Numbers in Kansas: What's impressive after week two?

Matthew Dercher has been a big part of Blue Valley's 2-0 start. (photo:
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Sep 14, 2016

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We love stats and we love numbers. We take a look at some of the things that have stood out, maybe some things that we didn't see coming and that are impressive to us after two weeks of the 2016 football season in Kansas. 

Basehor-Linwood (4A-I)

The Bobcats, led by Rod Staulbaumer, have been very impressive after two weeks outscoring opponents 132-to-12 after two weeks. The most impressive stat is their defense has six interceptions over the two week span. 

Jonathan Lollar, Herington (8M-I)

Lollar, a senior defensive back, has four interceptions to lead the state of Kansas after two weeks. Herington has six interceptions as a team to tie Basehor-Linwood for the state lead after two weeks. 

Wichita Heights (5A)

The majority of experts who cover high school football in Kansas would have Heights as a 5A contender that is 0-2 at this point with losses over Olathe North and Wichita Northwest. Instead, they could be one of the best teams in 5A and are 2-0 with wins over those two successful programs. Kvonte Baker seems to be the real deal at running back. Heights has made three consecutive exits in the round of eight in the playoffs but this year they look to get back to their old form where they made three consecutive appearances in title games from 2009-2011. Look out for Heights and head coach Terry Harrison in 5A.

Brody Flaming, Mill Valley (5A)

Flaming, in his first year as a starter after Logan Koch graduated, is off to a big junior year. He is averaging 444.5 yards of offense per game for the Jaguars. Flaming has passed for 742 yards and nine touchdowns in leading the defending 5A champs to a 2-0 start. While Flaming has stepped into his role nicely, Ben Hartman looks to be the top replacement for Kansas Gatorade POY Christian Jegen, now playing as a true freshman at Northern Iowa. Hartman has 345 yards receiving after two weeks. 

Augusta Defense (4A-I)

Led by all-state linebacker Dailin Marlnee the Augusta defense has only allowed six points all season, the other seven were fumble recovery by Clearwater. They have forced eight turnovers, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

Nickerson Offense (4A-II)

Nickerson has outscored opponents 96-16 in 2016 and has 558.5 yards of offense in doing so. They are 2-0 but will have a lot of big tests in the CKL this season. Can they make a run in 4A-II, they are making a case so far. They get Pratt this week.

Matthew Dercher, Blue Valley (6A)

Dercher in his first year as a starting quarterback at Blue Valley has completed 41 of 65 passes this season for 618 yards and six touchdowns/zero interceptions in leading the Tigers to a 2-0 start. Lets also keep in mind in his first start ever he beat 4A-I powerhouse Bishop Miege. 

Plainville (2-1A)

Last season Plainville was 3-6 and outside of their own team there probably wasn't a lot of hype on them statewide entering the 2016 season. They have been tested after two weeks and have proved to be the real deal with wins over Smith Center and Norton, both teams that were ranked in the top five of their classification. It doesn't get any easier this week as the Cardinals will take on last years 2-1A champ Phillipsburg who is now up to 3A. Head coach Grant Stephenson has done an outstanding job with this years group led by do-it-all senior Hayden Friend, who has 562 yards of total offense at quarterback and three interceptions and 14 tackles on defense.

Austin Anderson, Wichita Northwest (6A)

Anderson, a junior quarterback, has emerged as a playmaker in the Wichita metro after two weeks. Although they fell last week to Heights, Anderson is near the top in the state in passing yardage with 621 yards and 10 passing touchdowns after two weeks. Not bad for a guy that has only made two starts at the quarterback position and replaced all-stater Kevin Folsom from last season.

Hoisington (3A)

We all knew about Hunter Hanzlick and that Hoisington seemed to be a good regular season team. This year they could go one step further and make a run in the 3A playoffs. Why? They proved they were the real deal with an impressive 31-22 victory over now 4A-II Wichita Collegiate, last years 3A runner-up on Friday. Collegiate was ranked as high as #1 in some polls across the state. What's most impressive is Hoisington could have gave up after trailing 22-8 early in the third quarter but would go on to score 23 unanswered. 

Dalton Sporing, Burlingame (8M-I)

Sporing, a junior dual threat quarterback, is putting up video-game touchdowns in 2016. He has seven touchdown passes and seven rushing touchdowns after the first two weeks of the season. He helped his squad to a semifinal appearance a year ago and they look to be on a similar path in 2016 for head coach Jeff Slater. 

St. Mary's Colgan (2-1A)

Colgan got their 600th victory in school history last Friday over Baxter Springs. The most impressive thing is they did it with a total of five coaches. Current head coach Chuck Smith is 336-72 as the SMC head coach, while hall of famer Frank Crespino was 153-37-4 prior to Smith. Lon Farrell (46-5-2), Adolph Spigarelli (62-27-2), and Arkie Hoffman (3-3) all contributed to the five coach total of Colgan over time.

Jacob Bradshaw, Rossville (3A)

Bradshaw has had the biggest shoes to fill in the state this season and so far he looks good doing it. Is he going to put up Tucker Horak numbers, no probably not, but nobody is. He has completed 29 of 37 passes for 323 yards for three touchdowns while rushing for 356 more and five touchdowns after two weeks. Bradshaw, a 6-foot-0, 170 pound senior, is making the most of his opportunity as the Dawgs look to three-peat in 3A. 

Isaac McPherson, Fredonia (3A)

McPherson had 421 rushing yards on 24 carries in a week two 74-56 win over Douglass. McPherson played last season at Parsons and the 421 is the top single game mark for rushing so far in the 2016 season. 

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