Around The Classes-Week Three

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

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September 21, 2010 takes you Around the Classes to look at several 200-yard rushing performances and a couple of shocking upsets from week three. Surprise teams continue to be a theme in the 2010 season, and perhaps none more so than the Parsons Vikings. A week after snapping a 21-game losing steak, the Vikings won consecutive games for the first time since 2006.

Class 6A

Skylar Curtis scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with just over 30 seconds remaining to lead Washburn Rural past Shawnee Heights, 38-35. Rural was denied an opportunity to take the lead about a minute earlier when Heights stuffed the Junior Blues on fourth-and-1 from the T-Bird 5-yard line. Rural’s defense would answer with a three-and-out, however, and Curtis hit John Schmank on a long pass play to set up the winning score. After being tied at halftime, the Junior Blues scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to remain unbeaten.

The Goddard Lions shutout Arkansas City 39-0 behind the strength of five Dawson Elliot touchdowns. Elliot 20 times for 173 yards on the night as the Lions won their first game of the season. Ark City fell to 1-2 with the loss, and will travel to 1-2 Coffeyville in week four.

Shawnee Mission West rallied from a 13-0 deficit by scoring 14 fourth-quarter points to edge Lawrence Free State, 21-20. Sean Jones converted all three point-after-touchdowns for the Vikings which proved to be the difference in the game. Dylan Perry threw for a touchdown pass and rushed for two more scores for the Firebirds, but a missed PAT ultimately cost Free State the game.

Lawrence moved to 2-1 with a 28-7 win over Shawnee Mission South. The Lions were led on the ground by Charles Jackson who rushed for 140 yards and a score on 15 carries. Quarterback Brad Strauss rushed for a touchdown and threw for another to Anthony Flory for the Lions.

Class 5A

Topeka Highland Park built a 35-6 halftime lead over KC Harmon en route to the school’s first win since 2008. Anthony Curtis rushed for 62 yards and three touchdowns, and Aaron Douglas rushed for 130 yards and a score to help the Scots snap a 13-game losing streak.

Salina Central rebounded from a disappointing one-point loss to Andover Central in week two with a dominating 56-20 home victory over Haysville Campus last Friday. Central rolled up more than 400 yards rushing in the contest with four running backs tallying at least 69 yards on the ground led by freshman Malik Veal who posted 149 yards on 11 carries with three second half touchdowns. Veal also handled the extra point kicking duties for the Mustangs making eight of them in the game. Salina Central senior Cale Sharp picked-up 76 yards and scored four touchdowns.

Ryan Cornelsen improved to 10-2 as the head coach of the Hays High Indians as they moved to 3-0 on the season with a 30-7 win over his home town Liberal Redskins. Senior Casey Sedbrook led the Indians with 154 yards rushing and two scores while Liberal's duo of senior QB Slader McVey and K-State bound wideout Jade Cathey hooked up for the only Redskin score with a touchdown pass late in the first half. Hays High piled up 325 yards rushing in the win.

Great Bend scored 21 points in the second half to rally from a 7-0 first half deficit en route to a 21-13 Western Athletic Conference victory over Garden City. Great Bend QB Greg Hildebrand scored two one-yard touchdowns - one late in the third and the second with 1:21 left in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Hildebrand rushed for 68 yards and completed 12 of 20 passes for 124 yards. Garden City QB Cody Bernbeck threw for 113 yards on 10 of 19 passing.

Skyler Windmiller completed 10 of 12 passes for 262 yards and five touchdowns as Mill Valley rolled past Tonganoxie, 57-12. The Jaguars scored 29 points in the first quarter, and led 43-12 at the half. Tailback Kyle Brunson rushed for 145 yards and two scores for the Jaguars. Dylan Floyd caught six balls for 167 yards and two touchdowns, and returned a punt 62 yards for a third score.

Class 4A

The Parsons Vikings rolled past nearby rival Labette County 42-7 to win consecutive games for the first time since the 2006 season. The Vikings under Dustin Perkins are off to a 2-1 start behind an explosive offense that has averaged 47 points per game this season. Parsons will travel to take on Fort Scott in week four.

After struggling in their first two outings, Paola finally put together a complete game in running past Pittsburg 34-14 at Hutchinson Field. The Purple Dragons had no answer for the speed of Panther running back Skylar Hawkins. Hawkins rushed for 257 yards, and Paola turned away two Dragon scoring threats in the first half to secure the win.

Jarrod Nickelson carried the load for Clearwater Friday night in rushing 26 times for 208 yards as the Indians slipped past Towanda Circle 23-21. The Indians (2-1) will travel to Maize South in week four, while Circle will host winless Wellington.

Royal Valley remained unbeaten with a 44-18 win over Big 7 rival Sabetha. Caleb Barger rushed for 203 yards and four touchdowns for the Panthers. Ryan Lane led Sabetha with 100 yards and a score on 17 carries.

Girard torched Osawatomie for 411 yards rushing in a 63-14 romp in a battle of Trojans. Girard was led by Dylan Kratz who rushed for 186 yards on only 11 carries. Matt Perez added 148 yards on the ground for Girard which led 50-8 at halftime.

Baldwin improved to 3-0 surpassing their win total from the 2009 season with a 21-7 Frontier League win over DeSoto. The Bulldogs got a long interception return for a score from Asher Hannon to help pull away from DeSoto late. Baldwin will travel to take on winless El Dorado in week four.

Class 3A

Mitch Buhler threw for 230 yards and two scores, but was intercepted four times in Rossville’s 23-0 shutout of Osage City. The Bulldog quarterback spread his 15 completions around to eight different receivers in the game. Nick Satterwhite led the Bulldogs with 60 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Buhler also kicked a 23 yard field goal in the game’s opening quarter.

Codie Perry rushed eight times for 87 yards to lead unbeaten Galenapast CNC rival Frontenac 28-2. The Bulldogs’ lead was just 8-2 at halftime before two fourth quarter touchdowns put the game away. Galena will return home in week four to take on Class 2-1A’s #1 ranked St. Mary’s Colgan.

Les Riggs rushed 25 times for 152 yards and two touchdowns as Marion outlasted Bennington 35-20 in Heart of America League play. The Warriors scored all 35 of their points in the first half. Bennington was led by the speedy Brian Gellinger who rushed for three touchdowns and 187 yards.

The Effingham-Atchison County Tigers improved to 3-0 with a 50-6 win over Doniphan West. The Tigers were led by Garrett Atzenweiler’s 189 yards rushing and two scores on only ten carries. The Tigers scored 43 points in the first half thanks to a blocked punt, a fumble return for a score, and a safety.

Trevor Smith and Thomas Rachow each rushed for 94 yards as Phillipsburg knocked off 2-1A power Oakley 21-7. Smith rushed for two touchdowns in the game, including a five-yard scamper in the fourth quarter that put the Panthers up two scores and iced the game.

After a scoreless first half, Smith Center scored 22 points in the third quarter to get past Ellis 22-12. Zach Eaton rushed for 122 yards and two scores for the Redmen. Quarterback Jacob Kinderknecht threw for 185 yards and rushed for 85 more for Ellis.

Class 2-1A

Northern Heights and Lyndon combined for 43 points in the first quarter with the Wildcats holding a 22-21 advantage, but the Tigers shut them down the rest of the way for a 41-28 win. Tiger back Nick Walsh rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns before leaving in the first half due to injury. Connor Woodruff was equally impressive in the Lyndon running game with 152 yards and two scores on just eight carries. Heights QB D.J. Bronson had another big night completing 31 of 55 passes for 424 yards and four touchdowns. Bronson’s three game total has now grown to 78 of 115 throwing for 1,334 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Derek Nold threw for 151 yards and rushed for 68 more as Wathena improved to 3-0 with a 34-6 win over DVL rival Horton. Timmy Miller led the Wildcats in rushing with 94 yards on 18 carries.

Issac Miller carried five times for 186 yards and five touchdowns as Washington County rolled past Chase County 60-6. The Tigers improved to 3-0 on the season and will travel to Onaga in week four.

Marcus Logan rushed nine times for 153 yards and three scores as Stanton County improved to 3-0 with a 50-12 win over Atwood-Rawlins County. Quarterback Quinn Kendrick threw for 164 yards and three touchdowns as the Trojans improved to 3-0 on the season.

Leoti-Wichita County scored 48 first-half points in a 63-0 rout of Syracuse. Drew Smith rushed for 135 yards and four touchdowns for the Indians, while Chris Kreutzer rushed for two scores and returned a fumble for another touchdown.

Cody Trimble threw for 141 yards and two touchdowns as Valley Heights remained unbeaten with a 30-16 win over Minneapolis. Benton Coon caught two passes for 79 yards and a score for the Mustangs.

Class 8M-I

In their last season before consolidating with Quivira Heights, the Claflin Wildcats are a surprising 0-3. The Wildcats jumped out to a 12-0 first quarter lead against Little River before being outscored 42-8 by the Redskins the rest of the way. Derek Dean and Chet Cordell scored three touchdowns a piece for the Redskins.

Storm Pickens rushed for 249 yards and four touchdowns as Peabody-Burns outscored Canton-Galva 69-24. The Warriors led 27-16 after one quarter before scoring 12 points each in the second and third quarters, and 18 in the fourth. Abe Eldridge added 100 yards and four more scores on the ground for Peabody.

The St. John Tigers scored 36 points in the second half, including 20 in the fourth quarter to stun state-ranked Quivira Heights 44-36. The Tigers improved to 2-1 on the season and 2-1 in Central Prairie League action. QH QB Gunnar Phelan threw for 212 yards and four touchdowns in the losing effort.
Lincoln opened district play with a whopping 84 points and improved to 2-1 on the season by beating Goessel 84-34. Senior running back Brady Coover racked-up 211 yards rushing and five touchdowns for the Leopards and sophomore QB Dayton Walter completed an impressive 13 of 15 passes for 261 yards and four scores, six of them to senior wideout Kevin Street who tallied 147 yards and three touchdowns.
Eric Nitsch continues to tear-up opposing defenses for the Sylvan-Lucas Unified Mustangs and Friday's effort helped deliver a win over last year's 8-Man I State Champion Quinter, 32-22, in a key District 7 match-up. Nitsch scored on touchdown runs of 25, 12, 50, and 24 yards and the Mustangs rolled up 321 yards rushing in the win.
The Chetopa Green Hornets won their second game of the season with a 60-32 victory over Oxford. Quarterback Dylan Price completed 10 of 14 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns for Chetopa. Green Hornet running back Justice Riddle carried 13 times for 203 yards as Chetopa scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to pull away.

Class 8M-II

Chad Wallace rushed for 170 yards and five touchdowns, and caught three more touchdown passes from Sam Spence as Pawnee Heights drilled Bucklin 62-12. Spence threw for 119 yards in the game while adding 131 more yards on the ground.
Dusty Eagleburger carried 20 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns as Northern Valley rolled past Logan 42-6. Austin Herman added 88 yards rushing and two scores while Calen Bach rushed for 83 yards for the Huskies.
Victoria erupted for 32 points in the first quarter in a 40-6 win over Western Plains. Knight quarterback Cody Sheck threw for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and returned an interception 25-yards for another score.
In the first of two meetings between the two, Moscow got the best of Fowler 46-30. The two will meet again in a district match-up in week eight at Moscow. Fowler was led by Cosme Estrada who rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort.
Guy Fullmer did a little of everything in Dighton’s 50-12 win over Weskan. The senior running back carried 28 times for 208 yards and five touchdowns, threw a 30-yard TD pass, and recorded ten tackles and an interception on defense for the Hornets.
Caleb Keltz completed all five of his passes for 120 yards and a touchdown as Cheylin improved to 3-0 with a 66-20 thrashing of Grinnell-Wheatland. Keltz also rushed four times for 48 yards and three scores, while recording seven tackles on the defensive side of the ball. Dalton Magnani added four touchdown runs for the Cougars.

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