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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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September 7, 2010

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Week One is highlighted by Evan Kreger’s (Jetmore-Hodgeman Co.) state and national record setting performance of 10 touchdowns in a win over Pawnee Heights.

Class 6A

Junction City's defense stiffened with less than a minute to go and held on for a 14-7 season opening victory over Shawnee Heights at home Friday night. Blue Jay quarterback Braden Gallentine completed 8 of 18 passes for 152 yards and added 95 yards on the ground including a 65-yard touchdown run. Shawnee Heights’ standout QB David Gaunt completed 12 of 17 passes for 98 yards, but also threw two interceptions. T-Birds running back Donnie Lockhart rushed for 102 yards on 24 carries and scored the team's only touchdown - a 15-yarder.

Maize took advantage of five Newton turnovers in defeating the Railers 34-6. Scott Hendricks rushed for104 yards and a touchdown as the Eagles scored 27 first-half points off of turnovers. Maize will visit Haysville Campus next week, while Newton will travel to Andover to take on the Trojans.

Preston Schenck rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and returned an interception for a touchdown as Lawrence Free State knocked off Olathe South, 42-23. Firebird Quarterback Dylan Perry contributed 132 yards to the rushing attack, while throwing for 150 more. The Falcon’s new wing-T offense struggled, but back-up QB Frankie Seurer came off the bench to lead two fourth quarter scoring drives.

Washburn Rural amassed 520 total yards, including 413 rushing yards, in a 66-14 rout of Topeka West. Brandon Dozier led the way for the Junior Blues with 171 yards rushing on only six carries. Dozier scored three times. Ben Allman added 71 yards in a back-up role, and three of his five carries went for touchdowns.

Dodge City scored on the first play of the game and never looked back in a 40-7 win over Wichita Southeast. The Red Demons ran a reverse to Trey Hallman on the first play resulting in a 59-yard touchdown run. Hallman would later add a 60-yard score and finish with 119 yards and two touchdowns on just two carries. Quarterback Jared Helfrich threw for 165 yards and a score for Dodge City.

Class 5A

Salina Central rolled up over 550 yards of total offense and quarterback Shay Wooten accounted for six touchdowns in his first start - three passing and three rushing - as the Mustangs downed a 6A ranked Derby team 42-27 on the road. Derby quarterback Tyler Harrison threw for over 300 yards for the Panthers in the loss but the Central offense was the story of the game as running back Cale Sharp picked up 123 yards rushing and caught an eight-yard touchdown pass while Central wide receiver Darius Moore caught five passes for 210 yards with touchdown receptions of 39 and 75.

Emporia rolled to 327 yards rushing in a 34-0 shutout of Topeka Highland Park. The Spartans used two Derek Gifford short touchdown runs in the first quarter to build a 14-0 lead. Emporia would not score again until the third quarter when Brian Keisler scored from 8-yards out. Brock Sheldon added two more touchdowns to finish the scoring. Emporia was led by Gifford’s 136 yards on the ground.

Blue Valley – Stilwell opened the Eric Driskell era with a 56-7 dominating win over KC Turner. The Tigers scored 35 first quarter points and led 49-7 at the half. The Tigers will begin the EKL portion of their schedule next week when they visit Blue Valley Southwest. Turner will try to regroup with a Kaw Valley League game at Lansing.

Isaiah Ming rushed 12 times for 133 yards and five touchdowns as the KC Harmon Hawks dominated KC Washington, 47-13. Isaiah’s brother Herman Ming added 63 yards rushing and 53 more yards receiving and a touchdown. The Ming brothers are expected to give the Hawks a much needed lift after transferring in this season from KC Schlagle. Harmon held Washington to just 35 yards of total offense in the game.

Andover Central’s debut as a 5A football team was a success thanks to Alex Bontz’s 155 yards rushing. His fourth quarter score sealed a 19-13 win over Goddard. Quarterback Landon Huslig threw for 160 yards and two touchdowns for Tom Audley’s Jaguars.

Class 4A

Concordia and Beloit renewed a rivalry and two potent ground games were met by stern defenses as the Panthers picked up a 12-6 victory and signaled improvement under second year coach Tim Lambert. After a scoreless first quarter, Beloit's Stanten Krone got on the board with a one-yard touchdown run with 6:07 left in the second quarter. Concordia answered just before half on a three-yard Logan Whitney run. The two team's defenses again held each other scoreless in the third quarter and Concordia used a three-yard pass from Blake Woellhof to David Strait with 8:53 left in the fourth for the game's final scoring.

Matt Bromley rushed 21 times for 205 yards and four touchdowns as Independence raced out to a 61-29 lead, and held on for a 61-51 win over SEK League rival Iola. Andre Ysusi added 135 yards rushing on just six carries for the Bulldogs. Iola’s comeback was fueled by a blocked punt for a score, and kickoff return for a touchdown, and three scores in the fourth quarter after Indy had began to substitute less experienced players.

Josh Hoffman scored three touchdowns as the Baldwin Bulldogs perhaps pulled the upset of week one by knocking off then number three-ranked Paola, 32-14. After finishing just 2-8 last season, Baldwin returns five starters including big offensive lineman Jesse Austin (6-6, 285) who helped the Bulldogs control the line of scrimmage against Paola.

Trent Robb set the tone by returning the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score as Perry-Lecompton outscored last year’s 3A runner-up Marysville, 49-28. Robb rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown and a 36-yard touchdown reception from Jeremy Immenschuh. Immenschuh added two rushing touchdowns for the Kaws. Brett Crome threw three touchdown passes and ran for another for a Marysville team trying to replace eight offensive starters from 2009.

Morgan Burns put on a show Thursday night as Wichita Trinity ran away with a 58-15 win over Douglass. Burns, a 1,400 yard rusher from a year ago, carried nine times for 236 yards and three scores as the Knights led 40-0 at half and 52-0 after three quarters.

Pratt built a 14-0 first quarter lead behind two rushing touchdowns by Jake Siroky, but Hesston would not allow another point in rallying for a 21-14 win. Kyle Perry answered Siroky’s two touchdowns with two of his own in the second quarter to tie the game at 14 at the half. The Swathers would take the lead for good in the third quarter on a Trevor Pauls touchdown pass.

Chanute jumped out to an early 28-0 lead and cruised past McDonald County (Mo.) 38-6. Eric Bowman made quite an impression in his first game as a Blue Comet as the Girard transfer rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries.

Class 3A

Northern Heights quarterback D.J. Bronson put on an aerial show in a 56-36 shootout win over Mission Valley. The senior QB completed 29 of 39 passes for 475 yards and seven touchdowns. WR Nick Mendez caught 11 balls for 161 yards and five touchdowns. Casey Atchison contributed eight catches for 205 yards and two scores for Northern Heights. Bronson threw five touchdown passes, four to Mendez, in a 34-point third quarter that helped the Wildcats overcome a 28-16 deficit. Jordan Lewis threw for 260 yards for Mission Valley in the loss.

Southeast of Saline overcame the loss of a talented class of 2010 and new coach Mitch Gebhardt posted his first win as the Trojans squeaked by the Russell Broncos 18-14 in Friday's opener. Trojan quarterback Nathan Peterson completed 11 of 18 passes for 99 yards and added 37 yards on the ground with one rushing touchdown. Junior Brock Long - who broke his leg against the Broncos last season - rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Nash Karst led the Broncos ground game with 60 yards rushing while tight end Brady Ruggels picked up 63 yards on two receptions. Ryan Zachman scored both of Russell's touchdowns.

Council Grove got a ten-carry, 212-yard, three-touchdown rushing performance from Derron Reddick as the Braves rolled past Chase County, 54-13. Brave quarterback Derek Ziegenhirt threw four touchdown passes, all of which went to Brock Frye. Council Grove led 48-0 at halftime before allowing two Bulldog touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Norton avenged three consecutive losses to Ellis shutting them out and holding the Railers to less than 130 total yards in a 13-0 win. The Bluejays rushed for 276 yards in the win including 196 yards on 23 carries by star running back Terrell Lane. Returning senior quarterback Jacob Kinderknecht carried the load for the Railers splitting time with junior Riley Hunsicker at quarterback while also getting carries at the running back position and rushing for 101 yards on 13 carries in the process.

Hoisington’s Taylor Stumma rushed for two touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass in a hard fought, road win over Sedgwick, 26-21. Stumma led Hoisington with 156 yards on the ground while Brady Demel added 102 yards rushing and the Cardinals fourth score. QB Trent Stucky threw for 150 yards and two touchdowns for Sedgwick.

After graduating a lot of talent over the past two years, Riverton gave new head Coach Derek Rider his first career victory by knocking off rival Baxter Springs 20-6. It was an impressive victory in that Baxter Springs returned eleven starters on each side of the ball from a team that finished 5-4 in 2009. Greyson Spriggs completed seven of eight pass attempts for 73 yards, and rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown. Logan North led the Rams with 60 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Class 2-1A

Lyndon scored 49 first-half points, including 35 in the first quarter, en route to a 49-13 win over West Franklin. Rod Stallbaumer’s veteran Tiger team got a 120 yards and a touchdown rushing from junior Nick Walsh on just 11 carries. The Lyndon offense rolled off 350 total yards in the win. Lyndon is certainly a team to watch in the 2-1A East, but will compete in the brutal District One which includes Colgan, Oswego, and Olpe.

All the scoring took place in the first half as Elkhart defeated Cimarron 25-8 in a match-up of Hi Plains League Division-I foes. Coming off of a strong 2009 season, quarterback Marcus Irsik rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown and threw for another in the Wildcats’ win. James Kelly accounted for two Elkhart touchdowns by catching a 37-yard score, and returning a punt 60 yards for another.

Oakley scored 46 first quarter points to blowout Syracuse, 64-6. Kody Gabel rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns to pace a Plainsmen rushing attack that accumulated nearly 470 yards against the Bulldogs. Levi Hefner contributed three scores in three different ways. He started the games scoring with a 10-yard run in the first quarter, and also returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns.

New head coach Bruce Graber's Sacred Heart Knights bottled up stand out Minneapolis running back Jake Eckert and saw the Lions miss on three PAT tries to earn a hard fought 20-18 victory. The Knights ran for 337 yards paced by sophomore quarterback Drew Diederich's 164 yards on 19 carries. Diederich scored two of the Knights three touchdowns on runs of 30 and 43 yards. While Eckert was ineffective for the Lions, new starting quarterback Casy Arganbright was exciting in throwing for 237 yards on 14 of 25 passing and rushing for 44 yards on nine carries. Wideout Grayson George picked up 206 yards receiving on nine catches including a 30-yard touchdown pass with only two minutes left in the game. But a failed two-point conversion try left the Lions just short of tying the game.

Oskaloosa jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead and rolled to a 32-6 win over fellow DVL member McLouth. Quarterback Adam Bowser threw for a touchdown and ran for another in the first half. Jake Buscher, Mark Newell, and Levi Wade all rushed for touchdowns for the Bears.

Issac Miller rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns as Washington County handled Belleville-Republic County 36-6. Cody Allen added two short touchdown runs, and Mitch Savage broke free for a 35-yard score for the Tigers. Washington County will travel to Minneapolis next week, while Republic County will be at home with Valley Heights.

Class 8M-I

The Chetopa Green Hornets snapped a 12 game losing streak with a 48-12 win over Altoona-Midway on Friday night in Chetopa. Quarterback Dylan Price threw for 185 yards and four touchdowns as the Hornets scored three times each in the second and fourth quarters. WR Tyler Pike caught five passes for 115 yards and two scores, and added another touchdown on the ground. It was Chetopa’s first win since October 10, 2008 when they defeated Altoona-Midway 28-18. The two teams played in the mud last season with Jets coming away with a 6-0 win.

Victoria opened the scoring with a 78-yard Kameron Dinkel kickoff return and led Macksville 14-6 early in the second, but it would be all Macksville from there as the Mustangs scored the final four times in the game and kept Victoria off the board in the second half to deliver the Knights their first season opening loss since 1999. Macksville quarterback Seth Filbert threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another and Adam Oak scored on a 37-yard touchdown run and caught a touchdown pass from Filbert.

Evan Kreger rushed for 235 yards and scored a Kansas 8-Man record ten touchdowns as newly formed Jetmore-Hodgeman Co. blew past Pawnee Heights, 74-8 in a game that ended at halftime. Kreger rushed for eight touchdowns, returned an interception for a score, and had a punt return for a touchdown. His ten touchdown performance ties the national 8-man record for touchdowns in a game according to the 2010 Record Book archived by the National Federation of State High School Associations. This marks the first year, and first game, for the new school district featuring Jetmore and Hanston. Hanston students had attended Pawnee Heights the prior five years.

Lebo amassed more than 550 total yards in an 82-40 shootout win over Marmaton Valley. Defenses were optional in the first half as the teams traded scores with Lebo leading 46-34 at the break. The Wolves would buckle down and allow just one second-half Wildcat score. Austin Holmes rushed nine times for 182 yards and three touchdowns to pace a Lebo rushing attack that totaled more than 400 yards on the ground.

Ross Binford rushed 35 times for 230 yards and three touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as the newly consolidated Kiowa County Mavericks (Greensburg, Mullinville, and Haviland) lost their first game, 24-20 to South Gray. Garrison Hendricks threw two touchdown passes to Austin Love as the Rebels won by converting all three of their two-point conversion attempts. Coulter Croft added a 20-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the Rebels to put the game out of reach.

The Hoxie Indians enjoyed a strong 8-Man football debut with a 44-18 win over Tribune-Greeley County. The Indians used a 24-point second quarter to build a 32-6 halftime lead. Dylan Bainter, Colton Spresser, and Cayle Taylor scored two touchdowns each for Lance Barr’s Indians. Bainter rushed for 168 yards, while Taylor added 108 yards on the ground for Hoxie. The Indians held talented Tribune Quarterback Jonathan Miller to just 82 yards rushing on 27 carries.

Class 8M-II

Tanner Brunner accounted for 270 total yards and four touchdowns as Centre-Lost Springs topped Peabody-Burns in the new Wheat State League. Brunner rushed for 129 yards and three scores, and passed for 141 yards and another touchdown. Centre outscored the Warriors 30-0 in the second half to pull away for the win.

Weskan snapped a 20-game losing streak on Friday with a 46-34 road win at Northern Valley. Quarterback Matt Kuykendall had a hand in six touchdowns for the Coyotes. Kuykendall rushed for four scores, passed for another, and returned a kickoff 71 yards for a touchdown as Weskan came from behind three times in the game. The Coyotes last win came 42-20 against Northern Valley on October 5, 2007

Cheylin opened the season with an impressive 60-14 win over Wauneta-Palisade (Neb.). The Cougars outscored the Broncos 28-0 in the second half to break open a 32-14 game. Cheylin was led by Dalton Magnani who rushed for 116 yards and touchdown. Quarterback Caleb Keltz rushed for two score and threw for another for the Cougars.
Ashland raced out to a 38-0 halftime lead in blanking Minneola, 44-0. Blujay running back Ben Fox rushed for 110 yards and three scores on just eight carries. The Ashland offense rushed for a total of 275 yards while averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

The Dighton Hornets pitched a 54-0 shutout of Triplains-Brewster in their return to 8-Man football after several years of combining with Ness City. Guy Fulmer led the Hornets with 136 yards and three touchdowns on just 11 carries. C.J. Shaffer added 80 yards rushing and two scores for Dighton.

Chance David (157) and Dalton Brooks (115) combined to rush for 272 yards in Ingalls 58-12 win over Bucklin. David rushed for four touchdowns for the Bulldogs, while Brooks had a touchdown rushing, receiving, and by kickoff return.


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