The Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail Division IV has six football teams.
Four are playing in Friday’s quarterfinals.
“That’s impressive, it really is,” Andale coach Gary O’Hair said.
Andale (10-0) will play at 7 p.m. at Concordia (8-2) in Class 4A-Division II, while Clearwater (4-6) plays host to Holcomb (9-1) at 6.
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In 4A-Division I, Mulvane (4-6) will play host to Topeka Hayden (9-1) at 7 on Friday. In 3A, Collegiate (10-1) will play at Scott City (11-0) at 4 p.m. Saturday.
“That obviously shows that our division is tough,” O’Hair said. “When we looked at our schedule last year, we started out with Buhler and McPherson, which aren’t in our division.
“Then we know Collegiate is going to be a battle, and then Clearwater, where Dirk has got his program going. And Mulvane has moved down into Division IV, and you know what (coach Dave) Fennewald is doing.”
The AV-CTL as a whole is once again showing out in the playoffs.
In Class 6A, Derby (9-1) will face Division I foe Hutchinson (6-4) in Friday’s quarterfinals. In 5A, Salina South (9-1, Division I) will play at Maize South (8-2, Division II). In 4A-Division I, Andover Central (6-4, Division II) will play at Buhler (8-2, Division III).
“Our first six games, I was about as frustrated as I’ve ever been in my career,” Hutchinson first-year coach Ryan Cornelsen said. “You’re playing good competition. The bad thing is, it’s great if we can get through healthy, but we didn’t.
“Our inexperienced players, though, are more prepared for the playoffs because of playing in this league. Other (teams) get up against tougher competition, and it’s a different level. We’ve seen this level game in and game out with this league.”