Two of the top ranked eight-man football teams in the state convene Friday in North Shelby. The 6-1 Raiders welcome top ranked Pattonsburg in a potential state semifinal preview. The 7-0 Panthers feature one of the best passing attacks in all of the state, averaging 428 yards in the air, and scoring 75 points per game. North Shelby coach Seth Bass knows his Raiders have a tall task defensively.
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The engine to the high powered Pattonsburg offense is quarterback Steven Willhite. The senior had a state record 70 passing touchdowns last season, and last week, he set a state record with 12 passing touchdowns in a game, and the second most passing yards from scrimmage with 617 yards. First year coach Scott Cavin explains what makes the Panthers signal-caller special.
The sixth ranked Raiders lost their opening game against Waco of Iowa, but have rattled off six straight wins thanks in large part to their defense only giving up 12.5 points during that stretch. Bass shares what it will take to make it seven wins in a row.
Offensively for the Raiders, senior Ethan Geisendorfer paces North Shelby with 643 yards and eight touchdowns, and quarterback Dayton Mettes has 14 rushing touchdowns and 608 yards. Cavin says North Shelby will be one of the more difficult teams they’ll face all year.
The Panthers have won the previous two matchups, both coming in district play. Coverage of Friday’s eight-man contest gets underway at 6:25pm on Glory 97 and centralmoinfo.com. Scott Lunte has the call.
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