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November 10, 2010

Class 6A

Olathe East trailed Lawrence Free State 16-0 at the half before storming back with 20 unanswered points in the second half to advance. Brandon Willingham rushed for 190 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Hawk offense back and into the second round where they will host SM Northwest.

Trailing 10-0 at the half, Shawnee Mission Northwest returned a blocked field goal 65 yards for a touchdown to cut the Shawnee Mission West lead to 14-7. Cougar quarterback Spencer Mangelsdorf later hit Drew Goodger for a 10-yard touchdown to give Northwest a 14-10 win. The Vikings outgained the Cougars 280 total yards to 121, but lost the game on the scoreboard.

Nick Sands scored three touchdowns as Olathe South edged Shawnee Mission East, 28-24. The Lancers led 9-7 at halftime before Sands scored his second touchdown to give the Falcons a 14-9 lead. The teams would trade scores from there on out with Frankie Seurer scoring the winning blow with a 1-yard touchdown run for the Falcons with four minutes left. Olathe South stopped the Lancers on downs late in the game and ran out the clock.

The defending champion Olathe North Eagles led two-win Shawnee Mission North just 28-21 at halftime, but shutout the Indians in the second half en route to a 48-21 win. Kansas Jayhawk commits Victor Simmons and Adonis Saunders rushed for 193 and 146 yards respectively for the Eagles.

Cody Parmely rushed for 126 yards and scored three touchdowns as Junction City eliminated Wichita Northwest, 51-17. The Blue Jays opened up a 29-17 halftime lead by shutting out the Grizzlies 22-0 in the second half.

Dreamius Smith rushed for 267 yards and three touchdowns as Wichita Heights opened the playoffs with a 49-7 win over Garden City. Quarterback Matt Reed added 96 yards rushing and a touchdown as Heights rolled to a 35-0 halftime lead.

Manhattan stifled a late Derby rally with a Jordan Nelson kickoff return for a touchdown right after the Panthers had pulled within 34-28 in the fourth quarter. Nelson rushed for 178 yards and three scores to go along with his kickoff return, while Ty Suggs added 178 yards rushing and three touchdowns of his own.

Quarterback Jared Helfrich threw for 175 yards and added 75 yards on the ground as Dodge City rolled past the Haysville Campus Colts, 42-14. Dodge City improves to 10-0 with the win and will now host unbeaten and second-ranked Manhattan in the state quarterfinals next Friday.

Class 5A

Bishop Carroll dismantled the Great Bend Panthers intercepting quarterback Greg Hildebrand four times and sacking him five times...IN THE FIRST HALF. The Golden Eagles led 42-0 at the half and made a statement a week removed from nearly knocking off Hutch with a 49-13 win. Jalen Hernandez rushed for 73 yards and a touchdowns, and also caught a touchdown pass from Tyler Nance. Nance scored touchdowns rushing, passing and receiving in the game.

Tyler Matthews completed 14 of 22 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown as McPherson turned a 21-12 halftime lead into a 42-12 in beating Andover Central. Kevin O'Connor rushed for 145 yards and touchdowns while also catching a touchdown pass. Alex Bontz finished a great junior season for the Jaguars by rushing for 221 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. Bontz totaled 1,653 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season.

Ben Heeney rushed for 335 yards and five touchdowns as Hutchinson built a 55-28 lead and held on after two fourth-quarter Salina Central touchdowns. Ja’Mon Cotton added 107 yards and a touchdown for the Salthawks. Salina Central rushed for 150 yards against the Hutch defense, but threw for 220 yards.

After Kapaun Mt. Carmel grabbed a 12-0 lead, Emporia scored 29 straight points and hold off the Crusaders, 29-19. Junior back Derek Gifford rushed for 221 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Spartans moved on to take on Coach Dustin Delaney’s old team, the Hutchinson Salt Hawks.

Bubba Starling rushed for 131 yards and threw for 113 yards as the Gardner-Edgerton shutout Bonner Springs 70-0. Brett Jensen rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. The Blazers advanced to take on Shawnee Heights in the second round.

Donnie Lockhart rushed for 230 yards and five touchdowns on 26 carries as Shawnee Heights outscored Mill Valley, 56-30. David Guantt added 105 yards rushing, scored two touchdowns, and completed 9 of 10 passes for 140 yards for the T-Birds. Mill Valley senior Kyle Brunson capped a stellar senior season with 187 rushing yards and a touchdown on 35 carries. Brunson finished with 1,949 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season. Sophomore quarterback Skylar Windmiller threw for 1,993 yards and 21 scores for the Jaguars.

Blue Valley built a 35-14 lead in the second half only to see Bishop Miege come storming back to pull within 35-34 with 2:23 seconds left in the game. Miege attempted to fake the PAT and take the lead, but Bryant Reber intercepted the two-point attempt and the Tigers survived. Justin Fulks rushed for 130 yards for the Tigers, while QB Kyle Zimmerman threw three touchdown passes.

Topeka Seaman led Lansing 21-14 at halftime, and got a A.J. Brown 19-yard field goal in the second half to hold on for a 24-20 win. Nathan Stanley led the Vikings with 90 yards rushing and a touchdown. Parker Gibson’s last game at Lansing resulted in 67 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Class 4A

Ryan Hicks rushed 18 times for 197 yards and scored three touchdowns as DeSoto knocked off KC Piper, 34-15. Jeff Bowen added 130 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries as the Wildcats improved to 7-4 and advanced to take on Frontier League rival Louisburg in the quarterfinals. Louisburg defeated DeSoto 28-7 earlier this season.

Josh Hoffman rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns as the Baldwin Bulldogs outscored KC Sumner Academy, 56-36. QB Ryan Rogers also had a big night rushing for 210 yards and a touchdown. Sumner quarterback Armond Brisbane finished a stellar career completing 25 of 31 passes for 284 and three touchdowns.

Louisburg won a shootout 56-35 at Chanute on Saturday night. Early in the third quarter Chanute pulled within 35-28 on a Brock Gilmore touchdown pass to Alec Haight, but Louisburg quarterback Kody Cook would hit Garrett Griffin for 44 yards to convert a third-and-41 on the Wildcats ensuing possession. Alex Gentges would rumble in from 22 yards out on the next play to give the Wildcats a 42-28 lead, and break the Comets spirits. Louisburg rushed for more than 460 yards in the win, led by Griffin’s 220-yard, four-touchdown performance. Chanute’s dual-headed rushing attack of Eric Bowman and Jared McComb rushed for 122 and 90 yards respectively.

Paola led 7-0 at halftime on a Tyler Henness short touchdown run, and would pull away for a 28-0 road win over Independence. The Panthers held the Bulldogs’ outstanding running back Matt Bromley to just 53 yards rushing. Bromley finished his senior season with 2,150 yards rushing; 10 more yards than he had last season.

Topeka Hayden led Mulvane 32-0 at halftime and cruised to a 45-13 road win. Jon Banister rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown while Alec Steuber added 86 yards and two touchdowns along with an interception return for a third score.

Tanner Fisher rushed for 340 yards and five touchdowns on 41 carries as Buhler exploded for 26 points in the third quarter in rolling past previously unbeaten Abilene, 39-7. Fisher now has rushed for 2,281 and 39 touchdowns on the season, but he’ll be tested in the quarterfinals against the Hayden defense.

Andale controlled the game and that stat sheet, but Holton won out on the scoreboard in a 21-8 win in the match-up of traditional 4A powers. The Wildcats could manage only 128 total yards of offense against Andale, but capitalized on a short field after Indian turnovers on two occasions to win. Jake Hattabaugh completed a great career at Andale with 159 yards rushing on 38 carries.

Josh Jarnagin rushed for 215 yards and scored three touchdowns as Ulysses marched on with a 47-21 road win over Hesston in the second round of the 4A playoffs. Jarnagin also caught two passes for 42 yards, both of which went for touchdowns from Braden Langston. Langston threw for 143 yards and three scores on the day. Trevor Pauls threw for 187 yards and a touchdown for Hesston, but was intercepted three times.

Class 3A

After tearing through nine straight wins and scoring less than 40 points in only two of them the Norton Bluejays were knocked out of the playoffs by a Beloit team that features a poised freshman quarterback. Payton Vetter completed all six of his passes including a three-yard touchdown pass to Luke Shamburg on fourth down with 2:23 left the game to put the Trojans on top 42-35. Casey Smith intercepted Norton quarterback Spencer Shirk in the end zone with 25 seconds left to preserve the victory. The Trojans rushed for 438 yards in the win including 151 yards for Robert Ludwig, 146 for Lane Koster and 94 for Shamburg. Ludwig, Koster and Vetter all posted one rushing touchdown while Shamburg added two scores on the ground to go with his one receiving. Norton's Terrell Lane ended his senior season with 162 yards rushing while Shirk completed 8 of 14 passes for 169 yards and one score.

Smith Center made a statement in their return to Class 3A by eliminating a 3A favorite in Scott City, 42-35. The Redmen built a 20-0 lead before Scott City rallied to lead 21-20 before the game was tied at 28. Smith Center rushed for more than 460 yards in the win and put together a time-consuming fourth quarter drive that resulted in a Kale Newell touchdown run with 1:30 left and a 42-28 lead.

Hutchinson Trinity used a solid rushing attack and a strong defensive effort to eliminate defending champion Wichita Collegiate 26-8. The typically pass-happy Celtics rushed for more than 160 yards and held the Spartans to just 143 yards of total offense.

Brian Doffing rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown as Conway Springs beat rival Garden Plain for the second time this season. The Cardinals led 20-0 after Cory Misak returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown.

Rossville scored 24 points in the second quarter and built a 40-8 lead before giving up two late touchdowns in a 40-22 win over Effingham-Atchison County. Quarterback Mitch Buhler completed 24 of 35 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. The Tigers finished at 9-2; their best season since 2004.

Caney Valley racked up nearly 400 yards rushing and held Southeast-Cherokee to just 20 rushing yards on 28 carries in a 47-7 win on Saturday night. Skye Richey rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns for the Bullpups who advanced to the quarterfinals where they’ll travel to Rossville.

Wellsville advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time in seven years by drilling Neodesha 55-12. Dalton Hughes rushed for 168 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Eagles built a 28-0 halftime lead, and exploded for 27 points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Silver Lake forced six Riley County turnovers in beating the Falcons 42-18. J.D.Morehead rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns, including a 73-yarder to open the scoring for the Eagles. Kennan Kruger threw for 74 yards and a touchdown, and added 70 yards and a score on the ground. Falcon quarterback Bryce Chavis rushed for 145 yards and threw for 96 more in the loss.

Class 2-1A

Michael Glatczak rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries as Centralia opened their 2-1A title defense with a 34-6 over TVL rival Onaga. Glatczak also hit five of six passes for 105 yards and three scores on the night. Riley Falk finished the game with 125 yards and a touchdown pass for the Buffaloes.

Olpe racked up 320 yards rushing in rolling past Valley Falls 35-6. Linden Stueve rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns, and Tyson Pettijohn broke loose for 119 yards and two more scores. The Eagle defense came up big as well, intercepting Alex Lederer three times in the game.

Dorian Sills-Berry rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone as St. Marys rolled past Washington County, 46-12. Sills-Berry finished the game with 204 yards on the ground and scored four times as the Bears earned a trip to Pittsburg to take on Colgan in the state quarterfinals.

What was billed as a shootout played as a defensive battle as Ell-Saline took an 8-3 lead over Sacred Heart into the locker room at half. Ell-Saline got a long touchdown pass from Tate Omli to Kaleb Whitehair with 7:36 in the fourth quarter to distance themselves from the Knights 14-3. Tate Omli grabbed a fourth quarter interception in only his second game playing defense since week two but Sacred Heart got a fumble on a bad snap with 4:50 left which they had for only one play as Zach Willis got his second interception of the game immediately following the fumble to seal the victory.

Oskaloosa executed their game plan to perfection in the first half, grinding the clock and playing keep-away from St. Marys Colgan. At the half, the Bears trailed Colgan 7-6 and had run 35 plays to the Panthers 12. In the second half, Colgan would begin to show its big-play capability as emergency-quarterback Andy Farmer hit Christian Smith on a 49-yard touchdown and Smith would tack on a 12-yard run to give expand the Colgan lead. Farmer, Zach Smith, and Seth Sinnett would add touchdown runs as the Panthers pulled away for a 40-6 win. Farmer took his first snaps from center since last season as injuries kept Colgan starter Nate Arnold and back-up Sam Gilbert out of this game. Farmer switched from quarterback to wide-out for this his senior season.

Stanton County earned its first playoff victory since 2003 in style with a dominating 52-7 victory over Ellis Friday night. Ellis opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Justin Kinderknect to Jared Knoll, but Stanton County controlled the remainder of the game tallying 438 total yards. Trojan junior Fabian Sierra nabbed three interceptions for the Stanton County defense and senior Austin Nairn picked up 199 yards rushing in the win.

Marcus Moeder rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns as LaCrossse turned an 8-0 halftime lead into a 30-0 shutout of Moundridge. Leopard quarterback Tayler Stull scored the other two touchdowns and finished with 82 yards on the ground. The Wildcats were led by Daniel Ratzlaff’s 75 yards on the ground.

Jaden Friesen rushed for 247 yards and two touchdowns and had 17 tackles on defense as Meade broke open a 22-7 halftime lead in blowing past Atwood-Rawlins County, 47-7. QB Kellan Hernandez added 89 yards on the ground and two scores as the Buffs won their ninth straight game. Hernandez also returned a punt and an interception for touchdowns.

Class 8M-I

With eight players with starting experience back from a team that went 11-1 and lost in the semifinals in 2009, Pretty Prairie was everyone's favorite to win the Division I state championship in 2010. With only eight wins in four seasons of 11-Man play under Coach Cullen Riner questions surrounded the Osborne Bulldogs in their first year of 8-Man play this fall. Riner and his Bulldogs answered those questions resoundingly with a 50-40 win over the state's top-ranked team Saturday to earn a trip to a semifinal rematch with Hill City. Osborne piled up 417 yards rushing including 206 yards on 26 carries from senior fullback Jakob Demars as Osborne broke ties at 22 and 28 points stretching their lead to 16 points in the last five minutes of the game. Pretty Prairie's senior quarterback Hunter Pittman was outstanding in the loss throwing for 278 yards but getting sacked five times in the fourth quarter.

After winning their first playoff game in school history on Tuesday, Hill City posted their second consecutive playoff win with a 26-20 victory over Jetmore-Hodgeman County. Both teams missed several scoring opportunities in the red zone, but Nathan Hanna came up with a fumble recovery for the second consecutive game leading to a Reggie Jordan touchdown run to give the Ringnecks a 14-12 lead. Jordan added two more touchdown runs in the second half to take the 26-20 lead with 4:41 and senior Matt Craig picked off a Longhorn pass in the last 1:30 to secure the win and a trip to the semis.

Madison gave up an early touchdown, but scored the game’s next 42 points in beating Central Burden 58-12 in a contest that ended at halftime. Kole Schankie rushed for 104 yards four touchdowns and Collin Kile threw for 145 yards and three touchdowns for the Bulldogs which advanced to take on Lebo for the right to play in the state championship game.

Lebo withstood a 20-point fourth quarter rally from Colony Crest to eliminate the Lancers, 50-40. Dylan Kelley rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Trevor White rushed for a score and hit Alex Linsey for two touchdown passes as the Wolves advanced to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since in 11-man football in 2005. Lebo will host Madison for a chance to play for a state title.

Class 8M-II

Top-ranked Baileyville B&B opened up a 30-0 lead after the first quarter in cruising past Tanner Brunner and Centre-Lost Springs, 58-12. QB Eric Huerter completed 4 of 5 passes for 81 yards and three touchdowns for the Falcons. Mitch Engelken rushed for 75 yards and three scores as B&B advanced to take on arch-rival Hanover in the state semifinals. Centre’s Tanner Brunner finished his brilliant career with 12 carries for 67 yards rushing and a touchdown and a 70-yard kickoff return for the Cougar's other score.

Hanover scored two third-quarter touchdowns to break open a 22-14 halftime game in defeating Caldwell, 52-28. Ethan Diederich rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Austin Steinfort added 82 yards rushing and 82 yards passing for the Wildcats. Steinfort rushed for three scores and threw for another in the game. Caldwell was led by Alex Davis who rushed for 187 yards and a touchdown in the game. Blue Jay quarterback Braden Lebeda threw for 124 yards and three scores in his final game.

Otis-Bison raced out to a 30-0 halftime lead over previously unbeaten Cheylin and cruised to a 51-6 win in the battle of Cougars. Patrick Piper rushed for a game-high 152 yards to go along with three touchdowns, and Michael Hlavaty added 103 yards and four scores for Otis-Bison. The orange and blue Cougar defense forced five Cheylin turnovers and held Dalton Magnani to just 79 yards rushing on 27 carries. Otis-Bison advanced to the state semifinals for the fourth time in the school's history. Cheylin wrapped up their best season in school history at 10-1.

Austin Stebens threw for 119 yards and two touchdowns as Ashland rallied from a 22-14 halftime deficit to knockoff Thunder Ridge, 28-22. Ben Fox and Ervin Swonger rushed for 82 and 64 yards respectively, and Terrell Osborn scored two touchdowns for Ashland.

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