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Tiger softball earns Tuesday sweep -3/3/2015, 7:45 PM

Season ends for FHSU men -3/3/2015, 10:20 AM

Claflin great Jackie Stiles inducted into NFHS Hall of Fame -3/3/2015, 10:19 AM

KU's Big 12 streak one for the ages -3/3/2015, 10:10 AM

FHSU's Keehn wins second MIAA title in track -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Wessel continues to spark Shockers -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Ronda Rousey's fast work, like at UFC 184, a big draw -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Minnie Minoso's love of baseball never waned -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

FHSU wrestling sending four to nationals -3/2/2015, 10:28 AM

Kansas State rallies late to put away Iowa State -3/1/2015, 9:33 AM

No. 8 Kansas holds on to defeat Texas, 69-64 -3/1/2015, 9:31 AM

Wichita State captures MVC crown by beating Northern Iowa -3/1/2015, 9:30 AM

Ellis' Younger cruises through Friday at 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Hays High's Deterding second in 4A -3/1/2015, 9:58 AM

Norton wins title with backside points -3/1/2015, 9:36 AM

Hoxie's Porsch repeats in 3-2-1A -3/1/2015, 9:43 AM

FHSU splits at Northeastern State -3/1/2015, 9:41 AM

HHS girls win on senior night -3/1/2015, 9:40 AM

HHS boys roll by Great Bend -3/1/2015, 9:39 AM

Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling finals results -2/28/2015, 9:37 AM

Tigers fall, need win to host first round -2/27/2015, 10:20 AM

Tiger women, MIAA champs, hang on -2/27/2015, 10:29 AM

Monarchs survive on senior night -2/27/2015, 12:17 PM

With KU back in control, Jayhawks prepare for 'high drama' -2/27/2015, 10:19 AM

Nino Williams takes long road to success at Kansas State -2/27/2015, 10:18 AM

Sub-state basketball pairings -2/26/2015, 10:37 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Younger part of youth movement for Railers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

Big 12 reprimands K-State after court-storming -2/26/2015, 10:53 AM

Hays High's top four headed to Salina -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- HDN area state qualifiers -2/26/2015, 10:48 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Porsch seeks a repeat in state finale -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Freshman Hutchinson leads young group of Redmen -2/26/2015, 10:49 AM

3-2-1A wrestling -- Norton steps up again to have shot at 3-2-1A state crown -2/26/2015, 10:50 AM

Shockers fight past Indiana State, set up big Saturday -2/26/2015, 10:27 AM

Rhoades back at state -- this time in 4A -2/26/2015, 10:36 AM

TMP survives Plainville -2/25/2015, 11:26 AM

K-State issues apology -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

HHS swept at Dodge -2/25/2015, 10:22 AM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/25/2015, 10:21 AM

Royals still hoping for Starling to break out -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Penske revels in Logano's victory at Daytona 500 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcat's win throws a roadblock at Jayhawks -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

KBCA prep basketball rankings, Feb. 23 -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

Wildcats get it done -2/24/2015, 10:22 AM

No-name Hahn wins Northern Trust Open -2/23/2015, 10:24 AM

FHSU softball splits on Sunday in Minnesota -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Logano wins first Daytona 500 -2/23/2015, 10:15 AM

Lutz: VanVleet has another day to remember -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

VanVleet takes Wichita State's assists title in win -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

'Cats seek confidence before game with KU -2/23/2015, 10:14 AM

Perry Ellis, No. 8 Kansas rebound from loss, beat TCU -2/22/2015, 12:47 PM

Baylor drills K-State -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

Monarch girls run away from Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:38 PM

TMP wins physical game at Stockton -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Mathews all-state for HHS -2/22/2015, 12:48 PM

HHS wins at Garden, jumps back into WAC race -2/22/2015, 12:41 PM

Wrestling roundup -- Hays High sends four to 4A state -2/22/2015, 8:19 PM

Victoria puts together complete game in win at Ness City -2/22/2015, 12:40 PM

HHS girls fall down early, lose at Garden -2/22/2015, 12:39 PM

Earnhardt Jr. makes Duel history, Patrick qualifies -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

HHS sends relays to state -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Tiger baseball takes two from UCM -2/20/2015, 10:19 AM

Gene Stephenson says he's filed his own appeal -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

TCU takes out K-State -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Bohuslavsky keys win for Tiger women -2/19/2015, 10:59 AM

Tiger men rally for MIAA win -2/19/2015, 10:13 AM

Tiger women No. 1 in Central Region -2/18/2015, 5:04 PM

Tuesday's area prep basketball boxscores -2/18/2015, 11:22 AM

Barton's Hensley named Player of the Week -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

TMP boys win, girls fall in Great Bend -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

K-State hopes to build some momentum at TCU -2/18/2015, 10:24 AM

Two in a row for HHS girls -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

Hot early, HHS boys get win at Abilene -2/18/2015, 10:47 AM

All is possible at Daytona -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

WVU tops Jayhawks in wild finish -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chiefs can find impact receiver in NFL draft -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Chargers set sights on LA, push San Diego officials for action on stadium -2/17/2015, 10:27 AM

Defense a constant for Shockers -2/17/2015, 10:26 AM

FHSU, UCM series moved to Hays -2/16/2015, 10:55 AM

KU prepares for full-court press -2/16/2015, 10:17 AM

Foster lifts Kansas State past Oklahoma on Saturday -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Three Tigers crowned MIAA champs -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Bowyer, after crash, slams qualifying format -2/16/2015, 10:16 AM

Phillipsburg girls knock off TMP at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Hays High girls snap losing skid -2/15/2015, 2:21 PM

Hays High stunned by Liberal at the buzzer -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tiger women's streak halted at Pitt State -2/15/2015, 10:26 AM

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Tiger men fall at Pitt -2/15/2015, 7:54 PM

Tigers drop to 0-2 with losses to Mines, Regis -2/15/2015, 1:10 AM

KU coach kicks off tour in Hays -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

K-State guard Johnson laughs off hecklers at W. Virginia -2/13/2015, 10:13 AM

The Tigers' do-it-all Shaw -2/13/2015, 11:10 AM

Samac staying on court, providing big games for Tigers -2/13/2015, 11:09 AM

Wichita State baseball players see winning as antidote to distractions -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals, Herrera agree -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Royals purchase contract of Derek Gordon -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

KU's Ellis near 1,000 points -2/13/2015, 10:12 AM

Hoxies' record just a matter of time? -2/12/2015, 3:26 PM

New coach, new season for FHSU softball -2/12/2015, 11:25 AM

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Tuesday

Prep basketball

Boys

Atwood 76, St. Francis 65

Dighton 62, Oberlin 47

Hillsboro 50, Goodland 47

Lakeside 42, Lincoln 32

Minneapolis 68, Russell 35

Rock Hills 42, Natoma 37

Salina Central 62, Andover 58

Salina South 62, Sacred Heart 47

Sharon Springs 75, Leoti 38

St. John's Beloit-Tipton 57, Osborne 34

Sylvan-Lucas 61, Thunder Ridge 48

Girls

Dighton 44, Atwood 11

Dodge City 71, Hays High 28

Hesston 51, Goodland 18

Hoisington 60, Victoria 46

Hoxie 65, St. Francis 13

Lincoln 33, Lakeside 26

Minneapolis 47, Otis-Bison 24

Osborne 59, Wilson 34

Sharon Springs 63, Oberlin 42

Sylvan-Lucas 43, Natoma 41 (ot)

Tescott 41, Rock Hills 33

Trego 56, Leoti 27

Thunder Ridge 33, St. John's Beloit-Tipton 30

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Game of the Week: Red Devils enjoying strong season

Published on -10/18/2012, 12:03 PM

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By CONOR NICHOLL

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When Ellis High School football coach Butch Hayes watches film of Oberlin-Decatur Community, he sees a Red Devil team in the mold of its first-year coach Joe Dreher: tough, physical, power football.

"They are going to take it to you, more than they have in the past," Hayes said

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Dreher, Oberlin's longtime wrestling coach, athletic director and coach at several levels in football, changed the Red Devils from a spread, pass-heavy attack under former coach J.D. Johnson to smashmouth football and an aggressive defense.

"Figured to be able to be a good team, you have got to run the ball," Dreher said. "You can't be one-dimensional and look to pass the ball all the time. You have to be able to pound it in there."

Despite suffering multiple injuries, especially in the backfield, Oberlin has opened 3-4 and 1-2 in Class 2-1A, District 7. It's one of the stronger seasons in recent history for the Red Devils.

Oberlin has not posted a playoff appearance since 2009 or a winning season since 1996. Since 1989, Oberlin has never won more than five games in a single fall.

"The guys have a lot of respect for coach Dreher," senior lineman Channing Fortin said. "He is a really good guy. We have got a bigger line this year. I think every one of us is over 200 pounds, so the power was just a lot better for our team this year. At the beginning, it was kind of hard to get used to, but once we figured out that it worked, we really respected his decision and just went along with it."

On Friday, Oberlin travels to Ellis (3-4, 1-1) in a key district matchup. The Red Devils will secure a playoff berth if they defeat the Railroaders and one-win Leoti-Wichita County in Week 9. The Red Devils have lost eight straight games to Mid-Continent League teams, dating back to a 54-12 victory against WaKeeney-Trego Community on Oct. 2, 2009. That includes three losses to Ellis.

"It would mean so much," Fortin said. "That's been our goal all season has been playoffs, playoffs, playoffs. That's what the coaches have been preaching."

Senior running back Zach May, the team leader with 477 rushing yards and 155 receiving yards and tied for the team lead with two interceptions, will miss Friday's contest.

May, who also missed last week's game, could have a tear in his medial collateral or anterior cruciate ligament. Junior running back Chris Anderson (338 rushing), junior fullback Kennedy Fortin (225 rushing) and junior quarterback Dakota Dreher will likely have to step up.

"Try not to be a one-sided team and mix it up a little bit," Coach Dreher said.

Dreher, who missed nearly two full games because of a concussion earlier this year, has thrown for 345 yards with a 3/2 TD/INT ratio and rushed for 222 yards. Oberlin has averaged 210 rushing yards as a squad. From 2008-11, Oberlin averaged 127 rushing yards a contest.

Defensively, Oberlin has permitted just 16.4 points per contest, 10th-best in Class 2-1A against the classification's eighth-hardest schedule, according to preppowerindex.com. From 2006 to 2011, Oberlin allowed 31 points per game. It's the profile of a strong squad, one that Hayes called "the team to beat" in the district when the season started. The Red Devils have six seniors, all who are returning starters: linemen Tyler Bruggeman, Cody Wurm, Channing Fortin and Matt Glading and Ryan and Zach May.

"We knew (Coach) was going to bring some good things with him to the table," Fortin said. "We looked at our seniors, and we had a good group of seniors and a lot of underclassmen that were going to step up. We knew we were going to be a power. We lost close games, though."

The close losses have separated the Red Devils from breaking through and already posting a winning season. After a season-opening shutout win versus perennial power Cambridge (Neb.), Oberlin lost 24-0 to Phillipsburg in Week 2. But the Panthers tallied just seven points in the final three quarters. In Week 3, Oberlin lost 20-14 in overtime at Smith Center. Last week, the Red Devils fell 16-6 to Oakley.

"We played really well," Fortin said. "There is no reason why we should have lost to Smith Center, to tell you the truth."

Sophomore Rex Diederich leads a balanced defense with 58 tackles, one of nine players with at least 36 tackles in what Dreher labeled "a total team effort." The team has forced 14 turnovers and blocked two punts, both by freshman Bryson Wesley.

"Focus every day, even late in the year, just on the fundamentals, getting off blocks and tackling," Coach Dreher said. "That's just the game of football. If you can't tackle, it's hard to win games, and that's what we stress a lot, intensity and to have fun, that's the big key in football."

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