Can the new kid on the block knock off the king of the hill?
That question will be answered tonight when St. Mary's Academy, a perennial Kansas Christian Athletic Assn. eight-man football power, tangles with upstart Veritas Christian.
Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at the Youth Sports Inc. fields. Portable lights will be utilized.
St. Mary's comes to town with a 5-1 overall record and a 4-0 mark in the KCAA. Veritas, new to KCAA varsity football this year, is 3-0 in the league and 7-1 overall.
"They have quite a tradition as the KCAA football power," Veritas Christian coach Doug Bennett said. "They were the odds-on favorite going in."
Veritas and St. Mary's never have met in varsity football competition, but the two schools have played on the junior high and junior varsity level and, said Bennett, "We've only beaten them once."
Both schools already have clinched the top two seeds and home games in the first round of the four-team KCAA tournament Nov. 2. The championship game is scheduled Nov. 6.
Veritas is led by the 1-2 offensive punch of Jesse Schultz, who has rushed for 1,333 yards, and Paul Kempf, who has run for 1,048 yards. Kempf also has 35 receptions for 561 yards and has scored 21 touchdowns. Schultz also has 21 TDs.
"Our kids are definitely fired up for this one," Bennett said. "This is a big game for us."
St. Mary's Academy, located in St. Marys, has an enrollment of about 750. Veritas Christian has 131 students.