Varsity Football

Class 2-1A championship preview

SMITH CENTER

VS. CENTRALIA

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lewis Stadium, Hays

Championships: Smith Center, 1982, 1986, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008; Centralia, none

SMITH CENTER (12-0)

Plainville W,59-0

WaKeeney W,59-0

Norton W,20-14

Phillipsburg W,14-12

Ellis W,16-10

Colby W,24-12

Washington County W,62-7

Osborne W,47-7

Playoffs

Plainville W,54-0

Minneapolis W,63-17

Meade W,10-0

Oakley W,33-20

CENTRALIA (12-1)Silver Lake L,27-7

Onaga W,48-0

Valley Heights W,42-14

Jackson Heights W,56-0

Solomon W,70-6

Washington County W,59-6

Troy W,52-0

Wathena W,52-14

Doniphan West W,46-14

Playoffs

Lyndon W,70-17

Valley Heights W,44-0

Pittsburg Colgan W,26-14

St. Marys W,34-28

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Smith Center

RB Colt Rogers 5-5 155 Sr.

RB Matt Atwood 6-1 190 Sr.

QB Shawn Stansbury 6-0 155 Sr.

TE Dillon Corbett 6-3 215 Sr.

LB Logan Tuxhorn 6-0 215 Sr.

DT Kelly Wiig 6-0 220 Sr.

Centralia

QB Tyler Glatczak 5-11 180 Sr.

RB Philip Steinlage 5-10 165 Sr.

RB Tyler Gleason 6-0 215 Sr.

WR Michael Glatczak 5-11 165 So.

WR Kaylor Talkington 5-10 180 Jr.

DE Rodney Steinlage 6-2 200 Sr.

NOTES

„øSmith Center has won 79 consecutive games and Saturday goes for a sixth straight state title, which hasn’t been done in Kansas. (Hutchinson tries for No. 6 today in the 5A game.)

„øCentralia is making its third appearance in the 2-1A championship game, losing in the 1985 final to Victoria and in 1997 to Claflin.

„øThe Redmen’s last playoff loss was 21-6 to Hesston in 2003.

„øIt’s a family thing for Centralia: Glatczak’s sons, Tyler and Michael, are the Panthers’ quarterback and wide receiver. Tyler is a dual threat, rushing for more than 1,000 yards and passing for 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns.

„øSmith Center has marched through the playoffs undefeated since returning to the 2-1A ranks in 2004. It has outscored four playoff opponents this year by a 160-37 score. In last year’s march to the title, Smith Center outscored five opponents 275-67.

„øThe Redmen have averaged 314 rushing yards in their last two games and wear down opponents with a bruising running attack led by Rogers, who has gained 656 yards in four playoff games. Rogers rushed for 251 yards and three touchdowns last week against Oakley, including a 79-yard scoring run.

Smith Center coach Roger Barta

“Every (Smith Center) team is different; it’s just their turn. (Centralia) has two sons of the coach on offense,

and they must have played a lot together in their backyard growing up. (As for Saturday’s game plan) We just do what we do — run the football.”

Centralia coach Larry Glatczak

“I expect a good, physical football game. Both teams match up real well. It’s one game.æ.æ.æ. All we have control over Saturday is that one game.”

— Lionel Tipton

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