Long Time rivals
Nothing is taken for granted when rivals meet. The Prairie View Buffaloes and Osawatomie Trojans have repeatedly knocked each other out of playoff contention over the years. Since the start of 2018, Prairie View is 19-3 and Osawatomie is 2-18, but records go out the window. Upsets are common place.
Prairie View and Osawatomie have met every season since 1994, and 43 times in all. The Trojans have the advantage all-time with 26 wins compared to 17 for the Buffaloes. Prairie View has been dominate lately, winning the past 3 games by an average score of 45-8. After 3 straight playoff runs from 2014-2016, Osawatomie has fallen on hard times. They’ve won just 4 games since then while Prairie View has made playoff runs each of the past 3 seasons.
Prairie View has continued its winning ways, posting a 13-0 shutout victory over a tough Santa Fe Trail squad. The Cerberus-like attack of Otis Jacobs, Damien Kline, and Bodi Isenhower evenly contributed to the offense’s 140 rushing yards. The defense forced turnovers and bent a little, but never broke. Osawatomie was defeated 34-0 by Iola on opening weekend. They held tough in the first half, going in down 6-0, but the Mustangs exploded out of the gates in the 3rd quarter with 22 points, and 6 more in the 4th quarter.
This is head coach Kyle Littrell’s 4th season at Prairie View and Rod Madden’s 8th season in his second stint as Osawatomie head coach. Littrell has racked up 23 wins to just 7 losses at PV, while Madden has recorded 24 wins and 48 losses in his second tenure. The Buffaloes run an I-formation offense and a 4-3 defense. The Trojans employ an Ace formation on offense, and 4-4 base defense.
What to keep an eye on
Players to watch for Prairie View include QB Damien Kline on offense and LB Colton McCammon on defense. Kline was the third-leading rusher last season, started in the defensive backfield at safety, and was All-League Kicker. He scored all of Prairie View’s points against Santa Fe Trail. McCammon led the team in tackles last week, and was 2nd-Team All-League both as a linebacker and on the offensive line last year as a sophomore.
Players to keep an eye on for the Trojans are RB Sutter Conrad and Kaden Fields, a monster in the middle of the defense. As a freshman, Conrad was a member of the 4×100 relay team that qualified for state in 2019. He now weighs close to 200 pounds with speed to boot. At 6’5 and 285 pounds, Fields led the team in tackles, sacks, and interceptions last season and was All-League on both sides of the ball.