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What impressed us after week six of 2019 fball season?

Axtell ended the Hanover winning streak of 43 games on Friday Night. (photo: Amy Smith)
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Oct 12, 2019

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We highlight some impressive performances across the state class-by-class after week six 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

No. 1 Derby’s Lem Wash started at quarterback for the first time. He accounted for five touchdowns in a 56-7 victory versus rival Hutchinson. The Panthers have the state’s current longest winning streak at 19 games. For the third straight year, quarterback Grant Adler has suffered injury. Adler will miss multiple games with an ankle injury, according to the Derby Informer. Running back Tre Washington has scored in every game for the Panthers.

Olathe North, ranked No. 2, delivered a 77-49 victory against Shawnee Mission East. Arland Bruce IV had 318 rushing yards and six touchdowns. ON is 5-0 against Kansas competition and its only loss is to Columbine, 24-21. Columbine is ranked first in Class 5A in Colorado.

Blue Valley West’s David Brown recorded 192 receiving yards and two touchdowns. BVW defeated Blue Valley Northwest, 32-14. The Jaguars are 4-2 and have bested last year’s 3-6 record.

Blue Valley North’s Reid Spachman recorded five sacks against Blue Valley Southwest. BVN, the 6A state champion and 6A runner-up the last two years, had opened 1-4 before the 20-3 victory.

Topeka High’s Ky Thomas became the Centennial League’s all-time rushing leader. Thomas rushed for 271 yards and three scores in a 42-28 win versus Washburn Rural. Thomas is well over 6,000 in his career.

Dodge City’s Beau Foster recorded more than 140 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in the Red Demons’ 40-21 victory versus Hays in Western Athletic Conference play. DC (6-0, 2-0 WAC) will play at Garden City (2-4, 2-0) in the annual Hatchet Game this week.

In Class 6A West, Lawrence, Dodge City and Derby are the only undefeated squads. Lawrence was 1-8 last year. Dodge City has matched its win total from ’18, and Derby is the defending state champion.

Grant Snoden of Manhattan had a 38 yard field goal as time expired to beat Junction City in the Silver Trophy Game (31-28). He was also 4/4 on extra points.

The Centennial League features a four-way tie with Topeka (5-1, 4-1), Manhattan (5-1, 4-1), Junction City (5-1, 4-1) and Emporia (4-2, 4-1). Earlier this year, Topeka lost to Junction City on the game’s final offensive play, while Manhattan narrowly edged JC in the Silver Trophy rivalry game last night. Manhattan sophomore Grant Snowden finished four of four on extra points and kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired to beat Junction City, 31-28.

Unbeaten teams: Derby, Lawrence, Dodge City. Lawrence was 1-8 last year and remains unbeaten at 6-0 as Devin Neal has looked like one of the top 6A players in the state this season as he hold offers from KU and KSU. 

Class 5A

No. 3 Maize continued to roll again behind senior running back Caden Cox, who accepted a preferred walk-on slot at Kansas. Cox had 288 rushing yards and 355 all-purpose in a 51-7 victory versus Salina South. Cox also credited his offensive line via social media for their performance. Maize has outscored teams, 288-40.

Maize, Maize South and No. 2 Wichita Northwest are the only undefeated squads in Class 5A West. No. 1 Aquinas and No. 4 De Soto are the only perfect teams in Class 5A East.

Maize South, just out of the rankings, moved to 12-1 in its last 13 contests. The Mavericks have overcome a bevy of injuries, including three defensive starters out. Standout running back Mason Edwards has also been hurt. Maize South recorded its first shutout of the season with a 10-0 win versus Goddard-Eisenhower, which entered the game 4-1. All of Maize South’s victories have come by 18 points or fewer.

No. 5 Bishop Carroll defeated rival Kapaun, 23-13, in the annual Holy War. Carroll’s winning streak versus Kapaun dates back to ’99.

Aquinas has had to grind out some games over the last few weeks. They've beat Mill Valley by seven, BV West by 14, and St. James by seven last night.

St. James is 3-3 on the season but will certainly be a factor in the 5A playoffs. Their losses aren't bad outside of 20 points to Mill Valley, they've played BV West within three and Aquinas within seven. They've showed they belong as they got the upset of the year in week four against Miege. They have some pieces to make some noise in 5A. 

Andover stands at 2-4 after a 9-6 loss to Arkansas City. The Trojans have permitted just 63 points – one of 5A’s stingiest defenses - though has tallied only 59.

Valley Center is just 2-4 but did knock off Goddard, 31-14, last night. Goddard, highly regarded in the preseason after a 4A runner-up last season, is just 2-4 this season. Valley Center is much better than their 2-4 record shows as they've played some very tight ball games, eight points within 6-0 Maize South, three points within 5-1 Andover Central and lost to Andover by five. 

Salina Central was highly regarded coming into the year that changed aftger opening losses to Eisenhower (21-14) and Derby (49-0). Since then they've won four games in a row. They will have their hands full against Maize (6-0) this week in AVCTL-I play. 

The Centennial League features a four-way tie with Topeka (5-1, 4-1), Manhattan (5-1, 4-1), Junction City (5-1, 4-1) and Emporia (4-2, 4-1). Earlier this year, Topeka lost to Junction City on the game’s final offensive play, while Manhattan narrowly edged JC in the Silver Trophy rivalry game last night. Manhattan sophomore Grant Snowden finished four of four on extra points and kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired to beat Junction City, 31-28.

A lot of people look at Mill Valley and may think they're down from their 3-3 record, but look again. MV shutout Pittsburg 31-0 last night and has won their last two games, including BV North 38-7 last week. MV losses have came to all seven point losses to BV West, Miege, and Aquinas. They will very much be a factor in the 5A playoffs. In 2016 they won 5A with four EKL losses. Huge game versus Blue Valley this week. 

Maize, Maize South, and Wichita Northwest are all six miles or under from eachother in the Wichita area. South and Northwest are both located on the same road (Tyler). The three combine to be 18-0 this season and the only unbeaten teams on the 5A West. Aquinas and De Soto remain the only unbeaten teams in 5A East. 

Class 4A

No. 1 Bishop Miege delivered its second straight big victory with a 41-23 win versus Blue Valley, ranked fifth in Class 6A. Brison Cobbins rushed for five touchdowns.

Jakob Feil enjoyed his third punt return touchdown of his career, according to McPherson broadcaster Jim Joyner. He went 58 yards in a 56-14 victory against Augusta.

Chanute has continued to have a nice season and improved to 5-1. Senior quarterback Ty Bowman, a four-year starter with multiple collegiate offers, tossed four touchdowns and rushed for one in a 42-21 victory versus Fort Scott. Chanute finished 4-5 last year. He passed for 215 yards (4 TD) and rushed for 144 yards with a rushing TD. Bowman is a nice 6-foot-5, 210-pound, senior with 4.6 range speed.

Louisburg (4-2) was highly regarded coming into the year but kind of lost that after their 0-2 start to Spring Hill and Tonganoxie, since then they've won four games in a row before their matchup versus Ottawa in week seven and Paola in week eight. 

Buhler was 5-5 last year and already has five wins this season in the 5-1 start. The Crusaders only loss came to 6-0 McPherson last week (21-14). They will certainly be a factor in the 4A postseason. 

Winfield was 3-6 last year and now 5-1 after six weeks of 2019. They have Wellington (1-5) and Buhler (5-1) over the next two weeks. Winfield only loss came to McPherson (47-0) in week two. 

Three teams remain perfect in Class 4A: Tonganoxie and Paola are both 6-0 on the East. The squads are each in the same conference, but will not play each other. No. 2 McPherson is the lone west undefeated squad at 6-0. Miege stands at 5-1 after its nice wins versus Rockhurst and Blue Valley.

Class 3A

Sabetha’s Gabe Garber finished 20 of 22 passing for 268 yards and four touchdowns. He had 93 rushing yards and a score and finished with 19 tackles on defense. Garber helped Sabetha deliver a key Big 7 and district victory, 35-13, versus Holton.

Wamego’s Taybor Vetter, the state’s top return specialist, had his seventh and eighth career punt returns for touchdowns. Vetter is a two-time all-state returner with sub 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash. Vetter also delivered a rushing score. Wamego won at Hiawatha, 49-6.

The district with Marysville, Wamego and Holton is loaded as all could compete to go the whole way. Sabetha and Wamego with a huge showdown next week in Wamego. Marysville has knocked off Wamego and Sabetha in close ones to remain 6-0. 

Beloit pulled a signature 28-13 road win versus Scott City, ranked fifth in the classification. Carson Cox had 178 rushing yards. Gober, in his third year with the Trojans, has produced excellent defensive units his first two years. Scott City had ranked No. 1 in Class 3A with just 10 points allowed entering the contest. Beloit tallied a defensive touchdown, had won the time of possession and the turnover battle.

The Trojans limited Scott City to 208 total yards. Beloit led 14-0. The Trojans carried a 20-6 lead early in the fourth quarter before Parker Gooden returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score. It marked the first SC kickoff return for a score since 2016, according to Western Kansas News. SC had its 35-game district winning streak end, and lost at home for the first time in district play since Oct. 19, 2007.

Colby’s Calvin Stapp finished with eight carries for 136 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-14 home win versus Russell. Stapp also recorded one catch for 18 yards, according to Eagle broadcaster Jackson Schneider. The Eagles remained undefeated and will play Scott City (5-1) in a key district home game next week.

In Concordia’s 42-34 victory at Goodland, Goodland’s Leyton Cure had 472 passing yards and five touchdowns, along with 42 rushing yards. Blake Sanderson had 152 receiving yards and a score, according to Goodland broadcaster Ross Volkmer.

Concordia rolled up 473 yards rushing on Friday night with Hunter Schreoder leading the way with 237 yards  (2 TD). Wyatt Trost and Keyan Miller also went over 100 yards.

Anderson County has surprised some people this year as they've been competitive in all their games. First year head coach Logan Pegram, a Silver Lake native that was a starting lineman at FBS Northern Illinois, has won three in a row. They are 3-0 in their district and a huge game against Prairie View (6-0, 3-0) next week. The school has never won a playoff game. Bo Dilliner has been one of the breakout players in 3A this season. 

Jefferson West improved to 5-1 on the season with their 8-3 victory over Perry Lecompton. What’s most impressive is that they’ve only allowed 16 points all season. 13 of those coming to undefeated Hayden who beat them 13-6 last week.

3A has the most parity in high school football with 48 teams and still several contenders. Frontenac, Columbus, Prairie View, Hayden, Marysville remain unbeaten on the East at 6-0. Halstead, Andale, and Colby remain unbeaten on the East. Frontenac and Columbus have to play each other in week eight. Colby still has Scott City on the schedule who just lost to Beloit. Colby knocked off Beloit by one point. There are also seven 5-1 teams left in the class and six 4-2 teams left. As we always say... Gauntlet. 

Class 2A

No. 1 Hoisington defeated Minneapolis, 55-19, in a game that had a running clock in the fourth quarter. Hoisington had a season-high for points. The Cardinals led 34-0 at halftime with 12 carries, 197 yards and five touchdowns, according to Cardinal broadcaster Cole Reif.

Cimarron coach Mike Schartz called senior Payton Marshall the best player in western Kansas. Marshall had a massive game in Cimarron’s thrilling 17-14 home victory against rival Lakin. Marshall caught a 38-yard touchdown pass and had a pair of chunk plays (16-yard catch, 21-yard rush) on Cimarron’s final drive to set up a game-winning 32-yard field goal from sophomore Emanuel Aguilar with 1:51 left. Aguilar had never attempted a field goal in a game. Aguilar and Marshall have both battled injuries in the past.

Additionally, Marshall had one of the season’s top hustle plays when he chased down Lakin’s Kayden Christiansen after a 74-yard run. Marshall tallied Christiansen just short of the goal line. Lakin then committed three straight penalties, and Cimarron held the Broncs without a score on the drive.

Christiansen, a Bethel College commit, finished with 16 carries for 134 yards. Lakin drove down on the game’s final drive but missed a 37-yard field goal as time expired. The kick had the distance but was wide. Cimarron improved to 6-0, 3-0 in District 7. Lakin dropped to 5-1, 2-1. It marked the second straight year the Bluejays beat Lakin in a close game. Cimarron won 18-14 last year on a touchdown pass with 40 seconds remaining.

Belle Plaine improved to 6-0 with a 13-6 victory versus Fredonia. The Yellowjackets led 6-4. BP scored twice on safeties from bad snaps that went out of the end zone. BP kicked a 27-yard field goal to take a 7-6 lead, according to the Sumner Newscow. BP was 4-5 last year and 2-7 in both of the two years prior (2017, 2016). They were winless in 2013, 2014, 2015.

Riley County’s Deon Barnes finished with 169 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a 48-0 victory at Council Grove. RC is atop District 4 at 4-2, 3-0. The Falcons travel to Southeast of Saline (5-1, 2-1) this week.

Bryant Banks of Southeast of Saline had 171 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the Friday win over Mission Valley, 48-6.

Southeast, Humboldt, Silver Lake, Belle Plaine, Garden Plain, Cimarron, Hoisington remain unbeaten in 2A football. 

Class 1A

No. 1 Smith Center rolled to a 60-0 victory versus winless Sacred Heart. By the 7:42 mark of the second quarter, Trenton Colby had passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a 66-yard score. Smith Center is 6-0.

While La Crosse lost to rival Plainville, Leopard senior Michael Showalter enjoyed another huge game with 20 tackles, two for loss, two assists and an interception. Plainville, ranked No. 3 in the classification, won 40-6. Both teams are 5-1.

Republic County sophomore Brody Boyer had his first varsity start at quarterback after Cody Dahl suffered injury. Boyer helped RC score four touchdowns. RC dropped to 0-6 and has lost 26 straight contests. However, the Buffs fell 36-30 at Ell-Saline and have dropped three one-score games.

Kolby Blank from Inman had 233 rushing yards on 11 carries with three touchdowns on Friday night as Inman picked up a 53-6 win over Sublette. Teutons, under head coach Lance Sawyer, improved to 3-3 on the year.

Eight-Man, Division I

No. 2 St. Francis and No. 3 South Central each delivered excellent efforts in marquee matchups. SF beat Leoti-Wichita County, 46-0, behind its “Mean Green” defense. The Indians have prided themselves on its physical play and have allowed just 30 points this season. SF moved to 39-1 in the regular season since the start of 2015. The Indians are in very strong position to win District 8.

In District 2, South Central improved to 6-0, 3-0 with a big 52-6 victory versus Caldwell. The Bluejays entered the game 4-1 and have typically had high-scoring offenses. SC has permitted just 28 points this season. Via Twitter, Caldwell coach Sean Blosser labeled SC “a heck of a team.”

Pratt Skyline stands at 5-1 after a 46-0 victory versus Central Plains. The Thunderbirds were 1-5 at this point last year. Skyline’s only loss came last week versus 5-1 Little River.

In District 1, Central Burden pulled an upset win, 36-20, against Oswego. Jace Wilson, Oswego’s standout senior, finished with 24 carries for 189 yards. However, CB forced four turnovers. Oswego is 4-2, 1-2 in district play. CB is 2-4, 2-1.

Bennington QB Tyler Stanley had six touchdowns (three rushing, three passing) in the 52-6 win over Peabody on homecoming.

Canton-Galva has had no challengers this year. It is expected for them to be 6-0 with returning everyone from last season. Landon Everett and Tyson Struber are the stars are the stars but its been a total team effort this season. They've allowed only 31 points over six weeks. They've had four shutouts on defense. They've only allowed eight points over the last five weeks and have had back to back shutouts. They get Solomon next week a team who knocked them off in the 8M-I semifinal last year. 

Unbeatens: South Central, Madison, Canton-Galva, Ness City, Clifton-Clyde, St. Francis 

Eight-Man, Division II

In one of the more remarkable performances of the season, Axtell freshman Isaac Detweiler stepped in for senior quarterback Quinn Buessing after Buessing went out with injury in the first quarter. Buessing is a four-year starter and statistically one of the best quarterbacks in eight-man state history. No. 2 Axtell edged No. 1 Hanover, 28-26, in a big rivalry game with league, district and classification implications.

Axtell ended Hanover’s 43-game winning streak, the longest in KSHSAA eight-man history. Axtell defeated Hanover for the first time since 2005. Axtell had just 13 players dressed, significantly less roster depth than the Wildcats.

Detweiler sealed the game with an interception. With 48 seconds left, Detweiler threw a 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to George Volle to the game. Then, Axtell converted the 2-point play when Detweiler pitched to Mitchell Buessing who passed to Clark Werner. Hanover led 20-6 before Axtell scored on the last play before halftime on a fourth-and-goal play from the 1-yard line.

Frankfort remained undefeated at 6-0 with a 54-20 victory against Beloit/St. John’s-Tipton. Frankfort will have an opportunity to show it’s a ranked team with Twin Valley League and district matchups against Axtell and Hanover.

No. 3 Osborne stayed perfect with a 60-6 victory versus Wilson in a game called at halftime. Osborne led 32-0 after the first quarter. Six players carried the ball for the Bulldogs as Osborne finished with 21 carries for 144 yards and six touchdowns.

Centre-Lost Springs’ Jensen Riffel recorded seven carries for 145 yards and five rushing touchdowns. He had a punt return for a score, and also a second one called back. Defensively, Riffel recorded 14 tackles. All statistics before halftime.

Reece Struckhoff has over 100 tackles this season and over 1,200 rushing yards as Thunder Ridge improved to 6-0. 

Minneola was 4-5 last season and are 5-1 to start off the year under head coach Regio Hahn. They've won five games in a row.

Wheatland Grinnell was 1-8 last season, they are 5-1 this season under HC Jesse Vincent. Jett Vincent has been a ball hawk defensively as a freshman for W-G. 

Colony Crest was on 11-game losing streak entering the year. They're now 3-3 on the season under head coach Nick McAnulty. They've won their last two and have set themselves up nice for a potential playoff spot in 8M-II. 

Unbeatens: St. Paul, Frankfort, Axtell, Osborne, Thunder Ridge

Six-man

Cheylin remained undefeated and Joe Melton had 10 carries for 131 yards and four touchdowns in one half of football. The Cougars defeated Cunningham, 45-0. Also in six-man, Moscow improved to 6-0 with a 39-0 victory at Rolla.

Cheylin has the top record in 6-man at 6-0 while Natoma, Weskan, Pawnee Heights, and Ashland are 4-2.