FAUCETT, Mo. — The Mid-Buchanan football team travels to Hamilton, Missouri tonight in search for its fourth win of the season.
The Dragons (3-1) and Hornets (2-2) are familiar with one another, after battling it out twice last season.
“They’re always strong in their run game, their coaching is phenomenal, they are always super fundamental so they are going to be tough,” Mid-Buchanan junior Javan Noyes said.
The last time these two teams met was in the Class 1 State tournament. Dragons came out with a 41-21 victory to advance to the semifinals.
“We’re going to get their best shot because it was a huge game and you know they are going to want some revenge,” Mid-Buchanan senior Christian Scaggs said.
Hamilton has a strong offensive player in junior Sawyer Morrow. The All-State running back has 545-rushing yards and eight touchdowns in four games this season.
Mid-Buch predicts that the Hornets will try to provide running lanes for Morrow in tonight’s game.
“He’s one of the most electric kids I’ve ever seen. He’s big, strong and fast,” Mid-Buchanan head coach Aaron Fritz said. “We know we’re going to get a heavy dose of him so, we have got to slow down their run game.”
Hamilton is coming off a loss to Lathrop, the same team who gave Mid-Buch their lone loss.
“We gave up a lot of points and didn’t play very well offensively. We have to put it all together because we’re going to play a really good football team,” Fritz said.
Mid-Buch’s first two wins of the season were complete shutouts. The team beat Princeton 35-0 and then Maysville 42-0.
“Our defense is doing fantastic,” Noyes said. “We’ve had a couple shutouts this year so that’s always good.”
The Dragons are now coming off a 53-6 victory over North Platte last Friday night.
“It’s been a good week of practice. We have a lot of things we still need to get better at but they’ve done a good job of paying attention to the important things we want to try to do,” Fritz said.
Tonight’s game was originally set for 7:30 p.m. at Hamilton, but has since been moved to 5:30 p.m. due to predicted thunderstorms nearing the area. The change was last minute, but the Dragons feel it will not affect them negatively.
“It might be a little different from what we’re used to, but I think we can focus and handle it,” Noyes said.