“It was pretty exciting. The crowd went wild. The guys dumped the Gatorade bucket on me,” Kellar said after EBF (4-2, 2-2) moved into a third-place tie with West Branch, half-a-game ahead of S-K (4-2, 1-2) heading into tonight’s pivotal game with the Savage Cobras. “I told the guys after the game that we still hold our playoff future in our hands. We can still win out and make it, but so can Sigourney-Keota. It’s going to be a big game.”
Top-ten battles are not only limited to the Regina-Wilton clash in 1A, District 6. One area team will be involved in another as the eighth-ranked Pekin Panthers hit the road to kick off a three-team, three-week battle for the Class A, District 6 crown.
No. 8 Pekin (5-1, 4-0) will face off with No. 6 Montezuma (6-0, 4-0) tonight, bringing Panther head coach Joe Donovan back to the field where he once stood on the other sideline in similarly big games against Pekin as Braves head coach. The Panthers face its biggest game in Montezuma since the Panthers last postseason win, 37-28, over Donovan’s Monte squad in 2002.
Pekin and Montezuma enter the seventh week of the prep football season tied atop the district with second-ranked BGM. Next Friday, the Braves will take on the Bears while Pekin plays winless Southeast Warren before the Panthers host BGM on the final regular-season Friday night of the year in two weeks.
Class 3A’s two area districts will feature Oskaloosa (4-2, 3-0), winner of four straight games, returning to District 8 play at Winterset (3-3, 2-2) as the Indians enter the night tied for first place with third-ranked Pella. Chariton (2-4, 1-3) will try to get back into the district playoff race tonight at winless Knoxville (0-6, 0-3) while, in District 7, Fairfield (2-4, 1-3) and freshman quarterback Cameron Baumann will try to repeat last year’s late rally to the postseason at Fort Madison (2-4, 1-2) in another "must-win" for Mike Schenck’s squad.