We highlight some impressive performances across the state class-by-class after week three of the 2018 football season. This update is presented by Nex-Tech Wireless, American Implement, Craw-Kan Telephone, Rainbow Commications, Rack Performance, Labette Bank, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference & Eddy's Toyota of Wichita
Kevontae McDonald, Manhattan
McDonald had nearly 200 yards rushing and four scores on Friday as the Indians remained perfect as they dominated Topeka Seaman 49-7 on the road Friday night. McDonald is proving to be one of the best backs in the state. Huge matchup with Washburn Rural next week for Manhattan as both are undefeated.
Washburn Rural & Jaylen Carter
The Junior Blues are undefeated and have had solid play from running back Jaylen Carter. He has six touchdowns in the last two games with 344 rushing yards including over 200 last night and three touchdowns as they defeated Topeka Hayden, 33-17. It sets up a huge Centennial League matchup next week versus Manhattan (3-0). WaRu is 3-0 for the first time since 2015 when they started out the season 4-0, however they would drop four of their last five games that season. Nice work for Steve Buhler and the Junior Blues so far in 2018.
Entering 2018 they were on a 10-game losing streak, now the Trailblazers are 3-0 for the first time since Bubba Starling was the quarterback in 2010 as the started the year with 11 straight wins, before losing to Blue Valley 45-42 in the state semifinal. Its been a season of first times for GE as they are in the Sunflower League and all three teams they’ve defeated have first year head coaches at their programs and same can be said with Gardner in first year head coach Ryan Cornelsen. With the way the schedule looks, Gardner could have several wins by the time the 6A playoffs come around.
Henry Martin, BV North
Despite being 0-3 BV North definitely found a solid option after Graham Mertz. The freshman stepped in nicely and nearly led the Mustangs to a miraculous second half comeback. You won’t find many freshman across the state stepping into a big moment like that. Hats off to Andy Sims and his group for fighting back in a tough one last night.
SM Northwest, SM South and Gardner Edgerton are all 3-0. Nobody would be surprised right now if they are 0-3 is why this is surprising. Outstanding work in the start that these three Sunflower League programs have done to try to make a turnaround. SM Northwest perhaps got the best win of the bunch as they knocked off a very solid Olathe South program 27-21 in OT. Shout out to Bo Black and the Cougars for a 3-0 start.
Central is actually a team being talked about this season and its been quite some time since they have been 2-1. Dalton Peters had 209 combined yards and two touchdowns, including 110 rushing yards in the second half as the Mustangs defeated their rival, Salina South, 27-3. Jackson Kavanagh also threw three touchdown passes. Despite the Derby blowout in week two, you can ask for much better of a start in first year head coach Mark Sandbo.
We can talk about Caleb Grill all day but what’s really impressive is the defense of the Eagles not allowing a point all season. The Eagles shutout a very solid Campus squad 21-0 on Friday night to remain perfect on the year.
Tank Young, Aquinas
The Aquinas sophomore had well over 200 yards and four rushing touchdowns in the blowout win on Thursday night over BV Northwest. Young is one of the top sophomores in the state and has over 600 yards rushing after three weeks of the 2018 season.
Alex Schremmer, Great Bend
While the Panthers lost in a shootout with Wichita Northwest it was still a big night for quarterback Koy Brack and top target Alex Schremmer. The Great Bend wide receiver broke the single game receiving yards record on Friday seven catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns.
The Dragons improved to 3-0 on the year as they handed 6A defending state champion Blue Valley North third loss of the year. Wisconsin QB commit Graham Mertz was injured in the first quarter of the game and didn’t return however Pittsburg did have a pick six off of him in the quarter. The Dragons used two pick sixes, including a 98-yard INT return from Dylan White, his first time starting both ways. They held off a very solid comeback from BVN in the second half. North trailed 27-10 but North scored 21 unanswered in the second half to take the lead 31-27 in the 4th but PHS would score with minutes remaining and pick off another pass with seconds remaining to seal the win. Mertz is expected to return in a few weeks after experiencing a knee injury.
Records do matter here because of seeding for week nine. It’s the first year we’ve done it this way without districts in 4A. Where it will be tricky is teams with some losses due to better schedules. So far teams that are undefeated on the East are: Pittsburg, Piper, Paola, Miege, and Louisburg. Piper, Louisburg and Paola will all have to play eachother as they are in the same league. Miege also in battle tested league and Pittsburg has a very solid schedule that lays ahead with 5A and 6A opponents. On the West as we’ve kind of expected and said all year who we thought would be the top teams, remain the only two undefeated in Goddard (3-0) and McPherson (3-0).
Wellington got historic win number 600 on Friday as Grey Hatfield had four rushing touchdowns as the Crusaders improved to 2-1 on the year with their 47-26 victory over Clearwater.
Colby ended a nine-game losing streak to Holcomb on Friday night with their impressive 38-34 win. Colby has the talent to be a team worth noting in 3A with all-stater Jordan Schippers, Calvin Stapp and Xavier Slavens.
The Vikings improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2011 with their 59-20 home win over Osawatomie as district play begins next week. The Vikings schedule hasn’t been outstanding as opponents they’ve beat are a combined 0-9 but the team is leaps and bounds above where they have been in years. First year head coach Kurt Freiss has done an outstanding job in his first year as the HC with the program. Daquan Johnson is one of the most exciting player in the classification. Parsons also features the likes of Gage Freiss, Patch Loadholtz, Devontae Yates and Dariq Williams that give you just about of talented of a group of skill guys in the Southeast Kansas area. Have to also give credit for solid line play on both sides of the football, something Parsons has struggled with in recent memory.
Pratt had quite the statement victory over league rival Hesston on Friday in blanking them 55-0. Kadence Riner had six touchdowns in the contest for the Greenbacks who improved to 3-0. Now it’s not a surprise that Pratt won but 55-0 wasn’t expected by anyone! Travis Theis and company are going to be a hard out in 3A this fall and two years ago won the 2016 4A-II title.
Sabetha vs. Perry Lecompton
I think we figured out who two really hard playing teams are in 3A this season and no surprise here. While Sabetha got the win 35-33 and outlasted the Kaws, we know that Perry Lecompton will be a force in the 3A playoffs. Sabetha, last years 3A champion, improved to 3-0 as they begin district play this week. How crazy is the new 3A? Well next week we not only begin district, Sabetha is matched up against Marysville, the team they beat 7-6 in last years 3A state championship.
Wyatt Pedigo, Hoisington
Pedigo has a chance to be one of the best in this classification this year. He is pound for pound one of the toughest players in the state, he proved that winning a state wrestling title last winter as a sophomore. He went off for 318 yards and five rushing touchdowns in the blowout win over Larned on Friday. When Pedigo plays, Hoisington is 2-0. He missed week one against Pratt with injury. Expect a solid year from the junior linebacker and running back.
The Dragons ended a 42-league game losing streak on Friday with their 42-14 win over Wichita Independent under first year head coach C.J. Madison.
2A District Six is Loaded
Four teams in this six-team district that begins this week are undefeated at 3-0. Chaparral, Conway Springs, Garden Plain and Hutch Trinity are all off to solid starts. The good thing with this format is four teams of the six make the playoffs. Its now time for all these teams to beat up on each other in this gauntlet of a district in 2A.
Now their schedule won’t be anything too crazy and hasn’t been but this is possibly a team we could be talking bout 8-0 or 7-1 entering the playoffs in five weeks from right now. District play begins this next week and it looks to be Lakin or Cimmaron as the favorite. Lakin has got it done with solid line play from their big boys on both sides of the ball and nice play out of the backfield by Kaiden Christiansen.
The Vikings had lost 18-games in a row but snapped that streak on Friday with a 34-22 victory over Alma-Wabaunsee. The last win for Central Heights was October 9th 2016 against Eureka. Congrats to first year head coach Bob Risch.
Schedule isn’t solid but we have to give some credit here. Southeast entered year on 28-game losing streak that dated back to 2014. They enter district play with a winning record at 2-1 this season after beating Yates Center, 39-7, on Friday.. They will also have an opportunity to be one of those four teams to be going to the playoffs out of their six-team district, where three teams (Northeast, Erie, Riverton) have combined for one win. Southeast has an opportunity to put together some more wins this season and perhaps have a winning record isn’t out of the conversation. It sounds crazy to say, but it could be a reality.
The darkhorse team in 2A improved to 3-0 on Friday night. Led by 5-4, 135-pound, quarterback, Trenton Plinsky the Indians are a team to watch this season in 2A. They enter district play next week with Silver Lake being the district favorite but won’t meet the Eagles until week seven. We feel like Osage City at least has a shot to be a 7-1 team by the time the playoffs start in week nine. They’ve only allowed six points all season.
The Panthers were favored going into the matchup with state power and defending 2-1A champion Smith Center but they dominated the Redmen 42-14 on Friday night. It marks the eighth time in a row that Phillipsburg has beaten Smith Center. Treylan Gross is one of the top backs in 2A and Trey Sides has now been a four year starter at quarterback after helping lead the Panthers to the 2-1A state title in 2015.
Troy, Colgan, Jackson Heights, Olpe, Pleasanton are all undefeated at 3-0 on the East while just two remain unbeaten on the west in Sedgwick and Elkhart. Records don’t always matter as teams like Smith Center play in one of the best 2A/1A conferences in the state. Pleasanton is new to 11-man this year and has been solid over the first few weeks including a nice victory over Jayhawk-Linn Friday, but they are in a district with a loaded Colgan team. Troy and Jackson Heights are also in the same district, which will be interesting. The Trojans, who were the 2016 2-1A champs, looked to have used the youth experience they gained in last seasons struggle to springboard them into a solid 2018 start.
Lane Whisennand, Elkhart
In just a quarter and a half last night, he went off for 150 yards on seven carries with three touchdowns also threw a touchdown passing and returned a 90-yard kickoff for touchdown. Whisennand is one of the fastest players in 1A and has 4.5 40-yard dash speed.
While Cade Simmons is one of the best offensive players in the classification so far this year, the other story has been the Colgan defense. The 3-0 Panthers varsity defense hasn’t allowed a point and has just allowed 14 points all season. They’ve blasted three 3A oponnents to start the year by a combined score of 101-to-14 and included in that schedule were Frontenac and Columbus. The Panthers defeated Baxter Springs 47-8 on Thursday night in Pittsburg and will make the long haul to take on a 1A playoff rival in Centralia on Friday.
Hanover remained perfect and blasted Rock Hills 68-0 at halftime. Rock Hills who we figured to be a heavy contender in the 8M-II Division didn’t have enough to slow down the Wildcat attack. Hanover has won the last two state titles in 8M-II. They’ve only allowed six points all season. They also haven’t lost since the 2015 state title game against Spearville in 8M-I. This group of seniors has only lost one game while in high school. Hanover has only lost two games in the last five football seasons.
8M-I District Three
Madison, Maranatha Academy and Burlingame are all undefeated, while Lebo is 2-1. This district may be a bit tougher than many would have thought coming into the year. Maranatha is new to the 8-man game from 11-man but has a solid passing game. Madison hasn’t allowed a point yet this season and may be back to Madison football. Burlingame has made the semis in each of the last three seasons under Jeff Slater. Its early but this is shaking out to a competitive district in 2018.
The 8M-II Wildcats are 3-0 for the first time in six years. They’ve scored 52 or more in all three of their contests and have allowed now more than 12 per contest under head coach Nick Anderson in 2018.
Flinthills-Rosalia got their first win since the 2014 season over Oxford on Friday night. They ended the streak of 35 games with their last win coming over Elk Valley in 2014.
Pawnee Heights/Cheylin. Pawnee Heights versus Ashland next week
This was a much-anticipated matchup this week of last years state title game in the 6-man ranks but the game didn’t happen due to injuries and illness with the Cheylin Cougars football team. No make-up date is planned. There is another anticipated matchup this next week for Pawnee Heights, last years 6-man champ, against Ashland. Ashland is brand new to 6-man and has dominated opponents 106-to-7 in the first two weeks after being idle this past week.
Austin Snyder, Moscow
Snyder had 224 yards rushing with five touchdowns in 58-32 win over Weskan on Friday night. It was also the first win of the year for the Wildcats.
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