Area roundup: Several teams should get in

By Steve Sell
October 27, 2016

So you’re saying there’s a chance.

For the McPherson area football teams, this final weekend of play means something as none of the six teams have been eliminated from the playoffs and several should continue their seasons next week.

• Canton-Galva and Little River — The Eagles play at Ellinwood tonight and while they need to take care of business, they also need some help.

C-G is 2-2 in the district and 2-6 overall. They stand at minus-13 points. Ellinwood is 1-3 in the district and minus-4. 

Little River also is 2-2 and at 0 points. The Redskins, 3-5 overall, play tonight at St. John, which is 1-3 and already eliminated due to points.

“If Little River wins, they are in,” C-G coach Dustin Patee said. “If they lose, the winner of our game will make it into the playoffs.”

Simple as that.

Canton-Galva played its way back into contention last week with a 40-32 win over Goessel.

“We out-hit Goessel-big time and did not turn the ball over,” Patee said. “We looked the best we have all season, I just hope we can continue on that trend this week.”

Hunter Pearson came up huge.

“Hunter Pearson was a force up front on both sides of the ball,” Patee said. “Our game plan was to ram it right into themand he made that go. Reed Wiens did a great job moving the ball, with minimal mistakes and no turnovers. Jonah Sargent and Dylan Wood had big games again both offensively and defensively.”

As for Little River’s coach Paul Dold, last week’s stunning 58-36 loss to Ellinwood didn’t sit well, but all will be forgotten with a win against St. John. The Redskins are 3-5 on the year.

“Last week's performance against Ellinwood was our worst of the year,” Dold said. “Clay Zeller was our only spark on offense early before Peyton Harvey was able to rack up some receiving yards late in the game.

The focus is totally on tonight.

 If we win Thursday, we are in the playoffs,” Dold said. “We play St. John this week at their place and I am sure they will pull out all the stops to play spoiler to our playoff hopes.”

• Moundridge and Inman — All Moundridge can do is sit and wait.

And hope.

The Wildcats are done at 2-2 in the district and play Friday at Peru, Okla. They played their way back into contention last week with a 33-0 rout of Medicine Lodge in their best performance of the year as they are 2-6 overall.

Inman, 2-1 in the district and 3-5 overall, controls its own destiny as it hosts district leader Sedgwick. 

An Inman win and it’s the district champ. A loss and the Teutons will be staying home, with Moundridge going.

• Hesston — The Swathers are sitting pretty.

Hesston is 2-0 in the district and plus-29. Southeast of Saline is 1-1 and plus 13. Marion, which plays at Hesston tonight, is 1-1 and at 0. Only Hillsboro is out.

Marion lost 48-7 to Southeast in Week 7, so the Swathers should be able to take care of business tonight as they defeated Southeast 34-26 last week.

• Smoky Valley — The Vikings are already in. Friday’s home game against Clay Center determines the district champion and the loser is the runner-up.

Clay Center routed Rock Creek 45-0 while Smoky was a 36-29 winner for those into comparative scores. Both the Vikings and Tigers crushed Chapman.