A win on Friday puts the Scott City Beavers in their rightful place, the state quarterfinals, where they have found themselves in nine of the previous 12 seasons.
It likely also would set up a quarterfinal matchup with fellow undefeated Andale in what could be viewed as a state title-worthy game.
But to get there, the Beavers (9-0) have to dispatch the Beloit Trojans (6-3) in Friday’s Class 3A state playoff game at O.L. Darner Field in Scott City. The Beavers decimated Beloit, 55-12, a month ago in Beloit.
And now the Trojans have to come to Scott City; though, head coach Jim Turner knows they still present challenges.
“They have some pretty physical kids upfront,” Turner said. “When we played a few weeks ago, we witnessed first-hand how physical they can be, so we’re going to have play really well. If we go out and play a really good game, we’ll be fine but with high school kids you never know what you’re going to get.”
Both teams began the postseason with shutouts — the Beavers blew out Nickerson, 38-0, while Beloit downed Hugoton, 28-0.
The Beavers got a big game from Brandon Winderlin on the ground, as he broke off several long runs for 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just five carries, while usual Scott City backfield horse Wyatt Hayes picked up 97 yards and two scores on 21 carries.
Beloit is led by senior running back Tate Ahlvers, who is averaging 5.7 yards per carry for 818 total yards and 14 touchdowns. He’s gone over 100 yards thrice this year.
The Trojans are averaging 31.8 points per game and allowing 19.9. Scott City, however, counters with an offense averaging 43.8 points per game and allowing a minuscule 6.7 with five shutouts.