Conor Nicholl and Chet Kuplen highlight some impressive performances across the state class-by-class after week nine of the 2018 football season. This update is presented by Nex-Tech Wireless, American Implement, Craw-Kan Telephone, Rainbow Communications, Rack Performance, Labette Bank, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference & Eddy's Toyota of Wichita
In possibly the best game of Friday night, Topeka High avoided the big upset with a 45-43 win against Hutchinson. Gregorio Leonardo kicked a 24-yard late field goal for the victory. Ky Thomas had 164 rushing yards and Jacqez Barksdale had 163 rushing yards.
Olathe East’s Ray Lewis collected three interceptions and two receiving scores as OE delivered a 31-21 upset win at Blue Valley.
Wichita West got its first playoff win in 17 years over Wichita East, 47-0. The Pioneers improved to 6-3 on the year.
Campus’ Cameron Harvey delivered five touchdowns with two rushing, two receiving and a pick-six. The Colts defeated Wichita South, 57-7. Campus has its best season since 2005.
Lawrence Free State defeated Wichita North, 61-18. Jax Dineen recorded six touches for 130 yards and has exceeded 1,000 rushing yards this season. FS’ Ben Miller blocked a punt, recovered his own fumble and scored the game’s first point. L.J. Mack had a 61-yard punt return.
Gardner-Edgerton beat Blue Valley Northwest 55-27 behind 156 yards from quarterback Teven McKelvey. The Blazers remain perfect at 9-0.
The Sunflower League has had a ton of success over time and was once the best league in the state and always a powerhouse league. Sure SM East and Free State have been really good as of recent in the last four to five years, but the days where an Olathe team competing for a title every year have seemed to switch to the EKL power as of recent in the last three years. The league as a whole may be on the rise as nine of the 13 remain after week one of the playoffs. Nice see SMNW, SMS, SME, Olathe West (5A), Olathe East, Olathe North, Gardner Edgerton, Free State, and Olathe South all still active. Maybe we underestimated the league but they've certainly impressed so far this season.
Kapaun held off upset-minded Hays High, 48-28. The 7-2 Crusaders scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. The Crusader s finished plus-2 in turnover margin. Scott Valentas, a Columbia University commit, had 12 carries for 182 yards for three scores. Quarterback Jack Hacking rushed 11 times for 83 times and completed 9 of 16 passes for 96 yards and two scores.
Maize beat Liberal, 56-15. Caleb Grill, a Division I basketball signee, had another huge night with 34 of 44 passing for 473 yards and four scores. Maize outgained Liberal, 639-192.
Emporia beat Wichita Heights, 35-17, and continues to be a scary team in Class 5A with multiple early season close losses. Tyler Lindquist rushed for 98 yards, and senior Hayden Baumwart came up with two huge touchdown-saving tackles.
Olathe West got its first playoff win in school history as they knocked off KC Washington, 27-20, on Friday night. The program played a junior varsity schedule last year and now has a shot to make some noise in the 5A playoffs under head coach T.J. O'Neill.
Mill Valley’s Logan Talley collected three catches for 107 yards and two scores. He had two rushes for 15 yards and a touchdown and collected three punt returns for 53 yards in three quarters. All of his statistics came in three quarters.
Salina Central defeated Goddard Eisenhower, 20-7, for the second win over the Tigers this year. SC captured its first postseason win since ’13 and first seven-win season since ’07. Eisenhower coach Marc Marinelli resigned after the contest after six seasons of coaching GE. He is most well-known for taking the Tigers to a surprising 5A sub-state game in 2015 and another surprising run as a double-digit seed last fall.
Pittsburg’s Dylan White continued his standout season with four catches for 125 yards and had 178 all-purpose yards with three scores. Pittsburg defeated Spring Hill, 37-15, and gets Bishop Miege next.
Ulysses had to make another long road trip to Abilene for the second straight week. After a 26-21 loss in Week 8, the Tigers won 28-0. Ulysses is 4-4 with a three-win improvement after the tragic death of longtime coach Jason Kenny in the offseason.
Bishop Miege rolled over Labette County, 76-8, and eliminated the Grizzlies for the second straight season. Miege tallied four touchdowns in the final four minutes of the first quarter. Quarterback Sam Pedrotti delivered four total scores, and Brison Cobbins rushed for two touchdowns. Dylan Downing recorded a pick-six and a fumble return for a score. LC’s quarterback Easton Dean, an Iowa State commit, entered the game as one of the Kansas’ leading passers. He was 11 of 26 for 120 yards and three interceptions, all on tipped passes.
Scott City shut out Nickerson, 38-0. Moses Hinojos tied a career mark with a 40-yard field goal. Brandon Winderlin had five carries for 100 yards and two TDs. Wyatt Hayes finished with 21 carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Parker Gooden was 9 of 13 for 111 yards. SC is 9-0 for the ninth time in the last 13 years, according to Western Kansas News.
Pratt’s Travis Theis delivered 367 rushing yards and five scores in another standout performance for the 9-0 Greenbacks. Pratt beat Concordia, 52-27.
Chapman’s Blake Vercher recorded 10 carries for 232 yards and three scores. The Fighting Irish, after a 1-2 stretch in the last three weeks, defeated Clearwater, 48-14.
Hesston defeated Wichita Collegiate, 42-28, and have continued a turnaround after getting several key players, notably quarterback Cameron Cox and running back Parker Roth, hurt earlier in the season. Hesston led by 14 at halftime. Cox completed 13 of 20 passes for 205 yards and three scores and recorded 23 carries for 143 yards and a TD.
Smoky Valley remained undefeated with five interceptions and a pick-six with a 43-6 win against Cheney.
In a great moment, Wamego’s Cody Wanklyn scored the final touchdown of the 2018 Red Raider season. Wanklyn is a senior and has Down’s Syndrome. Wamego lost 34-20 at Perry-Lecompton.
Parsons got its first playoff win in 42 years on Thursday night as the Vikings have enjoyed a 7-2 breakout season under first year head coach Kurt Friess, a native of the town. They get Prairie View in round two, a team that won their district, that has also surprised everyone in 3A football this year under second year head coach Kyle Littrell.
TMP-Marian was 2-6 entering Friday’s contest but had scored just 34 points all year. The Monarchs beat winless Lyons, 45-12.
Lakin beat Norton, 44-14, for its first playoff win since 1999. Juan Banuelos rushed for 187 yards and passed for 89. Standout lineman Hadley Panzer recovered a key fumble.
Maur Hill got their first playoff win in 26 years as they knocked off Mission Valley, 27-18. That year in 1992 they would go on to win the 4A state title.
Cimarron defeated Ellsworth, 52-14. Sophomore Tate Seabolt had 36 carries for 183 yards and two scores. Senior Oscar Macias tallied 93 yards and two TDs. Cimarron has won eight straight games.
Sacred Heart sophomore backup quarterback Mac Hemmer, pressed into duty in Week 7 when multi-year starter David Anderson went down with injury, played well in a 34-7 road win against Ellis. Hemmer completed 12 of 20 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Trace Leners recorded five catches for 129 yards and a pair of scores, all in the first half. Senior Charlie Skidmore had five catches for 69 yards and a TD. Senior Ben Del Real recorded three sacks and sophomore Jared McCartney picked off two passes. Sacred Heart started 1-3, but is 3-2 since under second-year coach Garrett Galanski.
Jackson Heights’ Cooper Williams rushed for a pair of scores in a 36-28 win versus Valley Heights.
Inman defeated Stanton County, 44-10, moved to 6-3 overall and has a six-win improvement off last year. The Teutons had a strong collective effort as standout running back Matt Ramey didn’t play.
Eight-Man, Division I
On Thursday, Victoria completed a wild win with a 34-28 home victory against Leoti-Wichita County. Senior quarterback Cooper Windholz missed the game with injury, and freshman Grant Schoenrock played admirably. He rushed 15 times for 134 yards and three scores. Senior Tyler Knoles scored the game-winning touchdown on fourth down with just under four minutes left and picked off a pass. Wyatt Dreiling recorded 13 tackles, had a fumble recovery for a score, and a key quarterback hurry late in the contest that forced an incompletion. Victoria rallied from a 14-0 comeback.
Central Plains posted its seventh straight shutout and has allowed just 22 points after a 50-0 win versus South Gray.
Spearville defeated Little River, 54-24. The 7-2 Lancers delivered 490 rushing yards. Carson Rich delivered 31 carries for 251 yards and four scores as three players cleared 100 yards.
Lincoln quarterback Drew Biggs had 27 carries for 241 yards and was 24 of 32 passing for 222 yards in Thursday’s 60-44 loss to Atwood.
Eight-Man, Division II
Osborne defeated Triplains-Brewster, 48-0. Junior Darrien Holloway has 10 carries for 110 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Darnell Holloway had five carries for 112 yards and a TD.
South Barber beat Satanta, 78-14, and led 70-6 with 6 minutes, 6 seconds left in the first half.
Hutchinson Central Christian continued to rank as the No. 1 offense in eight-man football for the third straight season. HCC defeated Ingalls, 76-30. Quarterback Caleb Lambert delivered 19 carries for 155 yards and six scores. He completed 13 of 22 passes for 288 yards. Richie Oswalt delivered 11 carries for 118 and three TDs. Adam Hall and Marshal Walton combined for 260 receiving yards and two TDs. HCC finished with 578 total yards.
Axtell’s Hunter Koch broke the single season and career state record for eight-man TD receptions in a 58-12 win versu Pike Valley. Koch had three TD catches and has 30 receiving scores this year and 60 in his career.
Pawnee Heights defeated Cheylin, 118-85. PH’s Kade Scott tallied 14 scores. If the game had been eight-man, it would have set eight-man records for total points and touchdowns by a single player. Cheylin sophomore quarterback Colton McCarty finished with 12 total scores and 478 yards of total offense.