High School Football: Our Week 4 Picks

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September 26, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The Mustang offensive line waits in the huddle against Chanute on Friday. REGISTER/ERICK MITCHELL

Inclement weather is scheduled to be a factor Friday night across the Allen County area for high school football. Fingers are crossed for the lightning to stay away, and hope that all four quarters will be completed without any delays. 

These are the matchups for week 4:

Anderson County VS. Iola

The Mustangs appear they have not recovered from their five-overtime loss at Parsons to start the season. Last week, the Mustangs fell to Chanute for the 31st consecutive game, 42-0, despite allowing less than 250 yards of total offense against the Blue Comets. Head Coach David Daugharthy has shifted the way Iola will lineup against the Bulldogs. The days of the double-wing option offense seem to be nearing extinction. Expect the offensive change to put the Bulldogs on their heels. But will the experiment with offense be enough?

The Bulldogs blew out Parsons 44-15, and were leading Wellsville 23-20 heading into the fourth quarter before the Eagles stormed back with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. If Iola can get into an offensive groove early, and continue to flourish through AC defensive adjustments, then it could be a pretty good day at Riverside Park. Another key aspect in Iola’s favor is the Bulldogs are banged up from their first three matches. But until Iola is able to get in the endzone consistently, it is hard to say they will find a way to win. The key to victory for the Mustangs will be to stop quarterback Bo Dilliner, who rushed for over 300 yards in last season’s contest. 

Winner: Anderson County

Jayhawk-Linn VS. Humboldt

The Cubs were faced with their toughest test of the season last week when they trailed Eureka 33-22 late in the fourth quarter. Luckily, Conor Haviland came to rescue to provide the go-ahead touchdown with less barely any time left to spare. This week, the Cubs host an undefeated Jayhawk-Linn squad. Although the Jayhawks are undefeated, their wins have been against Yates Center, Uniontown, and Pleasanton, all three schools which fall under the 1A classification.

Jayhawk-Linn will search for a way to slow down Haviland, and will try to emulate Eureka’s game plan. Haviland rushed for 166 yards on 22 carries, although good numbers, they aren’t exactly the same as the video-game numbers he has been posting.  Ultimately, this Humboldt team is too talented, and with arguably the best player in their classifications, it will be a big win for the Cubs on Friday. 

Winner: Humboldt

Southern Coffey County vs. Marmaton Valley

The season may be young, but it has been a long one for the Wildcats. In the first three games of the season, Marmaton Valley has been outscored by their opponents 148-0. SCC also hasn’t been an offensive powerhouse this season. The Titans like Marmaton Valley are 0-3 on the season, and have allowed 164 points so far this season. Unlike the Wildcats, SCC has shown the ability to get in the endzone. In their second game of the season against Hartford, the Titans put up three scores in the 66-20 loss. Neither offense has yet to prove themselves, but it seems SCC has more to show. 

Winner: Southern Coffey County  

St. Paul vs. Crest

Lancer’s head coach Nick McAnulty brought some mojo back to Colony football with a barnburner against Hartford in week 1. The 52-42 win meant the Lancers wouldn’t have a chance of repeating last year’s winless season. The negative for the Lancers is they haven’t been able to stop teams on defense, and were shut out last week against Maranatha Christian Academy 60-0. This weeks only gets tougher. Crest hosts number-four ranked St.Paul who is sitting pretty at 3-0, and coming off a 52-6 win over West Elk. Unless the Lancers play perfect, it seems unlikely for an upset to be on the table. 

Winner: St.Paul

Yates Center @ Jackson Heights

2019 has been a rough one for the Wildcats so far. With over 20 players to start the season, YC only has 12 on their sideline in a 48-0 loss against Southeast. Players have either quit or picked up injuries. Friday will be another test of the Wildcats’ stamina in another tough test versus Jackson Heights. So far this season, the Cobras are 2-1, and are coming off a tough 18-14 loss Maur Hill Prep-Mount Academy. Unless YC is as able to have fresh legs available, expect it to be another tough game for a team who is yet to get itself on the board this season. 

Winner: Jackson Heights 

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