As Meade High School prepares for its showdown with St. Mary’s Colgan in the Class 2-1A state title game Saturday in Hays, Buffaloes coach Scott Moshier can’t help but think back to his team’s first, and only, loss of the season.

As Meade High School prepares for its showdown with St. Mary’s Colgan in the Class 2-1A state title game Saturday in Hays, Buffaloes coach Scott Moshier can’t help but think back to his team’s first, and only, loss of the season.

On Sept. 3, the Buffaloes (11-1) opened their season by traveling to Canadian High School in Texas, where they were beaten 36-6 by the Wildcats.

Senior running back Jaden Friesen, who has amassed 1,306 yards on the ground, ran for a season-low 35 yards on 15 carries.

After the game, Moshier huddled his players and asked them if the 30-point thumping changed their persepectives on the team’s potential.

“I asked them, ‘Can we still get to the state championship?’” Moshier said. “The kids said, ‘Yes.’”

Meade will play St .Mary’s Colgan today at 1 p.m. at Lewis Stadium at Fort Hays State University. Canadian, meanwhile, is still undefeated, with a shot to take home a Class 1A Texas state football title. Texas doesn’t crown its champion until Dec. 18.

Moshier said playing a tough team to start the season was the best thing for the Buffaloes.

“We do think about that,” Moshier said. “We knew it was going to make us better, win or lose. We were going to learn early.”

Meade defeated Stanton County 44-26 last Friday to advance to the title game. It was the Buffaloes second win over Stanton County this season, having also defeated the Trojans 46-6 on Oct. 3.

St. Mary’s Colgan also had to take down a familiar opponent to reach the 2-1A championship.

The Panthers defeated Olpe 35-24 last Friday and 28-21 back on Oct. 29.

Overall, Saint Mary’s-Colgan has allowed an average of just seven points per game this season.

“They are an incredible football team,” Moshier said. “They have great team speed. They have more team speed than we do. Coach (Chuck) Smith is a great coach. They are a force to be reckoned with.”

The Buffaloes have made a habit of scoring points this season.

Meade has averaged 54 points per game since losing to Canadian, not including a 2-0 forfeit win over Satanta on Oct. 15.

Moshier said his players haven’t lost focus since a shot at a state title came into view.
Having the Thanksgiving holiday fall in between games hasn’t changed the team’s preparation, he said.

“I think the kids and our coaches have done a great job preparing,” Moshier said. “Our kids have done a good job of reacting to situations we’ve been given this year.”

Moshier said he wants his players to work hard, but also enjoy the experience.

“You’ve got to just take it in,” he said.