To call Conway Springs successful on the football field would be an understatement. The Cardinals are the defending 3A state champions, and are currently riding a 13-game winning streak which has them positioned as the #4 team in 3A, behind three other undefeated teams.
The last time they lost was in week 4 of last season. That loss came at the hands of Garden Plain. The last team to beat Conway Springs in the regular season besides Garden Plain? That would be the Cheney Cardinals in 2008.
Since that loss on September 5, 2008, Conway Springs has gone 33-2 in the regular season (with both losses to the Owls). In one of those beautiful twists of fate that makes you think the schedule-makers have a sense of humor, next on tap for Conway Springs is none-other than the Cheney Cardinals.
With both teams off to a 3-0 start, this is a game that will feature a lot of running, and a lot of passion from the fans. Whichever Cardinal team wins will be in the drivers seat for a league title.
Conway Springs may be the definition of football tradition, but on the other end of that spectrum is a team still trying to build a tradition.
In only its fourth year as a school, Maize South has slowly built a program that can compete at the highest level. Now the Mavericks have gone from the upstart to the class of AVCTL Div 2. A 3-0 start has the Mavs thinking league title, but standing in their way is the defending league champion Andover Central (2-1).
Maize South has used a stout defense to start their season, giving up a combined total of three points. That's not a typo, the Mav's gave up three points in their first game of the season, and have since pitched two shutouts.
The Jaguars of Central won their first game against Valley Center before getting dominated by Derby 48-0 in week 2. They bounced back against Goddard last week to get back above .500.
For Maize South, this could be a statement game against an Andover Central program that has been at the top of Division 2 for the past few years. Can the Mavs continue on their path to their first league title in school history?
U Pick 'Em will once again be the game to play this season. Everyone is invited to sign up and compete against the Eyewitness Sports team. Anyone who beats KWCH Sports Director Bruce Haertl in a given week will be eligible to win a prize, plus you can compete against your friends to see who is the king or queen of high school football.
A new addition to the line-up this season is the Catch It Kansas Tailgate Party. The Crew from KSCW and Bruce Haertl will be at a different game each week, and will be live in newscasts at 4:00, 5:00 & 6:00. If you're going to be at the game in Hutchinson this week, be sure to come early for the chance to win prizes and eat a brat to support the Salthawk booster club.
CatchItKansas.com and KWCH 12 Eyewitness Sports will be across the state on Friday, bringing the most complete coverage of high school football in the state of Kansas. Below are all the game you can expect coverage from on KWCH 12 Eyewitness Sports, and the Catch It Kansas Show on KSCW 33, Cable 5 at 11:00 pm on Friday night.