By BRETT MARSHALL
Homefield in the first round of the Kansas State High School football playoffs can be a big advantage.
That's what Scott City (9-0) and Ulysses (7-2) are counting on Tuesday night when the Beavers host Great West Activities Conference foe Goodland and Ulysses entertains former Mid-State Activities Association member Pratt in the opening bi-district round of the playoffs.
The Beavers, claimed their 3A district last Thursday with a resounding 54-6 victory over Cimarron while Ulysses won its 4A district at Hugoton with a convincing 50-14 triumph over the Eagles.
Scott City — finishing its second straight regular season unbeaten — has its sights set on a deep playoff run after reaching the quarterfinals each of the three previous seasons. Their game kicks off with the Cowboys at 7 p.m. at O.L. Darner Field.
Earlier in the regular season, the Beavers won 36-14 at Goodland. Then the Cowboys won four of their final five games, losing only to unbeaten Norton in the showdown for their district title.
The Tigers host the Greenbacks in a 7 p.m. game. Their lone setbacks came at the hands of 5A Liberal in their season opener and to the unbeaten Beavers.
Cimarron and Hugoton, the runners-up to Scott City and Ulysses, both travel on Tuesday night.
The Bluejays face Norton while Hugoton travels to Buhler. Buhler eliminated the Eagles in the second round of the 2009 state playoffs. Cimarron last played in the postseason 12 years ago.
Garden City's Buffaloes, by virtue of their runner-up finish to Dodge City in Class 6A District 8, will travel on Friday for a 7 p.m. game at Wichita Heights Stadium. Heights is unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in 6A.
In Class 2A, Stanton County earned a playoff spot for its Friday night regional game at Ellis. Meade hosts Atwood/Rawlins County, also on Friday.
A victory on Tuesday by Scott City would send the Beavers into a Saturday regional contest against the winner of the Smith Center-Sterling game while a Ulysses victory would likely provide them another home regional game on Saturday against the Concordia-Hesston winner.
There were no Eight-Man teams from The Telegram area who qualified for postseason play this season.