October 4, 2011
District play opened for Class 2-1A and most 8-man teams, and while district games typically only produce a handful of close games, there were a couple of key match-ups took place in Week 5.
Macksville shutout Pretty Prairie 30-0 in the second half to pull away for a district win.
Former Lyon County League rivals Olpe and Lyndon squared off in 2-1A District 1 with the Tigers scoring 20 unanswered points for a 20-9 win.
In Class 4A, this wasn’t a district battle, but it felt like a playoff atmosphere as Eudora turned away Paola at the 2-yard line late to secure an 18-10 victory.
Finally, we need to mention Ross Binford putting up second consecutive 400-yard rushing game as his Kiowa County Mavericks outscored South Central, 72-44.
Quarterback Brad Strauss accounted for 378 yards of total offense as Lawrence was impressive in shutting out Shawnee Mission East, 31-0. Strauss rushed for 192 yards and two scores on just nine carries, and threw for 186 yards and a touchdown.
Conley Wilkins rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries as Blue Valley West edged Blue Valley Southwest, 14-10. Austin O’Gradey returned an interception for a touchdown to provide the rest of the scoring for the Jaguars. Aaron Ramsey led the Timberwolves with 142 yards rushing and a score.
Wichita Southeast improved to 2-3 on the season with a 48-20 win over Wichita West. The Golden Buffaloes exploded for 35 second-quarter points thanks to three Bradan Smith touchdown runs. Smith finished with 218 yards on only 18 carries. Wichita West quarterback Arnez Jones rushed 45 times for 242 yards and three touchdowns.
Austin White ran for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass from James Watkins as Goddard edged Valley Center 21-20. Tate Anderson kept the Hornets in the game with three touchdown runs, but a late field goal attempt was blocked by the Lions.
Cole Foster scored on a three-yard touchdown run with just over a minute to go as Shawnee Heights shocked Emporia, 20-14. Foster rushed for 72 yards and two scores on the night, and threw for 110 yards and a third touchdown as the T-birds picked up their first win of the season. Emporia was led by Derek Gifford who rushed for 102 yards and a score.
Austin Unrein rushed for 157 yards and four touchdowns as Hays doubled-up Wichita South, 40-20. Preston Weigel rushed for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Hays. The Indians improved to 4-1 on the season, and will travel to Dodge City for a key WAC showdown in Week 6.
Bonner Springs exploded for 30 points in the third quarter as the Braves rolled past Tonganoxie, 48-13. J.J. Jackson rushed for five touchdowns to lead the Brave offense which produced its highest point output of the season. Bonner Springs will try and even its record with a trip to winless Bishop Ward in Week 6.
Mill Valley quarterback Skyler Windmiller completed 26 of 48 passes for 301 yards and four touchdowns as the Jaguars edged KC Piper, 27-20. Piper quarterback Tyler Eikenbary completed 16 of 25 attempts for 311 yards and two scores as the Pirates scored all 20 points in the fourth quarter to pull within a touchdown.
Cory Turner threw a long touchdown pass with 1:18 to go as Coffeyville edged Independence 28-27. The Golden Tornado converted the go-ahead two-point conversion after Turner’s TD pass, and held on for the one-point win over their Montgomery County arch rival. The ‘Nado built a 20-7 lead in the second quarter before the Bulldogs rallied to tie and eventually lead 27-20 before Turner’s heroics.
Derek Webb rushed for a pair of touchdowns and threw for another as Eudora upset then #4 Paola, 18-10. With less than two minutes to play in the game, Paola drove to the Eudora 2-yard line before the Cardinals defense turned the Panthers away. Webb threw for 120 yards on the game for the Cardinals.
Perry-Lecompton remained unbeaten with a 41-8 win over Royal Valley in Big 7 League play. The Kaws got 158 yards and three scores from standout running back Luke Kellum. The win sets up a showdown of unbeatens as the Kaws host #2 Holton in Week 6.
Drake Dukes hit Wesley Phillips on a 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to lift Maize South past Wellington, 14-7. Taylan Ybarra scored the lone touchdown for Wellington.
Anthony Scholes and Matt Perez each had huge rushing nights as Girard surprised Riverton 35-25 in CNC action. Scholes switched from quarterback to running back, and rushed for 181 yards and two scores on the night. Perez added 146 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Greyson Spriggs led the Ramblers with 109 yards rushing and two scores. Sprigs also threw for 142 yards on the night.
Dalton Brandt rushed for 142 yards as Sedgwick rallied past Marion 34-18 in a battle of unbeaten teams. Marion led 18-14 at halftime thanks to Colten Johnson who had 217 yards rushing on the night. Sedgwick quarterback Trent Stucky rushed for 71 yards and threw for three touchdowns, including two to Daniel Vogt who caught seven passes for 133 yards.
Rossville won a battle of unbeatens as the Bulldogs topped Riley County 18-6. Riley County continues to play without quarterback Bryce Chavis and running back Ty Wedland who are injured.
Zach Travis threw for 101 yards and two touchdowns as Uniontown knocked off Northeast-Arma, 42-14. The Eagle quarterback also rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown. Uniontown improved to 3-2 on the season, while the Vikings winless streak reached 14 games.
Smith Center rolled past Mid-Continent League rival Norton 58-22. Redmen running back Truitt Kuhlmann rushed for 269 yards and five scores to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for the season. The Redmen have an open date in Week 6 before a district showdown with fourth-ranked Beloit.
McLouth remained unbeaten with a 41-6 thrashing of Jefferson County North. The Bulldogs got 142 yards through the air from quarterback Marc Walbridge in the win. Shawn Daily also added a pair of touchdown runs for McLouth which has its most wins in a season since going 10-1 in 2005.
Nick Walsh scored all three touchdowns as Lyndon rallied past Olpe 20-9. The Eagles led 9-0 early after Jake Brinkman returned the opening kickoff 90 yards to the house and an Olpe safety. From there, Walsh scored on two short touchdown runs and caught a touchdown pass from Jordan Tillman as the Tigers moved to 5-0.
Moundridge built a 34-0 halftime lead en route to a 54-22 district win over Chase County. The Wildcats scored 27 points in the second quarter off of Bulldog turnovers to pull away. Trey Unrau rushed for four touchdowns, and returned an interception for a fifth score. After starting the season 3-0, the Bulldogs have dropped their last two games.
Kasey Clark threw for more than 200 yards and four touchdowns as St. Marys topped Wabaunsee 34-0. The Bears notched their first win of the season after facing the elite of the Mid-East League in the first four weeks. St. Marys’ first four opponents are now a combined 17-3.
Kyle Dupree threw three touchdown passes; two to Miguel Romero as Syracuse beat Satanta, 34-14. Levy Moreno rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs. Syracuse won for the first time since October 29, 2009 when they edged Leoti-Wichita County 14-6 in overtime.
Michael Glatczak rushed for 318 yards and two touchdowns as Centralia opened district play with a 38-16 win over Doniphan West. The loss marked the first of the season for the surprising Mustangs, and placed the pressure on Nick Fuemmeler’s team to win out in order to secure a playoff spot.
Benn Kirmer carried five times for 148 yards and three touchdowns as Central Plains throttled Canton-Galva, 66-16. Kirmer also caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Steiner, and returned a kickoff 73 yards for a score. The Oilers scored 54 points in the first quarter.
Macksville won a battle of unbeatens by outscoring Pretty Prairie 30-0 in the second half to pull away 52-26. Adam Oak caught two Seth Filbert touchdown passes in the second half as the Mustangs rallied from a 26-22 halftime deficit. Filbert also added a pair of second-half touchdowns runs as part of his 120 yards rushing. Oak rushed for 138 yards and two scores for Macksville. The Bulldogs were led by Stetson Broce who caught a pair of touchdown passes from Alex Mains.
Jared Boger provided plenty of offensive spark as Jetmore-Hodgeman County defeated Deerfield, 30-14. Boger rushed for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and caught five balls for 136 yards and a score from Austin Pfannenstiel.
Ross Binford continues to put up eye-popping numbers for Kiowa County. The senior rushed for 405 yards and eight touchdowns in the Mavericks 72-44 win over South Central. Binford has already rushed for 1,604 yards on the season; including a 473-yard performance one week ago in which he also scored all 62 of his teams points.
Solomon exploded for 44 points in the second quarter to win a 78-40 shootout over Goessel. The Gorillas rushed for nine touchdowns in the game, including three each from Daniel Durant and Brandon Saliba. Trey Schmidt threw five touchdown passes and ran for another score for the Bluebirds.
South Haven remained unbeaten by blanking Burrton, 48-0. Running back Blake Wilkey rushed for 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Cardinals who improved to 2-0 in District 4. After rushing for 250 yards and six touchdowns a week ago, Burrton’s Austin Baldridge was held to just 64 yards on 27 carries.
Shane Methvin rushed for four touchdowns as Centre-Lost Springs knocked off Flinthills, 40-16. The Cougars exploded for 20 points in the first quarter, but led just 20-16 at halftime. Methvin scored twice in the second half to help propel Centre to its first win of the season.
Cunningham edged Stafford 42-36 to even their record at 1-1 in District 5 play. The Wildcats built a 30-16 halftime lead before holding off the Trojans in the second half. Hunter Hope rushed for three touchdowns for the Wildcats, while Nick Huhman added two more. Ethan Johnson led Stafford with 99 yards rushing and four touchdowns on the ground.
Grinnell-Wheatland routed Tribune-Greeley County 62-16 on Friday to improve to 3-2 on the season. Austin Beckman rushed for four touchdowns in the win for the Thunderhawks. Will Bixenman rushed for two scores and threw two touchdown passes for Grinnell-Wheatland.
Sharon Springs–Wallace County rolled past Quinter 47-24 as each team stepped out of district play. Dalton Davis rushed for 141 yards for the Wildcats in the win. The two teams have now alternated wins in their meetings over the last four years.
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