Football’s back!

By Joanna Chadwick

Here we are, living during a global pandemic, and it has affected one of the most basic joys for many people in our country — Friday Night Football.

Some districts are on hold, others are delayed, still others canceled the fall sports seasons.

But tonight, many teams across Kansas will get the chance to play although, there won’t be many fans in the stands due to Covid and social distancing.

The anticipation remains, though.

The game of the night is no doubt Derby at Mill Valley. The Panthers are the two-time defending Class 6A champions and are led by quarterback Lem Wash. Mill Valley is the defending Class 5A champion and coached by Joel Applebee, the cousin and former assistant of Derby coach Brandon Clark.

Great Bend is also at Maize South.

Maize South senior Braden Niemann is intent on enjoying every aspect of this season.

“I’m hoping we can play the full season,” he said. “I want to be able to find success with my teammates in my last year playing high school football.”

 

Thursday’s results

Hays 19, Eisenhower 10

Stafford 50, Fairfield 0

Friday’s games

Abilene at Clay Center

Andale at Rose Hill

Andover at Maize

Andover Central at Newton

Argonia-Attica at Norwich

Ashland at Burrton

Belle Plaine at Independent

Beloit at Republic County

Buhler at Goddard

Caldwell at Oxford

Canton-Galva at Goessel

Cedar Vale-Dexter at Flinthills

Chase County at Moundridge

Circle at CHanute

Clearwater at Wellington

Conway Springs at Garden Plain

Cunningham at Rolla

Derby at Mill Valley

Douglass at Remington

Ell-Saline at Marion

Great Bend at Maize South

Halstead at Smoky Valley

Haven at Hesston

Campus at Salina Central

Hillsboro at Nickerson

Hutchinson at Valley Center

Hutchinson Central Christian at Pretty Prairie

Independence at El Dorado

Inman at Hutchinson Trinity

Junction City at Bishop Carroll

Kapaun at Dodge City

Kingman at Cheney

Little River at Peabody-Burns

Madison at Burlingame

Minneapolis at SE-Saline

Neodesha at Eureka

Pratt at Hoisington

Sacred Heart at Kinsley

Salina South at McPherson

South Barber at Pratt Skyline

South Haven at Central-Burden

Sterling at Sedgwick

Trinity Academy at Chaparral

West Elk at Udall

Wichita Collegiate at Mulvane

Winfield at Arkansas City