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By: Matt Gilmore, kpreps and John Baetz, Kansas Pregame Magazine Email
By: Matt Gilmore, kpreps and John Baetz, Kansas Pregame Magazine Email

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October 5, 2010

Class 6A

Zach Chrisman threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns as Haysville Campus doubled up Newton 40-20. Devon Cochran hauled in three catches for 83 yards and a touchdown, and returned a kickoff 95 yards for another touchdown. Chrisman also ran for 58 yards and a score, but the Colts were led on the ground by Semaj Brehon with 91 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Olathe South built an early 14-0 lead behind two Nick Sands touchdown runs and held on for a 21-13 win over Olathe Northwest. Northwest got as close as 14-10 before Frankie Seurer broke loose for a 64-yard touchdown run to seal the game for the Falcons. Sands finished with 77 yards rushing on 27 carries for Olathe South which didn’t complete a pass.

Quarterback John Schrock rushed for two touchdowns and threw for 160 yards as Shawnee Mission East held off a late Lawrence Free State rally to win 28-21. Chip Sherman’s Lancers improved to 4-1 on the season with their lone loss coming 24-13 to Olathe North.

Down 27-16 in the fourth quarter, Derby scored 22 straight points to shock Andover 38-27. Derby quarterback Tyler Harrison led the comeback with touchdown passes to Ethan Jewell and Keenan Sparks to put the Panthers in the lead. Harrison threw for 227 yards and three scores on the night, while Jewell ran for two scores and caught two touchdown passes among his 16 receptions. Sparks hauled in five balls for 133 yards on the night.

Jared Helfrich rushed for 107 yards and two scores as Dodge City remained unbeaten with a 31-14 win over Great Bend. The win marked Dodge City’s first over Great Bend in 10 years. Helfrich completed 17 of 21 passes for 160 yards on the night.

Class 5A

Sophomore QB Skylar Windmiller threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for two more scores as Mill Valley improved to 4-1 with a 42-35 win over KC Piper. Kyle Brunson rushed for 209 yards and a score on 29 carries for the Jaguars who led 29-28 after a wild first half.

Salina Central rallied from a 3-point first half deficit to pull off the 7-point victory over Maize as all 13 points in the game were scored by special teams. The Eagles got a 30-yard first quarter field goal from Tyler Bishop to take a lead that would stand until the opening kick of the second half. Freshman Malik Veal returned the kickoff 98 yards to give the Mustangs the lead and he added a 27-yard fourth quarter field goal for the final margin. Veal rushed for 63 yards on only 8 carries while senior running back Cale Sharp added 98 yards on 25 totes for the Mustangs.

Hays quarterback Austin Unrein completed 7 of 8 passes for 135 yards and two scores as the Indians hammered Wichita South 57-14. Casey Sedbrook added two short touchdown runs as the Indians built a 34-7 halftime lead on their way to starting 5-0 for the second consecutive year.

Brandon Gentz rushed for 133 yard and four touchdowns as Emporia raced past Shawnee Heights 47-24. Gentz also completed 3 of 5 passes for 50 yards and a score. Derek Gifford added 75 yards on the ground and two scores for the Spartans.

Class 4A

Blue Valley Southwest rallied from a 35-14 deficit in the second half to overcome Blue Valley West and get the school’s first ever victory. The Timberwolves scored three straight touchdowns capped by Aaron Ramsey’s 8-yard run that pulled BVSW within 35-34 with just over a minute to go. Coach Bill Lowe decided to go for the win and Ramsey hit Scott Anderson for the two-point conversion to give the Timberwolves a 36-35 win.

In a game featuring two unbeatens, Nick Tuck rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown as Royal Valley built a 20-0 halftime lead in knocking-off Perry-Lecompton 36-8. Luke Kellum rushed for 152 yards and the Kaws’ lone touchdown giving him 631 yards rushing for the season.

The surprising Nickerson Panthers improved to 4-1 on the season with a 47-32 shootout win over Hesston. The Panthers used a big game from Hector Rodriguez and a 20-point third quarter to overcome a six-point halftime deficit. Rodriguez rushed for 175 yards and two scores on the night, while Isaac Warman added 96 yards and three scores. Hesston quarterback Trevor Pauls threw for 225 yards and four scores in a losing effort.

Junior Tre Nash rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns on only 11 attempts as Parsons blanked Southeast-Cherokee 50-0 in a non-league game. After winning for the first time in 21 games in week two, the Vikings are now 3-2 under Coach Dustin Perkins.

Josh Hoffman rushed for three touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass, and added an interception return for a score as Baldwin hammered St. James Academy 53-12 to remain unbeaten. The Bulldogs will travel to unbeaten Louisburg in week six for a game that will go a long way in deciding the Frontier League championship.

Jose Munoz rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries as Holcomb picked up its first win of the season 27-8 over Southwestern Heights. The Longhorns built a 14-0 halftime lead behind a 4-yard Munoz run and a 42-yard pick-six by Kyle Walck.

Class 3A

Norton's Terrell Lane went off for 281 yards and four touchdowns and added a 55 yard punt return for another score as the Bluejays avenged back-to-back close losses to Smith Center with a dominating 41-20 Mid-Continent League victory. For the Bluejays it was the first win over the Redmen since 2003 and only the third since 1990 ('90, 2002 and '03). Norton improved to 5-0 with the victory while the Redmen drop to 3-2. Both teams have open dates this Friday with Norton's schedule highlighted by a week nine district match-up with currently undefeated Phillipsburg and Smith Center facing a week six challenge from an unbeaten Beloit team.

One week after suffering their first loss of the season - a 46-10 setback to Ulysses - the Hoisington Cardinals nearly suffered their second consecutive defeat at the hands of league foe, Thomas More Prep. The Monarchs, however, couldn't capitalize on red zone opportunities and fell six-points shy of upsetting the Cardinals, 21-15. Hoisington senior running back Taylor Stumma led the Cardinals with 124 yards rushing and an 8-yard touchdown run while Ben Stacey added a 51-yard touchdown run and a 56-yard kickoff return to open the second half which put the Cardinals inside the TMP 25 and set up the scoring drive culminating with Stumma's score. TMP junior quarterback Nick Hammeke rushed and passed for over 100 yards each and scored a touchdown on the ground and threw to Nathan Zimmerman for the team's other touchdown.

Quarterback Greyson Spriggs scored from two yards out in the fourth quarter to lift Riverton past Girard 16-12. Spriggs hit Logan North on a 17-yard TD pass in the second quarter to put the Rams ahead 8-6 at the half. Girard would take the lead in the fourth quarter on a short Anthony Scholes touchdown run before Spriggs’ winning run. Riverton improved to 4-1 on the season with their only loss coming to the powerful Commerce (Okla.) Tigers.

Rodney Strohl ran for 182 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries as Halstead rolled to 41 first-half points in a 55-6 win over Lyons. Simon McKee threw for 100 yards and two scores to lead the Dragon passing attack.

McLouth’s Alex Courtney had a career night in rushing for 254 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries as the Bulldogs beat Jefferson Co. North 31-13. Courtney also had 33 receiving yards as the Bulldogs got their second win of the season.

Another week, another strong second half, another victory for the Phillipsburg Panthers. After leading only 7-6 over previously unbeaten Washington County at halftime, the Panthers blew the game open with the 21 points in the second half to improve to 5-0 on the season. Senior running back Trevor Smith continues to lead the Panthers offensive attack scoring on a 20-yard pass reception and a 3-yard touchdown run, both scores coming in the second half. For Washington Co. (4-1) running back Isaac Miller scored the Tigers only points on a 5-yard run in the second quarter. The Panthers have an open week before heading into district play.

Class 2-1A

It took two overtimes to decide a key District 2 match-up between Valley Falls and Oskaloosa, but in the end the Valley Falls Dragons escaped with a 48-46 road win. Tied at 28 at the end of regulation and 34 all after the first overtime, Valley Falls would score on a 5-yard run by Alex Lederer. The Dragons would add the key two-point conversion on a pass from Lederer to Tyler Johnson. Oskaloosa would score on Levi Wade’s second short touchdown, but the Bears conversion attempt failed. Oskaloosa displayed a strong rushing attack led by Jake Buscher’s 174 yards, Wade’s 127 yards, and Mark Newell’s 98 yards. Each of the three backs scored two touchdowns for the Bears.

After an 0-4 start against opponents who are a combined 14-6, the Moundridge Wildcats began district play with a 32-0 shutout over winless Chase County. Moundridge was led on the ground by Joel Sugars who rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown on only six carries. The Wildcat defense forced three turnovers and held the Bulldogs to just 60 yards rushing on 28 attempts.

Luke Ropp rushed 21 times for 216 yards as Inman opened district play with a 28-8 win over Plainville. Ropp has now rushed for 783 yards on the season as the Teutons improved to 2-3 and more importantly 1-0 in district play.

Satanta snapped a 16-game losing streak with a 32-0 shutout of Hi-Plains League rival Syracuse. Austin Slater rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown, and Saul Castaneda scored twice as the Indians scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to claim their first win since beating Kinsley on October 10, 2008.

Marcus Irsik had a career day throwing the ball for Elkhart as the Wildcats scored 28 points in the second quarter en route to a 48-15 district win over Sublette. Irsik threw for 320 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for another score. James Kelly caught ten passes for 172 yards and three scores, and Jordan Simmons added seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Filling in for the injured Tate Omli, Dalton Eastep threw three touchdown passes to Kaleb Whitehair as Ell-Saline doubled-up Ellinwood 44-22 in district play. Eastep also ran for two short touchdown runs as the Cardinals outscored the Eagles 22-0 in the middle two quarters.

Class 8M-I

The Lincoln Leopards remained atop a wide-open District 8 with a 50-48 win over Peabody-Burns. Lincoln led 34-28 at the half, but the Warriors scored twice on a Derek Price TD run and a Brody Kyle TD reception to tie the game at 42 after three quarters. The difference in the game turned out to be Lincoln stopping the Warriors on a two-point attempt after a 41-yard TD pass from Hunter Pickens to Jacob Gillet.
Previously unbeaten Sylvan-Lucas Unified was shocked by a Hoxie team which had surrendered more than 40 points and scored only one touchdown in consecutive losses to Hill City and Osborne. The Indians, new to 8-Man play this season, opened the year with dominant victories over highly regarded Tribune-Greeley Co. and Sharon Springs - Wallace Co., but found themselves reeling with back-to-back district losses. For the Mustangs this loss comes at a difficult time as the next three games include district favorites Hill City and Osborne and talented non-district foe Lakeside.
Ben Kirmer rushed for 213 yards on 18 carries as Claflin got its first win of the season by beating Canton-Galva, 54-22. Although unusual for the Wildcats to be winless this late in the season, Claflin’s four losses have come against opponents that are a combined 14-6 on the season.
Perhaps the surprise team of 8 Man Division I, the St. John Tigers improved to 4-1 with a 47-15 win over Fairfield. Kinser Crissman rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown, and passed for 106 yards and two scores for the Tigers. Crissman also returned an interception for a touchdown in the game. St. John’s Patrick Prescott contributed a touchdown reception and two touchdown runs on the night.
Shane Jackson threw for 121 yards and two scores as Marais des Cygnes Valley improved to 4-1 with a 36-18 win over Southern Coffey County. The Trojans also got good production in the ground game as Zack Goodrich rushed for 151 yards and two scores. MdCV will have their hands full in week six as they host #2 ranked Madison which has only allowed 8 points all season.
Senior John Aylward rushed 40 times for 387 yards and four touchdowns as Solomon put up 52 points in the first half in outscoring Goessel 84-60. The Gorillas led 52-28 at halftime before both teams scored 16 points a piece in each of the third and fourth quarters. Goessel was led by Neal Brubaker who threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns but was picked off four times. Keaton Black (121 yards) and Brandon Saliba (119 yards) each broke the century mark for Solomon with Black scored four times and Saliba two.
Alex Renken threw for 138 yards and four touchdowns – all going to Connor Shoemaker – as Lakeside-Downs surprised Clifton-Clyde 52-28. The Knights outscored Clifton-Clyde 22-6 in the second half to secure the key district win. Coe Weiss rushed for 169 yards and two scores to lead Lakeside. Clifton-Clyde was led by Alex Deaver who rushed for 146 yards. The Eagles have lost two regular season games for the first time since 2004.

Class 8M-II
Matthew McMurray rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns and caught a TD pass as South Barber got a key district win over then #4 ranked Caldwell, 34-22. Blake Wagenbach added 101 yards on the ground for the Chieftains. South Barber quarterback Christian Johnston connected on 13 of 24 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns.
The South Haven Cardinals remained unbeaten with a 56-6 win over Burrton. Derek Knoffloch rushed for 94 yards and four touchdowns and Austin Showman threw for 99 yards and two scores for the Cardinals.
The Cheylin Cougars remained unbeaten by outscoring Golden Plains 48-30. Dalton Magnani rushed 30 times for 211 yards and five touchdowns as the Cougars matched their win total from the previous two years. Caleb Keltz threw for 115 yards and a touchdown on 5 of 10 passing.
The Fowler Gold Bugs improved to 3-2 with a 52-0 blanking of Rolla. Tem Shetley rushed for 88 yards as both of his carries went for touchdowns. Cosme Estrada added 52 yards and two scores for Fowler.
The Chase Kats used a strong defensive performance to roll past Bucklin 60-6. Chase held the Red Aces to just 25 yards rushing on 24 carries, and forced four Bucklin turnovers. The Kats improved to 4-1 on the season and will host Pawnee Heights in week six.
Frankfort put up 30 points in the fourth quarter to outscore Blue Valley Randolph 60-34. Kasen Brown rushed for 177 yards and a score for the Wildcats who have scored 124 points in their last two games. Quarterback Alex Surdez threw for 119 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 86 yards and four scores on the night.

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