The Kiowa County Mavericks (4-2) will face a true test on Friday, facing the Fairfield Falcons (5-1) on the road in Week 7. The Falcons, behind double threat #23 Ryan Ewy, have rolled through their first 6 games, winning their last four contests, on a diverse offensive strategy.
In Week 6, The Falcons faced the Cunningham Wildcats and showed their ability to win games under any conditions, setting aside a solid passing game for the ground game in the 44-20 league win, improving Fairfield’s league record (3-1).
The Falcon rushed a combined 323 yards, spread across five players with 30+ yard totals. #1 Wayne Schoenecker (32), Ewy (39), #24 Brennyn Pankratz (50), #35 Cannon Burns (79) and #40 Gunner Schaffter (64) all contributed in the win.
The volume of offensive players shows that Falcon’s Head Coach Chuck Bisbee isn’t afraid to spread it around. And while their top passer Ewy, who has passed for 463 yards this season (.471), had only two attempts in the game; his 55-yard touchdown bullet to Pankratz should make the Mavs defense look towards the end zone on key downs.
The Falcons are averaging nearly 90 yards passing per game and 265 yards rushing per game and have proven themselves to be an offensive threat with a 1.5:1 point ratio (they have scored one and a half points for every point scored by opponents).
The Mavericks, who seem to be hitting a stride in recent weeks, will face offensive and defensive challenges.
Unlike the diverse Falcons, the Maverick’s offense is extremely top heavy. While #8 Trever Powell and #24 Creighton McDonald have thus far handled the pressures of nearly all of the Mavericks offense, they will take the field in the final weeks of the game with a target on their back.
Powell and McDonald have accounted for a combined 91 percent of rushing yards (1,494 of 1,632) in the first six weeks of the season. By contrast Burns, the top rusher for the Falcons (387 yards) has accounted for only 24 percent of season yards.
Both teams have nearly identical total team rushing yards, Fairfield has 1,591 season yards and Kiowa County has 1,632 season yards.
With an inconsistent Kiowa County passing game (121 total yards with a .231 completion rate), everyone knows who is going to get the ball.
The Mavericks defense, having steadily improved in past weeks, will have an unpredictable Falcons offense to contain and a predictable Mavericks offense to protect.