Colgan, led by head coach Chuck Smith, got a 29-20 quarterfinal playoff victory over Washington County on Friday to move into the semifinals for the first time since 2011. For their effort, the Panthers have been named the Craw-Kan "Your Community Technology Partner" Team of the Week from the Southeast Kansas area.
SMC, who started the season 1-3 with losses to Galena, Frontenac and Columbus, has used its battle-tested schedule to win seven games in a row. Senior quarterback, Billy Dickey, led the charge on Friday with 229 yards and two touchdown passes, he also added a scored on the ground. One of those touchdown passes, a perfect ball from Dickey to Jeremiah Buche from 97 yards for the first score of the game with 9:05 remaining in the first quarter. Alex Brown also had a recieving touchdown and running back Max Wilson added a score on the ground for the Panthers.
Colgan moves on to the semfinal round of the 2-1A playoffs where they will meet top ranked Troy on the road. Troy is the number one team in the 2-1A Kpreps Poll, while Colgan is at number four. Troy was last years state runner-up and is in the semis for the third year in a row. Colgan has seven all-time state titles, five of which have came under Chuck Smith (1984, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003) and two under Frank Crespino (1974, 1975). This will mark the 21st time SMC is making a semifinal appearance in football, 17 of those under Smith. Colgan is the lone CNC team remaning after Frontenac and Girard both lost in the 4A-II quarterfinals on Friday.
Craw-Kan “Your Technology Partner" and Sports in Kansas will once again be in partnership over the 2016-2017 school year to release a "Craw-Kan Team of the Week".
"I am again excited for this partnership with Craw-Kan and highlighting teams from the SEK area to not only a local platform but also giving them statewide reach on our network," said Sports in Kansas Managing Partner, Chet Kuplen. "Not only does this help athletes and teams to be promoted for their achievements, it also lets the area know what all the new products that Craw-Kan has to offer, including new gigabit fiber now in the the area. Also that Craw-Kan is now in Frontenac and Pittsburg”
"Craw-Kan offers all your technology needs in the area from internet to web design and cell phones to security systems." said Craw-Kan Marketing Manager, Zach Adams. "We have a lot of new products including the fastest internet in the area in the new gigabit fiber, we are also in Frontenac and Pittsburg with our service. We are very excited with all the new products we have to offer to the area."
Nominations will be accepted from every Friday-Sunday, with the "Craw-Kan Team of the Week" being released every Monday on Sports in Kansas (Kansas-Sports.com). Teams must be nominated via email or twitter.
Teams must be from the following leagues in the Southeast Kansas area to be eligible: SEK, CNC, TRL
Craw-Kan and Sports in Kansas will also partner in releasing a "All Craw-Kan Team" for the Southeast Kansas area after postseason play has wrapped up.
How to nominate?