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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Butler and Drexel Remain Undefeated

Local Sports Roundup by Cameron Hook

Football season came winding down last week. With the regular season coming to a close, we will be going over the scores from quite a few local teams, and looking at how each finished their season. So without further ado, let us take a look at the Sports Round-Up.

As we did last week, we will start by looking at the hometown Butler Bears. The Bears have been incredibly successful all year. As a matter of fact, one could say they were as successful as possible, because they finished the season undefeated! That is right, your Butler Bears capped off the regular season with a win at home Friday night against Lone Jack. In what was a one-sided affair, the Bears ended their perfect regular season with a 53-6. Expect this squad to be heading into the Class 2 State Tournament with a killer mentality and a head full of steam.

Now it would be doing this next team a disservice to wait any longer to talk about their big win. The Drexel Bobcats who finished last season as District Champions, finished the regular season undefeated. They were unable to do so last season as they started the year off with a Forfeit Loss according to the MSHSAA website. This season Drexel started with a clean slate and took advantage of it, finishing 8-0. Now this team will be looking to not only repeat as District Champs, but they look to go even further. After beating St. Paul Lutheran 80-26, the Bobcats have to be brimming with confidence. Now just like every other football team they will be taking it one week at a time, but you have to think that each week they should be going into their matchup knowing that they can win. This is a spectacular 8-man team that just needs to stay focused and disciplined, if they can manage that, Coach Dean should be looking at nothing but more success with the Bobcats.

On the topic of 8-man, would it really be a local Sports Round-Up if the Whirlwinds were not covered? Archie traveled to Concordia for last week’s game and left with smiles on their faces. Archie came out on top with a final score of 84-42. It might have been nothing but offense, but the Whirlwinds finish the season 8-1. Now they shift their focus to their  next game, which will be against Appleton City. Archie will host the Bulldogs on November 5th in their first game of the postseason. The last time these two squads faced off on the gridiron it was Archie who reigned victorious. Can Archie repeat their 60-8 win over Appleton or will the Bulldogs play spoiler on the Whirlwinds already impressive season?

For the game that many fans could not wait for, Adrian won on the road against Wellington-Napoleon. The Blackhawks got the win in a 41-15 outing. This is their fourth straight win, one that came on the back of some solid defensive play. Adrian gives up 17 points per game on average, but on Friday night they managed to keep the Tigers underneath that average. Adrian, who finished the regular season at 7-2 now must prepare for the Cass Midway Vikings who they play this Friday at home. Last week Adrain took care of Midway in a dominant win, can they repeat their success or will the Vikings be able to learn from their previous mistakes against the Blackhawks?

Let us talk about Kansas for a moment. Now they might have nice roads and bad college football teams, but we are taught to love our neighbors. So it is time to look at a good Kansas football team, and since that automatically disqualifies KU, it must be the Prairie View Buffaloes right? Right. The Buffaloes came away with a very nice victory over the Anderson County Bulldogs. The final score of this matchup was 35-7. The Buffaloes move to 6-2 on the season, and begin practice this week preparing to face off against the Parsons Vikings who happen to have the same record. The game is in Parsons and with the two teams being so evenly matched on paper, you can expect it to be entertaining for all.

For the last bit of 8-man news this week, Rich Hill defended their home turf this week as they held off the visiting Liberal Bulldogs, 46-12. The Tigers should be glad they ended the season on such a high note as there have not been too many of those this year. Both teams finish the regular season at 4-5. Now, Rich Hill will get their shot at redemption, as their next game is against a Jasper team that beat them earlier in the year. Can Rich Hill pull off the revenge game or will they fall short to the Eagles on the road? We will not be getting the answer to that question until November 5th when the Tigers go on the road.

For the Sports Round-Up Game of the Week, the Butler Bears have been chosen. While this seems like a bit of a cop out as the Bears first postseason game is still undecided, (according to the MSHSAA website,) it cannot go without saying how electric Butler is this year. Regardless of who they play, the undefeated Bears are a team you do not want to miss. Bears photo courtesy of Butler High School.