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By Brennan Riker
Special to The Post Dispatch
In a game that will most likely decide the District 4 champion, the Borden County Coyotes will battle the O’Donnell Screamin’ Eagles on the road in Week 10. The Eagles are poised to be the biggest threat to the Coyotes’ 13-straight district championships.
Last year’s contest between the Eagles and Coyotes was ultimately the district championship, even though both teams had one game left after this matchup. With both teams entering the game with a 3-0 district record and O’Donnell riding a five-game win streak, the stakes were high in the most anticipated game for both teams at that point in the season. The first quarter saw a lot of fight from the Eagles, but after a back-and-forth first quarter that saw a 16-10 Coyote lead at its end, the Coyotes took off in the second quarter, scoring 24 points in that quarter alone. The game ended in a 45-point mercy rule with the final score being 62-16 in favor of Borden County, continuing the Coyotes’ cherished district championship streak.
O’Donnell is coming off an 8-3 season where the Eagles had an early exit in the playoffs, falling in the Bi-District round to Knox City in a 84-60 barn-burner. The Eagles demolished all but Borden County in district play last season. Although O’Donnell graduated six players, the Eagles will hope to use a tough non-district slate against teams like Jayton and Sterling City to give their team needed experience in preparation for district play.
“O’Donnell like us lost a good portion of their varsity but I still look at the Eagles as the team to beat to get into the playoffs this season,” Head Coach Trey Richey said.
Both teams will presumably enter this matchup with an undefeated district record, and the Eagles are expected to be hungry for revenge after getting 45’ed in Gail last season. If the Coyotes are able to get past O’Donnell and a rowdy Eagle crowd at Johnson Field, then they should cruise to another district championship.
The Coyotes and Eagles will play on Oct. 29 at 7:30 pm at Johnson Field in O’Donnell.