Class 2A District 4 Preview
To open the 2016 season, Oswego was slow out of the gate, starting with an 1-5 overall record. They preceded to win two out of their three district games, and qualify for the Class 2A the playoffs. Flash forward a year to the 2017 season, and Oswego sports an identical 1-5 overall record entering district play. Junior running back Ethan Evans leads the Indians offensive attack, totaling 311 yards rushing, while also scoring 3 touchdowns. Freshman running back Chase Evans follows close behind, totaling 271 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns. Oswego will host Uniontown to open district play. Following their contest with Uniontown, Oswego will travel to St. Marys Colgan. To finish district play, the Indians will take the road to face Yates Center. With the help of Ethan and Chase Evans, the Oswego Indians will once again look to earn a playoff spot for the second consecutive year.
St. Marys Colgan (4-2)
Entering district play with a 4-2 overall record, the Panthers are battle tested. St. Mary’s Colgan boasts wins against 4A-II Baxter Springs, 4A-11 Frontenac, 4A-II Girard, and 3A Riverton. While their two losses have come against high caliber teams in 6-0 Galena and 5-1 Columbus. Unlike Uniontown, Oswego, and Yates Center, the Panthers boast a large roster, totaling 42 players in all. In fact, St. Marys Colgan has not missed the playoffs in over two decades. To begin district play, Colgan will travel to Yates Center. The final two weeks of district play will see St. Marys Colgan host both Oswego and Uniontown. With a strong offense and defense, the Panthers will look to continue their dominance in district play.
Returning only three seniors from a team that finished the 2016 season 2-7, the youthful Eagles have to be happy with where the team currently sits. They enter district play with an even .500 record, with all three of their losses coming against quality opponents in Olpe, Jayhawk-Linn, and Christ Prep Academy. Offensively, the Eagles are led by sophomore running back Andrew Reed, who currently has amassed 421 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns (in only five games). Uniontown is also led by their opportunistic defense, who have already forced 11 turnovers and returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Looking ahead, the Eagles will take the road to compete against Oswego in the opening week of district play. After Oswego, the Eagles will host TRL rival Yates Center. To finish district play, the Eagles will face a tough St. Marys Colgan squad. As long as this young Uniontown team can stay healthy, they should have a shot to clinch a spot in the Class 2A playoffs.
Yates Center (1-5)
A season ago the Yates Center Wildcats came up one win short of earning a playoff spot, losing to Oswego in their final contest. This season, the Wildcats enter district play with an 1-5 overall record. Yates Center will look to improve on defense during district play, as in their five losses they have been outscored 36-292. Yates Center will host St. Marys Colgan during the first week of district play, then travel to Uniontown, before hosting Oswego to finish district play. The Wildcats will look to earn their first trip to the playoffs since 2013, when they were an 8-Man team.
Prediction: Champion – St. Marys Colgan Runner-Up – Uniontown