Cowboy’s Sixshooter 11/7/18

It’s Championship week in some states, quarter-finals in Colorado and semi-finals in Nebraska.  That’s a great thing for fans, because teams will be playing like it is their last game- because it will be for some.

1. Kansas
Weskan vs Golden Plains
4:00 PM Saturday, Nov 10
Memorial Stadium, Dodge City KS

This is the big dance in Kansas.  Weskan is a one point underdog, but they seem to have been getting better all season.  Golden Plains surprised me by jumping to number one, and that tells me they are hungry.  I’ll take Weskan for the win.
I’m excited to see a Championship game that’s expected to be this close, and when I say “see” I mean it literally.  I’ll be in Dodge City on Saturday.  Bishop Norman will be with me for the broadcast and BrandiLoo and Bookworm will be there taking photos.  You can listen live at http://mixlr.com/sixmania3

2. Kansas
Pawnee Heights vs Ashland
1:00 PM Saturday, Nov 10
Memorial Stadium, Dodge City KS

Have you ever wondered who would win if the semi-final losers faced off?  Kansas fans don’t have to.  The championship game determines first and second places, this game decides third and fourth.
In their fourth game of the season, Pawnee Heights lost to Ashland 67-21.  They have shown immense improvement since then, and will come in to this game as a seven point favorite.  However, seven points isn’t much and on a neutral field anything can happen- but I’m still picking Pawnee Heights to win.
I will be at this one as well, and we will be broadcasting on the link above.

3. New Mexico
Elida at Animas
1:00 PM Saturday, Nov 10

Home field advantage in a championship game?  That seems odd to me, but I’m still learning the ins and outs of six-man outside of Texas.  Regardless of how it appears to me, Animas has earned it.  They have sat at the top of the New Mexico rankings for most of the season, and it’s likely they’ll finish there.
Elida has come on strong in the last few weeks, but I don’t think they can handle Animas.  The last time these teams met, Animas won by 34.  Elida is a 27 point dog this time, and I believe that will be reasonably accurate.
Rodney Ayers will be there taking photos.

4. Wyoming
Farson-Eden vs Burlington
12:00 PM (MT) Friday, Nov 9
War Memorial Stadium Laramie, WY

Burlington was number one in Wyoming for a while this year, then Farson-Eden took over.  They had an epic battle four weeks ago, and Farson came out on top 47-41. In fact, Burlington is the only team that has tested the Pronghorns.
There is a lot more on the line this week- it’s the state title game. Farson-Eden is a 22 point favorite, but they won’t take Burlington lightly.
I spoke with a member of Farson-Eden’s coaching staff, and he had this to say “Burlington is a good team when they are healthy- and they are healthy now.  They aren’t very deep, but they have two kids that are legit and three or four more that can play ball.  When we take care of the ball, great things happen.  We are physical and fast, but we turned the ball over four times the last time we played Burlington.  We can’t afford to make mistakes like that this time.”
I think our spread will be close on this game, and Farson-Eden will go home with the championship trophy.

5. Nebraska
Minatare at Hay Springs
5:00 PM Friday, Nov 9

It’s semi-final week in Nebraska.  Both games look to be great, but we’re predicting this one to be the better of the two.  Minatare’s only loss of the season was a 39-0 trouncing by Hay Springs.  Minatare has improved since then, and this time they are only four point underdogs.  I think they can beat the spread and earn a ticket to the big dance.

6. Colorado
Prairie at Arickaree-Woodlin
1:00 PM Saturday, Nov 10

Prairie is 7-3 for the season, but those losses came against teams that are still in it.  Two of the losses were reasonably close games.  The other was a humbling loss to Stratton-Liberty.
Arickaree-Woodlin is 7-2, and one of those was a loss, with a similar score, to Stratton.  Their other loss was also to a team still in the mix.
Our spreads have Arickaree by thirteen, and I believe they will win, but I’m expecting a closer game than that.