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

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October 26, 2010

Class 6A

Topeka High saw its playoff hopes dashed in the ultra-tough 6A District 5 as Junction City's running game was too much for the Trojans in a 45-26 Blue Jay win. Junction City (7-1) now faces an undefeated and highly ranked Manhattan Indian team that rolled over Washburn Rural 34-7 and got big games from Ty Suggs and Jordan Nelson. The rivalry game will determine the district champion, but not playoff qualifiers as both teams have already punched their ticket.

The Olathe South Falcons won their sixth straight game by besting Blue Valley West 31-30 in overtime. The Falcons surrendered a 17-point lead in the second half as regulation ended with the teams tied at 24. Nick Sands scored to put South up, and Devin Rose hit Lee Snell on an 8-yard touchdown pass to pull the Jaguars within an extra point of forcing a second overtime. West coach Scott Wright elected to go for two and the win, but the Falcons swallowed up the Jags rushing attempt to secure the win and a playoff spot for the first time since their 2007 state runner-up finish.

Haysville Campus shutout Wichita South 31-0 and can clinch the school’s first playoff spot since 2005 by beating Wichita North in week nine. Zach Chrisman rushed for 2 touchdowns and passed for 2 more for the Colts. Devron Cochran caught a touchdown pass and returned a punt 56 yards for another score for Campus.

Olathe Northwest kept their playoff hopes alive with a 17-16 win over Lawrence High. The lead was 17-14 in the fourth quarter when a goal-line stand by the Raven defense held kept the Lions from going in front. Northwest would then take a safety and hold Lawrence on downs one last time with a minute to go. Leonard Parks rushed for 90 yards for Northwest, while Nick Bandy caught 4 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Class 5A

Shawnee Heights blasted Topeka West 55-16 in a game that was suspended in the middle of the third quarter and finished on Saturday. Donnie Lockhart rushed for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns on 18 carries for Heights. Quarterback David Gauntt passed for 272 yards and 2 scores as the T-Birds qualified for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. Heights will take on Topeka Seaman for the district title in week nine.

Kyle Brunson rushed for 278 yards and 6 touchdowns as Mill Valley scored 71 points in defeating KC Harmon 71-26. Quarterback Skylar Windmiller completed 10 of 17 attempts for 248 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Jaguars. Dylan Floyd caught 3 balls for 103 yards and a touchdown for Mill Valley. Brunson has now rushed for 1,456 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season. Harmon quarterback Terrance Simmons threw 4 touchdowns passes – two to Herman Ming totaling 130 yards.

Cale Sharp rushed for 170 yards and 3 touchdowns as Salina Central got past Great Bend, 42-20. The Mustangs can claim the district title with a win over Hays in week nine. Great Bend quarterback Greg Hildebrand completed 24 of 36 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Newton scored 30 second-quarter points in rolling past Valley Center 51-0. Coleman Kinsley rushed for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns while throwing for 125 more yards and 3 touchdowns. The Railers improved to 2-6 on the season and kept their playoff hopes alive, but must defeat powerful McPherson to secure a postseason spot.

Class 4A

Abilene remained unbeaten with a 26-7 win over Hesston. Jordan Ward rushed for 121 yards and Kelly Kane rushed for 80 yards and a score for the Cowboys. Quarterback Nick Rice threw for 150 yards and a touchdown as Abilene grabbed a let up in District 15. Cowboy kicker Justin Linn converted two field goals. Hesston was held scoreless until the game’s final minute.

Anderson County used a pair of 200-yard rushing performances to outscore Iola 61-46. Alen Troyer followed up his 347 yard game last week with 234 yards and 4 more touchdowns against the Mustangs. Thomas Mudd also broke loose for 202 yards and 3 scores as the Bulldogs qualified for the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Matt Bromley rushed for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns on 22 carries as Independence rolled past Girard 47-8. Bromley now has 1,675 yards rushing and has scored 20 or more touchdowns for the second consecutive season. Independence can secure their fourth consecutive playoff berth with a win over Parsons.

KC Sumner Academy remained unbeaten with a 40-7 district win over Atchison. Sabre quarterback Armond Brisbane threw 3 touchdown passes – all to Vernon Vaughn as Sumner captured the KCAL title in its first year after Atchison joined. Sumner has qualified for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive years, and will take on KC Piper for the district title in week nine.

Concordia qualified from the playoffs for the third consecutive season by eliminating Russell 42-16. The Panthers had three backs rush for over 100 yards in the game led by Blaine Newton’s 151 yards on 16 carries. Newton scored 4 times. Logan Whitney and Blake Woelhoff added 128 and 121 yards rushing respectively for the Panthers who will take on Clay Center for the district title in week nine.

Rose Hill clinched the District 10 title with a 35-13 win over Towanda Circle. LaQua Mayes rushed for 158 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Rockets improved to 6-2 on the season and reached the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Derek Decker added 84 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns for Rose Hill.

Class 3A

Phillipsburg got caught looking ahead to a week nine match-up with Norton as Goodland upset the previously unbeaten Panthers 48-28 in a key district match-up. The Cowboys now face a 2-6 Thomas More Prep team that is 0-2 in district play while the Panthers must find a way to beat a 7-0 Norton team that has outscored district foes 103-23.
Sophomore quarterback Greyson Spriggs accounted for 275 total yards and 4 touchdowns as Riverton knocked off Cherryvale 33-8 in a competitive District 1. Spriggs rushed for 153 yards and 3 scores on the night, and completed 6 of 8 attempts for 123 yards and a score. Despite only 25 players out, Riverton is 7-1 and unbeaten in district play under first-year head coach Derrick Rider.

Nate Baublits rushed for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns as Cimarron shutout Southwestern Heights 41-0. Brady Barrett added 85 yards and 3 scores as the Blue Jays qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. Cimarron will face Scott City to decide the district championship in week nine.

Smith Center is back in the 3A playoffs after a 40-0 shutout of Minneapolis. The Redmen were led by Truitt Kuhlmann’s 136 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kale Newell added 129 yards on the ground and a second-quarter touchdown that gave the Redman a 14-0 halftime lead.

Erie used an opportunistic defense to rally from a 28-13 halftime deficit to eke out a 42-35 win over Southeast-Cherokee. The Red Devils and Lancers each entered district play winless, but it was Erie which got the best of this match-up thanks to three defensive scores and a kickoff return for a touchdown. The Red Devils’ second-half points came via two interception returns for touchdowns, an 85-yard fumble return for a touchdown, and a 7-yard run by Rowdy Kiser on offense.

Belle Plaine got 103 yards and 2 touchdowns from junior Dakota Richardson as the Dragons beat Douglass 38-14. The win improved the Dragons to 2-6 on the season – the first time since 2007 that school has won more than two games in a season. The Dragons can convert that momentum into a playoff berth by beating Wichita Independent in week nine. It would be the school’s first playoff appearance since 1996.

Class 2-1A

Ell-Saline kept their playoff hopes alive with a win over Inman thanks to the return of senior quarterback Tate Omli. Omli, injured since week two of the season, came into the game in the second quarter and engineered a come from behind victory as the Cardinals rallied from 14-8 down at the half to upend the Teutons 42-27. Omli completed 23 of 33 passes for 378 yards (349 of those yards coming in the second half) and four touchdowns. In the loss, Inman tailback Luke Ropp had 272 yards on 35 carries with three scores and went over 1,200 yards rushing on the season.
Alvin Harris rushed for 213 yards and 3 touchdowns as Mission Valley raced past Herington 50-22. Eleven different Vikings carried the ball and five different players scored as Mission Valley’s rushing attack racked up 560 rushing yards on the night.

St. Francis kept its playoff hopes alive with a 56-23 win over Leoti-Wichita County. The Indians raced out to a 38-7 halftime lead behind strong performances from Garrett Figgins and Cody Sherlock. Figgins rushed for 142 yards and 2 touchdowns and Scherlock added 135 yards and 3 scores as St. Francis improved to 3-5 on the season.

Jacob Kinderknecht rushed for 195 yards and 4 touchdowns as Ellis evened up its record at 4-4 with a 35-8 win over Oberlin-Decatur County. Riley Hunsicker added 103 yards on the ground for the Railers who have a showdown with Oakley to help decide the District 7 playoff qualifiers.

Mark Newell rushed 17 times for 264 yards and 4 touchdowns as Oskaloosa buried Jefferson Co. North, 62-20. Jake Butcher added 105 yards and a score, and quarterback Adam Bowser completed all four of his passes for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns. Oskaloosa improved to 2-1 in the district and can earn a playoff spot by beating Wathena in week nine.

Brandon Rapp rushed for 256 yards in the first half alone as Sacred Heart shutout Chase County to earn their 11th trip to the playoff in the past 12 seasons. The Knights star back Rapp finished with 262 yards on the night to go along with a pair of long touchdown runs. Freshman quarterback Blake Wuthnow completed 4 of 6 attempts for 82 yards for the Knights.

Class 8M-I

Ness City moved to 4-1 in district play with a three overtime 30-28 win over South Gray. The Eagles trailed 22-8 at the half but scored 14 points in the final two periods to send the game to the first of three OTs. South Gray scored first in the final overtime but failed to convert the two-point try while Ness City got a pass from Riley Klitzke to Ernesto Flores to tie and Dalton Gantz delivered the win with a two-point conversion run.

The Lincoln Leopards won their sixth straight game and posted more than six wins in a season for the first time in 30 years thanks to a 50-0 beating of Solomon. Senior running back Brady Coover rushed for five touchdowns on runs of 70, 46, 30, 16 and 10 in the win and ran for over 200 yards to go over 1,200 yards on the season. The Leopards are now 7-1 and can win the district championship with a victory over Little River Thursday night.

Chetopa rallied for 22 points in the fourth quarter to nip Pleasanton 54-52. The Green Hornets were down by 12 late in the game but scored on a big play, recovered an onside kick, and converted two fourth downs to get the winning score. Quarterback Dylan Price completed 21 of 31 passes for 273 yards and 7 touchdowns for Chetopa. Pleasanton sophomore Preston Coffman’s string of 300-yard games ended at two as he fell just short with 276 yards and 3 touchdowns on the night.

Jetmore-Hodgeman County raced past Kiowa County 66-18 in a battle of record-setting rushers. Jetmore’s Evan Kreger rushed for 120 yards and 4 touchdowns on 7 carries, and quarterback Isaiah Richardson ran for 150 yards and 4 more scores. The Longhorns held Kiowa County quarterback Ross Binford in check to just 99 yards on 18 carries. Binford did throw for 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Hoxie got 198 yards and 4 touchdowns from Cayle Taylor as the Indians rolled past Stockton, 50-15. Taylor did his damage on 24 carries and Colton Spressor added 114 yards rushing and 91 yards through the air as Hoxie improved to 5-3 but will miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

Peabody-Burns tightened up the District 8 playoff race by handing Little River its first district loss, 36-6. The Warriors were led by Storm Pickens who broke off 200 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns, and returned a fumble for another score. Peabody can secure its first playoff appearance since 2007 with a win over Goessel in week nine.

Class 8M-II

Thunder Ridge won their sixth straight with a 50-0 first half win over Palco. Junior Joel Struckhoff tallied four rushing touchdowns in the win. The Longhorns improve to 6-2 and prepare for a district championship contest with Victoria Thursday. The Roosters fall to 5-3 on the season.
Cheylin remained unbeaten with a 58-12 win over Tribune-Greeley County. Quarterback Caleb Keltz rushed for 67 yards and 4 touchdowns on 9 carries, and Dalton Magnani added 94 yards and a touchdown on 21 attempts. The Cougars were led by senior Jared Cahoj who rushed for 125 yards and 2 scores. The win clinched the District 7 title for the Cougars and earned the school’s first playoff appearance since 2005.
Dalton Dreiling rushed for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns as Victoria pulled away from Claflin 60-22 in a non-district match-up. The Knights led 32-8 at halftime before scoring 22 third-quarter points to separate from the Wildcats. Claflin fell to 1-7 in its last season before consolidating with Quivira Heights. Benn Kirmer rushed for 126 yards for the Wildcats, and returned a kickoff 75 yards for another score.
Alex Hemberger rushed for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns as Argonia pulled away late for a 58-12 win over Burrton. In his senior season, Hemberger has now rushed for 904 yards and 17 scores. Last season, the dual-threat quarterback rushed for 1,452 yards and 27 touchdowns. In this game, his Raiders scored 38 points in the fourth quarter to break open a 20-6 game.
Braden Lebeda rushed for 111 yards and threw for 104 yards as Caldwell knocked South Haven from the ranks of the unbeaten and kept their own playoff hopes alive with a 37-20 win. The Blue Jays held a slim 23-20 lead after three quarters before icing the game with a Dalton Whaley 77-yard fumble return for a touchdown, and a punt return for a touchdown. Austin Showman rushed for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 8 attempts for South Haven.
Axtell rolled past TVL rival Bern 61-14 to claim their fourth district win. Quarterback Aaron Schmelzle passed for 184 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Eagles. Tyler Heiman caught 5 passes for 142 yards and 3 scores for Axtell which missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year due to a loaded district. Schmelzle also rushed for 132 yards and 2 scores on the night.

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