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What impressed us after Week 7 of the 2019 fball season?

Sabetha and Wamego join together after Wamego's win Friday night photo: Wamego Smoke Signal
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Oct 19, 2019

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

A look at the most impressive happenings from Week 7 of the 2019 football season

6A

No. 1 Derby won at Haysville Campus, 54-27, and captured its 20th straight contest ahead of its big matchup versus Maize this week. Senior wide receiver Jacob Karsak caught two touchdown passes, while Lem Wash and Tre Washington each added two rushing scores, according to the Derby Informer. Derby is 49-1 in its last 50 contests versus Campus. Derby had great special teams with a blocked punt, recovered two fumbles on kickoffs and had a 52-yard punt return for a score.

Dodge City trailed in the fourth quarter against rival Garden City in the Hatchet Game, but scored two touchdowns late for a 17-7 victory.  DC moved to 7-0 and clinched at least a share of the Western Athletic Conference title. Dodge City leads the all-time series 51-30-1, according to DC broadcaster Sean Boston. Dodge City led 3-0 after three quarters before Garden City took a 7-3 lead on a run from Josh Janas. Then, DC scored a pair of touchdowns on long passes from quarterback Beau Foster (33 and 62 yards). The Red Demons continued its impressive defensive turnaround with just 105 points allowed this season, for 15 per game. Last year, DC permitted 26.8 points per game.

No. 3 Lawrence earned a big win versus No. 2 Olathe North, 35-10. The Lions were 1-8 last year and has delivered a massive turnaround with coach Steve Rampy. Lawrence has defeated 6A top-5’s Olathe North and Gardner-Edgerton, both in Sunflower League play. ON entered the contest averaging 44 points a game.

Punter Dominik Stadlman, one of the state’s top specialists with a PWO offer from Nebraska, had a 49-yard field goal. He averaged 45 yards on six punts, made his only extra point and had a pair of kickoff touchbacks. Blue Valley Southwest is 1-6 after a 44-10 loss to Blue Valley West.

Wichita East clinched its first winning season since 2012 with a 32-7 win against Wichita Southeast. East has won five in a row and is 5-2. Nickendre Stiger threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half.

Blue Valley Northwest, led by head coach Clint Rider, has shown improvement this season in the states best league. Yes they only have two wins this season and one in league play but they got a nice 33-28 win over BV North on Friday. North, who played for a state title last season, is 2-5 this year. You can't ever count out any of the EKL teams, top to bottom. 

Dodge City, Derby, and Lawrence remain undefeated in Class 6A. All are on the West Bracket. Nobody remains unbeaten on the East. In fact, Gardner Edgerton is the only one loss team. There are a lot of scary 5-2 teams (BV West, Olathe North, SMNW, Olathe East) along with a 4-3 Blue Valley team that could make some noise.

5A

Aquinas defeated Bishop Miege, 45-32. Aquinas is ranked No. 1 in 5A, and Miege is ranked first in 4A. Junior Tank Young, a 2,000-yard running back last year, had an incredible night with 52 carries for 303 yards and three touchdowns. Blake Anderson completed six passes, three for touchdowns.

No. 2 Wichita Northwest continued its huge defensive turnaround with just 41 points allowed. The Grizzlies have permitted 5.9 points per game after 29 allowed a contest last year. Northwest won 79-0 at Wichita Heights and has allowed just two points in the last three weeks.

Class 5A has St. Thomas Aquinas and De Soto has undefeated squads, along with Wichita Northwest, Maize and Maize South. Maize gets Derby this week. Mill Valley and St. James continue to rank just outside the top-5 with 4-3 records. De Soto has played the weakest schedule of all so far but have been impressive in the wins. 

MV quarterback Cooper Marsh was 15 of 24 for 201 yards with three touchdowns, along with 22 carries for 136 yards in a 24-20 win against Blue Valley.  The Jaguars are 4-3. Mill Valley scored 24 straight points. Throw their record out as these guys are contenders.

St. James and MIll Valley are 4-3 but very much contenders. These guys play the best teams in the state each and every week and have been competitive all year, both with some big-time wins as well. Both will be a factor in the 5A playoffs despite 4-3 records. 

Maize South delivered its second straight shutout with a 7-0 victory against Goddard with the only touchdown coming in the second quarter by Justice Morris. Brandon Bowles recorded 12 tackles. The Mavericks are 13-1 in its last 14 contests and have won with defense. Maize South has overcome significant injuries to key defensive starters and has won three games when it has scored 14 points or fewer. The Mavericks have allowed just 82 points, a top-five defense in 5A.

4A

Paola and Tonganoxie remain undefeated in the Frontier League but don’t play each other. Paola rolled over Eudora, 56-3. Tonganoxie won at Baldwin, 55-0. Tonganoxie defense has allowed just 50 points all season. They have a very solid back in Cooper Cunningham and a very solid line led by Cole Sample. 

Andover Central didn't come into the year very highly regarded and now to us they are one of the major contenders on the 4A West. Trey DeGarmo has had about as good of a year defensively as you can ask for while Shomari Parnell (QB), Matthew Macy (WR) and Xavier Bell (WR) form one of the best offensive trios in the state. They are on the short list of who could be playing in a 4A state championship in November with their 6-1 start. Their only loss is to Maize South (24-17) who is still undefeated in 5A. 

Bonner Springs, led by running back Bryce Krone with over 1,000 yards for the second conseuctive year, is quietly 5-2 this season. They have won their last three ballgames. Their losses are to two unbeaten teams (Paola, Tonganoxie).

Chanute, led by quarterback Ty Bowman, has seen a lot of success this year despite a few nailbiters against opponents that we thought they'd easily handle. Clete Frazell has his team at 6-1 this year in his first year as the head coach. Last year, Chanute finished 4-5. 

Louisburg (5-2) had a lot of hype coming into the year and that ended fast with their 0-2 start. Since then they've won five in a row and are one of the hottest teams on the 4A East Currently. They'll have to bring everytihng they have this week in order to upset Paola. They did it last year when nobody had Louisburg winning. Can they do it again? 

Wellington entered the year as a team that many thought had a chance to be pretty good and that conversation ended really fast after their 0-5 start, in some games failing to get anyting offensively done. They have gotten a bit more healthy as the season as went on and have won two ballgames over the last two weeks. You can't always judge a team on how they start, it's how they finish, can Wellington continue improvement and get to where we thought they may be? They've knocked off Labette County and Winfield the last two weeks.

McPherson is also undefeated in Class 4A West. Miege has won five straight state titles and stands at 5-2. Miege is ranked first, McPherson second, Paola third and Tonganoxie fourth.

3A

More of an opinion than something being impressive, but we think it's impressive that there are so many contenders in this classification. It legit could go 12-to-15 deep in teams that could have deep playoff runs. Certainly there are a hand full of favorites out there but some of those have also been knocked off. These playoffs are going to be an absolute gauntlet and a lot of fun. Its a good thing four teams get in now becasue some of these districts, in our opinion, are ridiculousy good with four-teams deep that could contend for titles.

In highly competitive District 4, Wamego defeated No. 4 Sabetha, 28-15. Sabetha’s Carson Ukele led the postgame prayer like he does every week. Ukele lost his parents, sister and uncle in a car wreck on the ride home after the 2017 state championship victory against Marysville. Wamego tallied 28 straight points and had at least one touchdown from its dynamic trio of Taybor Vetter, Brad Sackrider and Isiah Childs.

Holton defeated No. 2 Marysville, 30-8. Konnor Tannahill rushed for 130 yards and three scores, and Holton blocked a Marysville punt out of the end zone in the third quarter.

Wamego and Marysville are 6-1, while Holton and Sabetha stand at 5-2 in District 4. In district play, Wamego, Holton and Marysville are all 3-1, and Sabetha stands at 2-2.

Perry-Lecompton pulled the upset against No.  3 Topeka Hayden with a 21-20 overtime victory. P-L was 3-15 all-time versus Hayden, according to Hayden archives. Backup quarterback Thad Metcalfe came in at quarterback after an injury and delivered a touchdown pass in overtime.  P-L stopped Hayden on the potential game-winning two-point conversion.

Colby defeated Scott City, 28-20, in double overtime. The Eagles beat Scott City for the first time since 1999 and ended a 15-game losing streak in the series. The score was tied at 14 entering halftime. Colby has four one-score victories this year and continue to enjoy hallmark success under coach Rees McKinney. The Eagles are 15-2 since the start of ’18. Last year, Colby was second in the district to Scott City.

Chapman’s Trevor Erickson had 137 rushing and two touchdowns, along with 160 passing yards and three scores. Chapman is 2-5 after a 43-32 road defeat to Hesston.

Hugoton’s Sawyer Harper had six total touchdowns in a key district victory versus Larned. Hugoton went 0-3 in non-district play, including close losses to Colby and Scott City. However, the Eagles defeated Larned, 39-15, and have taken control of District 7. Harper threw for five touchdowns and rushed for a score.

Brooks Whaley of Rock Creek had a nice jump and score touchdown against Clay Center. RC won 54-14.

Prairie View (7-0), led by Kyle Littrell, captured a district crown on Friday as they dominated Anderson County 41-0 on their way to a 7-0 mark. Justin Scott has played big all year at quarterback while Hunter Boone has been a force as linebacker and running back. Dilan Schweer has had a nice year at reciever and Damien Kline has had a nice year in the backfield. 

Frontenac has improved to 7-0 on the season as has Columbus at 7-0. The two meet this Friday in the district championship at Frontenac. Frontenac offense is led by senior QB Jake Beckmann, RB/SS Ryan Raio and RB/LB Alex Johnson  while Columbus is led by senior quarterback Patrick Cassady and sophomore RB/LB Gabe Martin. Frontenac features a talented group of 16 seniors and a solid sophomore class that includes DE/TE Landon Dean (6'4" 220) that could jump on the map as a FBS recruit very soon. 

Halstead has quitetly went 7-0 this season. Led by Scott Grider, Doug Grider, Kaden Kraus and Lakin Farmer, the Dragons are a team to watch out for in 3A postseason. They get a talented Chapman team this week that is a little better than their 2-5 record shows.

Andale has dominated everything in their way this season. They've allowed 39 points all season which the majority of those came on backups. They get a district championship matchup against Cheney this week (6-1, 4-0). We have not seen any stats on Andale this year but they are rolling in 3A and could be the favorite to win it all. Dylan Schmidt has never lost a regular season game, a district game, or a league game as Andale head coach in three years. His losses are to Bishop Miege in 4A-I title game in 2017 and to Pratt in last years 3A semifinals. 

Class 3A undefeated teams are Columbus, Frontenac, Prairie View, Colby, Andale and Halstead.

2A

No. 1 Hoisington defeated Phillipsburg for the first time since 2009 in a 56-28 victory. Senior running back Wyatt Pedigo scored on a long run 18 seconds into the contest. Pedigo has cleared 4,000 rushing yards. He had 10 carries for 278 yards and three scores.

Pedigo has committed to North Dakota and has 1,320 rushing yards and 22 scores. Cade Mason had four carries for 124 yards, and Hunter Morris returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. Hoisington recorded four touchdowns of more than 80 yards. 

Norton is a team not a lot of people are talking about because they have two early losses, however those losses are to 1A contenders Smith Center and Plainville. Since then they've won five in a row and are 4-0 in district play as they head into the district championship against Hoisington at home on Friday. Kade Melvin has been a breakout player in 2A as Judson Wiltfong has been a defender that has been one of the best in 2A this season. 

Junior Brennan Lowe and Eureka had a remarkable game with a 33-14 victory versus Belle Plaine and won the District 5 title. Both teams have enjoyed big turnarounds. Eureka won its first district title for the first time in at least 17 years.

Belle Plaine had its best start since ’92. Eureka had to play all of its games on the road last year because a tornado caused widespread damage to the town and football complex. Eureka was able to return home in Week 4, and has played at home ever since. The Tornadoes have won four straight after a 1-2 start.

Brennan Lowe delivered four total touchdowns with two rushing, along with a punt return and a pick-six. Eureka had 18 points off special teams and defense. The game also featured three straight returns for touchdowns, an extremely rare feat. BP is 6-1.

Riley County defeated Southeast of Saline, 33-29, and clinched District 4. RC, Rossville and SES are all 5-2 overall.

Lakin bounced back from its tough 17-14 road loss against Cimarron in Week 6. The Broncs scored 18 unanswered points and defeated Sterling, 18-13. Lakin is 6-1.

Silver Lake (7-0) defense has allowed 25 points all season. They've also scored 313 points offensively. Lake is nearly 50/50 this year on offense making them very dangerous. Their defense also has nine interceptions on the year. Cody Hay has passed for over 1,000 on the year as the QB while also carrying a lot of the load on the ground game that several have contributed to so far in 2019. Silver Lake is hard to key on as four recievers have over 200 yards this season. Hay has done a great job of distribution of the football w/ Trey Koelzer, Kyler Kaniper, Nathan Boyden and Logan Matzke. Gideon Remer leads the Eagles in tackles while seven different SL players have an interception. SL has five consecutive shutouts. 

Riley County has won four football games in a row since dropping weeks two and three. Deon Barnes has been a force on the ground this season while Garrett Harmison is one of the better QBs in the class. Avery Brokenicky and Trey Harmison have also shined at reciever. RC has already won the district title after beating SE Saline 33-29 on Friday and they have St. Mary's this week. 

Garden Plain has a 7-0 record this season and has scored the most points in the classification with 365 after seven weeks. District title on the line this week as they take on rival Conway Springs (6-1, 4-0). 

Cimarron has already wrapped up the district title in their 7-0 start under first year head coach Mike Schartz. Their defense has bended at times but it hasn't broke and has been one of the most solid overall units in 2A, allowing 87 points. More impressively, its been consistent as they've now allowed over two scores in any single game this season. The offensive production which is 80% run is also hard to key on who is going to step up as four players have carried the load for the Bluejays this season in Braxton Harrison, Tate Seabolt, Payton Marshall and Hunter Renick. 

1A

Oakley delivered a hallmark win in the three-year Jeff Hennick era. The Plainsmen earned a 47-34 home victory versus La Crosse. The Leopards were 5-1 entering the game, while Oakley was 2-4. Oakley had lost 10 straight district contests and hadn’t won in district play since ’15.

Ellis Slack had five catches for 102 yards and a touchdown, along with an 80-yard kick return for a score. Slack had a five-yard rushing score. Ethan Abell delivered 17 carries for 126 yards with three touchdowns. His only pass attempt went for a 41-yard touchdown.

Olpe may not pass the eye test on size when you see them play live but they know how to play assignment football and are one of the best coached teams in the state by Chris Schmidt. The Eagle defense has been incredible this season in allowing just 41 points through seven weeks in the 7-0 start. The offense has also put up 316 points. 

Lyndon is quietly 7-0 but their schedule hasn't been the best in the class by any stretch. They'll have their biggest challenge against a very good Jackson Heights team on Friday for the district championship.

Centralia has won six in a row after starting out the season 0-1. They get Valley Heights (6-1) this week for the district championship. Both teams are very solid and should both be a force in the 1A playoffs. 

Sedgwick is known for offense and crazy offensive numbers, they are always near the top in most categories in our leaderboards nearly every year. It hasn't always transitioned into deep-deep playoff success though but with a defense like they've had so far this year, can it make them into a contender? They've allowed just eight points over the last three weeks and 40 points all season. The offense is led by Lance Hoffsommer, Kale Schroder and Qayden Shepherd while Gannon Resnik leads the defense in tackles. Hoffsommer is among the statewide leaders in passing yardage this season as he went over 2,000 yards last week in his 363 yard perforamnce with six total touchdowns. 

Elkhart lost Lane Whisennand last season who did a little bit of everything. This season Chace O'Hair has been their go to guy and is among the states leaders in rushing yardage as they've won six in a row after dropping their opening game against 2A Cimarron (7-0). The schedule isn't great and they have an open date this week but hats off to the Wildcats for a very solid season in 1A so far. 

Eight-Man, Division I

Cedar Vale-Dexter won District 1 with a 56-8 victory against Oswego. CV-D forced four turnovers and was plus-three in turnover margin.

Chase County continued its nice turnaround with big games from Trint Rogers and Cael Budke. Rogers picked off four passes with 159 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Budke delivered six carries for 129 yards with four rushing touchdowns. He was two of three passing with a passing score. CC improved to 4-3 with a 60-14 road win versus Valley Falls.

Hoxie’s Harlan Obioha has been one of the state’s biggest players his entire career. Obioha is 7-foot, 300 pounds and has enjoyed a nice season. On Friday, the junior had a pick-six that was picked up by MaxPreps nationally and has gone viral. Hoxie improved to 4-3 with a 42-20 home victory versus Oberlin.

St. Francis’ Brady Dinkel had 14 carries for 206 yards and six touchdowns in a 60-12 win versus WaKeeney-Trego. SF is 7-0 and ranked third in Division I.

Hill City earned a 30-22 district victory against Victoria in District 7. The teams played three quarters Friday and then resumed Saturday morning. Hill City is 4-3 with all three losses – Osborne, Thunder Ridge and Clifton-Clyde – that have not lost this season.

Clifton-Clyde won District 7 with a 48-0 victory against Washington County.

Hodgeman County’s Drew Dansel recorded five carries for 100 yards and three touchdowns, plus a kick return for a score in a rivalry win versus Spearville. HC won, 46-28, on the road.

Ness City remained perfect at 7-0 and will play Hodgeman County for the district title next week. The game started the second half at 10:30 p.m. after a delay of more than two hours. NC defeated Kiowa County, 24-0.

Lebo pulled a 62-36 upset against Maranatha Academy.

Eight-Man, Division II

Last week, Axtell defeated Hanover, 28-26, to end the Wildcats’ 43-game winning streak, the longest run in eight-man football in the KSHSAA era. This week, on the game’s final play, Frankfort scored on a touchdown on a pass from Gavin Cornelison to Brandon Bussmann. Frankfort defeated Axtell, 24-20, after a big loss to the Eagles last year.

Axtell again played without senior quarterback Quinn Buessing, but freshman Isaac Detweiler had a solid game for the second straight week.

Frankfort is 7-0, while Axtell and Hanover are each 6-1. Hanover and Frankfort play next Friday. All three teams have shown a top-five ranking in Division II. Currently, Axtell is ranked first and Hanover second, though that will change this week.

No. 3 Osborne remained undefeated ahead of its massive road game versus Thunder Ridge this week. Steele Wolters accounted for four touchdowns with two passing and two rushing. Osborne defeated Northern Valley, 48-0.

No. 4 St. Paul continues to roll against a soft schedule that included a blowout victory of rival Chetopa. Adam Albertini, one of the state’s top players, scored eight touchdowns in one quarter. He had three rushing, one receiving, one fumble scoop and score, two punt returns and a kickoff return. SP is 7-0 after the 71-0 victory.

Centre-Lost Springs’ Jensen Riffel had four carries for 100 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned a punt return 50 yards for a score. Lost Springs has four straight shutouts, including a 56-0 road win versus Rural Vista.

Hutchinson Central Christian defeated Stafford, 62-18, in a game that ended in the third quarter. CC standout quarterback Caleb Lambert returned from injury and accounted for six touchdowns – three rushing and three passing.

He also recorded six total tackles. Garrett Burns opened the second half with a 75-yard kickoff return for a score, and then Lambert rushed 64 yards for a touchdown.

Six-man

Undefeated Cheylin led Natoma, 33-6, with 27.1 seconds remaining before halftime when the game was delayed and then postponed to Saturday because of weather. Cheylin has continued its huge defensive improvement and showed its strong  supporting cast behind quarterback Colton McCarty. Cheylin was 4 of 4 on fourth down, including converting two of them for touchdowns.

McCarty has battled a shoulder injury the last two weeks, though has passed for 159 yards and three touchdowns. Junior Andrew Schields had a complete all-around game with three total touchdowns, two pass breakups and a tackle for loss.

Moscow delivered another excellent defensive showing and had its first shutout of the year with a 51-0 victory versus Pawnee Heights. The Wildcats are 7-0. Moscow led 33-0 after the first quarter.