The last time the Northern C Chinook Sugarbeeters ran into Fairview, the Beeters were bounced out of the state playoffs in the semifinals. This time around, the Beeters are looking to be the ones to do the bouncing, as they battle Fairview in the quarterfinals.
Saturday at 1 p.m., the No. 1 Warriors will host the No. 5 Northern Beeters in Fairview.
The Warriors are coming off of a convincing, 48-28 win over Twin Bridges last weekend in the first round. The game was rematch of last year's state championship game, which Twin Bridges won 44-28 in Fairview. But in this meeting, the Warriors’ Cody Vitt accounted for five of the seven Warrior touchdowns, putting him on the Beeters’ radar, alongside quarterback Brock Schriver. Vitt is capable of triple-digit yardage, as well as multiple touchdowns on any given day, while Schriver can hurt a defense with his arm and legs.
For the Beeters to find any success, their defense has to step up and come up with some stops. Robbie Klingaman will be a defensive factor, as will fellow linebacker Zach Molyneaux as they attempt to stop the running game. Defensive backs like Ian McIntosh, Dylan Surber, Cody McCracken and Geoff Qualls could also have solid outings, as the Warriors could turn to the air at any moment if they choose.
But as far as the Chinook offense goes, the Beeters don’t need to tweak much if they want to be successful.
The Beeters know they will be up against one of the best defenses they have faces all season, but the offense has found a way to produce all year long. Klingaman is coming off of his best running gams of the season in last weekends win over Victor, while Molyneaux has been a force in every contest, throwing and running the ball.
But with receivers like Surber, Qualls, and Scott Schmitt, and Klingaman with the ability to catch passes out of the backfield, the Beeters will look to pass more, especially if they hope to keep the Warriors’ defense on their heels.
“We are hoping we can continue to run the ball,” Chinook head coach Matt Molyneaux said. “And we’ve got two good running backs, so they aren’t going to be able to just key on Zach. But I think to really be effective, we are going to have to be able to throw a little bit, their defense plays very aggressive, and they come right at you.”
The Warriors’ defense is led by the likes of Logan Kjos and Jordan Dahle. Last weekend Kjos led the defense with two and a half sacks, while Dahle recorded 15 total tackles.
It will be a tough contest for the Beeters, but they like their chances. If they have another solid outing by the offense and defense, the Beeters could find themselves hosting a semifinal matchup next Saturday in Chinook.
Saturday the Beeters will face the undefeated Warriors in Fairview at 1 p.m.
Chinook at Fairview Saturday at 1 p.m. The Beeters are 9-1 after beating Victor last week. The Warriors are 10-0 after beating Twin Bridges last week. Fans can follow Chinook on Twitter at twitter/havredaily.