The Brookfield football team will face one of its greatest challenges of the season on Friday night when it travels to Higginsville to face undefeated Lafayette County. The Huskers earned the top seed in the district, ahead of 8-1 Lexington and 7-2 Lathrop, to earn a date with the eight-seed Bulldogs.
The Huskers will run sets offensively that may give Bulldog fans déjà vu; Lafayette County's wing-T base is reminiscent of what Monroe City did earlier in the season, and quarterback Kinser Madison may be the most capable dual-threat guy the Bulldogs have run into this season.
"They're great at running the football, but they're really good at spreading you out and throwing if they want to," Brookfield coach Scott Stevens said. "That's something we'll definitely have to watch."
Defensively, the Huskers will appear predominantly in a 3-3 stack and mix up their pressures, but Stevens says they will occasionally switch into a 4-3 to keep the offense on its toes.
Last week's 20-point win against Carrolton is the slimmest victory Lafayette County has had this season, and most of its wins have come by four or more touchdowns.
Entering Friday night's game, the Bulldogs and the Huskers have no mutual opponents.
"We'll have to do what we do best, and that's running the football," Stevens said. "We struggled with that last week, and that's something we have to get back to. We have to play ball-control football if we want a chance to win this football game. It's a similar gameplan to what we had to do against a very dynamic Monroe City team -- our best defense is our offense."