“Looking at the stats, we had 90 more yards than they did and several more first downs than they had,” Geist said. “There were plays that we didn’t make and we were close to making and then we get a couple of balls tipped and maybe the game goes the other direction. There was only one play I felt like we were totally out of position, we were that close.”
This week the Cowboys travel to Marysville for another North Central Kansas League game at a stadium that Geist is too not fond of playing.
“First of all, the name of the field is Homer,” Geist chuckled. “ Homer Hanson Stadium and it’s a different kind of an atmosphere. The visiting team feels like you are out there all by yourself. The fans all sit on the Marysville side.”
He indicated that it can be pretty quiet on the sidelines without your fans or cheerleaders behind you. Sometimes, it isn’t bad, but it doe have a different feel,” he said. “ We’ve had some bad luck up there but in recent years things have gone better for us.”
Marysville is winless on the season at 0-5 but gave Concordia a close game last week before losing 29-20.
“I don’t have an official count but Concordia fumbled at least four times and one of them was inside their own 10,” Geist said. “So Concordia had a case of the drops that night and that was a huge difference in the ballgame. Hopefully we don’t go up there and do the same thing.”
Could Marysville be a trap game for the Cowboys?
“There are some nice things that Marysville is doing,” Geist said. “This is probably a dangerous team for us. They are 0-5 and have nothing to lose. They will just throw everything at us plus the kitchen sink. They have the capability to do some nice things, we just got to go up there and get after them and win another NCKL game and try to finish out the year at 4-0.”
Marysville coach Dustin Heuer runs various offensive formations at opponents.
“He runs the Maryland I, a flex bone and others,” Geist said. “ He has a hodge podge of offensive sets that he runs.
“They don’t have great team speed but they have one kid that has decent speed so they are very comparable to us when it comes to the speed factor.”
“Defensively, they put five guys on the line and come at you,” Geist said. “We’ll have to see what we can do getting them blocked. Their nose guard is their strongest defensive player.”
“They run the ball most of the game so we have got to stop the running game from the C gap out,” Geist said. “That’ll be the key for us.”
Irish hosts Concordia
Coach Trevor Williams said the key to Chapman’s loss to Clay Center last week was self inflected mistakes.
“Against Clay Center, we just continued to struggle with our own mistakes, which we have to get corrected,” Williams said. “We would get a drive going and stumble.”
Concordia will run the ball and then run the ball some more against Chapman.
“Against that running game of Concordia, we are going to have to get an extra guy in the box to help,” Williams said. “They are a physical running team and it goes back to basics for us, we just have to tackle and get after the ball.”
“The pass for Concordia is going to be set up for them once you start committing more and more to defending against the run,” Williams said. “If they find a team that isn’t assignment sound with their secondary that is when they will start throwing the ball. They are not going to throw the ball unless they feel they have that advantage or they have to. It will run the ball and then run the ball some more from the Panthers,”
Week 5 results:
Wamego 49 – Abilene 35
Clay Center 27 – Chapman 6
Concordia 29 – Marysville 20
Smoky Valley 48 – Hillsboro 12
Winfield 28 – McPherson 17
Week 6 schedule:
Abilene @ Marysville
Concordia @ Chapman
Clay Center @ Wamego
Smoky Valley @ Lyons
Mulvane @ McPherson