Chiefs looking for home field in district
Santa Fe (6-2) at Forsyth (3-5)
ALMA -- The Santa Fe football team is in prime position to wrap up a home contest in the upcoming Class 1, District 6 Tournament.
The Chiefs are already in that spot fourth place in the standings, but trail third seed Westran by only .25 points. The Hornets have to play 2-6 Paris in a Lewis and Clark Conference showdown Friday. A narrow Westran win, or an unexpected loss to the Coyotes, could put Santa Fe in that slot if it can win at Forsyth.
It's a hard contest to call, since the Panthers are in their first full varsity season of football after inaugurating a grid program in 2014 and playing a JV schedule since. Led by junior wideout-turned-quarterback Dawson Deroo, Forsyth has won three games against foes whose combined record is 1-23, while losing five games to opponents with a cumulative 25-2 mark.
Sweet Springs (3-5, 3-3) at Wellington-Napoleon (6-2, 5-1)
SWEET SPRINGS -- The final I-70 Conference game of the season pits a Sweet Springs squad that was hoping to contend against the defending champions.
Wellington-Napoleon, which hosts Friday's contest, was prevented from achieving a repeat title by unbeaten Crest Ridge with a 24-16 four-overtime loss Sept. 15. That doesn't mean the Tigers aren't formidable, with senior Trey Shannon running the offense at quarterback and senior Jordon Hill providing breakaway potential out of the backfield.
Win or lose, the Greyhounds will likely end up as the fifth seed in the District 6 race, trailing No. 4 Santa Fe by 11.55 points and 2.9 points ahead of sixth-place Harrisburg -- which has to contend with undefeated, second-ranked Marceline, in its regular season finale.
Slater (2-6) at Orrick (2-6)
SLATER -- On paper, it looks like an even match-up Friday at Slater. That appeared to be the case a year ago, too, but the Wildcats were beaten during their non-conference clash at Orrick, 60-22.
Both teams appear slightly better than a year ago, even if the record doesn't reflect much change. The Bearcats avenged a loss from the previous season by beating Sweet Springs for first time in many years, also giving Concordia and Santa Fe tough tussles.
The Wildcats are coming off back-to-back losses to strong Kaysinger Conference squads, No. 5 Lincoln and once-beaten Windsor.
Thankfully for the Purple, despite losing freshman quarterback Keegan Zdybel, senior Keshawn White has experience at that spot.
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