by Hobby King Sports Editor
Santa Fe’s football schedule has gotten tougher as the season has progressed, thus the Chiefs currently are mired in a four-game losing streak.
Despite the 78-54 loss to Braymer/Breckenridge in week eight, head coach Danny Capps says the Chiefs were solid offensively.
“The offensive production was a lot better in that game,” he said. “They are a pretty hard-to-defend team and can score a lot of points fast. “Their quarterback, Jordan Haley, leads the state in 8-man football for passing touchdowns, passing yards and total touchdowns. It was a pretty tough team to play defense against.”
Capps is happy with the offensive line play. But he said the Chiefs have had to do some different things due to starters (also on the defensive line) suffering injuries.
“Our offensive line, for where we are right now, we came together a little bit more last week,” Capps said. “We got a lot better production from our skill guys from ( senior) Cole Hostetter, (junior) Dash Wilsie, (sophomore) Bryce Hostetter and (sophomore) Cy Mathews, as well.”
The Chiefs are going to need another great game offensively this week as they tangle with state-ranked Orrick, which is unbeaten and can nail down the conference title with a win.
“We’re going to have our work cut out for us,” Capps said. “We’re going to put together some things that are a little bit different than we’ve shown on film and play the best game that we possibly can and get ready for the playoffs.”
Capps said the no. 1 key is to “defend better than we did last week because, once again, we’re going to face a quarterback that broke four state records in one game earlier this season.
“Their skill kids are pretty athletic, and they have some big, strong linemen. They have a pretty put together team.
“We need to make sure that we understand their play-calling and what they’re trying to accomplish on offense; and how to block things when we have the ball.”
Since Santa Fe moved to 8-man football, the Chiefs have not beaten Orrick. The Bearcats won 48-22 last year and twice in 2020- 55-26 and 28-26.
The Bearcats average 65.3 points per game on offense and allow 36.5 points defensively. SFHS has scored 40.8 PPG and given up 38.3 PPG.
Kickoff is set for 7 pm Friday at Orrick.
Class 1, District 2 8-Man Standings Team Record Points Saint Paul 7-1 44.39 No. Shelby 6-2 38.11 Sw. Springs 4-4 31.25 Santa Fe 4-4 29.82 Schuyler Co. 3-5 24.76 Norborne/HC 3-5 24.75 Concordia 3-5 24.20 Knox Co. 2-6 20.44 NW-H’ville 1-7 16.98 BKN Thunder 0- 8 11.00