The Kiowa County Mavericks will face the Skyline Thunderbirds in week six. While the ‘Birds have struggled mightily to find a sustainable offense, they may be primed for a breakout.
The Mavs offense played strong football in week five against a stubborn South Central High team. But, while a 225-yard performance with 3 ground game touchdowns from #8 Trever Powell helped put the Mavs over the top, the Maverick defense allowed the game to come down to a pair of plays. A Timberwolves third and short in a late quarter push was halted, not by the defense, but by an interception from Powell, who was backed up by an 80-yard, 2 TD performance from #24 Creighton McDonald.
Through five games this season, the offensive numbers are good, but show some late game defensive vulnerability.
The Mavericks are, on average, outscoring or matching opponent offense for the first three quarters.
The Mavericks have scored a combined 32 points in the first quarter and have allowed a total of 32 points. They are outscoring opponents in the second and third quarters, scoring a total of 42 points in each. Opponents have scored 40 points in the second and 28 points in the third.
Opponents have scored lowest in the third quarter, showing that half time adjustments have been effective.
But the Mavericks have had trouble stamping down late game opponent offense, as they have been outscored 56-to-62 in the final quarter.
The numbers also show that the Mavericks are winning games by halves, scoring a total of 74 points in the first half, while opponents have scored 62 points.
The Mavericks are slightly over performing in the second half, totaling 95 points in the third and fourth quarter, although opponents have scored 90 points.
The numbers indicate strong defensive first half and a strong offensive second half.
There is no question that the Mavericks defense will determine the season score but whether it will be a sub-500 team still remains to be seen.
Friday will be a good barometer as Skyline’s #33 Brandon Baird, who leads the team in rushing with 420 yards, and the tandem of #04 Blake Lee and #12 Cole Patterson who have combined for 158 yards passing, will look to exploit defensive weakness.