Week 4 Football 6-Man Top Ten Breakdown
Plenty of Top 10 games this week and we should have a better picture of the Top 10 and the Class of 6-Man in general after this weekends games.
#1 Stratton/Liberty (2-0)
Stratton/Liberty moved to 2-0 on the season after blasting Hanover 72 to 6. Stratton/Liberty scored 37 points in the first quarter and 13 in the second quarter to have the mercy rule going by halftime. Stratton/Liberty defense played well holding Hanover to 60 yards of total offense. The lone 6 points scored by Hanover was on a kickoff return for a touchdown. No offensive stats have been entered for Stratton/Liberty. This week things get very tough. Stratton/Liberty hosts #4 Peetz on Saturday and this should be a great game. Stratton/Liberty will have to be prepared to stop the run and if they can they will come out ahead. Stratton/Liberty offense will also be tested by a solid Peetz defense.
#2 Otis (2-0)
Otis came off a bye week and took care of business blasting Genoa-Hugo 69 to 18. Otis was tied with Genoa-Hugo after the first quarter but 45 unanswered points in the second and third quarter blew this game wide open. Otis had a big day offensively racking up 438 yards of total offense. Ty Hunt led the passing attack with 121 yards and 2 TDs. The rushing attack put up 317 yards and were led by Bryce Miracle who is off to a hot start with 230 yards and 5 TDs. Defensively Otis figured somethings out after the first quarter and keep Genoa-Hugo off the scoreboard. Tyler Reynolds (11 tackles) and Landston Schaffert (11 tackles) led the Otis Bulldogs in tackles. Otis also forced 2 sacks and 1 interception. This week Otis has a monster game against #7 Flagler/Hi Plains. This is the league opener for Otis and are hoping to jump out to 1-0 in league.
#3 Kit Carson (2-0)
Kit Carson continued their hot start with a 50 to 8 win over then ranked #6 Arickaree/Woodlin. Kit Carson defense is playing good after giving up just 14 points in 2 games and holding a ranked opponent to just 8 points. Offensively the Wildcats are pouring on the points with 123 points in two games. Kit Carson opens league play this week against Eads. Eads is 0-2 on the season and are trying to get a few things figured out. Eads lost to Granada last week 54 to 0. I expect the score of this week’s game to be similar, but Kit Carson cannot over look Eads.
#4 Peetz (1-1)
Peetz grabbed their first win of the season last week and their first league win blasting Fleming 67 to 22. After the first quarter Peetz had a 31 to 22 lead and then Peetz scored 36 unanswered points to blow this game wide open. Offensively Peetz had a great day running the ball rushing for 521 yards. Bryson Long led all rushers with 270 yards and 5 TDs. Cooper White also had a productive day rushing for 108 yards and 1 TD. Peetz defensively did struggle early on but after the first quarter locked down and didn’t give up another point. Gage Travis (13 tackles) and Bryson Long (11 tackles) led all Bulldogs in tackles. Peetz also had 3 sacks and 2 fumble recovery’s to help blow this game wide open. Peetz will have their second shot at a Top 3 team this week when they travel to Stratton to face Stratton/Liberty. Peetz will have to bring it on both sides of the ball if they want to pull the upset.
#5 Cheyenne Wells (2-0)
Cheyenne Wells continued their hot start to the season after holding off upset minded Idalia 26 to 14. Cheyenne Wells offensively did not have a huge day with 183 yards of total offense. Kyle Nelson had a decent day passing for 83 yards and Jade Cozart led all rushers with 64 yards rushing. Defense is where the Tigers came to play holding Idalia to just 14 points. Cheyenne Wells forced 3 interceptions and had 2 sacks in the game. Quade Pelton (12 tackles) and Kyle Nelson (12 tackles) led all tacklers. Cheyenne Wells will now move into league play as they face Walsh. Walsh is off to a 1-1 start and are coming off a 49 to 0 victory over Cheraw. Cheyenne Wells will have to focused and continue to play great defense. Cheyenne Wells hopefully can get some of their offensive problems figured out before their tough two games stretch.
#6 Prairie (1-1)
Prairie picked up their first win of the 2018 season in shootout fashion. Prairie played Briggsdale last week and it was a back and forth affair with plenty of points being scored. Prairie was able to hold off Briggsdale late in the game and pull the 56 to 40 victory over Briggsdale. Prairie defensively did keep Briggsdale under 100 yards rushing but gave up 408 yards passing. Prairie had a huge interception which proved to be huge in this high scoring of a game. Logan Cacciola had the INT. Trey Moore (12 tackles) and Carson Holzworth (10 tackles) led all Mustangs in tackles. Offensively Prairie had 481 yards of total offense. The passing attack for Prairie was led by Mitch Dollerschell who went 6 of 9 for 140 yards, 2 TDs but had 2 INTs. The rushing attack for the Mustangs also was successful racking up 341 yards and was led by Walter Jordan who ran for 132 yards and 1 TD. Prairie will play their second league game this week against North Park. North Park did not have a game last week but are looking to bounce back from a 36 to 27 loss to Cotopaxi. Prairie cannot overlook North Park and will have to continue to play good football.
#7 Flagler/Hi Plains (2-0)
Flagler/Hi Plains is off to a 2-0 start and both victories came with their offense scoring over 55 points. Last week Flagler/Hi Plains blasted Edison 59 to 6. Flagler/Hi Plains had mercy rule going by halftime and gave up the 6 points in the 4th quarter. Flagler/Hi Plains had a great day offensively racking up 369 yards of total offense. Flagler/Hi Plains has not had a hard time scoring but things will get much tougher this week when they host Otis. Flagler/Hi Plains defensively will have to find a way to slow down Otis rushing attack. This will be Flagler/Hi Plains first real challenge this year and we will see how they do against the #2 Otis Bulldogs.
#8 Arickaree/Woodlin (1-1)
Arickaree/Woodlin picked up their first lose this season coming falling to Kit Carson 50 to 8. Arickaree/Woodlin will have to quickly bounce back as they play a tough Granada team. Offensively Arickaree/Woodlin will have some things to figure out after scoring just 8 points. Defensively they had success against Fleming two weeks ago and will hope to return to that this week. Granada will be a very tough game for Arickaree/Woodlin and should give us a good insight into how good this team is.
#9 Cotopaxi (2-0)
Cotopaxi is off to a surprise 2-0 start. Cotopaxi in week 1 beat North Park 36 to 27 for a big win against a North League team. Cotopaxi then moved to 2-0 with a 48 to 6 blowout win over La Veta. Cotopaxi seems to have filled the holes left by graduation and are also a young team with just 1 senior. This is a big year for Cotopaxi if they can have some success they may challenge for a Top spot next year. Cotopaxi jumps into league play this week and this game will more than likely decide the league title. Cotopaxi will hit the road to face Mountain Valley. Mountain Valley was my preseason pick to win the Southwest league and are sitting in The Top 15 as well. Mountain Valley has only played 1 game and they blew past Primero 58 to 0. I do think the winner of this game will be the league champion and should be a good game.
#10 Idalia (1-1)
Idalia picked up their first loss of the season falling to #5 Cheyenne Wells 26 to 14. Idalia struggled to take care of the ball and had 4 turnovers in the game which hurt their offensive production. Idalia had success throwing the ball passing for 142 yards but could not get their rushing attack going rushing for just 66 yards. Idalia defensively played well holding Cheyenne Wells to just 183 yards of total offense but the 3 turnovers were the difference in the game. Idalia will now have to quickly bounce back as they face an explosive offense this week. Idalia will host Briggsdale. This could turn into a high scoring affair and Idalia will need their offense to pick back up their production. I think this could easily turn into both teams breaking the 30 point mark and could come down to which ever teams defense make a critical stop.