We highlight some impressive performances across the state class-by-class after week seven of the 2018 football season. This update is presented by Nex-Tech Wireless, American Implement, Craw-Kan Telephone, Rainbow Communications, Rack Performance, Labette Bank, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference & Eddy's Toyota of Wichita
Abe Lawrence of BVW had 180+ rushing yards... on 7 carries. BV West is 3-4 under former BV Tiger Josh Koerkenmeier. Night and day from where they were one year ago. S/o to the Jaguars as they improved to 3-4. Just three combined wins in 2016 and 2017. Most wins since 2014.
Cameron Burt, featured on Faces in Kansas last week, continues to shine for BV North as he had 266 receiving and two touchdowns against BVNW. That gives him over 950 yards on the season in seven weeks. He also picked up a couple of FCS offers this week.
The Raiders had just four combined wins the last two seasons and now have a 5-2 record this season including back to back wins over Lawrence and Olathe Northwest on Friday, 38-21. Shout out to head coach Brett Oberzan with his third year in the program.
Jaiel Johnson, Dodge City with 20 carries, 227 yards and 1 TD in #HatchetGame 27-7 win over Garden City. It was the first Hatchet win for DC since 2015.
The Trailblazers entered 2018 on a 10-game losing streak and now will be the #1 seed on the 6A East entering the playoffs in week nine of bracket-play after their 49-27 win over SM Northwest on Thursday night. Ryan Cornelsen has seemed to be the perfect fit for GE. They are one of two undefeated teams in the Sunflower League, the other being Free State (on the West 6A Bracket), who they won’t get a chance to play in the regular season. GE looks to finish off a perfect regular season against SM West next Friday.
The Indians were 1-8 one season ago and have already tripled their win total under first year head coach Zach Rampy, going 3-4 in 2018. Billy Conaway Jr. is one of the most underrated players in the state and one of the best players in the state. The Indians have won three of their last four games and have a real shot at getting to .500 with a game against Leavenworth next week before the start of week nine playoffs in 6A.
Free State, Keenan Garber
Free State ATH/WR Keenan Garber w/7 catches 201 yards 4TD in 36-30 hard fought win over SM East tonight. Garber is one of the state’s top 2019 players that has committed to Kansas State. Firebirds are 7-0. Garber can score any time he touches the ball and is one of the most dangerous players in the state.
Daymon Sanchez, Olathe North
Daymon Sanchez with 280 yds rushing & 5 TDs in Olathe North win over Lawrence tonight, 48-23. Sanchez is one of the top backs in 6A. Now with 1,291 rushing yards in seven weeks.
Gregorio Leonardo, Topeka
Leonardo kicke 39 yard field as time ran out to give Topeka a 27-26 victory on the road over Centennial League opponent Emporia on Friday night.
6A Playoffs will be wild
Records don’t matter we saw that last year as BV North won a 6A state title with four losses as they finished fifth in the EKL. While we do have some undefeated teams left (Gardner, Derby, Free State), who will certainly compete, let’s not count out the teams with a few losses that will compete. Blue Valley (3-4), BV North (4-3), SM East (5-2) are all more than capable teams of reaching a 6A title game on the East. Olathe North (5-2) is also a dangerous team. The West doesn’t seem as open to us and may seem to come down to Derby and Free State, which has seemed to be the case recently. Topeka High (6-1), Manhattan (6-1), Junction City (4-2) are all more than capable of getting on a roll and making some noise as well on the 6A West.
Colin Shields of Maize South with 241 yds passing and 3 TDs for Mavericks in the 23-22 OT over Goddard. Mavs on 4 game win streak after starting 0-3. Nice work for Coach Brent Pfeifer to totally turnaround their season here over the last few weeks. Records don't matter.
Aquinas captures EKL title w/ dominating 41-21 victory over Bishop Miege, the first STA win over Miege under Randy Dreiling. Sophomore Tank Young now w/ 1,459 yards (19 TD)- a new STA single season record. Also w/ a single game rushing record w/ 312 rushing yards (3TD) tonight vs Miege. Miege led 14-0 to start the game but Aquinas would dominate the rest of the game with physical line play on both sides of the ball. Cameron Young, last years leading rusher, made key blocks out of the backfield for sophomore star Tank Young. Tate Raboin has done an outstanding job making this offense run as crisp as possible. The offensive line unit, which features two power five offer kids, may be one of the best lines we’ve seen in 5A in quite some time. Defensive line and linebackers also swarmed the football for the Saints and will be a very tough team for anyone in Kansas to establish the running game against. Aquinas also added a very high quality assistant this past week in former SM East 6A state champion coach Dustin Delaney. Delaney was most recently at Eaglecrest (CO) to begin the year but now a part of the Saints staff.
Maize continues to surprise people as they improved to 7-0 on the year. Multiple sport all-state athlete Caleb Grill, a South Dakota State basketball commit, threw for five touchdowns in the game and nearly 300 yards. Maize defense certainly made a statement limiting the states leading rusher, Taylon Peters, to under 50 yards rushing on the night. Caden Cox also continues to impress, as did his hurdle over a player, as he rushed for well over 100 yards in the contest and a touchdown. Maize has a lot of weapons offensively and a bend but don’t break defense that can allow them an opportunity for a deep run in 5A West this season.
When you’re battle tested you can either use that to your advantage or just get rolled by everyone. Mill Valley has used the battle tested EKL to get better throughout the season just like they did in their 2016 state championship run with four losses. While they have three losses and will likely be a middle of the pack seed in the 5A East, they are a scary, scary out for anyone. After losing three games in a row from weeks three-to-five (Miege, Aquinas, BV North) they’ve put together two outstanding performances against Pittsburg and Blue Valley, limiting those programs to 20-combined points in two weeks.
S/o to Ulysses & all they’ve been through this yr. Losing HC Jason Kenny this summer unexpectedly. Yesterday they made the 366-mile (8 hr bus ride) trip to Labette Co & came away w/ a 35-22 win. Makes tonight’s 8-hour trip back home worth the long haul.
After starting out the season 2-2 the Tigers have seemed to have figured it out since their narrow loss to Pittsburg (17-14) in week four. Tigers are now 5-2 on the year with three straight wins including a 28-27 win over Bolivar (Mo.) on Friday night, despite two late scores by the Liberators. Alec Michaud has been huge this year for the Tigers and had 149 yards rushing on Friday night. The three straight wins have been over Labette County, Chanute and Bolivar, all tight ball-games that the Tigers finished. They will be favored against Eudora in week eight.
The Bobcats have won five games in a row as they knocked off Atchison, 34-7, a week after knocking off De Soto 35-27. The Bobcats could be a dangerous team in the 4A playoffs nobody seems to be talking about.
Zane Aguilar, Wellington
Aguilar has Wellington at a 6-1 mark in his third year as the head coach. Two years ago in his first year they didn’t win a game. DeAndre Washington has been huge this year for the Crusaders as well as quarterback Michael Ledbetter. First time since 2009 that Wellington has at least six wins in a season, with that year going 7-4 under Linn Hibbs.
While the offense has certainly clicked all season as Paola has dominated opponents in 2018, the defense has five shutouts this season. Huge matchup this next Friday against undefeated Paola for the Frontier League title and #1 seed on the 4A East.
Andale continues to dominate everything in its path. They’ve allowed six points over the last six weeks and just 20 all season as they dominated Clearwater, 55-6, and won their district. The offense has also scored 55 or more in five of the seven games.
Just like Andale above Pratt is doing similar to their opponents with the rushing attack of Travis Theis and Kadence Reiner. The defense may be the underrated unit here as they’ve allowed just 31 points all season through seven weeks, 16 of those coming on Friday night to defending 4A-II champion Holcomb, who the Greenbacks knocked off, 51-15. Pratt became their district champion on Friday night.
Wyatt Hayes is likely the most underrated football player in the state and is a player of the year type candidate on either side of the football this year in 3A. He’s also a state champion 800-meter runner and state champion wrestler. Scott City improved to 7-0 in the 35-12 win over Colby who entered 6-0. Haydes had 32 carries for 155 yards with three rushing touchdowns and also a key interception on defense. Parker Gooden had 180 total yards of offense and two passing touchdowns. Colby certainly held their own in this one but Scott City just a lot of talent. Marshall Faurot also made a huge catch up for a jump ball in the endzone, Faurot is a rising D1 recruit in the decathlon and a freak track and field athlete w/ a 16’0” pole vault and 6’6” high jump. Scott City certainly has the making of being a very, very hard out in 3A. With that being said this is one of the deepest classes we’ve seen in quite some time.
There’s a reason we’ve kept Topeka Hayden (5-2) in our small school rankings this year despite two early season losses, it’s because those losses don’t factor in to their postseason. The Wildcats play in a 5A and 6A league, then play 3A high school football. Hayden is going to be a hard out for a lot of teams on the 3A East this year and proved that with their 20-0 shut out over Perry Lecompton on Friday night. The win gave the Wildcats a district championship in a pretty good district from spots 1-5. Three teams currently sit at 5-2 in the district that will make the playoffs (Hayden, Perry, Jeff West). Santa Fe Trail & Jeff West also got the third & fourth spot. Jeff West, who lost their QB for the season, will play SFT this next week to determine who the third and fourth seeds are.
The Vikings were 1-8 last year and in comes first year head coach Kurt Friess who has the Vikings off to a 6-1 start, and a 7-6 loss away from being 7-0. They’ve relied on the speed of their athletes all season and it will be something they have to do next week in space against a much more physical Galena too who likes to use TOP and run the ball. District championship game on the line next week against Gaena at home. Dequan Johnson has been one of the most exciting players in 3A this season whether that’s on offense, defense or special teams. Gage Friess has also passed for well over 1,000 yards and Dariq Williams has been an explosion of speed for the Vikings, who have the fastest team in 3A. Two contrasting styles will meet next Friday and it will be interesting as Galena will be the favorite.
If we told someone across the state or the area that PV didn’t make the playoffs there wouldn’t be an argument or a surprise likely. Well that’s not the case as PV captured their district title and improved to 6-1 on the season under second year head coach Kyle Littrell. The only loss came to Galena, a team on the verge of breaking into the 3A rankings, in week three. Has the schedule been great? Not the best but lets face it, nobody had PV being 6-1. The Buffalos combined for just six wins in 2016 and 2017.
Phillipsburg, Treylan Gross, Jon Hunnacutt
Treylan Gross had 11 carries for 212 yards and four touchdowns as Phillipsburg blasted Hoisington, 51-21. Jon Hunnacutt also broke the all-time points record for a kicker in a career with 217 points on a 38-yard field goal. Panthers (7-0) are looking to be like they could be the best team in 2A this season and have not seen any serious challenge in a pretty decently though schedule.
Conor Haviland, Humboldt
Conor Haviland had 247 yards rushing on 12 carries with 7 TD’s in last night’s 64-6 victory over Northeast-Arma. Last carry of the night was a 33-yard TD at the 9 minute mark in the 2nd quarter. Averaging 15.6 yards/carry on the season. While the schedule has been weak compared to many in 2A, Humboldt is still a very dangerous 2A team at 7-0. Cubs haven’t allowed more than a touchdown in a game this season.
Zachary Dressler of 2A Douglass continues to shine with 275 rushing yards & 3 touchdowns in 42-21 win over Fredonia. Bulldogs are 6-1. Dressler near the state leaders in all classes with 1,426 rushing yards in seven weeks of 2018.
Southeast of Saline
The Trojans trailed 21-0 at halftime and scored 23 unanswered with a game winning safety to win over district favorite Riley County.
We got an answer here as the Cardinals dominated previously undefeated Chaparral, 53-23. Collin Koester had a big night for the Cardinals with three touchdowns as a Zach Mercer and Peyton Winter each had two. Conway Springs is a very physical run-oriented team that is going to be a tough out in the 2A playoffs. The Cardinals also feature two of the strongest players in the class in Chase Ast and Daniel Becker who help form a solid, solid defensive line.
The Teutons were 0-9 last season and now have a 5-2 record this year. First time with five wins since 2013. Nice work for third year head coach Lance Sawyer. Matt Ramey has been a breakout player for Inman this year with over 1,000 rushing yards in 2018. The Teutons got their fifth win of the year on Friday with a 28-27 win over Meade.
Matthew & Andrew Lomshek, Colgan
Brothers Matthew and Andrew Lomshek came up big for the Colgan Panthers as they beat previoulsy unbeaten Pleasanton 46-0 on Friday night in Pittsburg. Andrew recovered two fumbles and had one of the best interceptions we've seen in Kansas this year. Older brother Matthew Lomshek had three rushing scores for the Panthers.
John Pfannenstiel, Ness City
Not just an all-state basketball player, John Pfannenstiel of Ness City w/ 7 TD’s. 5 passing and 2 rushing in the 62-14 win over Kiowa County.
The Bulldogs got their first win over the 2018 season in the 68-18 win over Valley Falls. Cael Budke of Chase County with 271 rushing with 6 TDS and a passing TD in a win over Valley Falls. Trint Rogers 184 yards, 3 rushing TDs and 1 receiving TD.
Oswego has five wins in a season for the first time since 2010 as the Indians improved to 5-2 with their 22-16 upset victory over Cedar Vale/Dexter. The 2010 squad went 6-3. Jace Wilson and Issac Elliott have been huge on both sides of the ball this season for the Indians under first year head coach Matt Fowler.
The Eagles won their district against a very good Solomon team on Friday night, 38-20. CG has won six games in a row since dropping their opener at Little River. Landon Everett has been the star for the Eagle offense, now with over 1,000 yards rushing on the year as Tyson Struber entered this week with four interceptions on the defense for head coach Shelby Hoppes.
Josh Fielder of Udall- 36 carries for 271 yards, 40 yards passing, 7 touchdowns, 14 tackles, 1 interception. Udall won 62-42 over Caldwell.
The Bulldogs (7-0) captured their district title in an outstanding 26-24 showdown with Burlingame on Friday night coming up with a goal line stand and recovered fumble late in the fourth quarter. Alex McMillian has don’t a great job in reviving this program in his third year.
Saul Medina of Fowler High School, 7 touchdown passes in one half of 6-man football action tonight. Also one of the best mascots in the state, the Fowler Goldbugs. Big or small, we cover them all. Fowler defeated Deerfield, 63-14.
Colton McCarty, Cheylin QB, 14 Carries 400 yards 8 TDs. 4-8 passing 76 yards and 1 TD.
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