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What impressed us after week two of 2020 fball season?

Huguton suited out just 18 players on Friday night to beat Ulysses.
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Sep 12, 2020

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Week 2 saw the return to play for multiple 5A/6A teams, including St. James Academy and St. Thomas Aquinas. The Wichita Public Schools returned to play Saturday.

Class 6A

No. 1 Lawrence had its second straight big win with a 56-7 victory against Washburn Rural. The Lions led 35-0 at halftime. Jackson Dooley completed 18 of 23 passes for 299 yards. Devin Neal, the state’s top recruit, had 15 offensive touches and scored two touchdowns.

Dodge City’s Matt Friess delivered five catches for 153 yards and three receiving scores, plus a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown, according to DC broadcaster Sean Boston. DC bounced back from a 42-0 loss to Kapaun Mt. Carmel in Week 1 to win 35-0 at Liberal.

Junction City won the Silver Trophy in the storied rivalry against Manhattan with a 36-29 victory. The game has been decided by single figures in 11 of the last 12 years. Quarterback Andrew Khoury completed 14 of 24 passes for 291 yards with two touchdowns, according to JC broadcaster Jackson Schneider. Running back Marcello Bussey delivered six catches for 197 yards and two TDs, and running back D.J. Giddens finished with 20 rushes for 80 yards and three scores. Manhattan was ranked No. 4 in 6A.

Derby, ranked No. 2, bounced back after its Week 1 loss to Mill Valley to beat Newton, 43-31. Quarterback Lem Wash and running back Dylan Edwards each delivered three touchdowns.

After a well-publicized offseason that saw several key players transfer, Olathe North returned to play and defeated Olathe South, 41-0. Coach Chris McCartney is extremely high on QB/FS Noah Palmer. He delivered touchdowns both rushing and passing. ON is ranked fifth in Class 6A.

Class 5A

No. 1 Mill Valley, the defending 5A state champions, again asserted itself as the state’s best team with its second straight victory against a ranked team. MV faced De Soto in the regular season for the first time in 17 years. The two teams are in the same school district. Mill Valley won at De Soto, 70-21, after a 45-14 home victory versus Derby in Week 1. Quin Wittenauer delivered 19 carries for 178 yards and three scores.

No. 3 Aquinas defeated St. James Academy, 28-0, in a matchup of Eastern Kansas League private school rivals. SJA is ranked fourth in Class 4A. Aquinas running back Tank Young, on the short list for the state’s best player, delivered 26 carries for 245 yards and two touchdowns, including a 96-yard score. La’James White, a transfer from K.C. Piper, had 17 carries for 107 yards for St. James.

No. 4 Bishop Carroll defeated rival Kapaun-Mt. Carmel, 31-28, and won the Holy War. BC has won 24 straight in the series dating back to 1999. Hunter Trail scored inside the final four minutes to give BC the lead. Carroll is 2-0 with wins by a combined four points.

Maize South delivered its second straight blowout win with a 62-6 victory at Salina South. The Mavericks have outscored teams, 118-6. Hunter Niemann finished with 14 carries for 152 yards and three touchdowns. Jake Johnson recorded 4 catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns, and Byron Fitchpatrick recorded 86 combined yards and two scores.

Hays High won at rival Great Bend, 43-14, and started 2-0 for the first time since 2014. Jordan Dale, a key basketball player on HHS’ Class 5A Final Four squad last winter, stepped in at quarterback and ran for 229 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries, according to HHS broadcaster Dustin Armbruster. He also threw a 65-yard touchdown pass. Hays High was 1-4 and had lost two in a row to its rival in the last five years.

Seaman, led by head coach Glenn O’Neil, is off to a 2-0 mark this season with victories over Washburn Rural (42-8) and Topeka-Hayden (28-22). They have a huge matchup this week against Junction City on the road.

Hutchinson is 2-0 for the first time since 2017 as they went 2-7 one year ago. Mike Vernon and the Salthawks beat Valley Center (21-13) in week one and Garden City (21-20) last night. They play 2-0 Maize South next week.

Class 4A

No. 3 Tonganoxie earned a quality 24-14 win versus Louisburg. After a scoreless first quarter, the Chieftains took a 10-0 lead at halftime. Tyler Bowden, a transfer from Lawrence Free State, cleared 200 rushing yards in his second straight big game.

Basehor-Linwood defeated Leavenworth, 61-42. Jordan Brown delivered 14 catches for 252 yards and four touchdowns. B-L quarterback Isaac Stanton completed 28 of 38 passes for 372 yards and six touchdowns.

Just one two-win team on the 4A West in McPherson as Andover Central (1-0) is the only other unbeaten team on the west in which could be wide open for the 2020 season. Nine of the 16 teams on the west are winless. There are four teams that are 2-0 on the East (Tonganoxie, Lansing, Paola, Fort Scott) while 6-time defending champ Bishop Miege is yet to play until next week. Seven of the 16 teams are 1-1 while just four teams are winless (not including Miege).

Lansing, led by head coach Dylan Brown, is 2-0 on the season after back to back victories over Lincoln College Prep (26-7) in week one and KC Piper (12-7) in week two. Lansing features big-time recruit Caden Crawford who plays both linebacker and quarterback. They play Shawnee Heights this week.

After winning just one game a year ago, Bo Graham and Fort Scott are off to a 2-0 mark for 2020. Graham, in his second year as the head coach since taking over for Bob Campbell, has back to back victories over Summit Christian (Mo.) and Independence. FS knocked off Indy 46-9 at home on Friday night. They will get them again this week at Indy in a rare football double-header.

Class 3A

No. 1 Andale ran its winning streak to 15 games, tied with Eight-Man, Division I for the longest current winning streak in Kansas football. Andale shutout Mulvane, 63-0.

Parsons won at Iola, 25-20, behind big offensive games. Tanner Barcus recorded 12 catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Ethan Houk threw for 379 yards and four scores. Parsons coach Jeff Schibi picked up his first career victory.

In a high-profile game, Holton won at Chapman, 55-13. Both teams earned quality Week 1 victories. Holton, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A, required a last-second field goal to beat Nemaha Central in Week 1. Chapman defeated Sabetha. This week, Holton is home versus Perry-Lecompton in another top-5 3A matchup. Holton led by more than 40 points in the first quarter. Canon Karn finished with six carries for 108 yards, and a pick-six from 35 yards out.

Wamego played its second straight road game and won at Marysville, 28-14. Hayden Oviatt led the Red Raiders with 33 carries for 238 yards, along with two rushing yards and a passing score.

Collegiate pulled off a 56-3 win versus Wellington and improved to 2-0. Wellington had lost in overtime to a quality Clearwater squad in Week 1. Sophomore quarterback Wesley Fair finished 8 of 10 passing for 98 yards, along with 110 rushing yards and two scores. Fair picked off a pass. Senior running back Jacob Chugg delivered three touchdowns, along with 10 carries for 156 rushing yards. The offensive line paved the way for seven rushing touchdowns.

Pratt beat Girard, 20-19, in a game played at Butler County Community College. Big credit to both teams making this contest occur. Each squad had its Week 2 cancelled because of COVID-19, though late last week the teams (and Butler County facilities) agreed to play. Pratt’s Devon Weber had a nice play when he came out of a dogpile to score versus Girard.

Holcomb, led by head coach Kent Teeter, knocked off league rival Scott City to go 2-0 for the first time since 2016. It was also the first win over SC in the regular season since 2016, Holcomb would also beat them in the 2016 and 2017 playoffs. Longhorns (3A) have two titles in recent memory in 4A-II (2015, 2017).

Hugoton defeated Ulysses, 28-6, in a Greater West Activities Conference contest. Hugoton had just 18 players after 36 were in quarantine, along with two assistant coaches.

Bishop Ward ended a 57-game losing streak with a 39-6 victory versus McLouth.

Columbus is a team to keep an eye on down in Southeast Kansas. The Titans have back-to-back solid victories over Frontenac in week one and Coffeyville last night. Should be a solid matchup next week againg Girard (1-1) who lost a close one to Pratt on Friday. Columbus has only allowed 13 points so far this season. 

Class 2A

In one of the state’s best games, No. 1 Rossville edged Rock Creek, 58-57. Charlie Killingsworth of Rock Creek completed 25 of 44 passes for 491 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 35 carries for 136 yards and four scores. Rossville quarterback Torrey Horak accounted for more than 250 yards of total offense.

Hutchinson Trinity improved to 2-0 with a 42-18 win versus Chaparral after a 26-20 season-opening win versus a quality Inman team. Trinity’s Landon Gray had three touchdowns, one in all three phases. Gray returned a punt return 70 yards for a score, had a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown and caught a 24-yard touchdown pass.

In a game scheduled late in the week after Colgan’s rivalry contest with Galena was cancelled before of coronavirus, the Panthers defeated St. Michael the Archangel (Mo.), 38-24. Fullback Dom Bevilacqua recorded 31 carries for 257 yards and three touchdowns, and Caleb Hamilton clinched the win with a pick-six.

Maur Hill’s A.J. Schwinn continued as one of the state’s top two-way players. He had 12 carries for 236 yards and three touchdowns and double-digit tackles. MH won at Oskaloosa, 61-6.

Republic County running back Jared Baxa delivered his second straight monster game with 26 carries for 226 yards in a 52-6 win versus Ellsworth. His three rushing touchdowns came on runs of 74, 45 and 16 yards in three quarters. The varsity did not play in the fourth quarter. In Week 1, Baxa cleared 350 offensive yards with three touchdowns and also picked off a pass. RC is 2-0 and 4-1 in its last five contests.

No. 5 Nemaha Central, the defending state champion, went up two classes and defeated 4A Eudora, 36-6. This game was also scheduled after the squads lost its Week 2 opponent from COVID. Credit to both teams for agreeing to play.

Douglass was 3-6 one year ago and is 2-0 to start the year in 2A with back to back victories over Whitewater-Remington and Marion.

For the first time since 1999, Syracuse is 2-0 to start the season. Led by head coach Jordan Irsik, who's in his first year, the Bulldogs got a 33-6 victory over Elkhart on Friday. 

Class 1A

Oakley, a KPreps Potential Breakout Team in the preseason, improved to 2-0 with a quality 10-7 win versus Plainville. Oakley had not won a Mid-Continent League game since ’15, though has captured back-to-back MCL victories the last two weeks.

After a tough opening week for the ranked teams, the five 1A ranked teams all won, mainly against league opponents.

No. 1 Olpe beat Central Heights, 61-14. No. 2 Valley Heights beat Jefferson County North, 44-18. No. 3 Centralia beat Troy 46-0. No.4 Smith Center defeated rival Phillipsburg, 21-13. No. 5 Conway Springs held off Whitewater-Remington, 34-20.

There are three 2-0 teams on the 1A East: Valley Heights, Lyndon and Olpe. There are also three 2-0 teams on the 1A West: Ell-Saline, Sedgwick, Oakley

Eight-Man, Division I

No. 1-ranked Canton-Galva won its 15th straight contest with a 62-6 road victory versus McPherson County foe Moundridge. C-G scored 24 points in the first quarter in a game that was called at halftime. Big credit to both squads for putting the contest on the schedule after teams had opponents cancel because of COVID-19.

The teams, located in the same county, faced off for the first time since ’05, according to the Kansas Football History database. Garrett Maltbie had his second straight strong game in his first season as a starter. He completed 3 of 5 passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns, all to standout junior Tyson Struber (KU, K-State Offers; 8-Man I Defensive POY last year). Maltbie also delivered four carries for 79 yards and a TD.

Senior running back Brayden Collins finished with seven carries for 89 yards and two TD. Struber picked off another pass – his 19th of his career – for another pick-six. It’s the second straight week Struber has a pick-six. Struber also returned a kickoff 51 yards.

No. 4 Madison defeated Hartford, 56-0, in a game called at halftime. Hunter Engle recorded three rushes for 89 yards and three touchdowns.

Spearville’s Kolten Bennett recorded 13 carries for 209 yards and two touchdowns. The Lancers won at Minneola, 38-22, and improved to 2-0. Eight-Man, Division I, District 7 was expected to be loaded entering the season. Those squads are a combined 15-1 with the only defeat Ness City’s 7-6 loss to Hill City in Week 2.

In a matchup of two contending teams outside the rankings, Hill City beat Ness City, 7-6. Hill City scored a second quarter touchdown on a 22-yard pass from Derek Keith to Brody McDowell. Then, freshman Aiden Amrein, a transfer from Ellis/Hays, kicked the extra point.

Amrein is the son of new HC assistant Craig Amrein, the former Ellis head coach. Amrein attended Hays school district last season. In the third quarter, Jose Guzman threw a 12-yard scoring pass to Gavin Schreiber but could not convert the 2-point play.

Hill City outgained Ness City, 284-183. However, Ness City had four turnovers, HC one. McDowell delivered 10 total tackles, along with a TFL. Amrein also had a touchback on his two kickoffs and made a Week 1 extra point.

McDowell, a captain, had 110 tackles as a sophomore. He delivered 66 tackles in four games last season before he suffered a season-ending injury. Hill City is at No. 2 Wichita County this week in a key Division I matchup. Wichita County is 2-0 after a 50-0 shutout versus WaKeeney-Trego.

In a matchup of top-five teams, No. 5 Clifton-Clyde defeated No. 3 Little River, 42-36, in overtime. C-C first team all-state defensive end Jarik Weiche recorded three sacks. Both teams showcased great sportsmanship, a credit to the programs and coaches Russ Steinbrock and Kevin Ayers. Steinbrock has coached 20 years at his alma mater, and Ayers is in his 21st season, second at Little River.

Argonia-Attica has outscored squads, 96-0 with a 46-0 win against Norwich and a 50-0 victory against Udall. The Norwich win grows bigger after Norwich defeated South Barber, 52-50, in Week 2. Seth Drouhard had three tackles for loss, a pair of fumble recoveries and two sacks. Blake Goodman finished with five carries for 128 yards and four rushing touchdowns.

South Gray improved to 2-0 with a 52-0 home victory versus Satanta. Aaron Skidmore finished with six carries for 135 yards and four rushing touchdowns, along with a passing TD in just over one quarter.

Logan-Palco, a preseason KPreps Eight-Man, Division I Potential Breakout Team, improved to 2-0 with a 30-7 victory versus a solid Stockton team. Stockton played Thunder Ridge to double overtime in Week 1. L-P permitted only 98 total yards of offense, including just two rushing. The Trojans finished with eight sacks, 13 tackles for loss, one interception and three fumble recoveries. Notably, senior Micah Thompson had 11 tackles, six for loss.

In a key Three Rivers League matchup, Oswego defeated St. Paul, 54-8. It marked the first time the teams matched up since ’99. Oswego had lost since in a row to SP dating back to a 55-28 victory in Week 2. Oswego has now opened the three-year Matt Fowler era 3-0, 3-0 and 2-0. SP led 8-0 after the first quarter before Oswego scored 16 in the second quarter and 32 in the third quarter. Sophomore Jake Hutchinson delivered 17 carries for 183 yards and a TD.

Hoxie earned a quality road win, 36-14, versus La Crosse. Hoxie showcased great depth and play from its seniors. The Indians trailed all first half and 14-12 with seven seconds left in the first half. Hoxie was at the La Crosse 23-yard line. Hoxie moved 6-foot-11 lineman Harlan Obioha out to wide receiver for the first time.

Obioha ran down the field, caught the pass just in front of the goal line. In the grasp of a defender, he reached out and scored with .3 seconds left in the first half. Obioha scored his first offensive TD of his career; he had a pick-six last fall. Senior Gavin Tremblay returned a kickoff for a score and picked off two passes, including one returned to the La Crosse 1-yard line.

Eight-Man, Division II

No. 3 Axtell defeated Cornerstone Family Schools out of Topeka, 48-0. Axtell scored 24 points in the first and second quarter. The Eagles permitted just 21 total yards. Isaac Detweiler has passed for 10 touchdowns in two weeks. He completed 7 of 10 passes for 94 yards and four TDs. Axtell ran 19 plays for 234 yards.

No. 4 Lebo delivered a 52-6 win versus Chase County in a game that ended in the third quarter. Lebo standout quarterback Devan McEwen cleared 200 yards of offene.

No. 5 Victoria defeated Chase, 58-8, in a game called at halftime. The Knights led 38-0 after the first quarter. The Knights outgained Chase, 336-69. Four players delivered a rushing touchdown. Quarterback Grant Schoenrock passed for 75 yards and rushed for 39 with one passing and one rushing touchdown.

Osborne came back to win at Beloit-St. John’s/Tipton, 56-42. Mason Schurr had 32 carries for 265 yards.

Norwich defeated South Barber, 52-50, as freshman quarterback Tray Schroeder scored six touchdowns, including a TD with 29 seconds left. Norwich trailed 36-6. Norwich ended an 11-game losing streak versus South Barber and beat the Chieftains for the first time since ’07.

Bucklin beat Kiowa County, 52-42 and earned the first win for new coach Trever Powell, a KC graduate. Powell’s dad is the KC track coach, among other roles. Powell rushed for 5,854 yards and 88 touchdowns as a player.

Stafford won 58-42 at Wilson and improved to 2-0. Kleyton Schreiber, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior tight end/linebacker had 243 rushing yards and four scores with 11 yards a carry.


Burrton beat Fowler, 71-34, and ended a 27-game losing streak.


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