The numbers are strikingly similar, so much that they could be twins.
When the defending Region 4 champion Killdeer Cowboys host the Hazen Bison tonight, it’ll be like looking in a mirror.
Both teams are 3-0 in the region and are riding five-game winning streaks after being blown out in their season openers against AA schools.
Both have explosive offenses that score a lot of points in a hurry.
Hazen is averaging 34 points a game; Killder comes in at 31 per game.
Both have big play backs with sparkling offensive numbers.
Killdeer runningback Dillan Jepson has accounted for more than 900 yards in total offense and 14 touchdowns. The bulk of his fireworks has come on the ground to the tune of 791 yards rushing and a dozen touchdowns.
Hazen counters with quarterback Wyatt Carin, who has nearly 1,400 yards in total offense and 21 touchdowns.
Both teams have stingy defenses, too.
Killdeer has yielded just 63 points this season. And the Cowboys have not given up a second-half touchdown all season.
Hazen has two shut outs this season and given up 76 points.
It’s going to be a shoot out, something that people have been talking about all season.
There is a difference, however, Killdeer played a more difficult non-region schedule.
The three non-region teams that Killdeer played have a combined record of 13-5, while the teams that Hazen played are 8-10.
But that’s on paper. And football games are not won on paper, particulary when the teams appear to be as even as these two region co-leaders.
This game will be won the old fashioned way – blocking, tackling and execution.
“It’s going to be a fun game,” Jepson said. “But it’s going to take a team effort.”
Jepson disregarded any notion that it will be a shootout between Carr and himself.
He said they are just two pieces to the puzzle of success.
While he and Carr may have the dazzling numbers, they can’t do it by themselves.
Jepson credits the guys on the front line who usually play in anominity but make it possible to run for gaudy numbers.
“I cant do anything without the big guys up front. They’re the people who get me the yards,” Jepson said.
Yes, the mumbers are strikingly similar. But tomorrow there will be one big difference. One will be the Region 4 champion and the other will not.