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What impressed us after week 4 of 2020 fball season?

Hutchinson improved to 4-0 on the season behind Alec McCuan
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Sep 26, 2020

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By CONOR NICHOLL and Chet Kuplen - Sports in Kansas 

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Class 6A

No. 3 Olathe North improved to 3-0 and defeated a solid Olathe West team, 21-17. Noah Palmer continued his big season with 22 carries for 132 yards.

No. 5 Shawnee Mission Northwest improved to 2-0 with a 49-0 victory against SM North. Ty Black, an Air Force commit and the son of head coach Bo Black, accounted for seven touchdowns with five passing, one rushing and a receiving score.

Blue Valley Northwest continued its nice turnaround with coach Clint Rider with a 40-17 win versus Blue Valley West. Mikey Pauley, a Division I baseball commit to Nebraska, completed 15 of 23 passes for 244 yards with four touchdowns against zero interceptions. He also delivered 14 carries for 35 yards and two scores. He accounted for six total touchdowns. Steven Whitter had 11 catches for 210 yards and two scores. This marks the best start since 2009.

Blue Valley had to switch personnel after Division I quarterback Jake Wolff moved to Texas, and 1,000-yard running back Chase Jans elected not to play. BV missed the first two weeks because of COVID-19, and lost, 24-17, to Blue Valley Northwest in the return to play in Week 3. BV dropped out of the rankings, and then beat Blue Valley North, 28-21. Go Powercat’s Ryan Wallace reported BV 5-foot-8 running back Michael Solomon recorded 27 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns. New quarterback Greyson Holbert accounted for 289 yards of total offense.

In Sunflower League action, Gardner-Edgerton defeated Mill Valley, 28-26, and improved to 2-0. Mill Valley, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A, had been Kansas’ best team in the first two weeks. In Week 3, MV lost in the final seconds at Arkansas power Bentonville, a much bigger school. All-state quarterback Cooper Marsh was hurt at the end of last week and didn’t play. The game featured six interceptions. G-E freshman quarterback Asher Weiner had 193 passing yards with three touchdowns against four interceptions.

Class 5A

No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas played without Tank Young, possibly the state’s best player with an Iowa State offer and more than 4,500 career rushing yards. Aquinas beat Raytown (Mo.), 28-14. Aquinas scored single touchdowns in each quarter. Sean Carroll rushed 24 times for 120 yards and a touchdown.

Hutchinson is one of the state’s biggest surprises with coach Mike Vernon. The Salthawks are 4-0 for the first time since 2009 after a 54-42 win versus Newton. Alec McCuan has 702 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Hutchinson is scheduled to play Derby this week in a game was traditionally one of the top games in Kansas from 2008-15. McCuan rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns.

Hays High continued to dominate with its much-improved defense and is 4-0 for the first time since ’14. HHS allowed Garden City to just 55 total yards. Hays High had its Week 5 game versus Abilene cancelled because of COVID-19. HHS has permitted 44 points after 141 allowed after a month last season. The Indians are 3-0 in the Western Athletic Conference and have clinched at least a share of the conference title.

In a key 5A/4A United Kansas Conference game, De Soto won at Lansing, 40-35. Lansing was 3-0. De Soto stands at 3-1 with two of its victories by a combined 13 points. The Wildcats’ flexbone offense has averaged 38 points a contest. Jackson Miller, De Soto’s multi-year standout quarterback and one of the state’s fastest players, delivered 206 rushing yards and four touchdowns, along with 124 passing yards.

Emporia is 2-2 after a 30-8 win versus Topeka Highland Park. Wide receiver Camden Kirmer scored in three ways via rushing, passing and punt return.

Leavenworth picked up its first victory with a 34-3 win against Shawnee Heights. The Pioneers’ Willie George and Santiago McLaughlin each recorded two interceptions.

Class 4A

No. 3 Tonganoxie beat Eudora, 52-30, after standout quarterback Blake Poje returned from injury. He had missed the last two games and threw a pair of touchdown passes. Running back Tyler Bowden cleared 1,800 rushing yards for Lawrence Free State en route to first team all-6A last season. He transferred to Tonganoxie and has been one of the state’s top storylines. Bowden is the first player to clear 1,000 rushing yards. He rushed 33 times for 338 yards and five scores and has 1,096 rushing yards this year.

Class 4A Andover Central beat 5A Goddard, 34-26. Goddard was 3-0 entering the contest. Ashton Barkdull had a key 68-yard touchdown run. AC led 7-6 after the first quarter, though trailed 13-6 at halftime.

McPherson is once again a contender in Class 4A West. The Bullpups, which have never played in a state title game, have lost in the semifinals each of the last three seasons. Senior Dylan Rinker has 904 passing yards, while sophomore Jaytin Gumm emerged in Week 1. He has 602 yards, and senior Aaron Powell, a key returning player, has 348 receiving yards.

Rose Hill picked up its first win with a 28-26 victory against Augusta. RH is 1-3, but has averaged 22.3 points a contest. Last season, RH was also 1-3, though averaged just 17 points a game through the first month. Spencer Nolan delivered 24 carries for 154 yards and four touchdowns, along with a 62-yard kickoff return.

Buhler improved to 2-1 with a 36-14 victory at El Dorado. Standout Sam Elliott delivered more than 200 rushing yards and four touchdowns, along with 13 tackles.

Wamego has won three in a row with a 41-7 victory against Atchison. The Red Raiders received 250 passing yards and two touchdowns, along with 105 rushing yards and a score.

Remaining undefeated teams are No. 2 Paola (4-0), Fort Scott (2-0), No. 4 McPherson (4-0) and Andover Central (3-0).

Class 3A

No. 1 Andale won its 17th straight game and is tied with Canton-Galva for the longest current winning streak in Kansas. Andale beat a quality Halstead team, 42-12. Andale has allowed just 29 points this year.

In District 7, Andale, Clearwater and Wichita Collegiate are all 4-0, 1-0. Collegiate beat Hesston, 31-10. Jack Duarte made a 50-yard field goal.

No. 3 Topeka Hayden won at Coffeyville, 49-0. Desmond Purnell delivered his second kickoff return for a touchdown when he ran back the opening kickoff. He also delivered a pair of rushing scores and has 13 touchdowns this season.

No. 4 Cheney defeated Hugoton, 51-12 in District 8. Hugoton was 2-1 and had won its last two games with more than 60 percent of its roster in COVID-19 quarantine. Logan Bartlett enjoyed a career game in a Week 3 win versus Garden Plain. On Friday, he kicked a 51-yard field goal, the state’s longest this fall. Cheney is 4-0 and is 14-0 in non-Andale games (two losses) since the start of last year. The Cardinals and Holcomb are both 4-0, 1-0 in District 8.

In wild District 2, Girard defeated Anderson County, 41-0. AC entered the matchup 3-0. Girard, under former Pittsburg State quarterback Neal Philpot, is 2-2, 1-0 in district play.

Also in a marquee District 2 contest, senior-laden Burlington improved to 4-0, 1-0 with a 22-16 win at Prairie View.

Holton bounced back from its loss to No. 2 Perry-Lecompton and beat rival Sabetha, 45-21, in a Big 7 and District 4 contest. Holton’s Canon Karn finished with 23 carries for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Karn led Holton with 14 tackles.

Logan Bartlett of Cheney (4-0) kicked a 51-yard field goal on Friday night for the Cardinals. It’s the longest field goal made in Kansas this season.

3A District 7 continues to impress with three 4-0 teams in Andale, Clearwater and Collegiate. Hesston (3-1) and Halstead (2-2) are both more than capable teams as well.

3A District 1 has three unbeaten teams after four weeks in Caney (4-0), Galena (3-0) and Columbus (4-0). Galena and Caney will square off this coming Friday. Columbus and Galena will matchup on 10/9 at Galena. Columbus and Caney will meet up in week eight on 10/23. Could be interesting in this district as the three unbeatens we feel like are for sure playoff teams.

Class 2A

Hoisington, ranked No. 3 in 2A, continued to stamp itself as the West favorite. Hoisington had a pair of first-quarter fumbles and trailed Phillipsburg, though scored 28 unanswered points in the second half and won 42-21. The Cardinals have scored between 32 and 42 points every game. Hoisington is 15-1 since the start of last season. The Cardinals received another big game from junior Holt Hanzlick after he missed last year with injury. He delivered 15 carries for 155 yards and three touchdowns, with 135 yards in the second half.

In District 4, Maur Hill continued its dominance with a 41-8 road win versus Republic County. MH had rolled over three opponents with a combined 0-9 record in the first three weeks. However, RC was 2-1. MH running back Andrew Schwinn and RC back Jared Baxa were top-5 in Kansas in rushing yards entering the contest. Schwinn continued his exceptional two-way season with 191 rushing yards, 230 yards total offense, three touchdowns, 10-plus tackles, multiple tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

Eureka is 4-0 for the first time since 2013. Two years ago, the Tornadoes went 3-6 with all games on the road because a tornado took out its football complex. Last season, Eureka nearly upset Humboldt in non-district, and then won its first district in more than 17 years. The Tornadoes went 6-4. Eureka, with standout lineman Braden Rucker, beat Humboldt, 38-6, in a key Tri-Valley League and district contest.

Riverton tallied just 44 points in the first three weeks and then rolled over Neodesha, 52-0. Derek Larison recorded three touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions and played just the first half.

In District 8, Minneapolis defeated No. 4 Norton, 30-7. Minneapolis has won two straight. The Lions scored in the first quarter for the first this year. Trent Moeckel, behind strong blocking from Keyon Baccus and the line, cleared 200 all-purpose yards. Norton (3-1) has lineman Christien Hawks limited. Hawks was dominant in a Week 1 victory versus Smith Center. However, he hurt his elbow in Week 2 and was unable to play defense Friday.

Chaparral has won two in a row, including a 62-6 road win versus Leon-Bluestem. The Roadrunners received nine carries for 187 yards and four touchdowns from Jack Francis in the first half.

Hoisington, No. 1 Rossville, Eureka, No. 5 Hutchison Trinity and Maur Hill are the lone 4-0 squads in 2A. No. 2 Silver Lake is 2-0, but missed the first two weeks because of COVID-19 concerns. SL beat Oskaloosa, 96-0.

In District 7, TMP beat Syracuse, 32-0. TMP opened last year 1-6 and is 5-1 since under coach Jay Harris. Syracuse was 3-0 and off to its best start since ’99. TMP (3-1) has its best start since ’11. Monarch quarterback Kade Harris scored the first touchdown.

Hutch Trinity is quietly 4-0 this season and have a schedule that looks like they could potentially have a 6-0 start. The Celtics have a shot to have a very good record during the regular season in 2020 and compete for their district title.

Class 1A

In District 2, No. 3 Centralia defeated No. 2 Valley Heights, 28-0, in a key Twin Valley League matchup. Centralia is 29-1 against Valley Heights since 1990, including four straight in the series. The Panthers are the defending 1A champions. Centralia, Sedgwick and No. 1 Olpe are the lone 4-0 squads in 1A football.

In District 2, Jackson Heights won at Wabaunsee, 33-21. JH is a run-heavy team, while Wabaunsee is much more passing offense. Charger quarterback Cade Oliver completed 19 of 27 passing for 286 yards with two passing touchdowns and one rushing score.

Troy beat Pleasanton, 30-20, for its first win of the season. Cam Anderson has two passing touchdowns, a punt return score and a pair of interceptions. For Pleasanton, sophomore Karsten McKee rushed for 234 yards and two scores.

Wichita Independent ended a 22-game losing streak with a 36-19 victory against Elkhart.

Sedgwick beat Stanton County, 63-0, and has permitted just seven points this year. Connor Tillman went nine for nine on extra points.

Wichita-Independent snapped a 22-game losing streak as they picked up their first win since 2017 when they beat Elkhart 36-19 on the road Friday night.

Eight-Man, Division I

No. 1 Canton-Galva captured its 17th straight victory with its 66-0 home win versus Bennington. C-G scored 52 points in the first quarter. Canton-Galva faces Little River in a marquee top-5 matchup this week that is expected to decide District 4. Garrett Maltbie threw for a pair of touchdowns, Brayden Collins rushed seven times for 49 yards and two TDs, and Tyson Struber finished with two catches for 47 yards and a TD. Struber picked off his third pass this year and has 20 in his career. Struber also returned the kickoff 74 yards for a TD.

No. 2 Leoti-Wichita County showcased its impressive depth with a 58-8 road win versus Hodgeman County in a game that was called at halftime. The game was tied at eight midway first quarter before WC scored 50 straight points. The Indians are 4-0. Senior quarterback Kayde Rietzke, a returning first team all-state player, delivered 14 of 17 passing for 241 yards and five touchdowns. Sheldon Whalen recorded seven catches for 128 yards and three TDs. Manny Chavez has joined an already elite squad. Chavez couldn’t play last season because of transfer rules after he moved from nearby Tribune. He is a rare two-way player for the depth-laden Indians, caught a touchdown pass and delivered a pick-six. WC has beaten three teams with winning records.

No. 3 Madison rolled over Udall, 70-14, with a 56-8 lead after the first quarter. Quarterback Casey Helm is 4 of 4 passing for 92 yards and three touchdowns. Hunter Engle had one carry – a 77-yard rush. Chase Harrison recorded one catch, a 46-yard reception.

No. 4 Clifton-Clyde improved to 4-0 and took a big step to winning District 3 with a 62-12 win versus Burlingame. Single wing quarterback Aiden Rudolph had five rushing touchdowns, a passing score, along with a pick-six.

La Crosse won its first ever eight-man game with a 76-0 Homecoming victory versus St. John.

Argonia-Attica required a comeback to beat Goessel, 42-14, and allowed its first points of the year. Xander Newberry finished 13 of 14 passing for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 127 yards.

Oswego improved to 3-0 under third year head coach Matt Fowler. Sophomore Jake Hutchinson had a big night with 144 yards and had four total touchdowns. Oswego has allowed just 26 points all season. Huge matchup next week against a very quality Sedan team that is 4-0 on the year. 

Eight-Man, Division II

No. 2 Hanover beat No. 3 Axtell, 62-12. Axtell led 6-0 after the first quarter, but Hanover took a 34-12 halftime advantage in the premier eight-man rivalry in Kansas. Colin Jueneman, a returning first team all-state player, recorded 16 carries for 180 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 68 yards and a score. Isaac Detweiler finished 12 of 22 passing for 162 yards and two scores. Hanover’s defense limited Axtell to 143 total yards.

No. 4 Lebo cruised to a 60-14 victory against Hartford behind another big night from two-sport athlete Devan McEwen. He passed for 166 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed for 113 with a score.

No. 5 Victoria beat Sylvan-Lucas, 52-22, in a District 5 contest. Victoria (4-0, 2-0) received another balanced effort from quarterback Grant Schoenrock, running back Carson Werth and running back Jayvon Pruitt. They combined for five rushing touchdowns.

In District 1, Colony-Crest is quietly 4-0 and had an unusual backwards touchdown pass that already has more than 25,000 views on Sports in Kansas Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Stratton McGhee completed the pass to Kobey Miller. Crest beat traditional power St. Paul, 54-8, a team hit hard by graduation.

Wilson is off to a 3-1 start after a 2-7 season last year. Dragons’ Cooper Weinhold was a key player in ’19 and has a massive game in a 50-46 win versus Otis-Bison. He delivered 32 carries for 298 yards and seven touchdowns.

Caldwell is 4-0 after a 46-22 win versus Central Christian. Keondre Smith rushed for 183 yards and five scores, along with 104 passing yards and two TDs.

Chetopa, led by second year head coach Rick Aldridge, has won back-to-back games for the first time since 2015 as the Green Hornets defeated Altoona-Midway 56-8 on Friday night. Caden Duggan had six total touchdowns in the game and over 300 yards of offense (passing and rushing).

6-Man

On Cheylin’s homecoming, then No. 1-ranked Cougars defeated a quality Weskan team, 74-26. Colton McCarty continued his remarkable career with 3 of 5 passing for 89 yards and two touchdowns, along with 20 carries for 345 yards and eight scores. The defense picked off four passes, and freshman Pablo Bermudez delivered two interceptions.

No. 3 Ashland beat No. 2 Moscow, 41-32. Moscow had its 13-game winning streak end.


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