As district games begin, some big-time games are coming in the Pioneer League. For the past 2 seasons, everyone has been chasing Prairie View. The Buffaloes are on a 14 game conference winning streak, dating back to the end of the 2017 season.
Burlington is on fire
The Burlington Wildcats have been laying waste to league opponents. They have outscored Wellsville, Santa Fe Trail, and Osawatomie by a combined score of 147-36. These three are a combined 0-9 on the season. Braden Sloyer and Gavin Price have been running circles around defenses. Sloyer is the workhorse with 675 yards of total offense, and Price is the big playmaker, twice going 80 yards for touchdowns. Coach John Petrie has his confusing single-wing offense rolling again, scoring 13 times on the ground and 20 touchdowns overall.
Prairie View’s defense is suffocating
The Prairie View Buffaloes have been just as dominant, racing out to 101 unanswered points and outscoring Santa Fe Trail, Osawatomie, and Parsons 101-14. The Buffaloes opponent are a combined 1-8. With Coach Kyle Littrell calling plays, the offense is putting up big yards and points. Defensive Coordinator Will Shannon appears to have a juggernaut defense once again. The three-pronged rushing attack of Damien Kline, Otis Jacobs, and Bodi Isenhower may have gained another weapon, receiver Zach Theis, to open help open running lanes even wider. Kyle Waterman, Colton McCammon, and Bodi Isenhower lead the defense at each level.
Bulldogs have a big bite
Anderson County is also 3-0. The beat down Parson 42-14, squeaked by winless Wellsvile 22-21, and smacked Santa Fe Trail 48-10. In his second year, Logan Pegram has this program rolling behind the blocking of Josh Stifter, Dalton Kellerman, and Chaylin Peine. 6’3 225 Justin Stifter and electric Bo Dilliner are more than a handful in the backfield. Reining 1st team all-league back in 2019, Dilliner exploded in week 1 with 391 yards of total offense and 5 touchdowns. He followed that up with a game-opening 68 yard kick return for a td against Wellsville, and accounted for 5 more tds in week 3.
Burlington will travel to La Cygne to take on the Buffaloes in week 4. This looks to be a fantastic matchup. Anderson County will face Burlington on October 16, then Prairie View the next week.
Other district teams include Girard, Frontenac, and Iola. Girard holds a victory of Colgan, a respectable loss to undefeated Columbus, and 1 point defeat at the hands of Pratt in a last second matchup in week 2. Iola is 2-1 on the year, 34-0 against Osawatomie and 20-6 over Wellsville, sandwiched around a 25-20 loss to Parsons.
Frontenac’s defensive line has received plenty of hype after starting four sophomores last year, and three garnering all-state accolades. On the field, however, the Raiders are 1-2. They started out with a 19-point loss to Columbus, then a 34-14 defeat to Oklahoma 5A power Coweta, and finally got their first win, 28-7 over former conference rival St. Mary’s Colgan.