The Kings attack with their wing-T offense. Gabe Welch leads the way with 826 yards and nine touchdowns on 108 carries. Brendan McGehee has added 483 yards and eight TDs on 62 carries, and Payton Young enters Week 9 with 455 yards and three TDs on 67 totes.
Western counters with an option attack that has imposed its will on opponents in recent weeks, led by Ben Lenahan, who enters the week with 774 yards and seven TDs on 112 carries, and running mate Ryan Alexander, who has 617 yards and nine TDs on 113 carries.
“It seems like the last couple weeks we’ve seen a Western team that is very physical, does a very good job of playing ball control, controlling the line of scrimmage and playing very good defense,” Cass coach Scott Mannering said. “That’s the way we want to play. It’s going to be a tough matchup and a big challenge. I look at what they did to Hamilton Heights and I think they served notice that they’re a very talented, well-coached team that plays very hard. That’s a concern for us. For us, we’re going to have to play our best game of the year to compete with them, and that’s what we’re looking to do.”
Western has won two of the last three matchups in the series, with Cass squeaking out a 21-20 victory in Walton last season.
Tri-County (3-5, 2-4 MWC) at Caston (2-6, 2-4 MWC)
The game is a battle for fifth place in the conference standings.
The two teams will meet again in Fulton next week to open sectional play. Comet coach Chris Ulerick said his team will go all out for the win this week.
“I don’t think there’s a reason to hold back for a sectional win,” he said. “With our kids just getting a win is important. That’s where we are. We’re going to play hard and we’re going to do what we’ve got to do to win a football game.”