2A League Breakdown

6-Man Quarterfinal Breakdown

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Photos by Karianne Donnelson & OTSportsChek (Fleming vs Deer Trail)

6-Man Quarterfinal Breakdown

We move into the quarterfinal for 6-man and we have four very good matchups this week.  Good Luck to all teams this week.

#1 Kit Carson vs #9 Eads

Kit Carson moved into the quarterfinals with a 73-7 victory over #16 Peetz in the first round.  Kit Carson scored 28 points in the first quarter and 32 points in the third quarter to get the running clock and rest their starters.  Offensively Kit Carson racked up 391 yards of total offense.  The passing attack racked up 192 yards and were led by QB Sullivan Farmer who was 4 of 4 for 132 yards and 4 TDs.  The rushing attack had 199 yards and were led by Cordell Farmer (77 yards) and Paul Mitchek (66 yards).  Defensively Kit Carson held Peetz to just 129 yards of offense.  The defense was led in tackles by Joe Bryan and Peter Hornung.  Kit Carson forced 5 turnovers in the game and really dominated and now look towards their next opponent.  Defensively Kit Carson will be looking to stop the run and offensively will continue to attack with a balanced offensive attack.

Eads moved into the quarterfinals with an absolute thriller beating Flagler/Hi Plains 59 to 52.  Eads took at 33 to 24 lead into half time before Flagler/Hi Plains made a run in the third quarter cutting the lead to 52 to 46.  Both teams scored 1 more time in the fourth quarter but Eads was able to escape with the close win.  Offensively Eads had a huge day racking up 537 yards of total offense.  The passing attack racked up 158 yards and were led by QB Cade McDowell who had 135 yards passing and 3 TDs.  The rushing attack racked up 379 yards and were led by RB Damien Barnes who had a huge day with 295 yards rushing and 5 TDs.  Eads did lose two fumbles and will look to fix that this week.  Defensively Eads did give up 314 yards of offense but forced 4 turnovers.  Eads will look to fix those mistakes this week.  Eads defensively was led in tackles by Cade McDowell and Donte Sierra.  Eads will now have to focus on Kit Carson next.  Eads offensively must het Damien Barnes going and defensively must be able to slow this potent offensive attack down.

These two teams have meet before with Kit Carson winning 70 to 6.  I don’t think the score will be similar and I think Eads will keep it closer.  Eads will have to get their offense going and must use that to stay in this game.  Kit Carson will look to use a similar game plan and shut down Damien Barnes in this game.  I am going with Kit Carson in this game, I just think their offense will be too much to handle.

#4 Fleming vs #5 Prairie

Fleming moved into the quarterfinals with a 72-27 victory over Deer Trail.  Fleming scored 44 points in the first half but couldn’t get the running clock with Deer Trail scoring 7 in the second quarter.  Fleming would get the running clock going in the 3rd quarter scoring 20 more points and getting some rest for their starters.  Fleming offensively had 224 yards of total offense.  The passing attack was led by Kade Comstock who had 54 yards passing and 2 TDs.  The rushing attack racked up 170 yards and was led by Brandon Williams (47 yards) and Chris Goss (36 yards).  Defensively Fleming did give up some yards but forced 3 turnovers.  Defensively Fleming was led in tackles by Brady Kuntz and Daniel Dobson.  Fleming will now shift their focus to league opponent Prairie.  Defensively Fleming will have to control the passing attack of Prairie and offensively must have a big day from the main weapons of Kade Comstock and Brandon Williams.

Prairie moved into the quarterfinals with a hard fought 40 to 8 victory over Cotopaxi.  Prairie was up just 20 to 8 at halftime but used a big 14 point third to pull away and come up with the big victory.  Prairie offensively racked up 357 yards of total offense.  The passing attack had a big day and QB Mitch Dollerschell threw for 159 yards and 2 TDs and had just 5 incomplete passes.  The rushing attack had 167 yards on the ground and were led by Arek Wulf (71 yards) and Carson Holzworth (63 yards).  Prairie also did a good job of taking care of the football with just 1 turnover on offense.  Defensively Prairie came to play with two forced fumbles and two sacks.  Carson Holzworth and Maverik Mertens were the leaders for tackles.  Prairie now turns their focus to Fleming.  Defensively Prairie must stop the run and force Fleming to beat them thru the air and offensively Mitch Dollerschell must have his biggest performance of the year.

This should be a good game.  This is the second time these two teams have meet.  Fleming won the first contest 60 to 20 but this was a much closer game than the score indicates.  Fleming was down 14 to 6 at halftime and outscored Prairie 54 to 6 in the second half.  Prairie will look to fix the second half mistakes and play better defense.  Fleming will look to fix the first half mistakes on offense and try and dominate the entire game.  This was a tough pick, but I am going with Fleming in a very close game over Prairie.

#3 Cheyenne Wells vs #11 North Park

Cheyenne Wells moved into the quarterfinals with a 58-14 victory over Mountain Valley.  Cheyenne Wells made quick work scoring 58 points in the first half and pulling their starters.  Cheyenne Wells gave up the 14 points in the second half and this team looked solid in the first round.  Offensively Cheyenne Wells racked up 301 yards of total offense.  The passing attack had 132 yards and was led by QB Kyle Nelson who had 79 yards passing and 1 TD.  The rushing attack had 169 yards passing and was led by Quade Pelton (88 yards) and Cade Mitchek (44 yards).  Defensively Cheyenne Wells had a good game holding Mountain Valley to just 122 yards rushing and forced 3 turnovers in the process.  Quade Pelton and Dillon Ball led all tacklers and Kyle Nelson added a sack.  Cheyenne Wells now moves their focus to North Park.  Cheyenne Wells defensively will have to stop the run to have any success defensively and Offensively must have solid production from Pelton, Nelson, and Mitchek.

North Park had the big upset of the first round upsetting the #6 seeded Granada team 42 to 25.  North Park started things out in the first quarter scoring 14 points, but Granada answered scoring 12 points in the second quarter as North Park took a 20 to 18 lead into halftime.  North Park then used a 16-point third quarter to pull away from Granada and win the game.  North Park offensively had a big day on the ground racking up 412 yards rushing and just 31 yards passing.  The rushing attack was led by the three headed monsters of Destry Schmidt (156 yards), Eli Houston (114 yards), and Brock Follett (142 yards).  These three are key for the North Park offense.  Defensively North Park did give up some yards but forced 3 turnovers to help turn the balance of the game.  Destry Schmidt and Will Martin led all tacklers and Brock Follett added a sack in the process.  North Park will now be facing a tough offensive attack and defensively will need to bring their A game.  Offensively North Park must have success running the ball or will be in big trouble.

This should be a good game.  North Park will be the underdog in this game, but they have played a tough schedule this year.  Defensively North Park will look to find a way to slow down the high-powered offense of Cheyenne Wells.  If the defense struggles, then offensively North Park must come to play and need the 3 running back to have monster games.  Cheyenne Wells defensively must stop the run to have success or will need their high-powered offense to outscore North Park.  Cheyenne Wells will be my pick in this game, but this will be a good game and I think will turn into a shootout.

#2 Stratton/Liberty vs #7 Branson/Kim

Stratton/Liberty moved into the quarterfinals with the 60 to 14 victory over Walsh.  Stratton/Liberty started their title defense right and scored 52 points in the first half to get their JV players into the game.  Stratton/Liberty offensively had a big day on the ground rushing for 372 yards and using their passing attack minimally.  The rushing attack was led by Jaret Lichty (111 yards) and Riggin Williams (76 yards).  Offensively Stratton/Liberty relies on their rushing attack and they did a good job protecting the ball and had 0 turnovers.  Defensively Stratton/Liberty played outstanding the first half holding Walsh to 0 points.  Jaret Lichty and Trevor Frank led all tacklers with Alex Cruz and Logan Breyer adding a sack in the process.  Alex Cruz also had two fumbles recovery’s as well.  Stratton/Liberty now shift to Branson/Kim and must be ready for a heavy dose of the running game but also must be able to defend the play action and the pass of Branson/Kim.  Offensively look for Jaret Lichty and Trevor Frank to have big games.

Branson/Kim moved into the quarterfinals with the hard fought 52 to 20 victory over Briggsdale.  At half the game was tied at 14 but Branson/Kim came to play and scored 22 unanswered points in the third quarter to pull away and win the game.  Branson/Kim offensively had a solid day racking up 352 yards of total offense.  QB Kelton Davis had a huge day passing racking up 207 yards and 4 TDs.  The rushing attack also had a solid day with 145 yards and were led by RB Finn Warner (107 yards).  Branson/Kim did have 1 turnover in the game but did a good job of protecting the football.  Defensively Branson/Kim did give up 381 yards on defense but did force 2 turnovers in the game.  Branson/Kim will look to fix some of the mistakes in the passing game.  Peyton Cranson and Teagan Keeler led all tacklers and Cade Smith had two interceptions in the game.  Branson/Kim will now shift their focus to a run first offense this week and must be ready to play.  On offense this week look for Branson/Kim to use their rushing attack to open the passing attack for big plays.

Stratton/Liberty will enter the game as the favorite.  Branson/Kim will look for their defense to set the ton this week and stop the run.  Branson/Kim must have a big day from QB Kelton Davis and RB Finn Warner.  Stratton/Liberty defensively must stop the run first but then avoid the big plays in the passing attack.  Stratton/Liberty offensively will look to have a big day from Jaret Lichty and Trevor frank on the ground.  I am going with Stratton/Liberty to win this game but look for it to be a tough game.

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