Conway Springs Cardinals continue to roll, Cheney up next
The wing-T juggernaut from Conway Springs High is also 3-0 after a Friday night 64 to 6 thrashing of Wichita Independent. Next up for the Cardinals is Cheney High, coming off their only loss so far this season. That to Trinity Academy, who Conway Springs visits in two weeks. Then comes Garden Plain, also undefeated at this point. Coach Matt Biehler knows the obvious. “We don’t look past Cheney but these next three weeks are important,” Biehler said. Conway Springs returned only six starters from a year ago, losing to Garden Plain in the 3A playoffs. “This team came to work from the beginning with a great attitude,” said Biehler.
“They’ve bought into what we’re trying to do and have proven themselves to be winners.” Wingback Luke Fisher led the way against Wichita with 84 yards and 2 TD’s. Travis Wood ran for two scores and Dakota Finsted passed for two TD’s and caught an 81 yard pass for a TD. That’s life in the wing-T.
It certainly helps the machine run when the team sports offensive lineman the size Conway Springs has. “We have guys that weigh in at 275lbs, 260 and 250lbs.” said Biehler. And a name that certainly fans of Conway Springs are aware of still dots the lineup. Ben Pauly scored a TD last Friday and and the Paulys’ are represented in the Fisher household as Luke Fisher’s mother is from the Pauly family. Also, an event that many people wondered would ever occur has actually done so at the junior varstity level the last two years. Wellington JV and Conway Springs JV have met on the football field.
Wellington won the match last season while the Cardinals won a close contest last Monday with a last second interception return. No word on whether the varsities will meet in the future.
Caldwell takes on defending champ
Sporting a 2-1 record and coming off a 54 to 8 victory at Cunningham last Friday, the Bluejays will travel to Hope KS. to take on the defending 8-man II state champion B&B High of Baileyville.
It’s a tall order for Caldwell as the injury bug has bit the Bluejays several times so far in the young season. “We’ve lost six starters since the opening game, including our starting quarterback two weeks ago” head coach Sean Blosser said.
“Our young kids have had to step up and do the job and deal with the adversity.” At this, freshman QB Colten Ward has thus far been quite successful. Against Cunningham Ward passed for two touchdowns and rushed for 95 yards and an additional TD.
Page 2 of 2 - Running back Trent Kendrick rushed for 3 TD’s and Kellen Schmidt ran for one and caught one. “We have a bunch of kids who are working hard and dealing with the bad cards they’ve been dealt so far.” said Blosser. “I know they won’t quit.”
South Haven Cardinals keep rolling, ready for West Elk
David Hughes has been producing winning football teams and has known success at South Haven for several years now and at 3-0 his 2013 Cardinals are adding to the resume. With last Friday’s 50 to 12 win against Cedarvale in the books. Hughes takes his squad to West Elk High in a matchup of undefeated teams.
“We’ve got our hands full with the upcoming games starting with West Elk.” said Hughes.
“Every game will be a big test.” Hughes has had to shuffle his lineup a bit in the early season. JT Yunker, a standout running back who racked up 82 yards and scored twice against Cedarvale is now being asked to play linebacker also.
At 6’1 200lbs Yunker presents a forminable defensive presence. Also, an interesting move puts quarterback Anthony Hawkins at defensive end along with Richie Goble, manning the other DE. “Our defense is a question mark and a work in progress, “ said Hughes.
“We’re starting two sophomores and a freshman in the defensive backfield so by moving those experienced players up to the first line of defense I think it helps our team.” On the other hand Hughes is happy with the offensive production to date. “The offensive line has done a great job and Hawkins at quarterback is a smart player who understands the game,” said Hughes. “Parker Ray has played well at fullback.” Hughes is allowing his underclassmen to gain valuable experience also. “Friday night the varsity offense took four series off and the defense three.” Hughes said. A recipe for continued success in the Hughes era it would seem.
Wichita Collegiate at Wellington
Oxford hosts Udall
Cunningham at Attica-Argonia
Blue Stem at Belle Plaine
El Dorado at Mulvane