AUDUBON- After a big time win last week, sixth ranked Audubon looks to keep their momentum rolling at the open district play.

The first district game of the season for Audubon is none other than the defending district champion, Exira-EHK. In a game that came down just a yard and a half away from overtime, or even a reversed result, the players look to avenge last year’s loss, like they just did with the Knights last week.

“As I’ve said before there’s a lot of great teams on our schedule,” Birks said. “These guys here are one of them. We’ve been reminding ourselves that we have to stay in the moment, and some seasons that’s harder to do than others, and this week is a prime example of preparing for another big game. It’s the start of district play, getting off to a 1-0 start is critical to get into the playoffs. Last year we dug out of a 1-2 hole. This year we want to make sure we don’t have to dig out of a 2-2 hole.”

The Wheelers know the quest for a hopeful district title starts now. They also know their district is loaded with lots of talented teams, including Exira-EHK, thus it is vital to start district play 1-0.

“They had a big win last week as well,” sophomore quarterback Gavin Smith said. “It was nice that we gave our selves a little cushion heading into district play this week, at the same time we got to watch it though. We aren’t staying too high off the last game, it’s just forget it and move on and prepare for this week.”

Last week in a 23-0 win over Fremont-Mills, the defense was a staple to the team’s success.

This week, the Wheelers will look to have have another great defensive performance against a multiple Spartan offense.

“We played really hard last week,” senior lineman Tanner Petersen said. “We know we’re going to have to do it again this week. We know we always have to take it week by week now and if we do that we can pull out the win.”

Getting a chance to open district play at the comforts of home is an added bonus to this team. After playing in a fun fun atmosphere last week the Wheelers call out to the community to make it another strong crowd this Friday.

“It’s always fun to play at home,” Birks said. “It’s always a good environment and I’m sure this week won’t be any different. I thought last week’s crowd and environment was awesome, Fremont-Mills traveled well especially for as far as they had to travel. This week travel won’t be a problem, it won’t be a long trip for anyone. It looks like the weather will provide another great day, so I anticipate another full house, and a fun crowd.”

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Chis Jones Field.