The Golden Plains Bulldogs and the Weskan Coyotes travel to Dodge City this weekend to play in the 3rd Annual Wild West Bowl at Memorial Stadium. The event is for Kansas 6-man football teams and features two games: one for 3rd place, and one to crown a champion. The Bulldogs and Coyotes go head-to-head in the championship game, scheduled for a 4:00PM (CT) kick-off. This is the second meeting of the season between the two schools. Weskan squeaked out a 52-46 win at home over Golden Plains back on October 5, the only loss of the 2018 campaign for the Bulldogs. The win was a huge for the Coyotes because it earned them a division title (6-man North) and a first round post-season bye.
Golden Plains (8-1) beat Moscow in the quarterfinals 67-33 and Ashland 71-46 in the semifinals to punch their ticket to Saturday’s title game. They are averaging an impressive 63.3 points per game on the season with their highest offensive output being a 92-point effort against Cheylin in September (92-47 final score).
Weskan (6-2) had the aforementioned bye in the quarterfinals before beating Pawnee Heights 55-38 in the semis. They average 58.1 points per game and also dropped a season high 92 points against Cheylin in their last regular season game on October 19. (Sidenote: Pawnee Heights scored a whopping 118 points against Cheylin in the quarterfinals, the highest point total in 6-man football for 2018.)
Due to the fact that there are only 11 total schools in the state that actively participate in 6-man football the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) doesn’t recognize or govern their postseason. In order for this to happen, there would need to be 24 schools actively participating. The schools are governed by KSHSAA rules during the regular season.
The eleven schools that currently compete in 6-man football are Ashland, Cheylin, Deerfield, Fowler, Golden Plains, Moscow, Natoma, Pawnee Heights, Rolla, Weskan and Western Plains.