Piper vs Sumner Game Preview

by David Brox, davidbrox@shukc.com

KCK Preps was planning to broadcast the game Thursday evening between Piper and Sumner but Metro Sports will be in the house to air the game.  I like to think we do a good job of bringing a unique view on air about the schools we follow but the production by Metro Sports will far exceed anything we can do online.

So I get to be a fan at a game for the first time this year.  I plan to make my official stop at the unofficial sponsor City Fish.  Number 2 Basa is my preference but there are many options on the menu.  Tell them KCK Preps recommended them highly.

I wanted to share some things I will be looking for tomorrow during the game.

1.  Can Martin and Beebe get to Brandon Williams?  Williams has definitely settled down in the last few games.  I believe over a years worth of excitement came pouring out of this young man during the Wyandotte game.  If he is afforded the time to set his feet and throw then Sumner has an opportunity to score some points.

2.  Tanner Eickenbary will have to keep an eye on Deon Tripp.  Tripp has been a ball hawk for the Sabres and Eickenbary has had a few issues turning the ball over.  In both of Piper's losses this season the thorn in the Pirates side were turnovers.  5 turnovers against Mill Valley and 3 against Eudora.

3.  How does Piper react to adversity?  There are very distinct points against Mill Valley and Eudora where Piper simply goes down hill after a bad break or play.  They have been a mixed bag in this department this year as they showed an incredible amount of poise against Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs.  Keep an eye out for the first mistake made by Piper and how they will react.

4.  Can Sumner get off to a fast start?  I really think it will be important for Sumner to get off to a good start.  If Piper gets rolling like they did last week against Atchison then this will get ugly.  This is obviously the case for any underdog coming into the game but it is imperative now that they have built some momentum against lesser competition.  If they want to maintain their momentum they will have to get ahead.  You simply do not want Piper to get their running game going to control the game.

5.  Piper's secondary vs Sumner WR's is very intriguing to me.  I have said it before and say it again.  Sumner's receivers Daniels and Tripp is the best combo in the city.  Sprinkle in Leondre Edwards and we are cooking with oil.  I hope Cofield mirrors Daniels all night like he did against Ben Johnson.  #21 vs #23 is definitely one to watch. 

6.  To say Sumner struggles stopping the run is an understatement.  Matt McDonald may be licking his chops after watching the success runners have enjoyed against Sumner.  If he goes over 100 yards I can't see Sumner winning.

7.  Sumner should pass to setup the run.  I saw a fairly stubborn effort in the matchup against Wyandotte to try and establish the run.  Brian Cobbins has done a decent enough job as a sophomore for Sumner but I will look for Daniels and Tripp to spread out the Piper defense to create some holes for him to run through. 

Prediction:

I am not calling the game so I can share a prediction.  I am happy to see the progress of the Sumner offense.  It is certainly encouraging but I am not high at all on who they found that success against.  Any struggles in special teams will be a problem as well for the Sabres as team Jones for Piper have returned a few kicks this season. 

Piper 31 Sumner 20