High School Sports

Class 2-1A championship preview

Pittsburg Colgan vs. Meade

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lewis Field at Fort Hays State University

Championships: Pittsburg Colgan, 1974, 1975, 1984, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003. Meade, 1972, 1980.

Pittsburg colgan (12-0)

Girard W, 34-0

Frontenac W, 54-0

SE-Cherokee W, 56-7

Galena W, 45-0

Jayhawk-Linn W, 59-0

Oswego W, 42-8

Humboldt W, 48-14

Lyndon W, 52-6

Olpe W, 28-21

Playoffs

Oskaloosa W, 40-6

St. Marys W, 27-7

Olpe W, 35-24

meade (11-1)

Canadian, Texas L, 36-6

Lakin W, 50-0

SW Heights W, 64-14

Cimarron W, 55-0

Stanton County W, 46-6

Syracuse W, 70-6

Santana W, forfeit

Elkhart W, 57-14

Sublette W, 61-7

Playoffs

Rawlins County W, 47-7

LaCrosse W, 44-12

Stanton County W, 44-26

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Pittsburg Colgan

QB Andy Farmer 5-11 180 Sr.

RB Zach Smith 5-11 180 Jr.

RB Christian Smith 5-11 180 Jr.

DL Daniel Humble 6-5 320 Sr.

DB Jordan Smith 6-0 170 Sr.

Meade

RB Jaden Friesen 5-11 190 Sr.

RB Kellan Hernandez 5-10 175 Sr.

RB Trevin Wiens 6-0 175 So.

LB Nick Borth 6-0 165 Jr.

DB Colton Little 5-7 150 Sr.

Notes

* The Smith twins, Zach and Christian, have combined for nearly 1,700 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns. Their brother, Jordan, leads the Panthers in tackles (69) and is second in interceptions (three).

* Despite being undefeated, Colgan has trailed three times this season, including its regular-season finale against Olpe, where it was down going into the fourth quarter.

* After making the championship game six straight seasons, this is the Panthers' first appearance since 2007.

* Aside from its opening loss in Texas, Meade's closest margin of victory was 18. The Buffaloes average margin of victory was 48 points.

* Meade doesn't use a quarterback, instead using three running backs in the single-wing offense. Friesen, Hernandez and Wiens all have rushed for more than 600 yards and they have combined for 42 touchdowns.

* This is the Buffaloes' third appearance in the championship game, and they won the previous two. Meade lost in the quarterfinals and semifinals the past two seasons.

Pittsburg Colgan coach Chuck Smith

"We're pretty much going to do the same thing we've done in the past and just take what they give us. We do have to make sure we don't let Meade just sit on the ball and control the clock. We have to run our formations and keep them guessing and get the lead."

Meade coach Scott Moshier

"The coaches, community and players have all bought in to what we are trying to do. We have a tight family and we all care about each other. I think good chemistry and unity will be an advantage for us against Colgan."

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