Most intriguing matchup

Maize South at Andover

Why bother: Andover were upset in Great Bend last week. A loss like that can be demoralizing. That’s why a team like Maize South rolling into Andover can be down right scary. The Trojans are a good team but are they good enough to respond to a loss like that? 

The Pick: Andover 21, Maize South 20. I think Andover figures it out as they limit a very explosive Maize South offense. If Eli Fahnestock and the Andover offense can figure a way to score more than just one touchdown, it’ll be the difference. They were not their best in the loss last week.

Other attractions

Circle at Augusta

Plot: Two teams who had disappointing outcomes last week meet in a huge rivalary game on Friday night. Circle and Augusta are separated by eight miles. The games have been relatively close despite Augusta’s four-game winning streak.Augusta owns the 5-4 series advantage since 2008. Last season’s 7-6 final saw Augusta score in the fourth quarter for the come from behind victory.

Starring: The quarterbacks, senior Luke Meyers (Circle) and sophomore Hunter Anderson (Augusta) The two will be at the helm of two run dominate offense and they’ll see a majority of the runs. Will it be the senior who’s been leading the offense for a couple of seasons or will the sophomore who is playing in his second high school game ever?

The non-Butler County Game of the Week

Pratt at Halstead

Plot: I smell an upset brewing. The Greenbacks are 3A runner-ups but they dropped a surprising Week 1 game to really good Hoisington team (Hoisington is No. 2 in Class 1A according to KSPreps). However, Halstead has something brewing. They shutout Nickerson and they moved the ball with ease. We’ll see how if the Dragons can move the ball on the ground as easily as Hoisington did. Pratt with first year head coach Brent Hoelting, the two are still working out some kinks in the framework.

Starring: The three-headed Dragon: Harmer, Grider, Kraus for Halstead. Those three rushed for over 70 yards each in their win over Nickerson in Week 1. If they can produce something remotely similar for Week 2 against Pratt, we may see an entirely differnet outcome from last year’s 32-16 Pratt victory.

The pick: Halstead 20, Pratt 14. This isn’t your Pratt of the last few years. They have things to figure out and Halstead is a pretty good football team. Halstead will hit their rushing yards and may not even have to throw it like last week. While this isn’t going to be some blowout, I don’t know if Pratt can get stop a final drive if needed with how powerful the Halstead running game is.

The supporting cast

Andover Central at Goddard Eisenhower

This test for the Jaguars will come in a more of a defensive challenge than last week. Eisenhower can force turnovers and they’re going to be bigger on the front line. They’ll also test them through the air more than Augusta did. The big question is how does Andover Central’s secondary react and is the Jaguar’s offense for real.

The Pick: Andover Central 24, Goddard Eisenhower 14

El Dorado at Buhler

Buhler is for real. I mean… for real, for real. El Dorado’s offense had a bit of a struggle putting points across the board against an alright Independence team. They’ll have to find more consistency if they want to put points up against a stout Buhler defense. Sam Elliott will be the one El Dorado will have to key off. He ran for 146 yards in the 34-14 win over Newton last week.

The Pick: Buhler 32, El Dorado 8