By CONOR NICHOLL and Chet Kuplen
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Dodge City went all the way to Topeka, and wide receiver Matt Friess delivered four catches for 97 yards and two scores. He also picked off three passes. DC has won two in a row, both road shutouts: 41-0 at Ulysses and 39-0 at Topeka. Even with some early season struggles, Dodge City won a Week 9 game for a third straight season.
Blue Valley Northwest defeated Shawnee Mission East, 42-14, for its first playoff win since ’09. Northwest quarterback Mikey Pauley continued his fine season and has thrown for 15 scoring passes. The junior has completed 78 of 132 passes for 1,222 yards with 15 scores against five interceptions. He also leads with 542 yards and nine TDs. It’s been a great turnaround season for Clint Rider who had a lot of success at Hesston prior to taking the 6A job at Northwest.
Olathe West defeated Olathe South, 21-11. Junior Anthony Favrow rushed 25 times for 139 yards and three touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Favrow cleared 1,000 rushing yards. He is at 145 carries for 1,004 yards and 11 scores. This is his second straight 1,000-yard season after he delivered 179 carries for 1,324 yards and 16 scores.
Henry Martin threw six touchdown passes for Blue Valley North.
Teams alive in the East: No. 2-ranked Olathe North (7-1), Olathe Northwest (5-3), Blue Valley Northwest (5-1), Blue Valley (5-1), No. 5 Shawnee Mission Northwest (6-1), Olathe West (5-3), Olathe East (6-1), Blue Valley North (4-2)
Teams alive in the West: No. 1 Lawrence (8-0), Dodge City (4-5), No. 3 Derby (5-2), Gardner-Edgerton (5-2), No. 4 Junction City (7-1), Washburn Rural (4-5), Wichita East (6-1), Manhattan (6-3)
Hutchinson narrowly held off Newton behind another big game from Alec McCuan. He finished with more than 235 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The 8-1 Salthawks won, 45-41. Hutchinson was 4-14 in the last two seasons – and 4-17 in its last 20 games behind the big turnaround this year. Also, the Salthawks’ defense, led by linebacker Jack Hawver, and the experienced offensive line has delivered a nice season. Earlier, Hutchinson won the AVCTL Division I. As well, longtime defensive coordinator Scott Yantes captured his 200th career victory as part of the Salthawks’ staff. He has served on staff 24 years.
Hawver recovered a fumble for a touchdown. Treyton Peterson also returned a kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown after Newton took a 29-28 lead. The game featured 11 lead changes.
Hutchinson has won games by eight, one, one, 12, 14, four and five points and has a seven- point loss. The Salthawks have won four in a row and have averaged 40.5 points per game in that stretch. Hutchinson will face Bishop Carroll next week in the quarterfinals. The teams have matched up many times in the postseason during the Alan Schuckman and Randy Dreiling eras. Now, former assistants Dusty Trail (BC) and Mike Vernon (Hutchinson) helm the programs.
Maize defeated Liberal, 55-0. Josh Sanders rushed 14 times for 142 yards and two rushing scores. He also caught a receiving TD. Colby Pivarnik picked off two passes.
In Week 7, Maize South held off Hays, 21-20. This time, Maize South easily won, 33-12, on the road at Lewis Field Stadium. Maize South controlled the game throughout and led by 30 in the third quarter.
Teams alive in the East: No. 4 Topeka Seaman (8-1), Blue Valley Southwest (2-4), St. Thomas Aquinas (5-3), Pittsburg (5-4), De Soto (8-1), Leavenworth (4-3), No. 2 Mill Valley (6-2), Spring Hill (4-3)
Teams alive in the West: No. 1 Wichita Northwest (7-0), Wichita Heights (5-2), Kapaun Mt. Carmel (7-1), Goddard (7-2), No. 5 Hutchinson (8-1), No. 3 Bishop Carroll (6-2), Maize (8-1), Maize South (5-3)
Basehor-Linwood is quietly a team that could factor in at 4A East. B-L opened 1-3 but has won five in a row. That includes a 35-15 home win versus Atchison. Coach Rod Stallbaumer is known for high-flying offenses, and the Bobcats have averaged 37.3 points per game. B-L gets 3-6 Eudora, which delivered a slight upset against K.C. Piper.
Against Atchison, B-L led 14-6 after the first quarter. Senior Isaac Stanton completed 19 of 33 passes for 315 yards with three touchdowns against two interceptions. Junior Zack Sisemore rushed 35 times for 195 yards and two scores. Overall, B-L delivered 508 yards of total offense. Junior Jordan Brown caught seven balls for 94 yards and two TDs, and sophomore Brant Wilson delivered five catches for 101 yards.
Tyler Bowden, the state’s leading rusher, helped Tonganoxie to a 48-28 win against Labette County. Running back Tyler Bowden finished with eight carries for 202 yards and three scores. Blake Poje passed for 121 yards and three TDs. Poje has 86 of 138 passing for 1,281 yards with 17 scores against four interceptions. Bowden is now up to 244 carries for 2,222 yards and 32 scores. Senior Dallas Bond has enjoyed a big year with 36 catches for 496 yards and 12 TDs. Senior Branden Martin, who came over from K.C. Piper, leads with 117 tackles, 12 for loss. Bond has eight TFLs.
Rose Hill captured a 30-13 win versus Mulvane for its sixth straight victory. RH opened 0-3. The Rockets have their first winning year since ’11. Rose Hill accomplished big goals of a winning season and home playoff game. The Rockets, led by head coach Lee Weber, will host the second home playoff game since 2011 against Buhler next Friday.
Fort Scott had 171 rushing yards and three scores from Malachi Vann in a 48-22 victory versus Bonner Springs. Fort Scott was 1-8 last season and is 7-0 in 2020. They’ll have to pull off the upset of the year next week against Miege but what a turnaround for head coach Bo Graham in his second season.
Eudora was down 15-0 to Piper going into the fourth quarter and pulled off a 16-15 victory on Friday behind 274 rushing yards from the Cardinals, including 169 by Brayden Beerbower (1,000+ yards in 2020). Cael Lynch has also been a breakout player in the state this season and has 144 tackles to lead all of Kansas. Nice work by head coach Sean Hayden.
Similar to the past several years, Arkansas City has entered the playoffs with a losing record and has won in the postseason. AC beat Wellington, 27-6. Wellington media reported AC was 0-5 against the Crusaders since ’88. Sophomore quarterback Gabe Welch passed for 167 and rushed for 65.
El Dorado, led by head coach Wes Bell, quietly has a 5-2 record on the west bracket. They’ve won their last three games and four of their last five this season. Zach Wittenburg has had a huge year with over five sacks on defense and over 1,000 rushing yards on offense.
Teams alive in the East: No. 1 Paola (9-0), St. James Academy (4-4), Basehor-Linwood (6-3), Eudora (3-6), Fort Scott (7-0), No. 3 Bishop Miege (3-4), No. 2 Tonganoxie (8-1), Lansing (5-3)
Teams alive in the West: No. 4 McPherson (8-1), Augusta (4-5), Rose Hill (6-3), Buhler (5-3), Andover Central (7-1), Arkansas City (3-6), El Dorado (5-2), Wamego (5-4).
Clearwater quarterback Tanner Cash finished with 158 rushing yards and four touchdowns, including another pick-six in a huge road 31-15 win versus Holcomb.
Holton’s Canon Karn delivered eight carries for 172 yards and five touchdowns, all in the first half. In the loss, Santa Fe Trail’s Tyler Duncan finished with five catches for 161 yards and a touchdown, all in the first half. Holton defeated Santa Fe Trail, 62-25.
Burlington’s Braden Sloyer finished with 17 carries for 299 yards and three TDs. Burlington beat Parsons, 56-22.
Topeka Hayden and Perry-Lecompton both won. They both came out of the same district, but because of a district quirk, Hayden was the No. 1 seed and P-L third. Baldwin took second but did not play either team. Hayden/P-L will now meet up in the second round of the playoffs. Hayden beat Sabetha, 42-6, and P-L beat Rock Creek, 35-22.
Desmond Purnell tallied 177 yards of total offense for Hayden. For P-L, senior quarterback Thad Metcalfe completed 9 of 13 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. Metcalfe finished with 17 carries for 97 yards and two scores. Junior Reichen Rush finished with 20 rushes for 193 yards and two TDs.
Riley County beat Smoky Valley, 55-16. Nic Allen led a big night from multiple players with seven rushes for 170 yards and four scores.
Jace Thomas delivered 194 yards of total offense in Scott City’s 24-14 victory against Concordia.
Andale won its 21st straight game with a 74-7 win versus Larned. There are four backs over 300 hundred rushing yards this season for Andale. Andale has allowed one touchdown in the first quarter all season and just 40 total points by the half in all games combined. Eli Rowland and Noah Meyer each have 13 touchdowns rushing this season to lead the charge. Gabe Ungles has also added eight rushing scores and Caden Parthemer with six. The defense is led by Logan Spexarth (46 tackles), Parthemer (41 tackles) and all-state lineman Cayden Winter (41 tackles). Ungles has three picks. To us on paper, Andale is by far the favorite in Class 3A this season.
Southeast of Saline continues to have 3A’s top scoring defense with a 46-8 win versus Clay Center. Seniors Tyler Breeding and Sterling Harp had eight tackles, three for loss. SES is 8-0 and has permitted 46 total points. Senior quarterback Jaxson Gebhardt has thrown for 969 yards with 10 scores against one interception. He and senior Bryant Banks have combined for 25 rushing touchdowns. Junior Matthew Rodriguez leads the defense with 69 tackles, 16 for loss. Harp has 18 TFLs, while junior Dawson Adams has nine.
Marysville beat Colby, 45-21. Gavin Pieschl returned a kickoff 79 yards for a score and delivered a 49-yard TD reception.
Girard picked up their first playoff win in four seasons on Friday as they defeated previously unbeaten Columbus, 29-18, in a game they lost 26-7 back in week three. Girard is a very physical team up front and has proved they can play with anyone in their area this season. Prairie View and Girard could be an outstanding matchup this week. The Buffaloes of Prairie View are 7-1 this season and lost just one game to Burlington by six. Dustin Littrell has done a great job of putting this program on the map over the last three seasons.
Frontenac is one of the scariest four loss teams in the state. The reason is the Raiders haven’t had their full starting lineup in any loss this season plus two losses are to out of state opponents that would be 5A in Kansas by enrollment. The Raiders feature Landon Dean one of the states top recruits at 6-foot-5 and 230-pounds in the class of 2022. Perhaps the most underrated player in 3A could be Colin McCartney on both sides of the football and has gotten it done with his legs and arm as a quarterback. The Raiders have what it takes to make a very deep run.
Teams alive in the East: Girard (4-5), Prairie View (7-1), No. 2 Topeka Hayden (8-1), No. 3 Perry-Lecompton (8-1), Burlington (8-1), Frontenac (5-4), Holton (7-1), Baldwin (3-4)
Teams alive in the West: Riley County (7-1), Scott City (6-3), No. 1 Andale (8-0), Clearwater (7-2), No. 4 Southeast of Saline (8-0), Marysville (4-4), No. 5 Cheney (9-0), Wichita Collegiate (8-1)
In one of the best turnaround stories of 2020, Haven defeated Kingman, 42-21, and won its first playoff game in 44 years. Haven, featured on Sports In Kansas earlier this season, had another big game from its offense. Kingman had key special teams plays in the first half, but Darby Roper delivered a rushing touchdown and threw a passing TD. Nathan Schmidt, Haven’s 140-pound tailback, ran 43 times for 236 yards on Friday. He has cleared 1,100 rushing yards.
Beloit defeated TMP, 55-14, on the road at Lewis Field Stadium. Running back Benson Berndt cleared 200 yards.
Cimarron beat Minneapolis, 28-6. Quarterback Braxton Harrison rushed eight times for 125 yards and two scores, and Mason Eskam had 109 rushing yards.
No. 1 Rossville continued to rank as by far the classification’s top offense after a 53-6 win versus Riverside. Torrey Horak passed for two TDs, and Rossville ran for six scores. Rossville has tallied 511 points. Osage City is second at 403.
Maur Hill’s A.J. Schwinn finished with 402 total yards, seven touchdowns, along with 14 tackles. He rushed 33 times for 327 yards and six scores and caught one pass, a 75-yard TD. He delivered a school record seven touchdowns in one game. Schwinn also finished with 14 tackles. MH-MA, which had its first perfect regular season since 1984, has 175 carries for 1,809 yards and 27 scores from Schwinn. School record is 2,021 rushing yards by 1992 4A Player of the Year Josh Holthusen, a Top 11 all-classes pick that year when the Ravens won it all in 4A. Schwinn also leads the defense with 109 tackles, five for loss. Maur Hill has had a great season but the strength of schedule is one of the weakest in 2A this season, especially with the cancellation of district matchup and defending champ Nemaha Central. Huge test this week against a very-good Rossville team led by another 2A POY candidate in Torrey Horak
Teams alive in the East: Pittsburg-Colgan (6-2), Wellsville (4-4), No. 1 Rossville (9-0), No. 4 Maur Hill (8-0), Osage City (8-1), Fredonia (5-3), Nemaha Central (6-2), No. 3 Silver Lake (6-1)
Teams alive in the West: Hutchinson Trinity Catholic (8-1), Haven (7-2), Beloit (3-6), Phillipsburg (5-4), Garden Plain (8-1), Hillsboro (6-3), Hoisington (9-0), Cimarron (6-3)
Uniontown beat Troy, 51-14, behind 238 rushing yards from senior Drew Perry. Treden Buckman rushed for 188 yards. Uniontown has a path set up to take them to a sectional round as they get Northeast-Arma this week who moved on because of forfeit of a team in quarantine by Valley Heights who was ranked in the top five of Kansas. A win on Friday would put them against likely Olpe on 11/13 who plays Jackson Heights next week.
Landon Gutschenritter rushed for six touchdowns in Jefferson County North’s 72-0 win versus Northern Heights.
Cade Oliver accounted for four touchdowns, and Derek Wallin rushed for four TDs in Wabaunsee’s 62-18 victory versus Pleasanton. Wabaunsee is 4-5 after 4-32 the previous four seasons. Dawson Schultz has had a huge year as a receiver and on defense, plus he has been one of the best return guys in 1A football.
Sedgwick beat Ellinwood, 54-0. Henry Burns had seven catches for 250 yards and a TD and went over 1,000 receiving yards.
Inman’s defense limited Stanton County to minus-24 yards of total offense, minus-70 rushing. Inman beat Stanton County, 61-0.
Toby Lewis delivered four touchdowns (three rush, pick-six) in Whitewater-Remington’s 56-16 win versus Sacred Heart.
Not that either team wants to win in this fashion but Northeast-Arma got its first playoff victory in 38 years (1982) on Friday as they got a forfeit win over Valley Heights, a team ranked in the top five that had to end the season due to quarantine. The Vikings have just one playoff win ever in their program prior to the forfeit win on Friday.
The West bracket certainly seems a bit tougher on paper at this point with Smith Center, Sedgwick, Conway Springs and Inman being very high caliber teams to us that could compete to win it all. The East we feel is very top-heavy with Olpe and Centralia. Don’t count out Lyndon either as they played Olpe very close earlier this season.
Teams alive in the East: No. 1 Olpe (9-0), Jackson Heights (4-4), Arma-Northeast (1-5), Uniontown (5-4), No. 2 Centralia (8-1), Wabaunsee (4-5), Lyndon (7-2), Jefferson County North (7-2)
Teams alive in the West: No. 3 Smith Center (8-1), Ell-Saline (4-5), Sedgwick (8-1), Oakley (7-2), No. 4 Conway Springs (8-1), Plainville (5-4), Inman (7-2), Remington (4-5)
Eight-Man, Division I
Chase County’s Blaise Holloway set a state record with three pick-sixes in one half of football. CC beat Cedar Vale-Dexter, 66-0. Chase County is 7-2 and has its most victories in at least 15 seasons.
Little River beat Washington County, 56-0. Jayden Garrison accounted for four scores.
Coach Matt Fowler has put another nice season with Oswego, which defeated Central Burden, 54-8. Oswego is 8-1, the most wins for the program since ’09. Jace Landes rushed 10 times for 113 and four scores.
No. 1 Canton-Galva beat Valley Falls, 46-0, for its 22nd straight win, the longest current run in Kansas.
South Gray defeated Oberlin, 50-0, for its playoff win in nine years. Aaron Skidmore rushed 12 times for 75 yards and three scores, passed for a touchdown, and delivered a 55-yard pick-six. He broke five tackles on a touchdown run. Ethan Salmans, on his 18th birthday, caught a 51-yard touchdown pass and delivered two pick sixes.
Burlingame’s Wyatt Ledom delivered 26 carries for 231 yards and three touchdowns. Kris Hovestadt picked off three passes and has 10 total for the year, the most in Kansas. He also returned a kickoff for a score. Burlingame defeated a solid Lincoln team, 44-26.
No. 2 Leoti-Wichita County beat Hill City, 68-22. WC’s Kayde Rietzke finished with 165 passing yards and a TD, along with 264 rushing yards and five scores.
Madison hasn’t been challenged all season and starters have had limited reps. Oswego will be a major underdog in this matchup this week as the Bulldogs have allowed just 70 points all season. Casey Helm has completed 49 of 66 passes for 975 yards (19 TD/2 INT) this season while Hunter Engle has rushed for 541 yards on just 28 carries (18 TD). Drew Stutesman has 15 catches for 351 yards. Brome Rayburn leds the defense with 70 tackles as Isaac Miser has 66 and Stuteseman with 63 tackles. Rayburn also has five interceptions as Trace Dannels has four.
Sedan, led by head coach Mick Holt, has had a great year in 8M-I with a perfect 9-0 record. Blue Devils were 5-4 last season. It’s the first season they’ve had at least nine wins since 2004 when legendary Kansas Sports Hall of Fame coach Les Davis went 12-1.
Teams alive in the East: Sedan (9-0), Chase County (7-2), No. 4 Clifton-Clyde (7-1), No. 5 Little River (7-2), No. 3 Madison (9-0), Oswego (8-1), No. 1 Canton-Galva (9-0), Burlingame (7-2)
Teams alive in the West: Attica-Argonia (7-1), La Crosse (5-3), No. 2 Wichita County (9-0), Rawlins County (4-3), Pratt-Skyline (8-1), Goessel (4-3), Hoxie (7-1), South Gray (8-1)
Eight-Man, Division II
Hartford defeated St. Paul, 62-12. Shayden Sull rushed for 251 yards and six touchdowns.
No. 3 Victoria beat Norwich, 54-6, but big credit to senior center Trenton Engel. He hurt his ankle very early in the game and had trouble walking. However, Victoria is thin at center and runs everything from shotgun. Engel missed a little time, though snapped the majority of the game. Freshman Seth Schwien caught a pair of scoring passes and returned a fumble 40 yards. Quarterback Grant Schoenrock accounted for five touchdowns.
South Central beat Quinter, 34-14, behind 184 rushing yards from Jonny Robles.
Wheatland-Grinnell defeated Minneola, 56-20. Quarterback Trey Vincent passed for 210, and Isaac Mendez rushed for 257.
Caldwell beat Wilson, 68-20 as Keiondre Smith returned. He accounted for 222 yards of total offense.
Colony-Crest entered the 2019 season on a 11-game losing streak, including a 0-9 record in 2018. Since the start of 2019 they are 15-4. Nice turnaround for the program under Nick Mcanulty.
Teams alive in the East: Colony-Crest (9-0), Hartford (6-3), No. 2 Hanover (7-0), Axtell (7-2), No. 4 Lebo (9-0), Waverly (6-3), Beloit-St. John’s/Tipton (7-2), Frankfort (5-1)
Teams alive in the West: No. 3 Victoria (9-0), Sylvan-Lucas (7-2), South Central (7-2), Wheatland-Grinnell (7-2), Caldwell (7-2), Central Plains (6-1), No. 1 St. Francis (8-0), Bucklin (6-3)
Congratulations to Bird City-Cheylin for a 46-0 win against Moscow in the Six-Man Wild West Bowl championship. Cheylin won the first state title in school history. Colton McCarty completed an amazing career. As reported on SIK earlier this year, McCarty is believed to set the career national record for total offense per game by a six-man player.
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