In a match-up of Class 3A non-league foes, The Telegram's No. 1-ranked team Scott City host Lakin at 7:30 p.m.
Last year, the Beavers got a late touchdown on an interception to slip past the Broncs 27-20. That victory seemed to propel them to a 10-2 season record, advancing to the 3A state quarterfinals before losing a heartbreaking 20-17 contest to Garden Plain. Lakin, meanwhile, had a roller-coaster season, going 5-5 and losing 21-0 to Norton in its 3A first-round playoff game.
"We know we've got our hands full at Scott City," Lakin coach Ken Waechter said. "They're loaded, they've got great kids and I expect to get their best effort. We're just going to see how well we can handle being on the road and playing against a quality opponent."
His counterpart at Scott City, Glenn O'Neil, will be seeing how his 2009 edition comes out with a new quarterback — junior Ron Baker — taking over the reins for the Beaver offense after last year's starter, Dillon Stucky, tore his anterior cruciate ligament last Friday in the Beavers' preseason scrimmage. He's sidelined at least three to four weeks and then will be re-evaluated to see if he can go at midseason.
Baker, meanwhile, has past experience at quarterback and participated in 7-on-7 summer drills as the projected backup to Stucky.
"We're confident in Ron and the biggest thing is that Dillon's injury hurts our depth," O'Neil said. "Still, I like our team and this group has been working very hard and are motivated. We expect Lakin to be prepared and play a great game. They always do."