EVANSTON –Two-a-days have come and gone. So too has the annual Red-White Scrimmage. The positions have been set and the live hitting is at full force.
The only thing left to do for the Evanston High School Red Devils football team is finally square off against an opponent in its first game.
The wait, for fans, coaches and players alike, will finally end tonight when the Red Devils welcome Cheyenne-South to Kay Fackrell Stadium for the opening matchup of the season.
Cheyenne-South, as a newer school in the Equality State, has been a team that is often overlooked by the fans of whichever team it is playing.
Red Devils head coach Pat Fackrell hopes that none of his players buy into any of that.
“The way I see it, we’re on equal footing with South. That card has already been played,” Fackrell said. “Their seniors have been in the same programs for four seasons just like our seniors. There’s no difference.”
Fackrell hesitated to talk too much in depth about what he expects to see out of the Bison come tonight other than the fact that the Red Devils will have to adjust to a team that runs a quick huddle.
In order to keep South’s offense off the field, the Devils will likely look to establish the run early and often through the backfield of juniors Will Kishpaugh and Hyrum Peterson. If this is in fact the game plan and it works to success, it could be a long night for the Buffs.
One of the few returning starters for Evanston from last season is second-year quarterback Kyler Wagstaff. Wagstaff looked sharp during the Aug. 23 Red-White Scrimmage. He exhibited his accuracy during the scrimmage and threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Alek Johnson on the practice game’s final play.
On the defensive side of the ball, the team’s focus will be to contain the ball and not let South get it outside the hash marks. Senior defensive ends Reed Christenot and Eric Sowers will be looked upon to help set the tone for the defense and keep the runners contained.
Senior down lineman Cole Wilkenson will look to plug up the middle and create a black hole for any ball carriers trying to come his way.
The Buffs will be looking for their first win in more than a year, as the team went 0-9 last season.
Last year’s matchup between South and Evanston proved to be a battle, as the Red Devils narrowly escaped out of Cheyenne with a 14-12 victory.
Kickoff for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m.