Around the Classes: Week 3 Recap

Colgan's Lukas McKain (1) & Baxter Springs' Kyler Reece (13) dive for a fumble. (Lori Ann Spachek)
By: Conor Nicholl & Matt Gilmore for
Sep 23, 2019

Share This Story: takes you Around the Classes as we look at a handful of games in each classification from teams outside our top five rankings. 

Class 6A:

Manhattan outscored Topeka Seaman 28-0 in the second half to turn a 28-24 lead into a 56-24 win.  The Indians scored 14 points in each quarter and rushed for more than 325 yards in the contest. Senior B.J. Young led the ground game with 172 yards and two scores on 14 attempts. Quarterback Dayne Aschenbrenner added 100 yards and two scores rushing on 12 attempts, and passed for 158 yards and a score.

Blue Valley fell just short of the top five this week despite beating Blue Valley Southwest, 31-13. After trailing 6-0 after the first quarter, the Tigers took a 10-6 lead into halftime, then exploded for 21 points in the third quarter. Chase Jans took the second-half kickoff back for a touchdown for the second consecutive week. The Timberwolves pulled to within 24-13 mid-3Q on a Tanner Curry touchdown run, but Blue Valley’s Jake Wolff scored on a 1-yard run shortly after to push the lead to 31-13. Jans rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown and Greyson Holbert added 105 yards and a score on the ground for the Tigers.

All of the scoring came in the first half in Blue Valley West’s 10-7 victory over St. James Academy. The Jaguars lone touchdown came on a run from quarterback Greg Riddle. Jack Moellers tossed a touchdown pass to Brady Feldman for St. James Academy. The difference in the game was Will Rymer’s field goal to give the Jaguars the win. Riddle passed for 181 yards in the game to Moellers’ 166. West also rushed for 150 yards on the night while the Jaguar defense held the Thunder to 94 rush yards on 32 attempts.

It was a tale of two halves as Shawnee Mission South rallied for three touchdowns after halftime in topping Lansing, 24-18. The Raiders led 2-0 early after a Lansing holding penalty in the endzone resulted in a safety. The Lions controlled the remainder of the first half in taking a 18-2 lead. South pulled within 18-10 on a touchdown run by Jack Mullen. Parker Minnick then scored on a short run to narrow the margin to 18-16. Minnick eventually provided the game-winning points on a 14-yard touchdown run mid-way through the fourth quarter.

Jashun Grant’s 6-yard touchdown run is all Wichita South needed in a 6-0 victory over Arkansas City. Grant’s first-quarter touchdown run came after the Titans picked off an Ark City pass. Grant rushed for 157 yards in the game and passed for 64 more yards.

Junction City remained unbeaten with a 41-0 shutout of Topeka West. The Blue Jays scored 20 points in the first quarter and extended their lead to 34-0 at halftime. Although he’s seen time at quarterback in each of the past two seasons, Andrew Khoury has excelled thus far as the full-time starter. Khoury has passed for more than 700 yards in the first three games.

Class 5A:

Salina Central claimed the 2019 Mayor’s Cup with a 17-7 victory over Salina South. The Mustangs have now won the last two in the series after South won every matchup from ’11-17. Central quarterback Jackson Kavanagh threw a fourth-down touchdown pass to Ezavyar Jackson for the final margin with just under five minutes remaining in the game. Early in the fourth quarter, Central’s Dakota Hogan caught a pass, but fumbled, and South’s A.J. Johnson returned it for the score, but it was called back because of a penalty. Central led 10-7 at that time.

Leavenworth scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to defeat Basehor-Linwood, 41-30. The Bobcats led the Pioneers 30-19 in the third quarter after a Chase Torkelson touchdown pass to Ethan Huber. Leavenworth responded with a JoVaughn Darthard 25-yard touchdown run and the two-point conversion cut the Basehor-Linwood lead to 30-27. In the fourth, Jahawn Byrd scored on a short run to put Leavenworth up 34-30. Darthard would add another score with under 4:30 remaining in the game to put the game away, 41-30.

KC Schlagle scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to overtake Shawnee Heights, 25-23. Heights led 23-13 at halftime and that score remained after three quarters. The Stallions then cut the lead to 23-19 on a touchdown with just under six minutes remaining. Schlagle then added the winning points with 38 seconds left for the two-point win.  

Maize South scored two touchdowns in the final minute of the game to top Valley Center, 27-19. Trailing 19-14, the Mavericks scored the go-ahead points with 47 seconds remaining. Maize South’s two-point attempt was no good leaving the score at 20-19. Maize South’s Harper Kennedy then picked off a Valley Center pass and returned for a touchdown for the final margin.

Class 4A:

Independence snapped a 15-game losing streak on Friday night with a 20-18 victory over Fort Scott. Indy led 13-12 at halftime and extended that lead to 20-12 after three quarters. Fort Scott’s Brody Boles scored on a short touchdown run with under five minutes to go, but the two-point conversion was unsuccessful. The Bulldogs gave new head coach John Black his first victory at the school after coming over from nearby Neodesha.

Labette County scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to rally past Coffeyville-Field Kindley, 27-19. Junior quarterback Kooper Peak passed for 311 yards and a touchdown in the game, while Trent Brock delivered 135 yards and three scores on the ground. Ethan Jameson pulled in Peak’s lone touchdown pass, but senior Nathan Smith was the primary target with 10 receptions for 188 yards on the night.

Bonner Springs spoiled Spring Hill’s homecoming with a big first quarter en route to a 35-21 victory. The Braves exploded for 21 points in the opening quarter ignited by three Bryce Krone touchdown runs. Krone started with scoring runs of 15 yards and 17 yards. Spring Hill would answer with a fumble recovery and a 1-yard touchdown by Zane Barker to pull within 14-7. But Bonner Springs needed just one play as Krone went 80 yards for a score and a 21-7 lead. Krone added his fourth touchdown of the game, and ninth of the season, from 10 yards out in the second quarter. The Braves led 28-7 at halftime, but Spring Hill would pull within 28-21 early in the fourth quarter. Facing a 4th-and-13 mid-4Q, Bonner Springs pulled out the hook-and-ladder on a catch by Ethan Byers and pitch to Jaden Robinson for a 44-yard touchdown.

After falling behind 6-0 after the first quarter, KC Piper scored 40 unanswered to beat Atchison, 40-6. The Pirates were led by La’James White’s 90 yards rushing with three touchdowns. Quarterback Karson Schaunaman also tossed a pair of touchdown passes to White who added 87 receiving yards on three catches. Atchison’s touchdown came on an Elijah Haley run.

Class 3A:

Hesston defeated Pratt, 26-0, with all points in the first half. The Swathers’ defense limited the Greenbacks to 38 carries for 13 yards, and held Pratt to 74 yards on 23 attempts. Max Arnold recorded a pick-six. Jacob Eilert passed for 104 yards and two scores, while Brady Cox rushed three times for 70 yards and a touchdown run of 66 yards.

Halstead led 30-0 after the first quarter and defeated Lyons, 58-8. Senior Scott Grider delivered nine carries for 120 yards and three scores. Halstead finished with 38 carries for 376 yards and eight touchdowns. All of the team’s offensive yards came on the ground. Junior Doug Grider paced the Dragons with 12 tackles.

In the longest tenured rivalry west of the Mississippi, Chapman defeated Abilene, 36-21, in North Central Kansas League play. Junior Trevor Erickson had 21 carries for 126 yards, while sophomore Eli Riegel finished with 19 carries for 148 yards and three touchdowns. Overall, Chapman delivered 51 rushes for 419 yards and five scores. Erickson also led Chapman with nine tackles.

Wichita Collegiate scored in each quarter in besting Mulvane, 34-7. The Spartans led 20-7 at halftime on the strength of touchdown runs by Nate Voegeli and Jacob Chugg. Quarterback Michael Fair also tossed his first of two touchdown passes to Jack Fox in the first half. After halftime, Fair and Fox hooked up again and Voegeli added another rushing score. Voegeli rushed for a game-high 123 yards on 19 attempts, while Fair passed for 104 yards.

Osawatomie cruised to a 42-20 victory over Parsons behind a big night from senior Braden Bradshaw. Bradshaw carried 45 times for 334 yards and four touchdowns to help the Trojans stop their 11-game losing streak.  

Class 2A:

Conway Springs bounced back from the upset loss to Cheney with a 31-10 victory versus Kingman. Conway Springs trailed 7-0 early after a one-yard run from Jaxson Reid, and Kingman was up 10-6 midway through the first half. Then, the Cardinals scored 25 consecutive points.

Conway Springs recovered a fumble for a score, and Collin Koester, Jack Ebenkamp, Cody Jones all rushed for touchdowns. The Cardinals ran one more play (58-57) and held the offensive edge, 383-197. Koester delivered 22 carries for 186 yards and a pair of scores. Heath Hilger delivered 8.5 tackles, along with two tackles for loss.

Belle Plaine, one of the state’s biggest surprises, opened 3-0 with a 66-0 win versus Wichita Independent. The Dragons have not allowed a point. Belle Plaine led 25-0 midway through the first quarter and 38-0 at halftime.

After two straight losses to ranked teams, Norton shutout Oakley, 41-0, on the road. Norton led 14-0 after the first quarter and scored in every quarter. Senior Kade Melvin completed 14 of 22 passes for 172 yards with a pair of interceptions. He rushed 14 times for 113 yards. Senior Luke Wahlmeier delivered eight carries for 89 yards. Senior Dante Smith delivered eight tackles, four for loss, and junior Christien Hawks finished with eight tackles, three for loss.

Lakin easily rolled over Syracuse, 50-0, in a road contest. All the scoring occurred in the first three quarters. The Broncs led 16-0 after the first quarter, 38-0 at halftime and 50-0 in the third. Sophomore Servando Gonzalez led with nine carries for 115 yards and two scores. Senior Kayden Christiansen finished with nine rushes for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Lakin had five players that finished with a rushing touchdown. Christiansen paced Lakin with eight tackles.

Southeast-Cherokee improved to 3-0 with a 48-0 shutout of Yates Center. The Lancers rushed for 425 yards in the win led by Bryce Petersen’s 151-yard, two-touchdown night. Jakob Tavernaro and Zaden Hendricks each added 96 yards on the ground and each scored two touchdowns. Petersen also tossed a touchdown pass to Kyran Applegate. Southeast is 3-0 for the first time since 2012.

Class 1A:

La Crosse improved to 3-0 and held on to beat Republic County, 21-14, on the road. The Leopards led 7-0 after the first quarter, but Republic County took an 8-7 lead into halftime. La Crosse took a 13-8 lead after three quarters. Senior Hunter Morgan went six of 14 for 117 yards with an interception, but he added 117 rushing yards on 14 attempts. Sophomore Colby Stull had another big game with 16 carries for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns. La Crosse rushed 49 times for 317 yards and outgained Republic County, 434-235. Junior Jared Baxa rushed 16 times for 111 yards and a pair of scores. Sophomore Cooper Barriger recorded 13 tackles, while senior Michael Showalter delivered 12 stops, two for loss.

Elkhart moved to 2-1 with a 41-12 road victory versus Sublette. The Wildcats led 14-0 after the first quarter and 27-6 at halftime. Senior Chace O’Hair finished with 24 carries for 231 yards and three scores.

St. Mary’s Colgan scored 34 consecutive points in winning at Baxter Springs, 34-7. Colgan broke a 7-7 halftime tie with a 12-yard touchdown run by Dominic Bevilacqua in the third quarter. Derek VanBecelaere added a short touchdown run and Jalen VanBecelaere added his second scoring run of the night for a 28-7 lead. Quarterback Gianni Piccini returned from an injury and capped the scoring with a 69-yard touchdown run.

In its first home game, Ell-Saline posted its third straight shutout with a 34-0 victory versus Hutchinson Trinity. The Cardinals allowed just 76 yards of total offense, and forced three key turnovers that led to 21 points. Sawyer Kramer had a key 19-yard scoring run early, and also picked off a pass that led to an interception.

Sedgwick defeated Sterling, 52-12, with a 31-6 margin in the second quarter. The game was scoreless after the first quarter. Lance Hoffsommer completed 12 of 28 passes for 356 yards and six touchdowns. Kale Schroeder rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown, and delivered 101 receiving yards with a score. Qayden Shepherd finished with five carries for 146 yards and a score. Connor Tillman, playing with injury that has limited him to kicking, was seven of seven on extra points and made a 22-yard field goal.

Inman picked up its first victory of the season with a 15-7 decision over Whitewater-Remington. The Teutons scored the winning points on a Jace Duerksen touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Class 8-man I

Oswego defeated Altoona-Midway, 48-0, with 16 points in the first quarter, 26 in the second and six in the third. Senior Jace Wilson and junior Isaac Elliott combined for 3 of 7 passes for 106 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Wilson finished with six carries for 144 yards and four scores. He also threw for a 33-yard pass for his only completion, and caught a 53-yard touchdown pass for his lone reception. Wilson paced Oswego with eight tackles.

WaKeeney-Trego defeated Triplains-Brewster, 54-8, in a game that ended in the third quarter. Trego (2-1) led 24-8 after the first quarter and 46-0 at halftime. Junior Kobi Shubert finished with 11 of 15 passing for 137 yards with a pair of scores against zero interceptions. Senior Hunter Price delivered 16 carries for 141 yards and three scores. Senior Carter Minson caught two passes, both for scores, on receptions of 40 and 30 yards. Senior Parker Opat led with six tackles and recorded a TFL.

Moundridge defeated Solomon, 52-32, and outscored the Gorillas, 22-6, in the fourth quarter. Moundridge rushed for 308 yards. Daniel Kaufman had 15 carries for 137 yards. Corbin Unruh finished with 123 rushing yards and four scores. Solomon, last year’s Eight-Man, Division I state runners-up, received a big game from junior Alex Herbel. He completed six of 17 passes for 44 yards. He also rushed 32 times for 225 yards and four scores.

In a key eight-man contest, Caldwell defeated Cedar Vale-Dexter, 56-28. Both teams entered 2-0. The game was tied at 22 at halftime after Cedar Vale-Dexter was up the majority of the first half. However, Caleb Noyes had a 17-yard touchdown pass to Trey Strnad to tie the game. Then, the Bluejays tallied five straight touchdowns, including three scoring passes from Noyes. He finished with 253 passing yards, 71 rushing and picked off two passes.

Oxford defeated Flinthills, 46-34, and returned the opening kickoff 60 yards for a touchdown by Andrew Hills. Ty Carter had three rushing scores from 45, 15 and 15 yards.

Burlingame defeated Marais des Cygnes Valley, 46-0, to earn coach Jeff Slater’s 50th win. The Bearcats held a 280-5 edge in rushing yards. Colby Middleton rushed for 152 yards and three scores. Kade Kline contributed 98 rushing yards and a pair of scores. Middleton opened the scoring with a 43-yard touchdown run, then Kline scored from 14 yards out. Middleton tallied a 71-yard scoring run, and Kline scored from 48 yards.

Ness City defeated St. John, 62-0, with 131 rushing yards from Hector Rodriguez. Ness City outgained St. John, 192-71. Taylor Cable opened with a 27-yard fumble recovery for a score. Then, Jose Guzman rushed for a 60-yard punt return. Guzman scored the Eagles’ third touchdown on a 1-yard run. In the second quarter, Gavin Schreiber returned an interception 30 yards.

Class 8-man II

In District 7, South Barber earned a big win against Hutchinson Central Christian with a 34-20 victory. South Barber led 22-20 at halftime and outscored Central Christian, 12-0, in the third quarter. The Chieftains outrushed Central Christian, 222-167, and held a 155-118 edge in passing yards. Central Christian committed six turnovers in the game.

Otis-Bison moved to 2-0 in District 8 with a 58-8 victory at Stafford. The Cougars led 28-0 after the first quarter and 34-0 at halftime. Sophomore Kaden Foust completed five of nine passes for 80 yards and a touchdown pass. Foust delivered 12 carries for 102 yards and a score, and sophomore Logan Thille finished with 18 carries for 192 yards and three touchdowns. Otis-Bison finished with 37 carries for 382 yards and six scores. Senior Seth Hoopingarner tallied 115 offensive yards.

Elsewhere in District 7, Fairfield defeated Burrton, 56-12. Cody Canady delivered 130 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Ethan Hall rushed for 138 yards and two scores. Fairfield held a 339-220 edge in rushing yards.

Wheatland-Grinnell scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and defeated Northern Valley, 28-18. The game was scoreless after the first quarter and 6-6 at halftime. Northern Valley led 18-14 after three quarters. Wheatland-Grinnell held a 63-40 edge in total plays, and a 15-5 advantage in first downs. The Thunderhawks had a significant edge in yards at 331-174. Sophomore Trey Vincent completed 14 of 20 passes for 159 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Sophomore Isaac Mendez finished with 20 carries for 102 yards and a pair of scores. Junior Trevor Zarybnicky led with 12 tackles and tied for the Thunderhawk-high with a pair of tackles for loss.


Moscow traveled to Weskan on Friday afternoon and defeated the host Coyotes, 30-27. The Wildcats held Weskan scoreless in the second half until the game’s final play. Moscow’s Adan Granillo scored four touchdowns for the Wildcats, while Austin Snyder was big on both sides of the ball, including hauling in an interception on a tipped pass at the 3-yard line with a little more than minute to go. Weskan entered with an 8-game win streak; the longest in 6-man football. Ashland now holds the longest current 6-man win streak at 4 games.  

Cheylin opened its home schedule with a 46-0 shutout against Pawnee Heights. Quarterback Colton McCarty rushed for 190 yards and five scores and completed five of six passes for 62 yards with a touchdown. Defensively, McCarty picked off two passes and returned one for a score. Drew Schields recorded four catches for 59 yards and a touchdown, along with 11 tackles, a pair of tackles for loss and a sack.


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