City League’s unbeatens have tough Week 4 tests
West football coach Weston Schartz’s approach to Friday’s game at Bishop Carroll is similar to the majority of high school teams.
“Our whole thing this year is to win the next game,” Schartz said. “It’s all we’ve been talking about. Win the game that we’re on. This is the most important game because it’s the next game.”
Even so, it’s an important game as West, which is 3-0 for the first time since 2001, plays at Carroll, unbeaten and ranked second overall.
The City League’s other undefeated team is Kapaun Mount Carmel, which plays host to Heights (2-1) at Cessna Stadium. Heights opened the season with a loss to Carroll and dominated Dodge City, then ranked fifth in Class 6A, last Friday.
West and Kapaun will be tested for the first time, as their opponents so far have a combined two wins.
West has relied on Trevon Mitchell on offense and defense. In the Sept. 20 win over Southeast, he scored West’s first three touchdowns — a 5-yard run, 66-yard punt return, 7-yard reception. He had two rushing touchdowns against South and had a 96-yard interception return against East.
“He’s our best player,” Schartz said. “… He makes us go.”
Kapaun’s start matches its total wins in 2012. Kapaun has beaten Northwest, Southeast and North, who are a combined 1-8.
The Crusaders have received strong play from its defensive line and sophomore quarterback Brock Monty, who has been a steady-but-explosive presence.
The Crusaders’ chemistry also has proven to be a vital component. In 2012 with the team strictly platooning, they began pointing fingers at the other side as the team struggled — often on social media.
“We lost to East in our homecoming game, and we had kids tweeting to each other after the game,” Kapaun coach Dan Adelhardt said. “It was an uproar.
“We played Carroll the next week. We didn’t go to the practice field on Monday (thinking), ‘We have to get to the bottom of this.’”
Kapaun’s players learned a valuable lesson, though. There was a concerted effort to develop more team chemistry, including frequent sessions at Ethan Harp’s house to watch game video.
“They didn’t wait until team camp in May (and say) ‘Hey, we need to be a team.’ They did a good job of working together and dealing with some of those things,” Adelhardt said.