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By Brennan Riker
Special to The Post Dispatch
The Borden County Coyotes’ second district matchup of the 2021 season will be at home against the Whiteface Antelopes, a team that has seen very little success in its program’s history. Last season’s matchup between Borden County and Whiteface was the very first meeting between the two schools in their history.
Like Borden County’s first district matchup against Meadow in 2020, last year’s contest between Whiteface and Borden County was a blowout, as the Coyotes finished on top 66-0 in another 45-point mercy rule game that ended at halftime. In addition to the 66 points, the Coyote defense stuffed the Antelopes’ offense, holding Whiteface to negative total yards of offense and forcing five turnovers.
Whiteface only won two games in 2020, winning in Week 1 and Week 2, but they lost every game after that. The Antelopes have had a rough stretch for almost decade as Whiteface has yet to have an overall record over .500 dating back to 2013. The 2013 season was the last season the Antelopes had a winning record (9-2) and the last time they had made it to the playoffs. Whiteface is predicted to finish at the bottom of District 4 this upcoming season.
No matter the record of the opponent, Head Football Coach Trey Richey still believes Whiteface could still be competitive and challenge the Coyotes.
“Whiteface returns almost everyone from last year’s team and looks to be a very formidable challenge,” said Richey. “They may be a very tough team to beat this year.”
In another season that could spell disappointment for Whiteface, the Antelopes have the potential to surprise the Coyotes and pull off a big upset in a season with nothing to lose. Whiteface could also easily be motivated by their seven-year playoff drought and Borden County could fall victim if they are not careful. The Coyotes will have to keep their guard up and avoid playing this game on paper. This match should be another game in which the Coyotes will have the opportunity to make an example of their opponent and ward off other challengers in District 4, but the Coyotes will definitely have to take care of business on the field.
Borden County and Whiteface will play on Oct. 22 at 7:30 pm at Coyote Stadium in Gail.