(Neola) The Griswold Tigers are the only thing standing between Tri-Center and a third playoff trip in the last four years. Two teams fighting for the final playoff spot in Class A District meet up head-to-head Friday night on KSOM.
The Trojans will hit the road needing a Week 9 victory to punch their postseason ticket. Tri-Center enters their biggest game of the year on the heels of a 54-19 loss to district runner-up Audubon. The Trojans ran for 190 yards last week, but completed only 1 of 9 pass attempts. The defense gave up four rushing touchdowns last week and stopping the run of Griswold will be a main objective this week. The Tigers enter Week 9 ranked 3rd in Class A in rushing yards after going for nearly 700 last week against Riverside in a 68-32 win in Oakland.
Each coach, in their pregame comments, indicated they expected an extremely close game. The numbers tend to agree. Both teams are 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the district. Even when comparing common opponents you'll see similar win/loss margins between the two teams.
Heading into the regular season finale, Tri-Center is led offensively by the rushing attack with 1,228 yards on the ground. Dillion Manhart leads the team with 650 yards and 7 scores. Nick Schnitker averages 6.7 yards per carry and has seen an increased workload late in the season.
Tri-Center coach John Tiarks interview