Whiteford hosting Summerfield to kick off football playoffs

The Whiteford Bobcats begin the prep football playoffs tonight with a match-up against its biggest rival, the Summerfield Bulldogs.

It’s a rematch from Week 8 when the Bobcats beat the Bulldogs 46-0.

Forget about that score. This is the playoffs.

Here’s a preview:

Summerfield (6-3) at Whiteford (8-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday at Whiteford.

Last meeting: Whiteford 46, Summerfield 0, Oct. 15.

All-time series: Whiteford leads 38-27

Whiteford playoff history: The Bobcats have been in the playoffs a school-record 10 straight seasons. The last District title for the Bobcats came in 2017, the year they captured the Division 8 state title.

Summerfield playoff history: The Bulldogs were District champs last season, beating Whiteford to earn the post-season trophy.

Whiteford stat leaders: Cole Giesige, 108 rushes, 1,004 yards, 18 TDs, 10 catches, 227 yard, 4 TDs; Drew Knaggs, 60 rushes, 474 yards, 9 TDs; Luis Trejo, 55 rushes, 382 yards, 4 TDs; Jack Andrews, 12 catches, 223 yards, 4 TDs; Jake Iott, 63 rushes, 371 yards, 7 TDs, 70 tackles; Shea Ruddy 45-of-85 passing, 933 yards, 11 TDs, 48 rushes, 309 yards, 4 TDs; Noah Bauman, 9.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks; Levi Hillard 51 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks.

Summerfield statistical leaders: Brandon Thompson, 117 rushes, 1,053 yards, 14 TDs, 10 catches, 125 yards, 3 TDs, 2 interceptions; Bryce Kalb, 36-for-81 passing, 690 yards, 9 TDs; Dakota Kohn, 70 rushes, 335 yards, 3 TDs, 74 tackles; Drew Dafoe, 11 catches, 173 yards, 1 TD; Nathan Herrmann, 3 catches, 147 yards, 2 TDs, 3 interceptions; Martin, 5 sacks.

Game notes: Whiteford has the top points-per-game average of any team in Division 8. Over the last five weeks, the Bobcats have scored 58, 54, 76, 46 and 62 points, including a 46-0 win over Summerfield in Week 8. The Bobcat defense has two shutouts this season. Summerfield has six wins, the most for the program since the 2017 team won 7 games. Record-setting running back Brandon Thompson is on a roll and coming off a record-setting 325 yards rushing in Week 8.

Comment from Whiteford coach Jason Mensing (10th year, 90-23): “We have a high character team and we have been excited about the season and the journey that entails since last spring.  I’m not certain how it compares to years past as each team and journey is so unique.  I do know we have a great group of guys that I think want to keep competing together a little longer.”

Comment from Summerfield coach Alex Lipka (fourth year, 14-14): “We did some things in the second half in that first game against Whiteford that I liked. I’ll call them sparks. I think we have confidence because of what happened last year when we were able to beat them in the playoffs. Our seniors are on a mission, and we’re excited for it.”

Here are some additional pre-game notes:

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