Moundridge and Inman are still searching for their first football win of the season.
One of them will accomplish that Friday night. And with it coming against their most intense rival, that will make it even sweeter, not to mention the winner will be 1-0 in district play.
The teams meet in Moundridge and unfortunately both have gotten off to a slow start as neither has tasted success in four games.
"Inman has had some of the same struggles as us, not finishing drives and turning it over," Moundridge coach Courtney Moddelmog said. "This game will be won by the team that can clean up the mistakes. The first player that sticks out for them is Hank Thiessen. He plays with a great motor. Overall they look pretty solid up front, they come off the ball well."
The Wildcats didn't have a chance to get much done last week as they were routed by Class 3A power Trinity Catholic, probably the toughest team on their schedule.
"We were overwhelmed by a very good football team," Moddelmog said. "We did not execute well on offense and we were not sound on defense. Trinity had a lot to do with it, but I really felt we did not respond the way we can to the caliber of team that they are."
Moddelmog did say that Deshawn Pfeiff and Trenton Olson continue to play with great success and now it's time for some other players to step up.
For the Teutons of coach Ed Ramsey, they need to get their offense untracked. They have scored only three touchdowns in four games, though they have been competitive in most. He said recently a key for his team is to eliminate mistakes and play a more physical brand of football.
• Haven at Hesston — The Swathers should get a much better test than the last two weeks as they have posted back-to-back blowouts.
The most recent was a 49-13 rout of Lyons, with the score being 42-0 at the half.
“We started a bit slow, but regained our composure pretty quickly,” Hesston coach Clint Rider said. “Lyons threw some things at us that we had to adjust to, but credit to our players for making those quick adjustments. Defensively, we held them scoreless through the first three quarters. Our defense, we feel, is vastly underrated. Our starting defense has only given up 21 points the entire season.”
Haven has shown at times it can play well, including a 29-26 loss to Smoky Valley in which it had the lead going into the final minute.
“We have to stop (Tim) Hendrixson and (Jacob) Newcomer,” Rider said. “Both of those two players are very explosive. They gave both Smoky Valley and Halstead good games, so we need to come out and be focused because this is a team that can hang with good teams and they are coached very well.”
Grant Raleigh continued his outstanding season last week. He has been the true dual threat, running for 555 yards and seven scores through four weeks and passed for another 704 and 11 scores. Tyler McCartney has been the home-run threat with 10 catches for 218 yards and four scores.
One injury of note, defensive back Cole Rostetter is nursing a sprained knee. He’s been a big-play producer for the Swathers.
• Goessel at Little River — After playing back-t0-back state powers, the Redskins play a team similar to the ones they played the first two weeks of the season.
Little River played tough against both Peabody and Udall, only to be pinned with a pair of losses after a 2-0 start. Udall may be the best team the Redskins have played, losing 45-20.
“We came up short against a very big and physical Udall team,” Little River coach Paul Dold said. “Too many mistakes again. Chord Zeller and Tyler Eberle played very well defensively at defensive end and nose guard. Clay Zeller came in as quarterback for a series and played well defensively as a sophomore.”
The Little River passing game actually wasn’t bad as Cordell Moore threw for 116 yards before yielding to Clay Zeller. Dold hopes to get Grant Harvey untracked as he had only 41 yards, as he’s been keyed on the last two weeks.
Goessel is 1-3, though it won for the first time last week with a 40-32 triumph over Sylvan-Lucas.
“They were able to get a lot of things going last week versus Sylvan and like to mix up the run and pass,” Dold said.
The teams do have a common opponent in Rural Vista, with the Redskins pounding out a 46-22 victory, while Goessel was defeated 48-0.
• Canton-Galva at Central Plains — The 3-1 Eagles play the toughest team on their schedule.
“They have scored more points than any 8-man team and have given up the fewest points of any team,” Eagle coach Jeff Savage said. “They have a great quarterback-wide receiver combo in Crites and Bieberle. They have posted three straight shutouts and have averaged well over 60 points in just one half in all three wins. We will need to limit mental errors and turnovers to have a chance.”
The Eagles are coming off a bizarre 60-24 rout of Word of Life Academy.
“Last week was one of those nights that will live in my memory forever and everyone else’s as well,” Savage said. “We played on an 11-man field, which is 13 1/2 yards wider, and that was the tough part. They had more athletes than we will see on any team we will play this year, incredible speed and huge linemen. No hash marks, dressed in a dugout next to the field. We very well could have set a school record for rushing, no record is recorded but 455 yards may very well could be the most ever.”
Travis Unruh (170), Trey Moddelmog (166) and Brody Scott (119) were all over 100 yards rushing. The Eagles had a huge night despite missing Ethan Loyd, Kendrick Bandy and Ausint Morgan, all out with injuries.
• Hillsboro at Smoky Valley — After taking two steps forward with back-to-back impressive wins, the Vikings took a step back with a surprisingly convincing loss to Halstead, 38-20, to fall to 2-2 on the year.
“We played fairly well for 2 1/2 quarters,” Smoky Valley coach Chris Hattabaugh said. “The game changed when we couldn't get them off the field in the third quarter. They had a 21-play, 10:30 minute-drive that allowed them to go up two scores early in the fourth. From that point on it was all Halstead. Our kids are disappointed in themselves and hungry to get back on the field this week. As coaches we must get them ready because Hillsboro can be dangerous.”
Cole Norberg had another outstanding game with 25 carries for 141 yards and a score, while Aaron Taylor added 82 yards on 12 carries as the Viking running game has been punishing. Hattabaugh said Nils Peterson and Brandon Archuleta also had good games.
Hillsboro scored its first 2014 win last week with a 54-20 rout of Sterling. However, it has been rather generous defensively in its losses, giving up 35 (Hoisington), 57 (Halstead) and 41 (Haven).
“Hillsboro is very dangerous,” Hattabaugh said. “Their best play is when the quarterback has the ball in his hands and is on the move. We must know where (Justus) Hilliard is at all times.”