What Steve said: Steve Bubalo 10/8
By Steve Bubalo PrepsKC Senior Writer
During my time at PrepsKC, I’ve kind of considered myself the Beat Writer for the small schools. Sure, I’ve covered some fantastic Class 5 and Class 6 games, but there’s just something different about going to those Class 1, 2 and 3 contests, and I’ve gotten the chance to cover my fair share.
The field is still grass. It feels like the entire community is at the game, and at some places, the entire community even goes on the field for the postgame huddle with the team. Everyone seems to know each other.
I’ll get back into that atmosphere this Friday night and I except to see a really good football game between Lafayette County and Lexington.
The game makes me remember back to Week 4 when I went to Lexington to watch the Minutemen play rival Wellington-Napoleon.
At the time, both teams were 3-0 and the Tigers were ranked in Class 1, while the Minutemen were in search of some respect. They ended up earning it that night with a dominating 37-0 victory.
And during the game, on the Lexington sideline, people were talking about how fellow conference foe Lafayette County was faring that night. Were they winning? What was the score at halftime?
It was like they knew the two teams were on a collision course for each other in Week 8, and that appears to be the case. Both teams come in at 7-0 with a spot in the state rankings - Lafayette County at No. 3 and Lexington at No. 10.
For the Huskers, this is nothing new. They’ve been a mainstay in the state rankings for the past several years, including reaching the title game back in 2011. In the last three years, they’ve gone undefeated in the regular season, including three very lopsided wins against the Minutemen.
Lexington, on the other hand, has been in search of respect all season. They finally cracked the rankings a few weeks ago and for good reason. They’ve shut out five of their seven opponents and aside from allowing 19 points in the second half of a 20-19 win over Trenton in Week 2, the defense has allowed seven points all year.
Seven. In 26 quarters. That’s good.
And that makes the matchup with the Huskers even more interesting. They’ve scored 40+ points every game this season, reaching the 60’s on three occasions.
Something has to give.
I was very impressed with the Lexington defense back in Week 4 and I can only imagine they’ve gotten better since then. They were fast and athletic. They swarmed to the ball and overwhelmed Wellington-Napoleon at times.
Lafayette County figures to be a different beast. I only saw the Huskers at their Jamboree this year, but if past years are any indication, they figure to have several athletic players at the skill positions. Lexington will get a chance to prove just how good that defense is.
After that win over Wellington-Napoleon back in Week 4, Lexington running back Warren Sheppard pointed out the programs ascension over the last several years.
Looking back, the program won eight games combined from 2011-2013. They finished 6-4 a season ago. After that particular win over the Tigers, they were 4-0, and Sheppard said, “We’re on track to be greater.”
I look forward to seeing just how great Friday night.
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