It’s homecoming this Friday for the Abilene Cowboys and the undefeated beasts from the East, the Wamego Red Raiders ride into town 4-0.
The Cowboys are coming off of their goal-line stand victory over Concordia and Wamego walzes into town after a 54-14 win over Chapman.
“They are very athletic,” Chapman coach Trevor Williams said of Wamego. “Their quarterback did a great job and they have very athletic receivers and it was a tough match up and then they are good enough that if you don’t leave enough in the box they will do a good job in their running game.”
Abilene coach Jeff Geist agreed with Williams’s assessment of Wamego.
“Kyler Alderson, their quarterback, is their main threat,” Geist said. “He throws more than he runs, but he is not afraid to take off with it if he needs too.”
Alderson was 19-of-22 for 252 yards passing and accounted for five touchdowns against Chapman.
“Their offense is centered around him,” Geist said. “If he’s able to stand there and throw he probably will pick you to death.
“We have got to be aggressive on our defensive fronts and secondary and see if we can’t get him to make a mistake.”
Geist explained his game plan going into Friday’s game is simply get after the quarterback on defense and offensively take advantage of the run and throw the ball around a little bit.
“I thought Chapman and even Rock Creek were able to run the ball against Wamego pretty decent,” Geist said. “Hopefully, we can run the ball occasionally and still throw a few passes around and complete them.
“There are a few opportunities to run and we are hoping to take advantage of those and get the ball vertical.”
Chapman travels to 3-1 Clay Center
“They are a solid football team,” coach Williams said. “They are 3-1 but they are very similar to us. They are going to want to run the football. They don’t throw the ball very much.
“They are a big and physical group of kids. Coach Rice does a nice job with them.”
“We really feel like we can match up better with Clay Center on Friday night and they always do a pretty good job on defense,” Williams said. “They always have a pretty good scheme to take away our veer, so we have worked on it this week and on cutting down on our mistakes on the offensive side of the ball.
“We are pretty healthy on our varsity right now, Williams said. “Bryce Winters is a senior and he was back at quarterback last week for us.”
Week 4 results:
Abilene 20 – Concordia 14
Wamego 54 – Chapman 14
Clay Center 21 – Marysville 8
Buhler 35 – McPherson 7
Smoky Valley 39 – Haven 6
Week 5 schedule:
Wamego at Abilene
Chapman at Clay Center
Concordia at Marysville
Hillsboro at Smoky Valley
McPherson at Winfield