ALTAMONT — Heading into their sixth game of the season, the winless Labette County Grizzlies are playing at home for just the second time as they host the one-win Coffeyville Golden Tornado.
Under first-year head coach Deonta Wade, who spent two years on the Parsons Vikings staff, Coffeyville has established a run-heavy offense. The Golden Tornado average 4.5 yards per carry with senior Ethan Camp leading the team with 238 yards on 36 touches.
“They’ve got speed and Coffeyville always has that,” Labette County head coach Sean Price said. “They’re a senior-dominated team that’s very talented.”
The Golden Tornado’s aerial attack can’t be ignored, though as Aaron Rutherford has thrown for 506 yards and six touchdowns.
“You’ve got to be weary of both,” Price said. “When they catch it, they score because they’re faster than you. And we have to be sound against the run.”
Labette County is lifted by the return of star running back and linebacker Trent Brock, who missed the previous three games due to injury.
“It’s huge for us,” Price said. “We can get guys back to where they’re used to playing. It’s big for all of our kids. He’s probably about 80% to 90%.”
The Grizzlies will also continue to utilize a two-quarterback system with Kooper Peak and Griffin Eaton.
“We’ll play both again,” Price said. “It’ll all depend on what we’re able to do.”
Price is still re-installing his air raid offense to try and spark evolution on offense.
“We hope it would,” Price said. “I think we’re better this week than last week. It’s taking some time to get it all. But we’ll throw the ball much better this week.”
Labette County’s season has been marred by struggles on offense and has yet to produce a win. The Grizzlies hope a return home can change fortunes.
“We love being at home on our own grass,” Price said. “We practice on it everyday. We don’t have turf so we love our grass.”
And Price still has faith in his roster.
“We practice our butts off and kids are ready to go play,” Price said. “They’ve had a lot of adversity this year and keep battling.”
Labette County searching for Week 7 opponent
The Grizzlies’ Week 7 tilt against Independence is up in the air after Independence was quarantined.
Labette County is in the midst of a search for a Week 7 opponent and wants to hold the game in Altamont, where it was originally scheduled.
“We’re in touch with a few schools trying to see who’s open,” Price said. “We had somebody yesterday but it fell through. We want to host the game because we haven’t been at home hardly. But we’re not in a huge hurry because it’s going to happen to somebody else in the state. It’ll work itself out we hope.”
Price added that the school is in contact with schools in Missouri as well as Kansas as it tries to find a game. Labette County also wants to play an opponent that is similarly sized.
“We’d like to find somebody we’re competitive against,” Price said. “We’re not going to go play a 6A school. We actually got hit up by one, and we’re not going to do that.”