Wildcats will face test in Trojans
Who's for Real, the Cats or the Trojans
What a peculiar year for District playoff’s. Creating the Pioneer League has been good for those teams and established some odd win/loss records. However when they must step up and play larger 4A schools in the Districts, it is déjà vu of the old 2-3 school Frontier League. It must be frustrating for the Pioneer League schools!
This week Osawatomie comes to Louisburg for the second game of the Districts. They absorbed an awful thumping from Paola last week after enjoying an undefeated season to that point. Either the Trojan’s had one of those off nights or nothing has changed. They couldn’t move the ball. They are going to have the same issue against the Wildcats.
The Trojans are going to have their work cut out for them with the Wildcats defense, which is Louisburg’s strength. Louisburg’s offense is improving with Drew Harding becoming an offensive asset with his running and the addition of Alex Gentges at tailback in their offensive scheme.
Coach Griffin has stated that the Wildcats “are a power running team”. However, the Prairie View game did not, and I expect Osawatomie will not test the strength of that running game. As in most years it will come down to Paola and Louisburg for the district title. And run the Wildcats will, as their passing game will not cause sleepless nights for Paola’s defense. However, Paola, while not a passing team, can occasionally be effective throwing and catching which can put the Cat’s defense on notice!
Panthers try to avoid Buffalo stampede
Trap game awaits as Panthers try not to look ahead to Louisburg
When the Paola Panthers and Prairie View Buffalos face off Friday, October 23, 2009 at Prairie View, the Panthers will have put themselves in an enviable position. Controlling their own destiny, they are in a “win and you’re in” position, after destroying old rival Osawatomie in the Tom-Tom game last week. The Panthers are caught in the classic trap game this week, as they face the 1-6 Buffalos the week before facing new rival Louisburg in what appears to be the district championship game. Of course, the Wildcats must get past Osawatomie, which showed nothing of their lofty 6-0 record and state ranking last week against the Panthers. Maybe it takes a different kind of cat to get the Trojans blood pumping, because they were not ready for what the Panthers had in store for them.
The Buffalos on the other hand present a different challenge for the Panthers, in that Prairie View has been just short of awful on the season, picking up only one victory in seven games and that came against an even more awful Jayhawk Linn in week six. The Buffalos have given up less than 40 points only once on the season, that coming in a 26-8 week five loss to Central Heights.
Offensively, the Buffs are led by quarterbacks Dakota Danner and Matt Ferguson, who have completed 26 of 78 passes on the season, for 442 yards. Each QB has tossed on touchdown and three interceptions for the year. Stefan Davis and Estevon Davis are the top receivers for the Buffs with 83 yards and 71 yards respectively. No Buff receiver has caught more than four passes on the season, with Michael Fraser, Dalton Stockton and Estevon Davis all with four catches.
Estevon Davis leads the Buffalos in rushing with 94 carries for 468 yards and a 4.98 per carry average. Devin Greiner has 260 yards on 37 carries for the Buffs which as a team have 246 carries for 1206 yards and a 172 yard per game average. The Buffalos have fumbled 18 times on the season and lost 11 of those fumbles.
Defensively, Greiner leads the team in tackles with 62 stops, an average of 12.4 per game. Ferguson has 53 tackles, while John Hatfield has 49 and Tyler Stillians has added 42 for Prairie View.
The Panthers are coming off another good offensive showing, as, for the second consecutive week had two backs go over the 100 yard rushing mark with Skylar Hawkins topping 200 yards with 23 carries for 214 yards and three touchdowns against Osawatomie. Tyler Henness again topped the century mark running for 106 yards and three touchdowns. In all, the Panthers torched the Trojans for 389 yards rushing on 59 running plays.
Defensively, the Panthers may have played their best game of the season against the Trojans, holding the previously potent Trojan attack to just 122 yards on the night. The Trojans came into the game averaging over 350 yards per game, only to be held to 53 yards rushing and 69 yards passing against the Panthers.
Paola should have little trouble with the Buffalos, if they avoid the temptation of looking ahead to the matchup with the Wildcats next Thursday in Louisburg.
District Game 3