By CONOR NICHOLL and Chet Kuplen - Sports in Kansas
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No. 1 Lawrence is the classification’s only 3-0 team after a big 42-14 victory versus Olathe West. Devin Neal, the state’s No. 1 recruit, cleared 200 rushing yards and three scores.
Derby, No. 2 in 6A beat Bishop Carroll, 35-21. Carroll is ranked No. 4 in 5A and is 2-1 against arguably the state’s hardest schedule. Derby lost in a game that had a running clock in Week 1 to Mill Valley and then had a close Week 2 contest against Newton. Derby hadn’t lost to Newton in more than 25 years. However, the Panthers bounced back with its fifth straight victory versus BC.
Senior quarterback Lem Wash, with an offer from FCS Mission State, threw three touchdown passes. Reid Liston delivered nine catches for 139 yards and two TDs, according to the Derby Informer. Derby’s characterically dominant run defense returned and held the Golden Eagles to 31 carries for 131 yards.
No. 4 Olathe North improved to 2-0 with a 35-9 win versus Lawrence Free State. Noah Palmer, expected to be a key two-way player after he took over at quarterback, delivered touchdowns rushing and passing. ON has outscored opponents 76-9 since it returned to play.
Garden City beat Dodge City, 14-8, to win the Hatchet Game, one of the state’s longest running rivalries. GC was 0-2 with a pair of close losses.
Shawnee school districts had its return to play in Week 3. Shawnee Mission Northwest opened with a 36-6 win at Shawnee Mission East. SMNW has quarterback Ty Black, an Air Force commit.
Blue Valley Northwest got a huge upset victory on Thursday night as they defeated 6A traditional power Blue Valley, 24-17. The Huskies, led by Clint Rider, won just two games last season and the culture change over the last couple of seasons seems to be off on the right foot for 2020. Mikey Pauley, a Nebraska baseball commit that plays quarterback for the Huskies, rushed for over 120 yards in the game. Zachary Yates had a key interception in the game to give BVNW a victory.
Blue Valley North is also a team to keep a serious eye on this season as they cruised to a 42-21 victory on Thursday night over BV Southwest. Mekhi Miller had 10 catches for 125 yards with two touchdowns while also rushing for 88 more yards and a touchdown. Henry Martin was 22 of 28 with 292 yards (3 TDs) in the contest. The North defense features Dasan McCollough who is one of the top recruits in the country for 2022.
No. 1 Mill Valley lost to Bentonville, an Arkansas powerhouse, 35-28. MV had been Kansas’ most impressive team through the first two weeks. MV’s pass in the end zone in the final seconds was picked off.
No. 3 Aquinas beat Bishop Miege, 41-35, with all of its yards on the ground. Aquinas defeated its rival for a third straight season. The Saints had 399 yards of offense. Tank Young delivered another signature performance with 35 carries for 238 yards and four scores. Young has 61 carries for 483 yards this season and more than 4,500 rushing yards in his career. In the previous two years, Young had 44 carries for 312 yards and three scores and 52 carries for 303 yards and three TDs versus Miege.
Hutchinson improved to 3-0 with a 34-33 upset win against Maize South, ranked No. 5 in Class 5A. The Salthawks have back-to-back one-point victories. Alec McCuan rushed for 292 yards. Hutchinson was 2-7 each of the past two years.
Andover, the No. 5 scoring defense in Class 5A last fall, improved to 2-1 under new coach Ken Dusenbury. The Trojans have allowed just 26 points and defeated Salina Central, 35-6.
Hays High improved to 3-0 behind a 27-13 win versus Liberal. Jordan Dale and Dylan Dreiling both shared time at quarterback. Dale caught an early TD from Dreiling, and Dreiling later scored off a Dale handoff.
Goddard is off to a quiet 3-0 start and have a huge matchup against last years 4A runner-up Andover Central next week. Goddard is up to 5A this season. Kyler Semrad entered last week as the states leading passer.
There are four teams that are 3-0 on the 5A West: Goddard, Hays, Hutchinson, Maize. Wichita Northwest is also 2-0 while Wichita Heights is 1-0.
In an excellent Frontier League matchup, No. 2 Paola beat No. 3 Tonganoxie, 35-28. Tyler Bowden, a transfer from nearby Lawrence Free State, was expected to have a huge year after he rushed for more than 1,800 yards last year. Bowden again cleared 200 rushing yards for Tonganoxie. Garrett Williams scored on a 1-yard run with 55 seconds left for the game-winning points.
No. 1 Bishop Miege had its return to play against big rival St. Thomas Aquinas in the Eastern Kansas League. Miege, the six-time defending state champions, has quarterback Tim Dorsey and receiving threat Mack Moeller. Dorsey has committed to FCS Illinois State, and Moeller has an offer from FCS Valparaiso. Moeller delivered 10 carries for 193 yards and two touchdowns.
Circle is 0-3, though has two losses by a combined 10 points. Cort Ott delivered 20 tackles (17 solo) and had a pair of forced fumbles.
Lansing, the KPreps preseason Potential Breakout Team in 4A, stands at 3-0 after an impressive 41-7 victory against Shawnee Heights. Lansing has allowed just 21 points total – seven points in each game. Last year, the Lions opened 1-3. Lansing has a bevy of key players, including junior Caden Crawford, a 2022 recruit with multiple FBS offers.
Fort Scott didn’t play this week and won’t be back in action until October 2nd but was off to a hot 2-0 start before being placed in quarantine.
McPherson is the only 3-0 team on the 4A West, which we think is pretty wide open. Andover Central is 2-0 and everyone else has at least one loss. Wamego, who moved up from 3A, is off to a solid 2-1 start although their schedule gets much tougher in coming weeks. There are seven teams that are 0-3 and five teams with one win in the 4A West so there are certainly going to be some winnable playoff games by anyone in week nine.
El Dorado, led by former Central Missouri defensive coordinator Wes Bell, has picked up back to back victories in the last two weeks (Labette County -Week 3, Augusta – Week 2). El Dorado gets Buhler at home this week.
No. 1 Andale rolled over Wellington, 63-7, and won its 16th straight contest, tied with Eight-Man, Division I’s Canton-Galva for the longest current winning streak in Kansas. Andale has won all three games by at least 48 points and is 39-2 under fourth-year coach Dylan Schmidt. Andale has not lost a regular season game under Schmidt.
In the Big Seven, No. 2 Perry-Lecompton beat No. 3 Holton, 28-14. For the second straight year in a big game, standout quarterback William Welch suffered injury and Thad Metcalfe took over under center. Last year, Welch was hurt in a regular season win versus Topeka Hayden, and P-L won the game after Metcalfe, an excellent RB, took over at QB. Metcalfe had a key fourth quarter TD. P-L is 3-0, Holton stands at 2-1. Canon Karn paced Holton with 191 rushing yards and two scores.
Cheney moved to 3-0 with a big 44-7 victory against Garden Plain. The Cardinals are 13-2 since the start of the ’19 with both losses to Andale. Last year, Cheney enjoyed the best season in school history with a trip to the state semifinals. Garden Plain had permitted just 13 points in the first two weeks. Harrison Voth went 17 of 26 passing for 340 yards with five touchdowns against one interception, along with 56 rushing yards.
Quincy Thomas had 150 rushing yards and a score, while Logan Barlett had 96 receiving yards, three touchdowns and picked off three passes. Cheney delivered 546 yards of total offense. Cheney had the biggest margin of victory against Garden Plain in the team’s 70-year history as reported by Wichita Eagle’s Taylor Eldridge. Bartlett finished with a massive game on special teams, too. He had five extra points and a field goal. Bartlett averaged 54 yards on kickoffs with a pair of touchbacks.
Hugoton won its second straight contest and beat Guymon (Okla.) behind a remarkable game from quarterback Sawyer Harper. He delivered 418 passing yards and four touchdowns against no interceptions on 16 of 26. He also finished four carries for 27 yards and two touchdowns, along with a two-point conversion run. Harper also finished with four tackles, four pass breakups and an incredibly rare drop kick extra point.
Southeast of Saline delivered its second straight shutout with a 42-0 win versus Ellsworth. The Trojans, ranked fifth in Class 3A, have allowed just 16 total points. Quarterback Jaxson Gebhardt rushed 16 times for 148 yards and three touchdowns, and completed 15 of 19 passes for 158 yards and a TD.
Chapman quarterback Trevor Erickson had another big game with 12 carries for 183 yards and three rushing touchdowns. He also delivered 75 passing yards and a touchdown, along with a 78-yard punt return TD. Chapman improved to 2-1 with their win over Abilene.
Iola’s Kole Rogers picked off two passes and had zero passes completed against him. Both of the interceptions went for pick-sixes, 70 and 85 yards. Iola is 2-1 and has allowed just 31 points total. Last season, Iola opened 0-4 and finished 2-7. Iola has not been over .500 since a 5-4 season in 2013.
Topeka Hayden bounced back from its six-point loss to Topeka Seaman and beat Manhattan, 42-28, to move to 2-1. Desmond Purnell and Jayden Rainer each delivered big games. They both had more than 110 rushing yards, and scored on successive 73- and 79-yard touchdown runs for Hayden. Purnell now has 10 touchdowns in three games.
Frontenac got back to what it was expected to be with the return of Colin McCartney at the quarterback position and other plays back after being out the last couple of weeks. The Raiders picked up a 28-7 victory at home on Friday against league-rival St. Mary’s Colgan. Head Coach Mark Smith, who was 54-0 at Colgan as a player as an all-state Top 11 quarterback, is 5-4 against the Panthers. Frontenac and Colgan was once one of the states best rivalries but has lost some steam since the schools no longer are in the same class.
Anderson County has proved that it is a team that could be a darkhorse as we thought entering the year. Bo Dilliner is one of the top players in 3A and his offensive line is big and physical. Logan Pegram has done great work here as they are off to a 3-0 start. Girard is no slouch though and should be a solid game next week on the road to open districts.
3A District 6 is going to be interesting. Colby is quietly 3-0, Southeast of Saline seems like they are for real at 3-0, Goodland is much improved at 2-1 and Scott City is at a rare 1-2. Russell who is 0-3 also fought in a 2 OT loss with a very good 2A Norton team on Friday. Smoky Valley also coming off a solid 38-36 victory over Hillsboro on the road.
3A District 7 is 15-3 combined entering district play next Friday. Andale, Clearwater, Hesston, Collegiate are all 3-0. Halstead is 2-1 and lost to a very good 2A Hoisington squad. Wichita Trinity is 1-2. There is going to be teams miss the playoffs that are contenders here.
Holcomb is quietly 3-0 this season under head coach Kent Teeter. The Longhorns have already beat Scott City and Cimarron earlier this season and picked up a win on the road against SW Heights on Friday (38-12). Their district could come down to them and Cheney. Also within that district is Hugoton, Pratt, Larned and Nickerson. Don’t be surprised to see a matchup of two 5-0 teams (Cheney, Holcomb) in week six.
Sabetha has back to back victories after losing their opener against Chapman as the Bluejays defeated defending 2A champion Nemaha Central (29-22) on the road Friday. They have a huge Big 7 matchup against Holton this week on the road.
No. 2 Silver Lake had its return to play with a 29-28 victory against Riley County. SL scored the game-winning two-point conversion with 35 seconds left. Nic Allen rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns for Riley County.
Hoisington, ranked No. 3, won an entertaining 32-22 home game against Halstead at Elton Brown Field. The teams rarely match up even though they are in the same league. It marked the first meeting since the ’15 playoffs, first regular season game since ’09 and first Hoisington win since ’08. Hoisington never trailed in a run-heavy matchup. Halstead’s Lakin Farmer rushed 26 times for 213 yards and a touchdown.
Hoisington showcased its great depth. Both teams have big senior classes, and Hoisington’s seniors lost to Halstead in a seventh-grade game, had not played since, and wanted another chance. Josh Ball rushed for 131 yards and two scores. Cade Mason had 95 yards and a TD. Holt Hanzlick, back after he missed all of ’19 with injury, had 89 rushing yards and two touchdowns, along with 1.5 tackles for loss and a two-point conversion pass. Chase Robinson had multiple big plays, including a late INT. Hoisington is likely the Class 2A West contender even after it graduated Wyatt Pedigo, a Top 11 all classes player and the school’s all-time leading rusher.
Maur Hill improved to 3-0 with a 40-6 victory against Nickerson. Shane Sachse delivered a great catch and TD from a pass by Drew Caudle, he had two TD catches in the game. Drew took over for his brother, Jack, at quarterback. Jack had played quarterback the last four years for Maur Hill, including first team all-state 2A last season. Maur Hill-MA also features Drew Schwinn who is one of the best two-way players in the class.
Hutchinson Trinity improved to 3-0 with a 35-0 victory at Belle Plaine. Trinity senior quarterback Lucas Hammeke had three touchdown runs of one, nine and 20 yards. He picked off two passes, including one returned 35 yards for a touchdown.
Syracuse continued to shine under first-year coach Jordan Irsik. The Bulldogs are off to its first 3-0 – and 2-0 – start since 1999. Syracuse beat Stanton County, 27-0.
Norton improved to 3-0 with a remarkable 34-28 double-overtime victory at Russell. The Bluejays led 28-0 entering the fourth quarter before Russell recovered two onside kicks. Doniphan West’s Trent Spiker delivered 201 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
TMP won at Plainville, 20-13, and ended a six-game losing streak in the series. The Monarchs had not beaten Plainville in at least 50 years. TMP is 2-1 and head coach Jay Harris has done a nice job turning around the Monarchs. TMP’s 5-4 season in 2011 is the Monarchs’ lone winning record in more than 15 years. Bryce Seib had a big 44-yard pick-six.
TMP will play host to Syracuse in a district opener next week in Hays. The teams are a combined 5-1, a big turnaround for the struggling programs.
Haven, the KPreps 2A Potential Breakout Team in the preseason, defeated Larned, 46-43, at home. It marked the first time Haven defeated Larned since ’01, also the last Haven winning season.
Cimarron beat Scott City, 22-13, behind a huge game from Braxton Harrison. In the first two and a half minutes, he converted a 4th-and-10, threw a 47-yard touchdown pass and had a 55-yard pick-six. Cimarron had lost seven in a row to Scott City dating back to 1941.
Eureka is off to a 3-0 start this season and has allowed just 31 points over the first three weeks. District championship will be on the line right out of the gate in week four as they travel to Humboldt (3-0). Eureka features one of the best lineman in 2A in Braden Rucker. Eureka was 3-6 two and three years ago and 6-4 last year. They could even have a better record this year under third year head coach Jason Nichols.
Douglass was 3-6 last year and has already equaled their win total after three weeks at 3-0. Head Coach Kelley Sayahnejad has the team clicking with wins over Whitewater-Remington, Marion and Wichita Trinity. They’ll be tested big-time next week against Garden Plain who will look to redeem themselves after a big loss to Cheney as district play opens in 2A. Dalton Hilyard had 173 yards on 20 rushes with three touchdowns in the win while Jordan Stoffel was 11 of 18 through the air 1ith 180 yards (2 TD). Cole Martin had seven receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Trinity (38-21) last night.
Minneapolis picked up a solid 20-14 victory over previously unbeaten Republic County on Friday at home. Spencer Davidson, an all-state baseball player, had 7 receptions for 193 yards including a 66 yard touchdown in the game.
Oakley continued to impress with a 34-7 win versus Ell-Saline. Oakley is 3-0 and had another big game from Ethan Abell with 28 carries for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Oakley has allowed just 27 points in three wins against TMP, Plainville and Ell-Saline. Last year, the Plainsmen finished 3-6 including losses in the final two games to Plainville (59-14) and Ell-Saline (27-14).
Sedgwick missed Week 2 and nearly had Week 3 cancelled because of COVID-19 concerns. However, the Cardinals were able to schedule 3A Jefferson West in late week and won 35-7. Henry Burns, one of the top two-way players in 1A, had a huge night with 15 tackles on defense and 184 yards receiving and a TD on offense. Lance Hoffsommer, who had over 2,700 yards passing as a sophomore last fall, had a big night as well with 258 yards passing (2 TD) and another 91 on the ground (1 TD). Sedgwick offensive line paved the way for 451 yards.
Wabaunsee is a team on the rise in 1A after a 37-13 win at Troy. The Chargers are 2-1 and have scored 87 points in three games. Last year, Wabaunsee was 1-8 and had 111 total points. Junior quarterback Cade Oliver completed nine of 16 passes for 166 yards with three passing touchdowns and one rushing score.
Derek Wallin delivered eight tackles, 3.5 sacks and three TFLs. Oliver has thrown for more than 620 yards and has seven passing touchdowns in three games. Wabaunsee was 1-8 each of the last three years. From ’04-19, the best season was a 5-5 mark in ’13.
Not that record really matter in this class as many opponents play stellar competition out of classification but there are only four undefeated teams left (Olpe, Valley Heights, Oakley, Sedgwick).
Eight-Man, Division I
No. 1 Canton-Galva won its 16th straight game with a 48-0 victory versus Washington County. Quarterback Garrett Maltbie passed for 186, rushed for 207 and accounted for four total scores. He also picked off a pass on defense.
Doniphan West improved to 2-1 with a victory against Johnson-Brock (Neb.). Trent Spiker rushed for 201 yards and four scores. He has 530 rushing yards in the first three weeks.
Spearville’s Trace Tasset finished with 15 carries for 300 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, he delivered 11 tackles. Tasset has 46 carries for 605 yards and 11 touchdowns. Kolten Bennett delivered 13 carries for 179 yards and a score. He has 41 carries for 469 yards this season. Spearville is 3-0 and has averaged 46.7 points per game.
Spearville is part of remarkable Eight-Man, Division I, District 7. The district was supposed to be challenging, but the teams have been more dominant than expected. The district stands at a combined 15-1 including 3-0 for Hodgeman County, Wichita County, South Gray and Spearville. No. 2 ranked Wichita County defeated short-handed Hill City, 48-0, and is at Hodgeman County in a key district opener next week.
Chase County sophomore Mitch Budke finished with five total touchdowns – three rushing and two passing. He had eight rushing attempts for 153 yards and led the team with 10 tackles. Chase County is 2-1 after a 50-0 win against Valley Falls. VF had been a surprising 2-0 team.
Eight-Man, Division II
South Barber’s Emilio Perez had a 60-yard run, one of his five touchdowns. He had four two-point conversions, along with an interception and fumble recovery. SB had started a rare 0-2 and beat Hutchinson Central Christian, 46-22.
Jonny Robles scored six touchdowns for Coldwater-South Central in its win against Kiowa County. Robles has continued to score touchdowns at a high rate. Entering Friday, he had 18 rushing scores on 94 total carries. He also scored 21 receiving touchdowns on 50 catches. Robles also had three defensive/special teams scores in his career. South Central, down to Division II, beat Kiowa County, 54-6, on the road.
Eight-Man, Division II, District 4 is extremely close already. All seven teams are either 1-2 or 2-1. Lakeside is the only 2-0 team in district play, while five squads are 1-1. Lakeside won at Osborne, 44-34. The teams are separated by just 12 miles. It marked the first Lakeside win in the series since 2011.
Sylvan-Lucas delivered its second straight shutout and improved to 3-0. The Mustangs have outscored teams, 138-31. S-L beat Chase, 52-0. Junior William Rhudolph had three interceptions in the first half in a game that was called at intermission. Tra Barrientes is also one of the top two-way players in the class and last years 3-2-1A heavyweight champion in wrestling.
Logan-Palco improved to 3-0 with a 64-14 win versus Lincoln. Junior Dylan Van Laeys rushed for 73 yards and three touchdowns, while senior Micah Thompson delivered 176 rushing yards and three TDs. L-P finished with seven tackles for loss.
Central Plains and St. John, two longtime Central Prairie League rivals, won its return to play. CP beat Otis-Bison, 46-0, and St. John defeated Fairfield, 34-32. SJ ended a 22-game losing streak.
Chetopa head coach Rick Aldridge who is in his second year with the program got his first win at Chetopa as the head coach as they beat Marmaton Valley 58-20 on Friday night. It was the first (on-field) win for Chetopa since October 25th 2018 according to Sean Frye of the Parsons Sun. Dakota Pease had four touchdowns in the win (2 rushing, 2 passing).
Moscow, last years 6-man champ, continued its winning ways with a 55-7 win over Burrton which marked their 13th win in a row.
Natoma and Cheylin are both 2-0 in the 6-man North while Cunningham (3-0), Moscow (3-0) and Ashland (2-0) are unbeaten on the 6-man South.
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