By KARL YOUNKMAN
The Wellington Daily News
Next up for Conway Springs is a huge matchup against Trinity, coming off a 47-26 win over previously undefeated Garden Plain Friday night.
Trinity boasts running back Tyler Burns, who scored 6 touchdowns and rushed for 379 yards against Garden Plain. "As a coaching staff, we don't feel that Trinity has a weakness," said coach Matt Biehler. "And on top of that we are going into Trinity to play an undefeated team in a brand new stadium. Trinity is sound across the board and we know they'll be ready for us." Still, coach Biehler likes his team's chances.
"Our kids are focused and the practice weeks have been great and better every week," said Biehler.
"The practices have matched the intensity of the games and I think that's important."
The early game intensity will again have to be on display in Wichita next Friday night.
Conway Springs head coach Matt Biehler talked to his players before the game against Cheney High last Friday night to remind them just how good of a football team Cheney was.
"Coming off just a 7-0 loss to Trinity I wanted to make sure they knew how important it was to get off to a good start," said Biehler. Coach Biehlers's players took heed as they ran off 21 first quarter points while holding Cheney scoreless. Speedster Dakota Finstad provided the early spark for the Cardinals, scoring twice from 43 yards and 78 yards.
Bryce Davis was good on the extra points as he was on all five of his attempts for the night. Travis Wood barreled in from three yards out for the other first quarter TD. Finstad was the difference maker Friday night. "Our first four games Dakota has played really well. " coach Biehler said. "He has had some big games and he has that extra gear that kicks in when he's out in the open." The single wing attack that is Conway Springs keeps the plays coming from all directions.
"If the defense takes away someone there is usually another option available. " said Biehler. "Travis Wood really ground up the yardage for us also." The Cardinals controlled the clock the entire first half, eating up yardage with some 21 snaps.
Defensively, the Cardinals dominated with their physicality. "We have 44 kids on the roster." Said Biehler." And with 22 to 24 kids playing regularly we can stay fresh throughout the game. And we are conditioned very well." On defense Luke Fisher and Alec Stanley led the way in tackling against Cheney with Wood also getting several stops. The highlight though was Finsted, who intercepted Cheney's Tyler Amsink in the third quarter and returned the ball 30 yards for a score. "That was a great play on the ball, again using his speed." Said Biehler.
Page 2 of 2 - Finsted later capped off the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 5 yard run. For the night Dakota amassed 154 rushing yards with Wood gaining 113 and Fisher 66 yards. The Cardinals only threw one pass for the game, an Alec Stanley completion for 29 yards.