We highlight some impressive performances across the state class-by-class after week two of the 2018 football season. This update is presented by Nex-Tech Wireless, American Implement, Craw-Kan Telephone, Rainbow Commications, Rack Performance, Labette Bank & Eddy's Toyota of Wichita
Big second half for Blue Valley
Blue Valley and Blue Valley North knew that someone was going to leave this game 0-2, even if they are still both heavy title contenders in 6A. In week one BV lost to Aquinas, one of the best teams in all-classes, while BV North lost to Miege, likely the best team in the state. North led 14-6 at the half but Blue Valley would put it together in the second half to outscore them 25-6 to win 31-20 on Friday night at home. Walker Kinney and Eric Olson were huge for the Tigers (1-1) as Kinney passed for over 270 yards with two touchdowns while Olson also added two scores. BV North, last year’s 6A champ, dropped to 0-2. No reason to be alarmed as last year the Mustangs lost four EKL games and won a 6A title. You’ll be tested in every week in the states best league. Graham Mertz did throw of three touchdowns and 290 yards but 20 of his passes were incomplete compared to just 19 completions. North will continue to get better as the season goes on as they are breaking in several new players.
Derby varsity football has outscored opponents 97-0 in the first half this year, 112-6 all quarters (JV in second half). Beat Salina Central 63-0 tonight after beating Garden City 49-6 last week.
Campus won a tight one 29-29 on Friday against Newton. The Colts are 2-0 for the first time since 2005 and set up a huge matchup against a very explosive offensive attack of Maize (2-0) next week in AVTCL-I play. Campus is led by a loaded cast of players that include Tyler Kahmann, Quinton Hicks, Seth Falley, Evan Kruse and Cameron Havey, while Maize is led by three-sport star and quarterback Caleb Grill.
Lawrence Free State (2-0) hasn't given up a point all season. The loaded cast of Division I talent has outscored opponents 82-0, beating Olathe East 41-0 tonight after beating Olathe West 41-0 last week.
SFL Teams off to solid starts but not expected?
Three Sunflower League teams that a lot of people didnt think would be 2-0 at this point and are: Gardner Edgerton, SM Northwest, SM South. S/o to a solid start in 2018! Also undefeated in SFL: Olathe North, Olathe South, Free State all 2-0. Olathe South 2-0 first time since 2014
What a game this was in the controversial OT finish. Manhattan knocked off Topeka High 21-20 at home on Friday as Ky Thomas was ruled down right at the goal line in Overtime on a 2-point conversion for what would have been the win. Of course, there’s some people who think he scores, some that think he didn’t. You’ll have to be the judge here from this video from Andrew Hammond. Huge night for Manhattan back Kevontate McDonald as he had 195 yards rushing, while Manhattan limited Ky Thomas to just 96 yards on the night.
Washburn Rural is 2-0 for the first time since the 2015 season with their 34-24 comeback win against Junction City. Take on Topeka Hayden next week. Rural turned it on in the second half with 27 points. Jordan White and Jaylen Carter led the attack on the ground for WaRu with over 100 yards a piece. Rural defense was also huge forcing six turnovers and committing zero. The Junior Blues also got their first win over JC since 2011.
Wichita North hasn’t won two games in a season since 2009, they went 2-7 that season. North is 2-0 to start the year under second year HC Scott Moshier after their 13-6 win against Liberal! Moshier had a ton of success at Meade (38 miles from Liberal) & a 2012 2-1A state title.
The Trojans got a bounce back win in week two 20-3 over Maize South. What’s most impressive is that the Trojans are one of the youngest teams in the state. They have one of the top sophomore quarterbacks in the state in Eli Fahnestock and perhaps one of the top kickers in the country that’s just a sophomore in David Kemp.
Dalton Miller, Great Bend
On the preseason 25 defensive backs to watch list he had a heck of a night in the 15-7 win over Hays with two interceptions, both of which came in the second quarter and also a 44-yard touchdown run. Great Bend will get their toughest test of the season this week against Wichita Northwest, also 2-0.
Only three EKL teams remain undefeated after two weeks: Bishop Miege, Mill Valley, Aquinas. Very narrow margin for error in the states top league. You have some very good one loss and two loss teams in this league! 2016 5A State Champ had 4 EKL losses, as well as 2017 6A Champ!
While the scores haven’t been impressive over the first two weeks for an offensive unit, it’s the exact opposite on the defense and Kapaun is 2-0. After beating Wichita Southeast 26-3 in week one, the Crusaders knocked off Wichita West 6-0 on Friday. They held them to just two yards of total offense. In week one, KMC held Wichita Southeast to 24 yards of total offense, making the total allowed just 26 yards of total offense. They have a shot to continue that same success this next week against Wichita East. The last five games of the season is where it will get MUCH HARDER for the Crusaders as they get Andover, Wichita Northwest, Carroll, St. James Academy and Wichita Heights.
Maize has outscored opponents 98-0 over the first two weeks of the season (49-0 to both Valley Center and Hutchinson, tonight). Caleb Grill, featured on Faces in Kansas, is a special athlete. Best three-sport athlete in the state? Grill had four touchdown passes in the win. Caden Cox also had a big night with over 100 yards rushing. Preven Christon is also a big time target for the Eagles. Maize hadn’t been Hutchinson at Hutch since 1999. Huge match-up w/ Campus (2-0) next week!
Mill Valley comeback
St. James, who is a team on the rise in the EKL, led 13-0 after the end of the third quarter. Mill Valley didn’t let the win happen as they scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to win 14-13, including a score with under two minutes to play on a Jace Zukowski touchdown reception from senior quarterback Jordan Preston. Preston, who played last year at Free State, had over 300 yards passing in the contest.
Tank Young, Aquinas
Young impressed again as he is starting to prove himself as one of the states top backs as he had just seven carries for 151 yards and three touchdowns against BVSW after a 256-yard performance a week ago against Blue Valley. Young is just a sophomore
The Hornets blasted Garden City 41-20 on the road. Larry Wilson, one of the states top sprinters, had a 99-yard punt return for touchdown in the game. Nice bounce-back win after being blown away by Maize (49-0) last week.
Wildcats are one of just five undefeated teams on 4A East this season after their 2-0 start in 2018. Louisburg got a 27-7 victory over Tongie on the road Friday. Austin Moore is one of the best two-way players in 4A and had three touchdowns on Friday after having over 200 plus yards in week one.
Paola only had two shutouts from 2014-2017. They have two in two weeks in 2018 w/ 42-0 win over Fort Scott tonight and 41-0 win over Bonner Springs last week. Panthers, a traditional 4A power, could be a team to watch. Last big run was 2013 semifinal appearance.
Piper defense has only allowed 14 points through the first two weeks as they dominated Baldwin 51-7 on late Friday evening. In week one, the Pirates got a 28-7 victory. The seven points from Eudora coming in the fourth quarter on a rainy Friday night. The Pirates are 2-0 in their first year of the Frontier League since joining in 2018. Nice work by first year head coach Rick Pollard. While the Pirates feature one of the best two-way lineman in Kansas in KSU commit Cooper Beebe, LeJames White is making a name for himself at running back.Piper had over 500 yards of total offense on Friday night, including 289 on the ground.
Dylan White of Pittsburg- 3 catches - 90 yards receiving - 1 Touchdown - 1 interception - 70 yard punt return. Has 4.4 speed and is one of the most exciting players in 4A this season. Holds SEMO offer at FCS level. Pittsburg w/ two dominating wins over Chanute (tonight) & LCHS.
You may have had to look twice to see the score here. It’s not often that you see Holton being dominated by anyone under Brooks Barta. Well that wasn’t the case on Friday as the Kaws blasted the Wildcats 46-0 as Perry improved to 2-0. As expected, Dalton Kellum, featured earlier this season on Faces in Kansas, had a big night with over 200 yards rushing. Huge league matchup this week against defending 3A champion Sabetha.
Chapman is 2-0 for the first time since the 2015 season and have impressive victories over both Wamego and Marysville, two games they lost last year. Izek Jackson is one of the most exciting playmakers in the class and linebacker Dalton Harvey.
A.J. Oste, Russell
Not only is Russell 2-0 after their 50-12 victory over La Crosse, Oste had a huge night with two touchdown receptions of 76 yards and 38 yards as well as a 77 yard kickoff return for touchdown.He had a fumble recovery for touchdown last week, so has now scored on offense, defense and special teams.
The Beavers, entered as the favorite, but were dominant as they shut-out last years 4A-II state champion Holcomb 24-0 on the road. Wyatt Hayes, one of the states best multi-sport athletes, had over 160 yards rushing after 222 yards rushing last week. Scott City defense held Holcomb in check with under 60 yards of total offense and is one of the best defensive units in 3A.
Surprising 2-0 starts?
Jefferson West, Prairie View, Chapman
Minneapolis beat Sacred Heart for the first time in eight years on a 20-17 win in overtime.
Tate Seabolt, Cimarron
Seabolt had 26 carries for 266 yards and three touchdowns, plus 21 yards receiving in the 44-6 win over Meade. Just as one all-state Seabolt graduated, his older brother Josh now a freshman starter at Bethel, we have another one stepping up in the sophomore 2A player on the rise.
War on 24
As advertised it was a good one as Silver Lake won 17-14 despite a comeback from Rossville in the second half. The Eagles led 10-0 going into the third quarter. Christian Stoner was big for SL with over 160 yards rushing and multi-sport standout Mason Griffin had over 160 yards passing. Silver Lake gets Riley County this next week, a team 2-0 that is coming off a victory over Centralia.
While the schedule hasn’t been outstanding the first two weeks, we still have to give a shout out here to the Plainsmen who are 2-0 for the first time since 2013. The Plainsmen defeated Sublette 53-0 in week one while beating Syracuse 33-12 on Friday. They haven’t been 3-0 to start the season since they went 11-1 back in 2009 under Randall Rath. Nice way to start the season for head coach Jeff Hennick. Schedule gets much more difficult this week as they open MCL play up with Norton.
The Indians, who have been 3A for as long as we can remember, are in the new 3A which is basically like last years 3A just without 16 teams. They seem to be a 2A team nobody is talking about and haven’t allowed a point yet this season. Impressive week two victory over Lyndon. The schedule looks to shape up like they could start 6-0 before taking on state power Silver Lake, also in 2A, in week seven. Darkhorse team in 2A?
The Panthers dominated Plainvlle 31-3 limiting them to under 150 yards of total offense in the game. The Phillipsburg defense didn’t allow a touchdown and pitched a shut out in the second half. Huge MCL match-up this next week against rival and undefeated Smith Center (1A).
Shawn Seematter, Colgan
Seematter is 2-0 in the Black and Blue rivalry game in his second year as a head coach with his 14-0 victory over Frontenac. More impressively, he hasn’t allowed a point to the Raiders since becoming the head coach of the Panthers after beating them 20-0 last year. Frontenac would go on to become last years 4A-II runner-up while Colgan would be 2-1A runner-up. Seematter, who graduated high school just nine years ago, is one of the top young coaches in the state. He had big shoes to feel in replacing legendary coach Chuck Smith and the transition has went as good as you could ask for. Seematter’s swarming defense and solid run-game have them being a contender once again for a state championship in 2018. Panthers have allowed just six points all season and that is against two opponents in 3A (Columbus, Frontenac).
Hooper Schroeder, Sedgwick
Hooper Schroeder of 1A Sedgwick with 353 yards passing with seven total TDs tonight (4 passing, 3 rushing). Two-week Season totals now at 855 yards passing w/ 6 passing TDS, 3 rushing TDs. Last year threw for 2,601 and featured in preseason on Faces in KS, 25 QB's To Watch. Also shout out to freshman kicker Connor Tillman on a 45-yard field goal and going 7/7 PATs in the contest.
Cooper Williams, Jackson Heights
Cooper Williams of 1A Jackson Heights with 11 carries for 280 yards rushing with 3 TDs in 38-0 win over Atchison Co. Jackson Heights (2-0) has outscored opponents 80-0 in 2018.
The Spartans are 2-0 for the first time since they’ve began playing together in 2009. While the schedule hasn’t been the greatest it’s still a step in the right direction for a program that has struggled. Hats off to Cedar Vale-Dexter.
As advertised, the Indians are very good. They dominated Osborne 52-20 on Friday night in Hoxie despite it being 28-20 in one point in the fourth quarter. The Indians, who won it all in 8M-I last year, know how to close out games as they scored the final 24 points of the game. Wylie Weems was big for Hoxie with over 150 yards and three touchdowns. The most impressive thing was the Hoxie defense limiting rising recruit Darnell Holloway to less than 20 yards on the ground after a 350+ yard performance last week. Impressive outing for Hoxie.
Kinsley breaks 22-game losing streak
We’ve seen a lot of these lately happen and its awesome to see. A little bit of success can go a long way. Kinsley snapped their 22-game skid with a 36-24 victory over St. Johns on Friday. Big shout out to the Coyotes. We were out in Kinsley this summer and very cool to see the second oldest baseball field in Kansas. Last victory for the Coyotes came in 2015 when they defeated Macksville. A win streak may be tough to start as they get the loaded Central Plains squad this week in Claflin. CPL football is loaded and always one of the toughest schedules to go through in the 8-man ranks.
Matt Fowler has the Indians 2-0 for the first time since 2014 in his first year as the head coach with a 30-22 victory over Marmaton Valley on Friday. Jace Wilson had over 200 yards rushing in the contest. Oswego will be favored for a 3-0 start as they take on a struggling Altoona Midway program next week. Oswego won just one game last season in 11-man.
Huge win for the Timberwolves as they defeated Spearville 24-8 on Friday. Chayde Snyder had over 220 yards of offense and four scores in the game. The Timberwolves defense limited Spearville to just over 100 yards. You also always have to factor in South Central, when in range, has one of the nations top kickers in Gage Girk who has range well over 50.
Hunter Koch, Axtell
Hunter Koch of Axtell (8M-II) now with 10 touchdown receptions in two games this year. He entered the season w/ 30 career TD receptions, he now sits at 40 with a lot of season left. All-time state record is 57 TD receptions in a career by Layne Bieberle (Central Plains 2012-2014)
Lost Springs-Centre is 2-0 for the first time since the 2010 season with their 46-0 shutout over Herington on Friday. The Cougars have only allowed 14 points all season while scoring 96. They get Canton Galva (1-1) next week.
Colton McCarty, Cheylin
The sophomore QB had a big night in Bird City as he had 254 yards with six touchdowns while going 12 of 18 passing for 130 yards with four more scores. 10 touchdowns on the night for McCarty.