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What impressed us after week nine of 2019 fball season?

Tonganoxie (4A) football improved to 9-0 on the season.
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Nov 2, 2019

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We highlight some impressive performances across the state class-by-class after week nine of the 2019 football season. This update is presented by Kansas Turf, Nex-Tech Wireless, American Implement, Craw-Kan Telephone, Rainbow Commications, Rack Performance, Labette Bank, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference & Eddy's Toyota of Wichita

Class 6A

No. 1 Derby 69, No. 16 Wichita North 7 - Derby led 28-0 midway through the first quarter. The Panthers were up 56-0 after the first quarter and 56-0 with 8 minutes, 34 seconds left in the first half. Derby has captured 22 straight contests. Wichita North finished with a winless season.

No. 2 Dodge City 34, No. 5 Haysville-Campus 13 – Dodge City improved to 9-0 and scored the game’s final 27 points. Campus led 13-7 before junior Alden Knedler tied the game at 13 on an impressive 42-yard touchdown run down the left side with 2 minutes, 58 seconds left in the first half. DC’s extra point gave the Red Demons a 14-13 lead. Dodge City scored again just before halftime on an eight-yard run from Knedler to led 21-13. DC had a 51-yard pass to Matt Friess to set up the second Knedler touchdown. Knedler had 25 rushes for 181 yards, and quarterback Beau Foster had 32 carries for 148 yards. Dodge City defeated the Colts, 34-12, in Week 1. It marked the first time in 35 years DC had faced a team twice in the same season. Nose guard Santonio Turner enjoyed a big game with three tackles for loss and also served as a blocking back throughout the contest. Derby and Dodge City are the only two undefeated teams left in 1A.

Olathe North – Arland Bruce IV delivered four touchdown runs and a pair of TD passes for the Eagles. He rushed for 284 yards and passed for 134. Olathe North, seeded No. 2 in 6A, beat Olathe Northwest, 55-19 and improved to 7-2.

No. 5 Lawrence Free State 34, No. 12 Wichita South 12 – The Lawrence Journal-World reported that junior Tyler Bowden broke two school records in the first quarter. He set FS’ single season rushing record and single season points record. He has more than 1,707 rushing yards and more than 138 points scored. FS had a 34-0 lead at halftime. Bowden finished the game with nine carries for 176 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first quarter. Marcus Preston recorded four catches for 140 yards.

No. 6 Lawrence 38, No. 11 Washburn Rural 21 – Lawrence bounced back from its one-point loss to rival Lawrence Free State last week. WR scored on the contest’s first offensive play on a 71-yard touchdown run from Jaylen Carter. However, Lawrence’s Devin Neal quickly had a 23-yard TD run. He tacked on a 14-yard scoring run for a 14-7 lead. The Lions led the rest of the contest. He also added a 31-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Overall, Neal rushed 24 times for 194 yards.

Shawnee Mission Northwest – Ty Black enjoyed a big game with 224 rushing with three scores, along with 270 yards with three passing toucheowns. Ty Lindenman, one of the state’s leading receivers, delivered 114 yards with two passing touchdowns and a pick-six. SMNW improved to 7-2 with the 56-42 victory versus Blue Valley Northwest.

Blue Valley – Linebacker Beau Palmer finished with a pair of touchdowns, one on a three-yard carry, and the second with a 95-yard interception return for a score. Blue Valley held off Shawnee Mission East with a 45-14 victory. Caden McCumber also had two interceptions and a pick six for the Tigers.

Class 5A

No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas 63, No. 15 Topeka-Highland Park 0 on East Bracket– Aquinas led 28-0 after the first quarter and 49-0 at halftime. Tank Young delivered five carries for 142 yards and three touchdowns. Aquinas has won 20 straight games. The Saints ran 30 plays for 544 yards. Young has 154 carries for 1,385 yards and 22 rushing scores.

No. 1 Wichita Northwest 55, No. 16 Kapaun 14 on West Bracket– Northwest defeated the Crusaders for the second time this year after a 45-0 victory Oct 4. All of Friday’s points came in the first three quarters. Northwest led 21-7 after the first quarter and 42-7 at halftime. The Grizzlies will get a rematch with Great Bend in Week 10. Northwest defeated GB, 31-0, in Week 3.

 No. 2 Maize South 31, No. 15 Salina South 0 on West Bracket – Maize South improved to 9-0 and had its third shutout in four games. Ethan Wiens kicked a 42-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead. Justice Morris scored on a long screen pass for a touchdown. Maize South led 17-0 at intermission. Brandon Bowles finished with 11 total tackles.

No. 3 Maize 49, No. 14 Liberal 14 on West Bracket– Maize bounced back from its big Week 8 loss to Derby. The 8-1 Eagles led 28-0 after the first quarter and 42-0 at halftime. Caden Cox finished with 10 rushes for 150 yards and a touchdown. Camden Jurgensen returned at quarterback and completed four of four passes for 101 yards and three TDs.

No. 10 Hays High 31, No. 7 Goddard-Eisenhower 6 on West Bracket – Hays High improved to 4-5 and will play past Week 9 for the first time since 2012. Trey Adams enjoyed a huge game with an early interception. On the next play, Jaren Kanak scored on a 53-yard run. Adams also blocked an extra point to keep the score, 7-6. Adams had a couple of sacks and also scored a touchdown on a reception off a fake field goal for a 31-6 lead. Matt Goodale kicked a 42-yard field goal, and Hayden Brown tallied a pair of second half touchdowns. Goddard-Eisenhower finished 5-4.

No. 8 Great Bend 49, No. 9 Wichita Heights 35 on West Bracket– The Panthers had lost four in a row but captured its third straight victory with a 14-point home win versus the Falcons. Panther quarterback Dalton Miller delivered four rushing scores and 276 yards and passed for two scores, according to the Great Bend Tribune. Miller had a 64-yard touchdown run on the game’s first play, and GB led 13-0. Heights tallied 14 straight points. GB led 35-21 entering the fourth quarter. Overall, Miller delivered 370-plus total yards.

No. 12 Andover 28, No. 5 Salina Central 7 on West Bracket- Andover had delivered an excellent defensive season with just 13.9 points allowed per contest in the first eight games. However, the Trojans had captured just two wins and had lost three in a row entering Friday. SC ended the year with a 5-4 record after a 7-3 mark last year. Andover scored 21 unanswered points in the second half. In the first half, the Trojans tallied a score on a 75-yard halfback pass. Ashton Ngo

Emporia – Beau Baumgardner finished with 168 rushing yards and has 400 yards on the ground in the last two weeks. He also finished with 45 receiving yards and a pair of scores. Emporia improved to 6-3 with the 41-29 victory against Newton.

De Soto – The Wildcats remained undefeated with sophomore quarterback Tyler Schultze. He accounted for six total touchdowns (three rushing, three passing) in a 62-22 victory versus K.C. Turner. De Soto has defeated Turner twice this year. De Soto is ranked No. 5 in Class 5A.

K.C. Schlagle – Jaylin Richardson, who has committed to Kansas, had 300-plus rushing yards and four touchdowns. Free safety Jordy Times recorded a pair of interceptions, and a strip fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Manowa Ngenzirabona cleared 100 rushing yards with an interception. Schlagle clinched a winning season with a 61-13 victory versus KC Sumner Academy.

K.C. Washington – Tywan Muturi picked off two more passes and has 11 interceptions this year. Washington has its first winning season since 2014 and its most victories in a fall since ’04. However, Blue Valley Southwest earned a 31-6 victory. BVSW entered the game 1-7 but had played a challenging Eastern Kansas League schedule.

Keep a very, very serious look at Mill Valley and St. James. Very scary teams with decieving records as we've said all year. They are very much capable of taking out anyone. 

Class 4A

Bishop Miege – Wide receiver Daniel Jackson recorded six catches for 170 yards and four receiving touchdowns in less than a half against Labette County. No. 1 Miege cruised to a 67-13 victory versus Labette County.

Spring Hill improved to 5-4 on the year with their 17-13 win over Pittsburg. Was it an upset? Too many it could be viewed at that because Pittsburg had played a tough schedule against 5A/6As. However don’t underestimate the Broncos who have won three in a row and have losses to some programs that have made some noise this year. In fact three of their four losses are to teams that are unbeaten (Paola, De Soto, Tonganoxie). Their other loss is to Bonner Springs, still alive in the playoffs, who has losses to undefeated Tongie and Paola. Nice work by Jason Feeback and Spring Hill.

Louisburg lost their first two games of the year so the talk about them stopped. The Wildcats have now won six of their last seven games and had a competitive matchup against Paola two weeks ago in which they lost 16-8. They have an opportunity against Chanute this week to get another playoff win in what could be a very evenly matched ball-game at home.

Not that it's impressive that Tonganoxie won as they were expected to. What is impressive is their defense has allowed seven total points over the last four weeks. Cooper Cunningham has continued to lead the offense as a breakout player in 4A this year. Cole Sample is one of the best lineman in Kansas.

Andover Central seems to be one of the most underrated teams in the state. The offensive fire power of Shomari Parnell, Matthew Macy and Xavier Bell have been giving teams nightmares all season. They’ve lost once this year to an undefeated team in 5A (Maize South) in a very close ball game. Trey DeGarmo has also had a huge year on both sides for a team that has only allowed 34 points combined over the last four weeks.

Ark City has a bit of a deceiving record to us. They’ve lost six games this year and started 0-5 on the year. Not really a team that jumps off the page, right? Three of those losses are eight points or less (two points, six points, eight points). A loss is a loss but the Bulldogs have managed to pick up three wins in their last four games including a 55-17 win over Ulysses in the first round of the 4A playoffs.  Their defense allowed 126 points in the first five losses of that losing streak, since then they’ve allowed just 51 over the last four weeks in the three wins.

Class 3A

Jefferson West/District 3 – Jefferson West continued its great season with a 20-14 victory versus Marysville. JW is 8-1 and has permitted just 59 points this year. In wild Class 3A, No. 2 Halstead lost to Wichita Collegiate, and Marysville (7-2), Wamego (6-3) and Sabetha (6-3) also fell. Sabetha is the two-time defending Class 3A state champions.

District 3 showed its strength with Topeka Hayden, Jefferson West and Perry-Lecompton all earning victories. Hayden beat Sabetha, and P-L defeated Wamego. District 4 had been well-publicized all year, but Marysville, Wamego and Sabetha’s seasons are done with a combined eight losses.

Wichita Collegiate 35, Halstead 14 – Wichita Collegiate ended Halstead’s perfect season. The Dragons were ranked No. 2 in Class 3A the last two weeks. Collegiate led 7-0 after the first quarter, and Halstead closed to 7-6 with a five-yard run from Scott Grider with 3:37 remaining in the first half. With 5:05 remaining in the third quarter, Collegiate delivered a 99-yard touchdown run for a 14-6 advantage. Forty-three seconds into the fourth quarter, the Spartans delivered a 78-yard touchdown pass for a 21-6 margin. Grider tallied a 55-yard scoring run and cut the deficit to 21-14 with 8:26 remaining. However, Collegiate scored two minutes later on a five-yard run. Collegiate is 6-0 versus Halstead since ’06, though this was the first meeting between the schools since ’15.

Colby 42, Nickerson 0 – Colby continued its best season since 1984 as District 8 finished 4-0 in Week 9. The quartet will face each other again with Colby/Beloit and Scott City/Concordia. Colby defeated Beloit, 21-20, in the regular season. Colby radio broadcaster Jackson Schneider listed the Eagles for 44 carries for 290 yards. The Eagles limited Nickerson to 110 total yards. Calvin Stapp enjoyed another big contest with 135 rushing yards, 98 receiving yards and three total touchdowns. Ryan Myers passed for two touchdowns and rushed for one. Hagan Booi had a rushing TD.

Concordia – All four teams in District 8 won its Week 9 contest. Concordia defeated district titlist Hugoton, 43-18. The Panthers rushed for 422 yards overall and had three 100-yard rushers. Quarterback Wyatt Trost finished with 21 carries for 184 yards and four touchdowns. He was also eight of 13 passing for 115 yards. Hunter Schroeder continued his big season on both sides of the ball with 22 carries for 129 yards and two scores. Keyan Miller had 15 carries for 100 yards. A neat moment came after the game when Concordia and Hugoton players came together after the game for a prayer to support Hugoton’s fallen teammate.

Galena senior Nick Sarwinksi had 170 yards and four TDs in the win over Burlington. He also had a 70 yard touchdowns called back or he would’ve had 260 and five touchdowns in the 44-34 win over Burlington Sarwinski can play running back or receiver for the Bulldogs as his brother Brett has passed for over 1,200 yards this season (16 TD) in his first year as the starting quarterback as a sophomore. Galena has been one of the most consistent teams in Southeast Kansas over the last several seasons. What many consider a rebuilding year, which it may be, they are very much a factor in these 3A playoffs under head coach Beau Sarwinski. Turnovers cost the Bulldogs in their three losses this year but including this year, Galena has only lost five football games over the last three years. They get a rematch with Frontenac this week, a game they lost 27-14 back in week four of the season.

Defense. Frontenac (65 points), Jefferson West (59 points), Hayden (67 points), Andale (68 points), and Prairie View (70 poins) have standout defenses this year. Frontenac and Prairie View may be the least tested of the four by schedule. However, we figured out Frontenac was pretty legit in limiting an explosive Columbus team in week eight to basically nothing. Frontenac has allowed just 12 points over the last four weeks. Nobody has scored more than two touchdowns on the Raiders over the 2019 football season.

Class 2A

Hoisington 47, Southwestern Heights 0 – No. 1 Hoisington improved to 9-0 behind another big game from senior Wyatt Pedigo. He had five carries for 210 yards and a touchdown, according to Cardinal broadcaster Cole Reif. Mason Haxton has five completions for 95 yards and four touchdowns. The Cardinals have six straight first round contests. Hoisington scored all the points in the first three quarters. The game had a running clock in the fourth quarter. Pedigo, a North Dakota commit, is up to 1,823 yards and 29 scores after 2,000 yards last seasojn.

Southeast of Saline 47, Wathena-Riverside 16 – SES won a Week 9 contest for a second straight season. The Trojans led 7-3 after the first quarter. Jaxson Gebhardt supplied a 90-yard scoring run with 15 seconds left in the first half. A two-point conversion gave SES a 15-9 halftime lead. The Trojans stand at 7-2.

Eureka was 3-6 last year and now they are 6-3. They’ve won five of their last six ballgames this season. They’ve also played eight of their games at home this season due to them missing the entire home season in 2018 because of a tornado taking out their stadium. Zach Hare has been one of the better playmakers this season in the TVL for the Tornadoes under second year head coach Jason Nichols.

Riverton was 2-7 last season and has made a major improvement this year under Johnny Mallatt to improve to 6-3. Has their schedule been great? Probably not compared to some but they did hang around with Humboldt, a team that made the 2A semis last year and still sits undefeated in this bracket. Will Shawver has been a big-time playmaker for the Rams this year. Nice work by coach Mallatt.

Riley County got a big night from Deon Barnes as he had 207 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons 38-20 first round playoff win over Pleasant Ridge. RC has won six games in a row since dropping two games in a row in week two and three. They get a rematch with SE of Saline this coming week, a team they beat 33-29 back on October 18th.

Nemaha Central – Gavin Duryea finished with 21 carries for 165 yards and three touchdowns. He also had two interceptions on defense. After a rare down year last fall, NC is 7-2 after a 49-20 victory versus St. Marys. NC has won six in a row after a 1-2 start. Nemaha Central is one of the most underrated teams in the state.

Cody Hay had three rushing touchdowns and three passing touchdowns as Silver Lake cruised to a 68-8 victory over Jayhawk-Linn. Lake defense has allowed 41 points all season as they’ve scored 442 points.

Southeast-Cherokee beat Osage City in two overtimes, 12-6, on Thursday night on the road. It was the first playoff win since 2010 for SE and just the sixth in school history. Southeast is 7-2 this season and hasn’t had that many wins in a season since 2004.

Class 1A

Plainville 56, Sacred Heart 7 - The Cardinals, ranked No. 3 in Class 1A, led 35-0 after the first quarter and 49-0 at halftime. The game had a running clock in the second half. Plainville moved to 8-1, and Sacred Heart 0-9. Jordan Finnesy rushed for a pair of touchdowns, passed for one and had a pick-six. Jared Casey had nine carries for 163 yards and three scores, according to Hays Radio. Plainville improved to 8-1.

Elkhart 55, Sublette 24 – The Wildcats have won eight straight contests. Elkhart limited Sublette to 73 plays for 336 yards, or just 4.6 yards per play.

Republic County – Republic County had lost eight straight contests but had been competitive in many of the games. The Buffs won at Ellis, 54-16, for its second straight victory. RC had lost 26 games in a row. Lineman Eyann Zimmerman has committed to Bethel College and leads a strong offensive line.

Inman – Kolby Blank recorded 13 rushes for 263 yards, along with two catches for 43 yards. He delivered six total scores. Inman has battled back from an 0-2 start and has won five of its last seven. Inman, led by head coach Lance Sawyer, won 49-6 on Friday night over Stanton County. They get Elkhart this week.

Ell-Saline – Luke Parks had 23 carries for 204 yards and three touchdowns while also picking up an interception.

Eight-Man, Division I

Caldwell – Cedar Vale-Dexter was 0-2 against Caldwell, 7-0 versus everyone else. On Thursday, CV-D pulled away in the second half to win 46-30. Trey Strnad had a key scoop-and-score in the win.

Medicine Lodge – ML beat Central Burden, 58-12, as Josh Bowman passed for 144 yards and four touchdowns.

Argonia-Attica – For the second straight year, A&A defeated Sedan on the road in Week 9. A&A earned a 38-32 victory.

Last year, Leoti-Wichita County fell at Victoria in the first round in a game decided in the final few minutes. This year, WC made a huge second half comeback and won 88-66 at home. WC quarterback Kayde Rietzke accounted for nine touchdowns.

No. 1 Canton-Galva moved to  9-0 with another dominant effort in a 46-0 victory versus Chase County. Little River, who has only lost to C-G in Week 1, has won eight straight with a 54-0 victory versus Montezuma-South Gray, a 5-4 team. Canton-Galva has seven shutouts this season after their 46-0 win over Chase County on Thursday. They’ve allowed just eight points over the last eight weeks combined. Have allowed only 31 all-season. C-G w/ five consecutive shutouts. Can anyone hang with these guys?

Eight-Man, Division II

Favorites cruise – Eight-Man, Division II has revolved around six teams: Frankfort, Hanover and Axtell from District 3, along with St. Paul. In the west, Osborne and Thunder Ridge have led with South Barber in the mix. All seven teams won by the 45-point margin on Thursday.

Wheatland-Grinnell – W-G moved to 8-1 and continued the best season in school history with a 44-30 win against Northern Valley. W-G defeated the Huskies twice this year.

Norwich got its first playoff win in 11 years as they improved to 6-3 on the season in the 22-6 win over Otis-Bison. They get South Barber this coming week.


Golden Plains defeated Pawnee Heights, 60-8, and Weskan beat Ashland, 58-54. Weskan has won the state two of the last three years. GP and Weskan will face Moscow and Cheylin, both undefeated teams, in the semifinals. Moscow and Cheylin had first round byes.

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