This upcoming Friday, the Hawklets (2-1) will face another team from Arkansas, the Springdale Har-Ber Wildcats (0-1). Last week, Har-Ber fell by 29 points to Webb City, the team against which Rockhurst lost 40-14.
Har-Ber arrives in Kansas City with a relatively underwhelming resume; according to maxpreps.com, they are currently ranked 1998th in the country, while Rockhurst is 148th.
Last week Rockhurst escaped with a one point victory in Bentonville, Ark. and will hope to pick up another win against Har-Ber.
Location: Rockhurst High School
Records: Rockhurst (2-1) Har-Ber (0-1)
Last Week: Rockhurst beat Bentonville 17-16; Har-Ber lost to Webb City 42-13
State Ranking (according to maxpreps.com): Rockhurst #7, Har-Ber #25 (AR)
Theme: Red, white and blue
Har-Ber’s inexperienced passing game vs. Rockhurst’s secondary
Last week in their defeat to Webb City, two Har-Ber quarterbacks combined for three total interceptions. This week, in order to gain an edge, the Hawklets must capitalize on every mistake the Wildcat’s offense makes, especially poorly thrown passes.
Har-Ber’s run defense vs. Rockhurst’s run game
Last week, Har-Ber gave up 419 yards on the ground to Webb City. Although the Rockhurst rushing attack doesn’t have the same pedigree as Webb City, the Hawklets should still look to take advantage on the ground, especially because the forecast calls for colder weather and a chance of rain. If the Hawklets aren’t able to get their running backs, junior AJ Taylor and senior Kiah Kintchen, going, more pressure will be on senior starting quarterback TJ Green.
Rockhurst’s starters vs. Har-Ber’s Depth
Depth this season, according to Coach Severino, has been a huge issue for the team.
“We gotta find some depth, find those players 22-40 [players deeper on the depth chart], because we know that over the course of a season there’s going to be injuries. and we don’t want a huge drop-off, and right now there’s too big of a drop-off,” Coach Severino said.
Unfortunately for Rockhurst, Har-Ber excels in spreading the wealth of playing time. In their only game of the season, the Wildcats played three different quarterbacks, as well as three separate running backs. This will challenge Rockhurst’s starters to play against fresh legs almost every play, and the Hawklets will perhaps have to test “those players 22-40” to step up and be a vital part of the game plan.
In terms of the season, this is expected to be one of the easier games on Rockhurst’s schedule. However, that could be exactly the mindset Har-Ber is hoping for.
As long as the Hawklets don’t get ahead of themselves, stay focused on the game and are able to limit their turnovers, they should have no trouble moving to 3-1.