Let cut through the malarkey, our Kiowa County Mavericks are a very good football team. Not just a good football team, but a very good football team.
Maverick nation had a lot of questions about this Binford-less squad in week one. I won’t speak for the rest of the Friday Night loyalists, but I’ve gotten answers I like.
The McDonald/Powell tandem has been an affective offensive weapon. How affective?
Let’s compare some team stats and then some player stats.
By the end of the 2011-2012 season, the Mavs averaged 38 points per game, this season they are averaging more than 41 points per game. Their finishing record was 3-6 last season, this season they are 6-2. Last year they finished the season on a four game loosing streak. This year they are riding a five game winning streak.
Sure, the eye-rollers will point to the exodus of some seniors and a few changes in schedule that might have helped a little bit, but the cohesion and diverse talent of this year’s squad can not be ignored.
As far as individual stats, there are improvements across the board.
Trever Powell broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark two games ago. Last season he ran 985 yards on 170 carries, for a 5.79-yard average. This season he’s rushed 1,068 yards on 146 carries, averaging 7.31 yards per carry. Wowza, and the kid still has a week left to play. Don’t forget that two games this season were 45-point ruled and ended at the half.
That is the equivalent of an entire statistical game.
Creighton McDonald has been unbelievable this season, rushing for 886 yards on 98 carries, for a whopping 9.04-yard per carry average. It is hard to believe he has zero rushing yard statistics from last season. Wait, what? (double take) No yardage? No. Niet, nein, nix, nada, goose egg, zip… no rushing yardage in varsity games.
Lingering questions about the Mavericks defense? After the Fairfield victory, my friends I have become a true believer. I don’t expect perfection, but I do expect a little bit of fourth down magic on Thursday when the Tigers come calling.