SIOUX CITY -- It may be early but Jason Garnand knows it is a big week for his Sioux City Stampede.
The series history with the Kansas City and the Stampede is 2-2 with a showdown at Memorial Field set for Saturday.
"This one is huge because we have won 19 of the last 20 games and the only loss was to Kansas City two years ago in the title game," Garnand said. "Last time we lost a home game was back in 2015 and that was to Kansas City."
It is a significant test for a Stampede team that is still trying to find its rhythm after a dominating victory in week one.
"Kansas City is 2-0 and beat the No. 2 team in the country Colorado Greyhawks in week one and then went to St Paul and beat the Pioneers, who are in our league and No. 2 in the power rankings," Garnand said. "We had a little bit of a weaker opponent in week one to get things tuned up and then you have a monster game week two, and that lets you know where you are at going forward."
The Stampede opened its season last Saturday at Memorial Field with a 92-0 thrashing of the Granite City Renegades. Sioux City raced out to a 62-0 halftime lead as Larry Taylor ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns, Terrance James had 63 yards on the ground and two scores and Dorian Ballentine went for 123 yards in the air and two scores. Bret Van Muyden had three receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown.
"That game was based solely on talent level and after watching film our execution and things we are supposed to do we were pretty average," Garnand said. "We have so much more room to improve which can be so scary."
The Stampede, who won the Midwest Football Alliance title last year, is now in the Northern Elite Football League and is breaking in a new offensive and defensive coordinator.
Kickoff for Saturday's game against Kansas City is 4 p.m.