The last time the Stanley-Boyd and Bloomer football teams met, was in 2001 in the level 3 playoffs. This Friday at Chapman Park the Orioles and Blackhawks will meet again at the Division 5 Level 3 playoffs, with both teams having remarkable seasons.
The Orioles with an unblemished 11-0 record, out scoring their opponents this season, 398 to 90. This year's squad features a senior class that has unfinished business after exiting the playoffs early last season in the Level 1 round with a close loss to Colby, standing in their way is Bloomer.
"Well it's really getting physical, playing fast. We were really disappointed with our alignment and execution last Friday night defensively," says Stanley-Boyd head coach, Jeff Koening, "We just have to shore those things up because their running game is exceptional and they can pass the ball efficiently too. So, we just got to make sure we eliminate our mistakes and play the best that we can.
Bloomer equally as impressive, with only one loss this season and it was an 8 point loss to the reigning state champs, Somerset in their first week of play. The Blackhawks have outscored their opponents 443 to 66 while shutting out the last four teams they have played. Their confidence high but focused on Stanley-Boyd.
"Well we don't want to let them get out in the open. There's too many guys, too many athletes. We don't want them to get in the open field. We have decent team speed, but try to limit what they would like to do," says head coach John Post.
"We feel pretty confident. We finished the season well. The first two playoff games we played really well. Pitched two shutouts and we're feeling good," adds running back Colten Seibel.