If you like the passing game, Fischer Field is the place to be as 4-1 Goddard takes on 0-5 Newton in a non-league game.
The two teams have combined for more than 3,000 passing yards this season.
Goddard comes in after a 31-10 win over cross-town rival Goddard Eisenhower. Newton fell to AV-CTL I newcomer Maize South.
"The kids are still working hard," Newton coach Chris Jaax said. "The kids are pretty banged up. We’re trying to get healthy right now."
Newton’s opponents this season, including this week’s games, are a combined 21-5. That schedule includes two state finalists, a semifinalist and a quarterfinalist. Goddard was just a mere second-round team in last year’s Class 4A playoffs.
"That’s just the nature of the AV-CTL, I guess," Jaax said. "They’ve put a lot of finalist teams against us. We have some good seniors that are handling it pretty well. They are still out there pushing kids to do better and try harder. We have some younger kids that are starting to step up. Some other kids have lost a little bit of focus, but some kids are fighting to get a little bit of playing time."
Goddard quarterback Kyler Samrad has hit 118 of 194 passes for 1,489 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Dylan Reese has 83 carries for 276 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Jake Shope has 46 catches for 732 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns. Bo Bantz has 45 catches for 397 yards and a touchdown. Soren Carr has 16 catches for 257 yards and six touchdowns.
"Their quarterback is the key to everything," Jaax said. "He’s a four-year starter for them. He’s played in a state championship game. He can run well. He has a strong arm and he understands what they are doing. Then they have a couple of really good receivers who have made some good catches."
On defense for the Lions, Logan Davidson has 51 total tackles, followed by Dalton Caraway and Landon Staley with 32 each. Christian Palmer has three sacks. Reese Beason has two touchdowns. Braydon Wickliffe has blocked two field goals.
Newton’s Ben Schmidt has hit 111 of 182 passes for 1,535 yards with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Kenyon Forest has 84 carries for 411 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Peyton Maxwell has 42 catches for 734 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. Xavion Martin has 21 catches for 363 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Dehann Nelson has 48 total tackles, followed by Nick Antonowich with 45.
"We have to handle their pressure on offense," Jaax said. "They are very aggressive. They are the most aggressive defensive team we will have seen. Defensively, we have to prevent the big plays and make them move the ball."