of our success will lie with them.”

The Redskins are home to open the season as they entertain old rival Canton-Galva on Aug. 31.

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