October 25, 2011
Around the Classes in Week 8 highlights a couple of wild shootouts that look more like basketball scores in late February.
McPherson and Emporia hooked up in a crazy game in 5A, while Chetopa and Pleasanton had a similar affair in 8 Man Division I. Both ended in what many across the state would consider as upsets.
Shawnee Mission Northwest led Leavenworth 10-7 entering the fourth quarter and held on for a 24-22 win to claim the district championship. The Cougars scored twice in the final quarter on Austin Vanderpool’s second rushing score of the game, and on a 46-yard pass from Colton Dirks to Jake Horner. Leavenworth would answer with touchdown runs from Judson Cole and Jason Randall to keep the game close.
Dalton Rook threw touchdowns passes as Olathe Northwest knocked off the streaking Lawrence Lions 21-3. The Lions could muster only an Anthony Rosen field goal after dynamic quarterback Brad Strauss left the game in the second quarter with an injury. The Lions’ backup quarterback was unavailable due to injury so wide receiver Drake Hofer moved under center.
Lawrence Free State handed Olathe North its third consecutive loss and severely damaged the Eagles playoff chances. Free State scored with 1:35 left in the game on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Kyle McFarland to Ryan Patterson to win 19-14. McFarland threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns on the night.
Todd Freeman threw four touchdown passes as Derby rolled past Wichita East 57-12. Freeman threw for 118 yards and rushed for 96 more to improve the Panthers to 2-0 in district play and set up a district title game with Wichita Heights in Week 9.
Joe Schneider threw three touchdown passes to Nick Hughes as Lansing defeated KC Schlagle 33-12. Hughes’ three touchdown catches accounted for all 93 of his receiving yards. Hughes and Schneider led the Lions on the ground with 86 and 83 yards, respectively.
Andover Central outscored Arkansas City 47-21 to claim a district win and set up a district championship game with Kapaun Mt. Carmel in Week 9. The Jaguars were led by Alex Bontz who rushed for 148 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Bontz also returned a punt 72 yards for another score.
Emporia edged McPherson 66-63 in a wild game that ended with McPherson running out of time with the ball at the Spartan 1-yard line. McPherson led 21-20 after the first quarter; and 42-34 at halftime. The Spartans then outscored the Bullpups 26-7 in the third quarter to take a 60-49 lead heading into the fourth. Dereck Gifford led the Spartans with 204 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Quarterback Braxton Marstall completed 8 of 9 passes for 267 yards and three scores. McPherson was led by Austin O’Bannon who rushed for 161 yards and six touchdowns. Bullpup QB Tyler Matthews completed 24 of 39 passes for 445 yards and two touchdowns. Marcus Houghton caught 10 passes for 210 yards and a touchdown, while Jordan Hart added 10 catches for 193 yards and a score.
Great Bend kept its playoff hopes alive with a 27-13 win over Salina Central. Josh Lopez rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers, and Mitch Kottas hit Connor Sell on a pair of touchdown passes. Kottas finished 9 of 13 for 126 yards and the two touchdowns to Sell; who caught four balls for 82 yards.
Ty Redington completed 19 of 25 passes for 286 yards and five touchdowns as Mulvane knocked Clearwater from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 49-7 win. Redington threw three touchdowns passes – two to Alex Evans – in the Wildcats’ 28-point second quarter. Seven different Mulvane players caught passes. Evans and Todd Parton caught two touchdown passes each, while Austin Duncan caught the fifth.
Chris Edwards rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns as Atchison rolled past KC Sumner Academy, 38-8. Edwards also returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to give the Redmen a 14-8 halftime lead.
The Paola trio of Tanner Staats, Seth Kern, and Tyler Henness all rushed for more than 100 yards as the Panthers routed Spring Hill, 49-14. Staats led Paola with 173 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Kern, the quarterback, added 127 yards and four scores, and Henness rushed for an even 100 yards.
Hugoton built a 19-7 halftime lead, but Holcomb came storming back with 27 second-half points to win 34-27. Tyler LaSalle rushed for 267 yards and four touchdowns – all in the second half. LaSalle scored on a 3-yard run with under two minutes to play to give the Longhorns the winning points.
Eudora got a huge night from Chris Pyle in a 37-14 win over Ottawa. The senior rushed 42 times for 416 yards and two long touchdowns of 82 and 95 yards. The Cardinals improved to 7-1 on the season, and Pyle broke the 1,000-yard mark as he now has 1,273 yards on the season, including 828 yards in the past three games.
Seth Humphreys hit Trevonte Bell on a 29-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to lift Sterling to a 14-8 win over Hoisington. Humphreys threw for 95 yards and two touchdowns in the game – the other to Bryant Patterson in the second quarter.
Quarterback Bryce Chavis led Riley County to a 42-14 win over Marysville by rushing for three touchdowns and passing for two more. Chavis connected with Joel Garver on touchdown strikes of 50 and 20 yards as the Falcons won their sixth game and clinched a playoff spot.
Tagen Lambotte returned two interceptions for touchdowns as Rossville scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from McLouth, 43-6. The loss was the first of the season for McLouth, while Rossville improved to 7-1.
Austin Eckert threw three touchdown passes and rushed for two more as Effingham-Atchison Co. beat Maur Hill 41-16. All three of Eckert’s touchdown passes went to Jacob Hansen. The Tigers improved to 7-1 on the season and will face Sabetha for the district title in Week 9.
Keith Marquardt rushed for 265 yards and five touchdowns as Erie won a 68-30 shootout over Southeast-Cherokee. The Red Devils and Lancers played a wild second quarter that resulted in Erie outscoring Southeast 36-22. Tyler Kennedy also had a big game on the ground for Erie; rushing for 225 yards and four scores.
Jayhawk-Linn pounded an Oswego team decimated by injuries, 34-8 in District 1 play. The Jayhawks built a 27-0 halftime lead and rushed for more than 350 yards in picking up their first win of the season. Cody Sunderland scored all five Jayhawk touchdowns. Oswego was missing at least six starters due to injuries. The Indians take on Lyndon in Week 9.
Centralia won its fourth consecutive game with a 48-6 pasting of Washington County. Panther quarterback Michael Glatczak rushed for 173 yards and a touchdown against the Tigers, and threw for two more scores.
Oakley improved to 7-1 with a 50-0 shutout of Atwood-Rawlins County. Nate Cox led the Plainsmen with four touchdowns on the ground totaling 126 yards.
Cole Sjeklocha completed 10 of 11 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns as Sublette rolled past rival Satanta, 55-8. Seth Rigel caught five passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns, and Alex White caught a touchdown pass and had a 92-yard kickoff return for a score.
Wabaunsee finished district play with a key 10-6 win over Onaga. The Chargers trailed 6-3 at halftime after Wade Capoun hit a 40-yard field goal, but Cole Matzke scored for the Buffaloes. Wabaunsee would get the winning score on a Jed Swicegood touchdown run in the third quarter. Ridge Davis led the Chargers with 102 yards rushing.
Matt Craig rushed for 242 yards and six touchdowns as Hill City shocked Quinter 44-32. Craig scored five times in the first half as the Ringnecks built a 30-18 halftime lead. Quinter would get as close as 36-32 with 2:15 left on an Alex Albin touchdown run, but Craig would respond just seconds later with a 39-yard touchdown – his sixth of the game.
Preston Coffman rushed for 293 yards and four touchdowns as Pleasanton upset Chetopa, 56-54. Chetopa held a 42-32 lead at halftime, but could muster only 12 points in the second half. The Blu-jays tied the game at 48 at the end of the third quarter, and won with a touchdown and two-point conversion in the fourth. Chetopa quarterback Dylan Price threw for 246 yards and four touchdowns – all four to Tyler Pike who had 152 receiving yards on nine catches.
Benn Kirmer rushed for four scores as Central Plains picked up a 40-20 non-district win over a good Victoria team. The teams played to a 14-14 tie at halftime before the Oilers outscored the Knights 26-6 in the second half. Nick Schepmann and Skylar Turner also added touchdown runs for Central Plains.
Kinsley scored 40 points in the second quarter in an 82-38 rout of Deerfield. Nathan Frame threw five touchdown passes and rushed for two more scores for the Coyotes. Levi Hirsch was on the receiving end of three of Frame’s touchdown passes. The Coyotes also returned two fumbles for touchdowns in the game.
Marmaton Valley remained atop the District 2 standings with a 36-20 win over St. Paul. Cole Becker rushed for three touchdowns for the Wildcats – two coming from 50 yards out. Marmaton Valley took advantage of three Indian turnovers to build a 36-14 lead after three quarters.
Kason Brown rushed for three touchdowns and Calahan Brown added 107 yards and a score as Frankfort surprised Hanover 44-30. The victory secured the district runner-up for Frankfort, and ended Hanover’s playoff hopes. Hanover will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005.
Wade Buck rushed for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Grinnell-Wheatland beat Golden Plains 44-20. Ty Kaiser added 114 yards rushing, 46 yards receiving, and caught a touchdown pass. Will Bixenman scored two touchdowns as part of his 57 yards on the ground for the Thunderhawks.
Cheylin won its sixth straight game and recorded its third consecutive shutout with a 52-0 win over Tribune-Greeley County. The Cougars were led by Jeremiah White who rushed for 146 yards and five touchdowns.
Waverly improved to 7-1 with a 70-40 win over Hartford. The Bulldogs led 44-14 at halftime before the two teams each scored 26 points in the second half. Kyle Hentry led Waverly with 121 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Tanner Sipe threw for 123 yards and three touchdowns for Waverly, and rushed for 107 yards and another score.
Four different players scored touchdowns as Sharon Springs – Wallace County beat Weskan 40-8. Eli Kuhlman rushed for 40 yards and a pair of scores for the Wildcats. The Wildcat defense held Weskan to just 26 yards of total offense in the game.
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