November 1, 2011
We take one final trip Around the Classes as the season comes to an end for most Kansas high school football teams.
Keep checking back during the playoffs for our Around the Brackets recap of each round.
Antonio Rubio broke through with a short touchdown run in the second overtime to lift Garden City over rival Dodge City 18-15 in a game that featured seven field goals. The Buffaloes and Red Demons were tied at 9 at the end of regulation before each team traded 27-yard field goals in the first overtime. Dillon Burkhart then gave Dodge City a brief 15-12 lead in the second overtime after hitting another 27-yard kick – his fifth field goal of the game. The Buffaloes would re-claim the Hatchet on the third play of their second overtime possession as Rubio scored from three-yards out.
Lawrence defeated rival Lawrence Free State 20-0 on Friday; knocking the Firebirds out of 6A playoff contention. Stepping in for injured starter Brad Strauss and two injured back-ups, Tyrone Jenkins was effective at quarterback rushing for 122 yards and a touchdown and throwing for 94 yards and another score. Lawrence advanced to the playoffs largely in part to their defense, which held Free State to just 62 yards of total offense.
Garrett Fugate ended a brilliant season completing 17 of 23 passes for 247 yards and four touchdowns as Blue Valley Northwest beat Blue Valley West 41-17. Fugate threw touchdown passes to four different Husky receivers and added a rushing touchdown on the night. The Huskies missed the playoffs, however, as they finished third in the district points tie breaker.
Olathe Northwest hammered Olathe North 56-28 eliminating the Eagles from the playoffs and clinching a district title for themselves. Connor Middleton gashed the Eagle defense for 332 yards rushing and six touchdowns on 29 carries. Middleton also threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Willie Cauley.
Bonner Springs scored 28 first-quarter points in beating Lansing 35-21 to claim the District 1 title. Jordan Jackson threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Braves to victory. Jackson connected with Stevie Williams on three touchdown passes totaling 124 yards.
KC Schlagle closed out a 7-2 season with a 58-7 rout of KC Washington. LaRay Young caught three touchdown passes and returned an interception for a fourth score. J’veyon Browning rushed for a touchdown and threw a touchdown pass for the Stallions.
Arkansas City completed a solid 5-4 season with a 27-14 win over Andover. The Bulldogs were led by Justin Spencer’s 199 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Ark City came up short of a playoff berth for the eighth consecutive season.
Braxton Marstall threw for 213 yards and four touchdowns as Emporia took care of Valley Center, 41-10. Cody Campbell caught three passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns and returned a punt 70 yards for another score. Emporia will host Andover Central in the first round of the 5A playoffs on Friday.
B.J. Dean completed 11 of 14 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns as Pratt eliminated Haven from playoff contention with a 35-25 win. The Greenbacks will instead advance to the playoffs as the district runner-up and play at Ulysses on Tuesday night.
Eudora beat Baldwin 28-14 to claim the District 4 championship and earn a home playoff game. Chris Pyle led the Cardinals with 163 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Gabe Cleveland also added 143 yards and a score for Eudora. Chad Berg scored both Baldwin touchdowns as the Bulldogs settled for the district runner-up.
Blue Valley Southwest built a 45-0 halftime lead in rolling Bishop Ward 52-13 to claim the 4A District 3 title. The Timberwolves were led by Aaron Ramsey who threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a third score. Southwest, a dangerous team on the east side of 4A, will host Baldwin to open the 4A playoffs.
Paola throttled rival Louisburg 42-7 to win the District 5 championship. Tyler Henness rushed for 166 yards and three scores, and Tanner Staats added 176 yards and a score for the Panthers. Paola will open with Anderson County in the 4A playoffs on Tuesday night.
On the game’s final play, Augusta’s Alex Clausing caught a Tristan Finch pass and raced 44 yards towards the end zone only to come up a yard short as Towanda Circle escaped with a 19-14 win and a playoff berth in 4A. Augusta led 14-13 until the T-birds scored with three minutes left in the game. Circle’s reward is a trip to take on top-ranked Topeka Hayden on Tuesday night.
Bryant Miller threw for 185 yards and three touchdowns as Lakin earned a playoff spot with a 25-6 victory over rival Southwestern Heights. The Broncs’ Chandon Moreno rushed for a game-high 126 yards and a touchdown while also catching a Miller TD pass. Lakin opens the playoffs at Phillipsburg.
Goodland qualified for the 3A playoffs with a 35-19 victory over Thomas More Prep. Sophomore back Dax Ruhs rushed for 225 yards and three touchdowns for the Cowboys. Goodland will open the playoffs at top-ranked Scott City which defeated the Cowboys 50-3 in Week 4 earlier this season.
Wellsville completed an undefeated regular season with a 46-0 shutout over West Franklin. Jesse LaMay led the Eagles with 197 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the night. The Eagles will host Frontenac in the first round of the 3A playoffs on Tuesday.
Garden Plain escaped Halstead 44-38 in a wild shootout that determined the second playoff qualifier from District 10. The Owls held the Dragons out of the end zone on four plays from the 4-yard line with just under four minutes left to go to secure the six-point win. Joey Capul led Garden Plain with 197 yards rushing and three scores. Halstead was led by quarterback Jonah McKee who threw for 257 yards and four touchdowns. Ryan Bibb caught eight balls for 246 yards and all four of McKee’s touchdown passes.
Erie edged Frontenac 9-6 in a turnover plagued game that decided the District 3 championship. Erie recorded a first quarter safety by sacking Frontenac in the end zone and that 2-0 lead held up until the fourth quarter when Keith Marquardt extended the Red Devil lead on a 1-yard touchdown run. Frontenac would score on a blocked punt, but get no closer than 9-6.
Quarterback Riley Hunsicker threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns as Ellis held off Oakley 27-19 to claim the District 7 title. Wide-out Austin Lopez had 10 receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown for the Railers. Hunsicker added a pair of touchdown runs as part of his team-high 72 yards rushing. Oakley was led by Levi Hefner who scored all three Plainsmen touchdowns via rush, pass reception, and kickoff return.
Riverside improved to 8-1 with a 62-22 blowout win over Oskaloosa. The Cyclones were led by Timmy Miller who rushed for 192 yards and four touchdowns. Riverside will open the 2-1A playoffs by hosting Lyndon on Friday night.
Chase County edged Bennington 14-12 to finish the season 5-4. The Bulldogs were led by quarterback Tanner Line who completed 7 of 13 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Line also rushed for Chase County’s other touchdown. Cody Kirk and Thomas Kirk combined for 112 yards on the ground for the Bulldogs.
Jordan Tillman completed 7 of 8 passes for 146 yards and four touchdowns as Lyndon routed Oswego, 55-6. Tillman also added a touchdown run for the Tigers who put up 280 yards on the ground. Tyler Decker was on the receiving end of two Tillman touchdown passes. Oswego was led by Nick Billingsly who rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown.
Moundridge held off Heart of America League rival Ell-Saline 18-15 in a non-district game on Thursday night. The Wildcats built an 18-7 lead before Ell-Saline tacked on a touchdown and two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Moundridge will travel to LaCrosse for a 2-1A first-round match-up with the unbeaten Leopards.
Colton Witte rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns as Udall surprised Sedan 62-40, knocking the Blue Devils out of the playoffs. The Eagles led Sedan 43-40 at halftime before shutting out the Blue Devils in the second half, 19-0. The win by the Eagles forced a three-way tie in the district standings between Udall, Sedan, and Central Burden. Udall and Central Burden qualified for the playoffs by virtue of having the highest district points totals, thus leaving Sedan – an 8-1 team which essentially played one subpar half of football – out of the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Damon Schurr rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns as Osborne crushed Quinter 60-14 to win the District 7 championship. Shurr also had 75 yards receiving and two touchdowns on the night as Osborne’s offense continues to put up big numbers. Quinter, banged up by injuries, was led by Logan Reed who rushed for 168 yards in the game.
Jared Borger rushed for five touchdowns and threw for another score as Jetmore-Hodgeman County doubled-up Spearville 44-22. The Longhorns led just 14-6 at halftime before exploding for 30 second-half points to finish to 5-3 on the season.
Jacob Gard rushed for four touchdowns as St. Paul beat Yates Center 64-18 to finish the season at 6-3. After leading 16-12 at the end of the first quarter, St. Paul outscored the Wildcats 42-6 in the second and third quarters combined to pull away.
Derek Dean rushed for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Little River won a playoff spot by beating Lincoln, 78-28. Tevin Renken added 95 yards and three touchdowns on the ground for the Redskins. Little River will travel to Osborne in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday.
Kyle Hammond and Colony Crest pulled off a 54-50 upset of Pleasanton, knocking the Blu-jays out of the playoff picture in District 2. Crest led 42-34 at halftime, but Pleasanton outscored the Lancers 16-12 in the second half to pull within the final margin of two points. Pleasanton was led by Preston Coffman who rushed for 213 yards and four touchdowns.
Dighton routed Ingalls 76-26 behind another strong performance from Guy Fullmer. The senior rushed for four touchdowns totaling 116 yards , and also returned a kickoff 73 yards for another score. Fullmer finished a brilliant career in which he rushed for more than 5,000 yards and scored more than 70 touchdowns. Despite a 7-2 record, however, the Hornets missed the 2011 playoffs.
Sam McKinney rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns, threw for 92 yards and two more scores, and caught a touchdown pass as Weskan closed out their season with a 43-6 win over Tribune-Greeley County. The Coyotes finished 4-5; their best season since 2005 which was also the last time they made the playoffs.
Moscow scored 90 points in a game for the second time this season as the Wildcats drilled Rolla, 92-46. Breck Roop accounted for eight touchdowns in a variety of ways in the game. The senior quarterback threw for three scores, rushed for another, caught a touchdown pass, returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, and had a punt return for a score. Jonatan Manriquez added three touchdown runs and a receiving touchdown for the Wildcats.
Altoona-Midway picked up its first win of the season with a 45-24 victory over Tyro Christian. The Jets built a 23-8 halftime lead and which they extended to 37-16 at the end of the third quarter. The Jets finished 1-8 for the third consecutive season.
Wilson topped Tescott 80-74 in a wild shootout that saw the Dragons lead 50-42 at halftime. Jordan Bess completed 17 of 28 passes for 277 yards and seven touchdowns in the game. Bess also rushed for 103 yards and a pair of scores. Jake Stoppel caught 11 passes for 196 yards and four touchdowns for the Dragons.
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