We highlight some impressive performances across the state class-by-class after week 11 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
BV North, Cameron Burt
North improved to 8-3 on the season with their 49-28 dominating win over Gardner Edgerton and has used their battle tested schedule once again to propel them into being one of the best teams in 6A as we saw them win a title last season with four losses. Graham Mertz threw six touchdowns in the contest. Cameron Burt became the all-time single season state record holder for receiving yards in a season. Burt has 1,576 yards on 85 receptions for 19 touchdowns. Graham Mertz and Burt have been the perfect combo this year. Amauri Pesek-Hickson is also one of the most versatile players in Kansas. They get Olathe North on the road next Friday for a shot to go to another 6A state title game.
Manhattan (6A) into the semifinals for the first time since 2006. The Indians dominated Free State 41-19 tonight. They move on to take on Derby on the road next Friday. What a season for the Indians (10-1). Kevontae McDonald is making a case for one of the best running backs in Kansas as he had over 200 yards rushing and six scores in the contest.
The Eagles got to the sub-state title game by beating SM East 24-21 on Friday night as they lost to them earlier this year. North has one of the best backfields in the state with Arland Bruce and Daymonn Sanchez. They get BV North in the 6A sub-state championship at home on Friday.
The Owls, under head coach T.J. O’Neill, are in their first year of varsity football after playing a JV schedule only in 2017. It’s no problem as they advanced to the 5A state semifinal with a 24-7 victory over DeSoto. The Owls have used their 6A schedule to help them through this years playoffs. They won’t be favored this week but outside of maybe themselves and Brent Maycock of the Capital Journal, nobody had the Owls being a semifinal team when 2018 began. Zac Krause and Gavin McDonald have been difference makers on the Olathe West offense at quarterback and running back.
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Wichita Northwest, the states top offense, won 84-67 over Bishop Carroll at home on Friday night. Cant recall ever seeing something like this in a 5A quarterfinal or 11-man playoff game for that matter. Breece Hall, named an All-American last week by the All-American Bowl, had six rushing touchdowns in Kansas and is proving to be one of, if not the top back in the state. Reagan Jones has been outstanding this year and is one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the state. The Grizzlies get Maize at home on Friday. Caleb Grill passed for a couple of scores and over 270 yards while Caden Cox also went over 100 rushing yards for the Eagles.
The Eagles are into the semis for the first time in 28 years since they last made it in 1990 with an outstanding 28-21 win over Great Bend in the 5A quarterfinals.
Dylan Mussett has had an outstanding season and is nearing the 2,000-yard mark at quarterback for the Bobcats as they advanced to the state semifinals with a 28-7 win over Paola in the 4A quarterfinals. He threw for three scores on Friday and over 260 yards with all three scores going to Jacob Coleman. They get state power Bishop Miege this week. Nice work for Rod Stallbaumer who went over 100 career wins earlier this year.
Goddard scored 28 answered to beat Wellington 28-14 on Friday night. Goddard trailed 14-0 at the half. Kyler Semrad, Ben Bannister and Kam’ron Gonzalez have been huge for the Lions all year.
Mac Brand had nearly 200 yards rushing and three scores as the Indians beat Scott City 35-14 in a battle of two traditional state powers. Andale has been outstanding on both sides of the football this year and will get Pratt in a heavyweight showdown next week on the road. Andale is last years 4A-I runner-up and now down to 3A this season.
Defending 3A state champion Sabetha wins their 18th game in a row as they beat Parsons 62-18 on the road Friday. They get Galena (11-0) at home next Friday for a chance to play for another 3A state title. All teams that remain in the states deepest class are 11-0.
The Greenbacks of Pratt (3A) remain perfect at 11–0 as they knock off previously undefeated Smoky Valley 46-0 tonight. They get undefeated state power Andale next week at home. What an outstanding matchup of two of the most powerful teams in Kansas. Travis Theis continues his player of the year campaign at home next week. Theis had over 200 yards rushing and six total scores in the game.
The Bulldogs knocked off Marysville on the road 42-36 in double overtime on Friday night. In what could have been the game of the year, Galena trailed 24-0 early. In fact, Galena was down 16-0 before they even got an offensive possession. Two turnovers would give Marysville a 24-0 lead after the end of the 1Q. Galena would cut it to 24-14 at the half. Galena scored 30 unanswered points to take the lead with 2:29 remaining in the game. Marysville would get the ball and Galena would stop them, to ultimately run out the clock. That didn’t happen as a fumble with just over a minute remaining would give Marysville the ball and they would score with time expiring on a Jacob Backes catch from Brandon Schroedl to make it 30-30. Marysville would go for two and fail, sending it to overtime. It then went to the first overtime with each team scoring a touchdown and failing their two-point conversion. Marysville got the first possession of the second overtime and would fumble on third down, giving Galena their possession. Galena would use all four downs and lined up for a J.C. Shelton field goal on 4th and 4 and a but a Marysville player jumped offsides, giving Galena a 4th and 1 and a reason to not kick the field goal, which would be the game winner on a J.C. Shelton quarterback sneak. Shelton was the work-horse in the game with over 160 yards rushing on 38 carries along with 95 passing yards with five combined touchdowns. He didn’t come off the field all night as he serves as the kicker, punter, quarterback, return man, linebacker/defensive back. Galena into semifinals for second time in school history and first time since 2009. They get undefeated Sabetha. Beau Sarwinski also got his 100th win as a head coach.
Hoisington (2A) improves to 9-2 and moves on the semifinals after their dominating 30-0 victory over Hutch Trinity. They get undefeated Phillipsburg this next week in a rematch. Wyatt Pedigo is one of the top juniors in the state and has had a 2A player of the year like season so far. Hoisington only losses this season have came to teams still remaining Phillipsburg, who they get Friday, and Pratt, who’s in the 3A semifinals.
Riley County is in the semifinals for the first time since 1996 with their 40-34 OT win over Silver Lake on the road. The last time in semifinals they featured Jon McGraw who went on to be drafted in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft out of Kansas State in 2002 and spent 10 years in the NFL. Six years later Riley County would also have a second-round pick in NFL star Jordy Nelson. Congrats to coach Wagner on an outstanding season. Nobody had Riley County or Humboldt playing for a state title this year and one of them will be playing for a state title.Garrett Harmison and Mikey Waggoner are having huge years for the Falcons.
The Cubs moved on to the semifinals for the first time in school history with their 24-22 road win over Rossville on Friday. They better get used to the road and the Mid-East league because if they want to get to a state title they have to do it again next week by traveling to Riley County and knocking off the Falcons. Conor Haviland has been one of the top players in 2A this season and is a human highlight reel. Dagen Goodner has been great at the quarterback position as a dual threat, while Tucker Hurst (6’3” 210 DE) and David Watts (6’1”, 260 DL) lead the group defensively. Humboldt improved to 11-0 on the year and is having the best year in program history under head coach Logan Wyrick.
The Panthers are the 2A favorite and want a heavyweight matchup on Friday against Conway Springs 25-24. This game went down to the wire all game and was 12-10 Conway Springs at the half. Phillipsburg is led by quarterback Trey Sides and running back Treylan Gross. They’ve also played a battle-tested schedule this year in the MCL and have already knocked off this weeks opponent Hoisington in dominating fashion earlier this season, 51-21.
Plainville is your 1A sectional champion with a 29-13 victory over previously unbeaten Elkhart. They get Smith Center in a rematch this next Friday. Plainville is led by junior quarterback Jordan Finnessy and junior linebacker Jared Casey.
Olpe (1A) takes out Centralia, 20-18, to move into the semifinal against Colgan. The Eagles get a home game versus Colgan this week and may be 1A’s most underrated teams.
In a game that we thought would be much closer wasn’t. Colgan dominated Jackson Heights by a solid defensive effort, 34-7. Cade Simmons had five touchdowns in the game but was injured in the contest. Colgan has been banged up with injuries but take their 9-2 record on the road to Olpe (11-0) next Friday. Outstanding work by second year head coach Shawn Seematter who has two semifinal appearances in two years as the head coach.
The Redmen crushed Sedgwick 61-27 on Friday night moving on to get a rematch of Plainville who they beat earlier this season. It seems to be Plainville and Smith Center every year for the 1A (2-1A) state semifinal. Plainville took runner-up in 2016, Smith Center won it all in 2017. The two schools, both in the MCL, will meet for the sixth time since 2016 on Friday.
While it wasn’t the team result you wanted, Sedgwick senior Hooper Schroeder finished a career that saw 8,500 total yards (7,000+ passing) and 103 touchdowns. Only five players in state history have went over 7,000 yards passing. While Smith Center dominated the contest, Schroeder still passed for 345 yards on 32 of 50 passing with four touchdowns.
Canton-Galva in semis for the first time since 1991 w/ their 54-52 OT victory over South Central in 8M-I. Pending: 8M state record for INTs in a season w/ 27. They get Solomon next week. Most important stat on Canton-Galva: ZERO SENIORS. Junior Landon Everett & Freshman Tyson Struber of 8M-I semifinalist Canton-Galva have combined for 20 interceptions in 2018, each w/ 10. The entire defensive unit has 27 interceptions which when confirmed tie a state record by White Rock (2004)
The Oilers knocked off defending champion Hoxie in dominating fashion, 54-6. Now they just await the winner of St. Francis and Hodgeman County who play on Saturday. Likely the best 8-man defense in the state with only 28 points allowed all season, led by Brett Liebl and Grand Helstab. Offensively it all goes through quarterback Myles Menges and back Alex Hickel. Jerred Bieberle leads the Oilers in receiving yardage. This is a total team effort and one of the most balanced teams in Kansas with everyone contributing and no star players.
Solomon moves on to state semifinal with 14-6 win over A&A in 8M-I. They get Canton Galva at home next Friday. It’s the third appearance in the semifinals in school history for the Gorillas
The Dighton Nine (as called by Matt Gilmore of @kpreps): 8 man Division II Dighton beats Otis-Bison 44-36 to win Sectionals & advance to semis. They have nine players on their team. Incredible! They move to take on Osborne.
Axtell and Hanover
Axtell cruised to a 54-8 victory over Waverly and St. Paul was dominated by Hanover. We will see another showdown in which Hanover won 50-42 earlier this season. The two are 38 miles apart so expect a big atmosphere in