ALTAMONT — There will be a Week 7 for the Labette County Grizzlies.

The St. Michael the Archangel Guardians from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, agreed to play Labette County in Altamont after the Grizzlies lost their matchup with Independence due to a team-wide quarantine.

“It’s only our third home game this year,” Labette County head coach Sean Price said. “We’re on borrowed time so now we’re playing with house money. We get one more game that some schools aren’t getting.” 

Price said the game came thanks in part to the statewide media organization Kpreps helping facilitate communication between the two schools.

“Matt Gilmore, a guy at Kpreps knew the coach there and we got to talking. We were able to work it out. We needed somebody so we were excited to get a game,” Price said.

St. Michael the Archangel has played one Kansas school this year — a 38-24 loss to St. Mary’s Colgan on Sept. 11.

“They’ve got some athletes,” Price said. “The quarterback can really throw the ball. They’ve got great guys on the edge.” 

Labette County is coming off a 16-13 win over Coffeyville, its first win of the season.

“We’ve worked hard and the bottom line is that it was good to see it pay off,” Price said.

Griffin Eaton, who accounted for both of Labette County’s touchdowns in the win, earned the full-time starting quarterback job after platooning with Kooper Peak.

“He’ll go full-time,” Price said. “When we get into the red zone, we score because of the running aspect. We’ll move Kooper back to receiver and he’s really good out there. We were struggling with depth there.” 

Trent Brock, who played every defensive snap for the Grizzlies but didn’t appear on offense in his return from injury, will remain in the same role.

“We’ll still keep him on defense,” Price said. “We’re trying to keep him healthy before we take that next step.” 

It was the defense’s takeaways that set up short fields for Labette County, allowing the Grizzlies to turn the tide against Coffeyville.

“Our defense has been doing that all year,” Price said. “They gave us opportunities last week. We finally had a game where we all worked together.” 

For St. Michael the Archangel, which is 3-3 on the season and has won three straight games, quarterback Derek Zaun has completed 59-of-117 passes for 996 yards and 12 touchdowns with eight interceptions.

Ellis Edwards leads the Guardians in rushing with 638 yards and nine touchdowns on 74 carries.

“They’ve got some athletes,” Price said. “The quarterback can really throw the ball. They’ve got great guys on the edge.” 

Simply getting a date for Friday night has the Grizzlies excited. Now Price expects to start a new streak after starting the campaign 0-5.

“We expect to win a ballgame,” Price said. “We’ve had a good week of practice. I think we have a really good chance.” 

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