EL DORADO – Area high school football teams hit the field tonight for week two of the season, and close to home, the El Dorado Wildcats and the Circle Thunderbirds look to rebound from harsh losses in their openers last week.
EL DORADO @ WELLINGTON
Location: Wellington High School
Radio: KLEY 1130 AM/100.3 FM
The El Dorado Wildcats were humbled at Mulvane in their season opener, but look to bounce back tonight with a week two win against the Wellington Crusaders. The Cats will be on the road this evening, with a kickoff at Wellington at 7:00 PM. The Crusaders are back in the friendly confines of their home field after an opening week win over Clearwater. One advantage for the Indians is that this will be their first home game, and can expect a good crowd for the first game of the year on their own field.
The Crusaders are under the direction of second-year head coach Zane Aguilar, who played for Wellington High School as a student-athlete. The 2017 campaign is one that Wellington fans are hoping will be a turnaround year, having gone winless last season including a 34-18 loss to the Wildcats. That game would go on to represent one of El Dorado’s three wins on the season.
CIRCLE @ WINFIELD
Location: Winfield High School
Radio: KSOK 95.9 FM (Click Here To Watch Live Video)
Like their colleagues in El Dorado, the Circle Thunderbirds have yet to score a point in the 2017 season. But they’ll also look to change that tonight with a road trip to Winfield, a team that also lost its season opener last week 39-13 at the hands of the Augusta Orioles.
While they haven’t had a touchdown this season, Circle hopes to get their second win in a row over the Vikings. The Thunderbirds won that matchup at home last year in a game that stretched into Saturday because of inclement weather. That 2016 win had represented Circle’s first win in four years.
Coach Logan Clothier told ElDoradoLeader.Com after last Friday’s that his team was headed back to the basics in practice this week.
“I think we’re trying to do too much,” Clothier said. “We’re trying to overthink. Instead of trusting the guy next to us to do his job, we’re thinking about our job and his. We need to understand our roles and do them to the best of our ability by following our fundamentals.”
AUGUSTA @ CLEARWATER
Location: Clearwater High School
The Augusta Orioles are looking to capitalize on week one’s win over Winfield, and have a solid chance to go 2-0 with a trip to Clearwater tonight. As mentioned earlier, the Orioles made an early statement that they were not to be trifled with when they went ahead of the Vikings 18-0 in the first half, not allowing a Winfield point on the board until the third quarter of play. The Orioles have a weapon in quarterback Chance Whitehead, who rushed for 111 yards and passed for 150 on the night.
Clearwater is at home after their week one loss to Wellington, who surprised the Indians after going winless in the 2016 season. The Orioles will be up against a home crowd for Clearwater, but that certainly didn’t stop the Crusaders in last week’s action.
ANDOVER CENTRAL @ BUHLER
Location: Buhler High School
Radio: KWHK 95.9 FM (Click Here To Listen Live)
For Andover Central fans, that trip to the 2015 Class 4A-Division 1 state championship seems like a lifetime ago, but the Jaguars are hopeful they can notch their first win tonight on the road at Buhler.
It was a heartbreaking loss last week at District Stadium, as Central came back from a 21-7 deficit to give the Indians all they could handle in the third and fourth quarters, losing 28-21. Now, they’ll set their sites on the Crusaders who are equally frustrated after losing their season opener to rival McPherson 33-21.
With two 0-1 teams hitting the field, and two teams that held their own against perennial powerhouses in week one, it should be a great game to watch later this evening.
ANDOVER VS. KAPAUN-MT. CARMEL
Location: Cessna Stadium, Wichita State University
The Andover Trojans haven’t played a down in their home stadium yet, but that hasn’t bothered them a bit as they head in tonight’s game against Kapaun-Mt. Carmel 1-0 after beating Salina Central on the road last week. Andover made quick work of their opponents making it two years in a row that they have had no problem in their season opener.
Kapaun is also coming off of an equally impressive win over Wichita Southeast destroying their week one opponent 57-6. Both ball clubs are cognizant of the last meeting, which lasted two days because of rain and lightning. Andover had gone ahead 21-3 at one point in the game, which was called in the middle of the first quarter as a thunderstorm moved through. The Trojans would hang on to win 21-18.
ROSE HILL @ MULVANE
Location: Mulvane High School
The Rose Hill Rockets are still looking for a touchdown this year, after being shut out by Wichita Collegiate 42-0 in their week one home opener. The Rockets travel to a Mulvane team, who as mentioned earlier took a win over El Dorado at BG Products Stadium last week.