Two big Kaysinger Conference games and several games involving teams with a chance to move up or avoid moving down in district standings highlight week three of high school football.
Windsor at Tipton
Windsor enters week 3 with a 1-1 record, having beaten Sweet Springs to open the season before falling to Christ Prep of Lenexa, Kan. on Friday.
The Greyhounds now look to topple Tipton, something they have not done since Tony Braby’s arrival with the Cardinals 17 years ago. The Cardinals won last year’s meeting 49-6, won 53-0 in 2012, 43-0 in 2011 and 48-6 in 2010.
But this year’s Tipton team has struggled out of the gate, losing 40-0 at Lexington week 1 and 27-6 to North Callaway last week.
It is something of familiar territory for Tipton, who was also 0-2 last year heading into the Windsor game.
“We’re hoping that we’re a little bit healthier,” Braby said. “It seem like we gain one, two or three back and lose two or three.”
The Cardinals are missing starters in the defensive secondary, having lost a pair of starters against Lexington and seeing several newcomers to the varsity squad fill those roles.
Braby does like what he has seen on defense from his front seven, including the job it did limiting North Callaway’s rushing attack, though it will have to stay home to stop the Windsor rushing attack that uses a wide range of misdirection plays.
The biggest job for the Cardinals will be limited mistakes, something Braby said really hurt the team the past two weeks.
“We get down into the red zone and next thing you know we’re pushed back,” he said. “We’re having good runs, and then we’re brought back and losing yardage. All these mistakes can be corrected.”
In the current Class 1, District 4 standings, the Greyhounds sit No. 5 with Tipton No. 7. The Greyhounds, Cardinals and No. 6 Sacred Heart are separated by 5.5 points.
Lincoln at Osceola
Scoring more than 50 points in both games so far this season, the Lincoln Cardinals hope to continue that run with a Friday meeting with Osceola.
The non-conference game will have a bearing on the Class 1, District 4 standings, where Lincoln is currently third despite being 2-0 while No. 2 Skyline is 1-1. Osceola will help the Cardinals’ strength of schedule as they currently sit fourth.
Osceola comes in 1-1 following an eight-win regular season in 2013 and a trip to the semifinal. In the district playoffs last year, Osceola edged Skyline 24-20 and Midway 7-6. They had little trouble with Crest Ridge in the quarterfinal before losing in the semifinal to eventual state champion Valle Catholic.
To open this season, Osceola lost at Midway 28-22 before rebounding with a win in week 2.
Sacred Heart at Cole Camp
Two games into the season, Cole Camp has allowed a total of 20 points in wins over Warsaw and Skyline. Facing those same two teams in the first two games a year ago, the Bluebirds allowed 96 points.
Cole Camp goes into Saturday’s game looking for its second straight win against Sacred Heart.
Cole Camp won the 2013 meeting 57-35 and beat the Gremlins in the 2012 regular season 34-12 before losing to Sacred Heart in the playoffs.
Sacred Heart comes into the game 0-2 following losses to St. Paul and Lincoln to open the season.
Knob Noster at Summit Christian
Also on Saturday, the Knob Noster Panthers look for the first win of the Richard Villigram era. The Panthers opened the season with a 26-0 loss at home to Versailles before losing 14-6 to Lighthouse Christian last week.
Summit Christian is also 0-2 having lost those two games by a total of six points to Polo and Lone Jack.
Warsaw at Osage
Warsaw is looking to rebound from a 20-7 loss to Cole Camp last week. On Friday, the Wildcats will go up against 2-0 Osage, a team which handily beat Fulton week 1 before edging Moberly 35-34 last week.
“They’re 2-0 for a reason,” said Warsaw coach Paul Thomas. “They’ve beaten two good football teams in Fulton and Moberly, who are in the NCNC which I know a lot about. They are a well coached football team. They are very physical and very fast.”
Warsaw has scored more than 40 points in the last two meetings between the teams, but Osage has scored 50 or more points the last four times it has met Warsaw, winning all four games.
Through two games this season, the Wildcats have been hurt by penalties, seeing several big plays wiped out by yellow flags. Thomas is hoping is team will avoid those mistakes going forward.
“We’ve been focusing it on the whole time, but it hasn’t been sinking in right now,” Thomas said. “We’ll keep working on it, that’s for sure.”
Warsaw is No. 6 in Class 3, District 3, 13 points behind No. 5 St. James and 9.5 points ahead of No. 7 Springfield Catholic.
Sweet Springs at Concordia
Following losses to Windsor and St. Paul, the Greyhounds are still looking for the first win of the Kris Conley era, but that will be tough with a Friday trip to Concordia.
The Orioles come in 1-1, coming off a 48-12 win over Orrick.
Sweet Springs is No. 6 in the Class 1, District 6 standings, just two points ahead of Harrisburg.
California at Versailles
In what was a close game when the Pintos and Tigers met in 2010 and 2011, California won both times. It 2012, it was not so close, as California beat Versailles 63-12.
California comes into week 3 having yet to allow a point, beating Boonville 44-0 and Mexico 21-0 to rise to the top of Class 3, District 6. Versailles is No. 5 in the district.
Northwest at DeKalb
In eight-man football, Northwest will visit DeKalb following a week 1 loss to Southwest and a week 2 bye.
DeKalb comes in 0-2, having lost to Chilhowee 56-52 week 1 and Pattonsburg 26-20 week 2.