BARNARD, Mo. — North-West Nodaway and Platte Valley came into the 2019 season confident that their teams would improve from a season ago. So far, the Muskets and Platte Valley have struggled through two weeks, being outscored 168-26.

Platte Valley showed well in its preseason jamboree, with a few new weapons on offense and an improved defense. Though the PV football team has struggled in its first two weeks, the team has been better in those games.

Starting the season with Mound City is a tough draw for any team, especially a young team trying to redefine its program. Platte Valley will have to find small victories and being able to score on a stout Mound City defense can be one of those victories. Dalton Luke finished with 65 yards in the loss to the defending state champions.

Last week’s loss to Rock Port showed a lot of progress for Platte Valley, especially in the first half. The defense held the Blue Jays to 14 points going into the third quarter. Platte Valley would go on to lose 34-6. Platte Valley will need to find a way to be more productive on offense and if they can, they should win more games once the schedule lightens up.

Much like Platte Valley, the Muskets showed promise in one game and then ran into one of the state’s best teams in the other. North-West Nodaway had allowed 108 points, while scoring zero at this point last season.

The Muskets played well through two quarters in their season-opener against Stewartsville. North-West trailed the Cardinals 16-14 at halftime.

The second half is when things changed dramatically for the Muskets. Stewartsville outscored the Muskets 20-0 through the final two quarters.

North-West traveled to Tarkio in week two to face the number three team in the state. The Wolves dominated the Muskets from the start, leading 14-0 after the first quarter and 38-0 at the end of the first half. East Atchison’s touchdown in the third quarter ended the game.

Karson Oberhauser and Gabe Goff have been the leaders on the offensive side of the ball. Oberhauser has struggled in the passing game but has averaged 52.5 yards rushing in each of the first two games. Goff is leading the Muskets with 143 rushing yards on 34 carries.

The matchup between North-West Nodaway and Platte Valley was quite good last season — Platte Valley held on to win 40-30 for its first win.

This year’s contest will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday night in Barnard and will feature two strong running games and two defenses that have improved since their last meeting.

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