Conway Springs had not much more than a workout in its opener last week, beating Bluestem 62-0. The team will have a much tougher road this week when it hosts Caney Valley, a 21-0 winner over Girard.
Both teams are ranked in the top 10 in Class 3A, and Conway Springs gave Caney Valley one of its two losses last year.
Conway Springs coach Matt Biehler was happy with what he saw in the opener, but expects a harder game this week.
"They are a lot like us. They are well coached and play well," he said.
Conway Springs had a great speed advantage last week, but this week that should be neutralized as both teams have plenty of speed.
But the opener was a good way to get ready to play a quality team. Biehler thought his team would have a good offensive line, with a lot of returning starters, and he was not disappointed there. Conway Springs dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, which made big holes for its running backs to go through.
Running back Travis Wood ran for 231 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns and averaged 17 yards per carry. He scored on a 82-yard run in the second quarter, and his other score came on the first drive from two yards out.
Dakota Finstad ran for 128 yards on eight carries and scored on a 48-yard run. He also returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown. The starters played only a couple of plays in the second half and the Cardinals were up 50-0 at the half. The clock ran continuously in the second half.
Ben Pauly scored twice and had 37 yards rushing. Luke Fisher and Alec Stanley also had rushing touchdowns.
Conway Springs had 553 yards rushing and 17 yards passing. The team averaged 12 yards per play. Bluestem was held to 35 yards of total offense and averaged just under one yard per play.
Biehler said he had several players playing in new positions, and he was happy with the way they adjusted.
"They did a good job of understanding what their assignments were and what they were supposed to do," he said.
The Conway Springs defense also stifled the Bluestem passing offense. Biehler said he was pleased with how the defensive line got pressure.