There is no secret to Chaparral's success on the football field. Coach Justin Burke has relied on linemen Sione Siale, Jordan Deterich and Clay Wilcox to anchor his 3-4 defense, giving his linebackers and safeties free reign over opposing backs.
Chaparral (5-1, 4-1 Central Kansas League) is allowing 14.3 points per game and managed to slow down the ground attack of run-heavy school Wichita Trinity in a 22-21 overtime victory Sept. 1.
"Coach Taylor Zeka is calling some pretty good defense," Burke said. "We work together in getting a game plan in. Our defensive line probably makes everything tick. We've got a stud nose guard in Sione Siale. He's been able to bring a lot to our team."
The Roadrunners contained Trinity's rushing duo of Morgan Burns and Austin Kessinger to 195 yards. Burke pointed out the size of his defensive line with almost a sense of pride.
"Siale is 6-1 and 243 pounds. He's got some speed for a big guy," Burke said. "Deterich is about 6-foot and 215 pounds, and Clay Wilcox is 6-1, 280. So we've got some big guys."
Siale is also the team's leading rusher. He's been able to consistently move the ball for Chaparral, averaging 8.1 yards per carry and 114 yards per game.
Chaparral, 2-7 last season, is 5-1 heading into its district opener against Kingman.
Nally turning Goddard around — Goddard is 3-3 heading into districts, as coach Charlie Nally took over and implemented a system that worked for him 19 years at Parsons.
"The kids have come out and shown that they want to improve and they want to get better. We don't compare the past," Nally said. "We don't even bring it up. I'm just doing what I've always done as a head coach. I've been very honest with the players and the players have been honest with me."
Nally has been running a triple-option offense that has allowed running backs Dawson Elliott and Caleb Bryant to lead the Lions. Elliott leads the Lions in carries (81) and rushing yards (493).
"We've made some changes because of the personnel that we have," Nally said. "A lot of times you don't know your personnel until about (the) second game, and then you can make the adjustment you need on offense and defense to fit the guys that you have."
League champs — Buhler wrapped up Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail Division III last week with a win at Augusta. Buhler is 5-0 in league.
McPherson (5-1, 4-0 AV-CTL II) can wrap up the league tonight with a win over winless Valley Center.
Hutchinson won AV-CTL I last week with its win at Maize.
In Division IV, Andale (5-1, 4-0) has one remaining league game, against Maize South on Oct. 28. Collegiate finished its division schedule 4-1.
In the Central Plains League, Conway Springs is 6-0 with games remaining against Medicine Lodge and Chaparral. Garden Plain and Chaparral, both with one league loss, have no remaining league games.