Game of the Week: Three items to watch between Lyman and Kimball/White Lake
When/Where: 7 p.m. today in White Lake.
Coaches: Lyman's Michael Kieffer; Kimball/White Lake's Dale Taylor.
Forecast: The temperature at kickoff will be 42 degrees and southwest winds at five mph.
Records: Lyman is 3-4; Kimball/White Lake is 4-3.
Last year: Kimball/White Lake 52, Lyman 0.
Here are three items to watch for in tonight's Daily Republic Game of the Week between Lyman and Kimball/White Lake:
With three players 6-foot-6 or taller, it's easy to see why Kimball/White Lake will have the size advantage in today's contest. The WiLdKats offensive and defensive lines are powered by Kordel Kiehn (6-foot-6, 195-pounds), Bo Donald (6-7, 300) and Justin Becker (6-8, 195).
"We are going to have to try and matchup with them as best we can," Lyman head coach Michael Kieffer said. "They just play a physical brand of football. That's something our kids are going to have to step up and either match it or it's going to be a rough go of it."
Regardless, Kimball/White Lake head coach Dale Taylor noted how the defensive line still has to be prepared for Lyman's double-wing formation.
"They basically go student body left and student body right on a few of their plays when they want to power that in," Taylor said. "We just have to step up and plug the hole at the line of scrimmage."
It's the last game of the regular season and teams are undoubtedly looking toward the playoffs.
In Class 9AA, the WiLdKats are third in seed points in Region 3 and could cement their spot with a win today.
"We are kind of seeing how things play out," Taylor said. "Of course it all depends on some key matchups here this week, but we are looking at possibly playing Jones County/White River first round."
In Class 9A, the Raiders have a little more work to do. They are tied at No. 4 in Region 4 with Philip with 39.429 points.
"We've had a rough last two games," Kieffer said. "So we were kind of counting ourselves out for a little bit. The way it looks in 9A football, there's some opportunities out there and I think we might have a chance still. It will be interesting to see how it pans out, but I think we are still definitely in the mix."
Players to watch
Kiehn and Becker both play tight end and use their big bodies to help in the passing game.
"(They are) pretty tall receivers to be able to throw it to," Taylor said. "We have to make use of that size and keep trying to get them the ball."
KWL's skill positions are led by running back Carter Fredericksen and quarterback Javen Holan.
"We kind of been spreading the ball around quite a bit with our boys," Taylor said. "But Carter Fredricksen has probably been doing a majority of our ball carrying. Javen Holan is our quarterback and it seems like it's been getting better and better every week as far as throwing the football."
Defensively, Tyler Resick (6-1, 230) has "been the horse for us this year on defense," Taylor said.
For Lyman, Corwin Mohr-Eymer has rushed for 651 yards and three touchdowns. He's also hauled in 17 catches for 333 yards and three more scores.
"He kind of plays everywhere," Kieffer said. "We put him out wide at receiver and put him at running back. He's kind of our utility guy and he's put up some good numbers—both receiving and rushing."
Quarterback Ty Schindler has thrown for 593 yards and six touchdowns, while rushing for 509 yards and nine more scores.
"Ty Schindler has played quarterback for us for a majority of the year and he's done a pretty good job of both carrying the ball and throwing the ball," Kieffer said.
Kieffer said Justice Jessop (5-10, 230) "is probably one of our best linemen. He plays 'O' and 'D' line. He's been probably our most consistent linemen this year—offensively and defensively,"