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What impressed us after week three of 2019 fball season?

Calvin Stapp is looking for a huge season for the Eagles. (photo: Carrie Towns Photography)
By: Chet Kuplen & Conor Nicholl
Sep 21, 2019

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We highlight some impressive performances across the state class-by-class after week three of the 2019 football season. This update is presented by Kansas Turf, Nex-Tech Wireless, American Implement, Craw-Kan Telephone, Rainbow Commications, Rack Performance, Labette Bank, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference & Eddy's Toyota of Wichita

Class 6A

On Military Appreciation Night, No. 1 Derby dominated Newton, 63-7, in its home opener. Derby twice scored on special teams in the first quarter, including a 75-yard kickoff return. The Panthers, which get Bishop Carroll for Homecoming in its marquee matchup next week, scored more than 50 points in the first half for the first time in three years and led 63-0 with 6:05 left in the third quarter. The Derby Informer posted that all players have stickers on their helmets representing the different military branches, and the Panthers wore camo jerseys.

Lawrence finished 1-8 last year and now stands 3-0 with coach Steve Rampy, who won multiple state titles at Blue Valley, and then a national title at Pittsburg State’s offensive coordinator. Lawrence upset Gardner-Edgerton, 35-34. G-E, ranked No. 2 in 6A, took its first regular season loss under second-year coach Ryan Cornelsen. Devin Neal delivered an 80-yard run with 3:44 left to give the Lions the final points.

Before then, Jackson Dooley hit Neal for an 82-yard touchdown pass that closed the gap to 34-28 with 9:09 left in the contest. Earlier, Neal scored from six yards out on fourth down. Lawrence trailed 28-14 at halftime.

No. 3 Olathe North had its most passing yards and most yards of total offense in more than a decade in Week 2. The Eagles had another big performance Friday in a 30-10 victory against Shawnee Mission West. Arland Bruce IV rushed for more than 250 yards and three scores.

Also in Lawrence, Free State led Shawnee Mission North, 52-7, with 19.1 seconds left in the first half. Malik Berry tossed touchdown passes of 28 and 19 yards in the final two minutes of the first half.

Dodge City defeated Wichita Heights, 26-23, in overtime on a touchdown run from Beau Foster. Coach Dave Foster picked up his 50th career victory. The Red Demons moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2010. Dodge City has won back-to-back games in the series.

Wichita South improved to 3-0 with a 6-0 victory against Arkansas City.

Eight teams in 6A remain undefeated after week three: Olathe North and SM Northwest on the East, while Lawrence, Wichita South, Derby, Junction City, Dodge City, and Topeka remain undefeated. There are certainly some on this list that weren’t expected to be in this position but that’s why we play the games.

Class 5A

No. 1 Aquinas bumped its winning streak to 15 games with another dominant victory, 68-19, against Blue Valley Northwest. Tank Young, the state’s top junior prospect by recruiting service 24/7, delivered 10 carries for 216 yards and five touchdowns. Overall, the Saints had 39 carries for 536 yards.

No. 2 Wichita Northwest went 12-1 and allowed 29.3 points per contest in ’18. New defensive coordinator Marc Marinelli, formerly the head coach at Hesston and Goddard-Eisenhower, has led the unit. Northwest has allowed just 25 total points, including a signature effort in a 31-0 victory at Great Bend. Last season, Northwest won this matchup, 56-34.

In preseason, Maize South was considered a potential breakout team. The Mavericks, which started 0-3 last season, are 3-0 after a 27-19 win against Valley Center. All three wins have either featured a MS comeback and/or were one-score games. Mason Edwards rushed for 137 yards. Collin Shields also threw for over 230 yards in the contest.

Hays High won at Liberal, 13-12, in overtime. HHS scored first in OT, and then stopped Liberal on the game-winning two-point conversion. It marks the second straight year Hays High has won by one point versus the Redskins. HHS standout Hayden Brown has strong Liberal ties as both of his parents are Liberal graduates.

Brown’s father, Chris, is the head Fort Hays football coach. HHS broadcaster Dustin Armbruster noted Hayden played with emotions after a passing of a family member. Brown caught two touchdown passes, both from Dylan Dreiling.

In the historic Mayors’ Cup, Salina Central defeated Salina South, 17-7. Jackson Kavanagh threw a touchdown pass with just under five minutes left for the final points.

No. 4 De Soto defeated K.C. Wyandotte, 66-14. Fourteen players touched the ball, including 27 carries for 260 yards and six touchdowns. The Wildcats had 11 passing attempts for 152 yards and three scores. Shane Watts had a punt return touchdown and a safety.

Six teams in 5A remain unbeaten after week three of the season: Aquinas, De Soto, Schlagle remain unbeaten on the East while Wichita Northwest, Maize South and Maize are unbeaten on the West.

Class 4A

No. 1 Bishop Miege held on to defeat Mill Valley, 42-35, in Eastern Kansas League play. Miege led 35-10 before Mill Valley scored 25 straight points. With 41 seconds to go, Mill Valley scored on a three-yard run from Tyler Green to close the margin to 35-33. Miege tied the game on the two-point conversion.

However, Miege’s Daniel Jackson ran the ensuing kickoff back 80 yards for a score. Jackson had a breakout sophomore season, but then missed nearly all of his junior year with injury. He has committed to Minnesota. Brison Cobbins finished with 185 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Andover Central had many key pieces back on defense, including after leading tackler Jack Wiens transferred to Wichita Northwest. AC is 3-0 with first-year coach Derek Tuttle and delivered a big win against Goddard, 38-21. AC lost, 17-16, in overtime last year to Goddard.

The Lions are the defending 4A state runner-up and ranked second in the classification. AC has a host of key players with Shomari Parnell, Xavier Bell, Matt Macy and Trey Degarmo. Parnell threw five scores, including touchdown passes of 70, 39 and 85 yards. Goddard quarterback Kyler Semrad was the state’s leading passer entering the game.

Seven teams in 4A remain unbeaten after four weeks. Sure records don’t matter when everyone makes the playoffs, unless we’re worried about seeding in week nine, but shout out to the teams with undefeated marks: Paola, Piper, Tonganoxie, Miege on the East; Andover Central, McPherson, Buhler on the West. The emergence of Andover Central should really open some eyes. The school experienced championship success last season w/ the 5A state basketball title and some of that talent is on this team.

Independence, under first year head coach John Black, ended a 15-game losing streak with a 20-18 win over Fort Scott last night.

Class 3A

Andale, which was ranked first in Class 3A the majority of last season, has outscored teams 141-14 in a 3-0 start. All 14 points came against the junior varsity. Andale allowed just 33 points in the first eight weeks of 2018. Alum Dylan Schmidt stands 26-2 and has not lost in the regular season.

Prairie View, which posted a big turnaround under Kyle Littrell last season, earned a 28-0 shutout victory against Galena. PV has permitted just 15 points this year.

Sabetha, which gets Marysville in a marquee Week 4 showdown, bumped its winning streak to 23 games with a 41-21 victory against Perry-Lecompton. The Bluejays have captured back-to-back 3A titles, including a 7-6 win versus Marysville in the ’17 finals. Gabe Garber accounted for four touchdowns with 149 passing and 184 rushing.

Jefferson West posted its third straight shutout with a 55-0 win versus Hiawatha and has outscored opponents, 102-0, in three games. JW was 2-7 two years ago and 5-4 last season and returns the three Saili brothers and Quinn Neuenswander, formerly an all-state receiver, has moved to quarterback. JW was a potential breakout team in the preseason, too.

Colby delivered another impressive victory, this time with a 39-21 win against Holcomb. Last season, Colby defeated Holcomb in a close game. Calvin Stapp, one of the state’s best all-purpose players, delivered 157 rushing yards with four touchdowns, along with 51 receiving yards, according to Colby broadcaster Jackson Schneider.

It is still unknown how good Frontenac could be so far, but we shall know more when they take on Galena (2-1) next week. An interesting note on the Raiders is they’ve played opponents from three different states in the first three weeks, all being wins in Richmond (Mo.), St. Mary’s Colgan (KS), and Commerce (OK).

3A District I could be a little interesting this year as it seems we could have four teams fighting for the top spot. Caney Valley, Frontenac and Columbus are off to 3-0 marks. Galena, who won the district last year, is 2-1, while Parsons, the runner-up, last year has struggled to a 1-2 start. Four spots make the 6-team district that also includes Baxter Springs (0-3).

3A District 4 is loaded to say the least. Sabetha has won back to back in 3A and they take on fellow 3-0 opponent Marysville to open district play next Friday. Wamego has opened the eyes of a lot of people in 3A with their skill play and also sits at 3-0. Traditional power Holton sits at 2-1 with their only loss coming to a 3-0 Jefferson West team who’s in 3A District 3.

3A District 6 has three undefeated teams after three weeks as district play kicks off Friday: Andale, Collegiate, Clearwater. Cheney and Haven are also off to 2-1 starts. Andale is the favorite but there could be a lot of back and forth wins in this loaded district. Clearwater is also 3-0 for the first time since 2011 and feature one of the top playmakers in the class in Tanner Cash.

3A District 7 is interesting because nobody has a winning record so far but make no mistake about it there are teams that are talented and have competed for state titles. Holcomb, Kingman, Larned, Nickerson all sit at 1-2 while Pratt and Hugoton are winless. All that will be soon to change as these teams should battle it out for four tough spots to the 3A west playoffs.

Osawatomie snapped a 11-game losing skid as they knocked off Parsons 42-20 at home last night. They lost this game 59-20 last year. Nice win for head coach Rod Madden.

Class 2A

No. 1 Hoisington defeated Larned, 41-19. Wyatt Pedigo finished with 23 carries for 274 yards and six touchdowns. He had a pick-six. Mason Perez, a four-year starter from Larned, enjoyed a nice game with more than 120 yards of offense at halftime.

In a wild game, Humboldt scored 10 points late in the game to beat Eureka, 38-32. Eureka led 32-22 in the fourth quarter. Then, the Cubs scored, converted the two-point conversion, and recovered the onside kick. On fourth and long, Conor Haviland had a big run and scored on the next play. Haviland, a first team all-state player on the best team in Humboldt history last season, then sealed the win with an interception.

Silver Lake’s C.J. Hamilton, the state’s all-time winningest coach, moved to 425-92 in 44 years with the Eagles. SL has state records with 97 playoff wins and 36 playoff appearances. The Eagles defeated Riley County, 25-0. Last season, RC beat Silver Lake in the playoffs.

Southeast Cherokee is 3-0 for the first time since 2012, then under head coach Clint Rider, now at BV Northwest. The Lancers have picked up victories Uniontown, Pleasanton and Yates Center. They’ve allowed just 24 points this season under head coach Jerrad Hanson. Southeast has a very favorable schedule that should see them finish with a winning record. They kickoff district play against Northeast Arma next week.

Matt Pauly was an all-state returner for Garden Plain in 2018 and then shifted to quarterback. He has led the Owls into the Class 2A rankings. On Friday, GP moved to 3-0 with 131 passing yards with four touchdowns against zero interceptions. He rushed for 111 yards.

Maur Hill beat Jackson Heights, 18-14, in a comeback win in Northeast Kansas League play. MH had lost three in a row in the series. JH is ranked No. 3 in 1A. Jack Caudle, the standout four-year starting quarterback for Maur Hill, was a combined 13 of 26 for 115 yards and no scores in the last two seasons versus the Cobras. He had a solid game with a touchdown run, and then Andrew Schwinn tallied the game-winning touchdown.

Belle Plaine is 3-0 this season and has yet to allow a point. Since we started Sports in Kansas there may not be a team that has lost more than Belle Plaine so this is a huge shoutout to the program. It’s the first 3-0 start in more than 12 seasons. Belle Plaine has not had a winning season since 2011. Hats off to first year head coach Colton Koenigs. Just three years ago they were on a 31-game losing streak that lasted from October 2012 to September 2016. Last season Belle Plaine snapped a 42-game league losing streak. Good things ahead for the Dragons.

Class 1A

No. 1 Smith Center defeated rival Phillipsburg, ranked second in Class 2A, 27-7. SC ended an eight-game losing streak to the Panthers. Smith Center has a massive home game versus No. 2 Plainville on Friday that will likely determine the pecking order for Class 1A. The Redmen defense has allowed just 25 points in three contests.

No. 2 Plainville had a 16-0 road win against TMP at Lewis Field Stadium. The 1-2 Monarchs, which were competitive in Week 1 against Smith Center, had just 64 yards in total offense. Jordan Finnesy opened the scoring with a 23-yard touchdown run, and then threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Cody Crawford. Plainville added a safety early in the fourth quarter for the final points.

Scott Jones, first year head coach at Lyndon, has the Tigers off to a 3-0 mark as they’ve only allowed 19 points through three weeks. The schedule will certainly get tougher deeper into the district though as Jeff County North, Jackson Heights and Troy all have winning records.

Northern Heights was 2-7 last year and off to 3-0 mark so far in 2019. They get Yates Center this week which should have them go to 4-0. Its been over 12 years since they’ve went 3-0 and even longer if they were to start 4-0.

Sedgwick, which gets a big road game at Ell-Saline in Heart of America play this week, defeated Sterling, 52-13. Kale Schroeder finished with 16 carries for 142 yards and a score, and three catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. Lance Hoffsommer completed 12 of 28 for 356 yards and six touchdowns. Qayden Shepherd had five catches for146 yards and two scores. Linebacker Gannon Resnik had a big game versus the Sterling flexbone with 18 tackles, two for loss.

Olpe is always so solid and consistent with Chris Schmidt as the head coach. They got a big win over Christ Prep on Friday, 21-14. Christ Prep won the national homeschool championship last season. The Eagles, who played for a title a year ago, are certainly a contender again in the wide open 1A East. There are just 16 football teams on the East bracket, eight of them have a winning record at this point, five of those being unbeaten.

1A East Contenders? Five teams remain unbeaten but records don’t matter as everyone will make the playoffs. Valley Heights, Jackson Heights, Centralia, and Olpe should be major contenders to get to the title game this season.

Eight-Man, Division I

Coldwater-South Central had posted three straight 9-2 years, though had lost to Hodgeman County three times in the regular season. Many of the key players from both teams had returned from ’18. No. 4 South Central defeated No. 3 Hodgeman County, 48-14. Chayde Snyder delivered more than 300 yards of total offense. Eli Salmans paced Hodgeman County with 188 rushing yards.

Burlingame coach Jeff Slater picked up his 50th career victory with a 46-0 win against Marais des Cygnes Valley. Slater stands at 50-8 with Burlingame, including three straight sub-state title game showings from ’16-18. His mother, Julie, has won more than 900 matches as Lansing’s volleyball coach.

Rural Vista’s Dylan Worrell finished with 32 carries for 269 yards and five touchdowns in a victory against Herington.

Leoti, which had a breakout season with new coach Brant Douglas last year, has opened 3-0 with dominant victories. The Indians won its first two games by a combined score of 144-0, and then beat Logan-Palco, 68-14, on the road last night. L-P was 2-0. The Indians, which are in the same district as Hoxie and St. Francis, have played a neutral site game and then back-to-back road contests.

Oswego defeated Altoona-Midway, 48-0, with a 16-0 lead after the first quarter and 42-0 at halftime. Jace Wilson’s only completion went for a 33-yard touchdown. Wilson had six carries for 144 yards and four touchdowns.

8M-I District 3 on the East is pretty good as far as record goes. Four teams are 3-0 (Burlingame, Madison, Maranatha, Lebo) while Chase County is off to a 2-1 start. Valley Falls also in the district at 0-3.

8M-I District 8 on the West is also good as far as record goes. Three teams are 3-0 in St. Francis, Decatur Co, and Wichita County. Hoxie, Atwood and Trego are also 2-1. Nobody in this district has a losing record so far.

Eight-Man, Division II

No. 1 Hanover defeated Mankato-Rock Hills, 66-16, on the road and captured consecutive win No. 41. The Wildcats tied the all-time eight-man winning streak record with Almena-Northern Valley (’85-88) in the KSHSAA era. Hanover led 24-0 at halftime and 38-0 midway through the third quarter. The game quickly changed at the end of the first quarter. Hanover scored for a 6-0 lead, then Rock Hills had a bad punt snap for a safety, and the Wildcats bumped to an 8-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Colin Jueneman scored a touchdown.

Jueneman had played sparingly in the past and didn’t see the field in Week 1. He had a huge breakout game with another touchdown when he ran back the second half kickoff 79 yards. As well, he scored on runs of 25 and 40 yards.

Taegan Schwartz rushed 17 times for 156 yards and two scores. Hanover bottled up Rock Hills standout Rylee Whelchel until the game was out of reach. Hanover lineman Jonah Weber, the only returning starter for the Wildcats, had a big game on both sides of the ball after he lost a contact early in the contest.

No. 2 Axtell quarterback Quinn Buessing continued his remarkable career. On Thursday, the four-sport all-state athlete ran cross country and helped the Eagles win the Onaga Invitational. On Friday, Axtell faced Onaga and won 60-14. He completed 14 of 16 passes for 314 yards and six touchdowns, and had six carries for 50 yards and a pair of scores. With another big season, Buessing, a four-year starter at quarterback, should break multiple career eight-man records.

No. 3 Osborne defeated Stockton, 46-8. In Week 2, Stockton had pulled the upset against Sylvan-Lucas. The Bulldogs led 16-0 after the first quarter and 34-0 at halftime.

Adam Albertini accounted for all seven of the St. Paul touchdowns as they blasted West Elk at home on Friday (52-6). St. Paul may be done at halftime for the rest of their regular season games.

Frankfort is another team not a lot of people are talking about but they need to start. They won in a shoot out over D-West last night but they have put up some huge offensive numbers this season, scoring 52 or more in all of their games.

Axtell, Frankfort, Hanover in same district. This district is shaping up to be a very competitive one in 2019. It’ll get interesting later on in the season.

Six-man

Cheylin had an impressive performance on both sides of the ball in a 46-0 victory against Pawnee Heights. The Cougars have posted back-to-back shutouts, very rare in the six-man game, and had another big performance from Colton McCarty. He had 12 carries for 190 yards and five scores, completed five of six passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. He picked off two passes, including a pick-six. Drew Schields had four catches for 59 yards and a score, along with 11 tackles, two TFLs and a sack.

We have 12 teams playing 6-man football which isn’t recognized by KSHSAA.

Cheylin is the only undefeated team, according to Kpreps.com schedules, on the 6-man North Division. Golden Plains, Natoma, Weskan are 2-1 while Western Plains (Ransom) is 0-3.

Ashland and Moscow remain the only unbeaten teams in the 6-man north Division while  Pawnee Heights, Fowler and Deerfield remain 1-2. Cunningham and Rolla are 0-3 to start the year.