'Hounds take on defending I-70 champs

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

SWEET SPRINGS -- It has not been an easy path for the Sweet Springs football team, but despite some ups and downs it is still in an enviable position as the season enters the stretch run.

The Greyhounds have made it halfway through the I-70 Conference schedule without a loss, but it gets tougher Friday when they host defending champion Crest Ridge.

The Cougars (2-4, 2-1 I-70) were hit hard by graduation, especially on offense. They have been held to 20 or fewer points four times, all losses. However, their two biggest losses were to larger schools and the defense still has some beef, especially junior linebacker Blayne McMillin.

Sweet Springs (3-3, 3-0) go into this contest in third place in the Class 1, District 5 standings with 31 points, only 2.8 points behind idle Slater, and in a strong position to host a first-round tournament game.

Lincoln at Santa Fe

ALMA -- Santa Fe is off to an historically poor start to its season, and it will either see its struggles continue or get a major lift Friday when it hosts eighth-ranked Lincoln.

While the Cardinals (5-1) may not possess the overall strength they displayed during their run to the Class 1 quarterfinals a year ago, they remain formidable -- averaging 177.2 yards rushing and 166.8 yards passing through six games, with the offense scoring 26 of their 30 touchdowns.

The Chiefs (0-6) are at the bottom of the District 5 list with 12.95 points, 2.87 points behind Harrisburg -- which plays No. 4 Fayette. The chance to move up is there for Santa Fe, but at this stage any win will do.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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