The Harvest Preparatory School football team will take a big step toward another MSL-Cardinal Division championship if it beats visiting Berne Union on Friday, Oct. 5.
Winners of 28 consecutive league games, the Warriors take a record of 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the MSL-Cardinal into the matchup against a Rockets team that is 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the league.
Harvest Prep coach Milan Smith isn’t expecting an easy night.
“We have good games,” he said. “They don’t like us.”
The Warriors didn’t get any playoff points by beating the Reigning Sports Academy club team 44-6 on Sept. 28, but they still are first in the Division VII, Region 27 computer ratings in addition to being ranked first in the area coaches poll and fourth in the state.
Berne Union is fifth in Region 27 and second in the area poll.
Harvest Prep averages 368.3 yards rushing per game, with Daquan Owens-Johnson leading the way with 736 yards and seven touchdowns on 77 carries.
Quarterback Moses Davis has rushed for 425 yards and five touchdowns on 70 carries and also has one touchdown pass.
Khelin Jackson has 318 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries, Jaylen Jennings has 252 yards and one touchdown on 38 rushes and Javon Eggert has 228 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.
Berne Union uses a more balanced approach on offense.
Zane Mirgon has completed 60 of 92 passes for 883 yards with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions, with Kolt Culbertson being his top target with 28 catches for 381 yards and eight touchdowns.
Chaz Dickerson has rushed for 446 yards and three touchdowns.
Leading the defense are a pair of linebackers in Dickerson, who has nine tackles for loss, and Koen Gronbach, who has 5.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Defensive back Landon Godenschwager has three interceptions.