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By Brennan Riker
Special to The Post Dispatch
The district opener for the Borden County Coyotes pits the Coyotes and the Meadow Broncos in Week 8. Dating back to 2004, the Coyotes lead the series against the Broncos 5-2, winning five straight meetings since the 2010 season. Last season’s matchup was the first meeting for the two schools since 2016.
Borden County won last season’s contest in front of their home crowd 61-8 on Homecoming. Entering this matchup, the Coyotes were 3rd in the state, while Meadow was searching for their first win of the season. The Coyotes showed no mercy from the get-go, scoring 46 points alone in the first quarter. The contest ended at halftime with the 45-point mercy rule, setting a precedent for the Coyotes in their domination of District 4.
The Broncos endured a rough 2020 season, ending the season with a 1-8 record and a fourth place finish in District 4. Meadow’s only win on the season came during district play against Whiteface 52-16.
Despite an abysmal 2020 campaign, the Meadow Broncos will look to regroup in 2021 with 15 returning lettermen and 10 returning starters, five on both sides of the ball. Even though this game will be Borden County’s district opener, the Broncos will play district foe Wellman-Union the week before this contest. Facing a young Coyote squad may give the Broncos the confidence to try to overthrow Borden County from their District 4 throne and hand the Coyotes a loss that could throw a wrench in their district title streak. However, with the Coyotes facing a tough non-district slate, the Coyotes will likely look to start district play hungry for not only a big win, but a statement win that will deter the rest of District 4 from knocking off Borden County from their throne.
This district contest will take place in Meadow on October 15th at Bronco Field at Meadow Memorial Stadium with kickoff set for 7:30 pm.