Around the Classes: Week 5 Recap

Mill Valley's Tyler Green runs to the end zone in the Jags' 38-7 win over BV North. (Todd Habiger)
By: Conor Nicholl, Alex Hammeke, & Matt Gilmore for
Oct 7, 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 defeated Emporia off a big night from quarterback Dayne Aschenbrenner. Aschenbrenner accounted for 260 of the Indians 363 yards, and ran in four touchdowns. BJ Young added 102 yards and a score in the contest as well. Joey Meyer led Manhattan in tackles with 12.

The Lawrence Free State Firebirds went to the air and defeated Sedalia Smith-Cotton (Mo.) 48-6. Free State had 236 yards and four scores through the air and another 183 yards and three scores through the ground. Malik Berry passed for 236 yards and three scores for Free State, while Tyler Bowden added 117 yards and two scores on the ground. The Firebirds led 41-6 at half, and improve to 4-0 on the season and head to the ODAC to play Olathe South on Friday.

Although turning the ball over three times, Shawnee Mission East defeated Shawnee Mission South, 14-6. Tony Friends and Cole Long scored touchdowns for the Lancers, who now have a 2-3 record. The Lancer defense held the Raiders to 89 yards of total offense.

Alden Knedler scored four touchdowns in Dodge City’s 35-14 victory of Wichita West. Knedler carried the ball 11 times for 85 yards and the four scores. Quarterback Beau Foster went 11 of 22 passing for 147 yards and a score. Dodge led 28-8 at half.  The Red Demons remain undefeated and will have Hays at home for their final tune-up match before going to Garden City to defend the Hatchet. South falls to 2-3 and take on Wichita North on Thursday.

Class 5A:

Wichita Heights scored 21 second-quarter points to take a 28-10 halftime lead on Wichita Southeast, then added 35 points in the second half of a 63-24 win. The Falcons rushed for 435 yards in the game led by junior Joshua Sanders’ 157 yards and two scores. Freshman John Randle also added 142 yards and two touchdowns.

St. James Academy scored a touchdown in each quarter in beating Blue Valley Southwest, 28-7. The Thunder received a huge game from senior running back Michael Tujague who rushed for 202 yards and a score. Brady Feldmen stepped in for Jack Moellers at quarterback for a third game and passed for 134 yards and a score. Southwest was led by Tanner Curry’s 216 passing yards spread to five receivers that each caught at least three passes. Tristen Everard led that group with nine receptions for 98 yards.

Newton scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Ben Schmidt to Josh Edson with nine seconds remaining to top Hutchinson, 24-21. The Salthawks led 21-17 late in the game when Schmidt lofted a pass toward the right pile on where Edson barely out leaped Hutchinson’s Jalen Moriasi with Taybin Smith also defending. Schmidt passed for 261 yards and two scores in the game. He connected with Peyton Maxwell for a team high ten receptions for 145 yards and a score, while Edson caught eight balls for 99 yards and the game-winning touchdown.

Lansing’s 28 first-half points proved enough to hold off Leavenworth, 28-20.  Derrick Robinson, II rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown on only eight carries to lead the Lions. Reece Thomas and quarterback Luke Schneider also rushed for touchdowns in the game. Malik Benson also returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the Lions.

Goddard-Eisenhower broke a scoreless battle with Arkansas City with a Collin Mackey touchdown pass to Mason Tierney late in the third quarter. The Tigers went on to win, 19-0. Mackey also passed to Jordan Vincent for his second touchdown and Dakota Cook score on a touchdown run late in the fourth quarter for the victory. Eisenhower will travel to undefeated Maize South this week.

Mill Valley scored in each quarter in handling Blue Valley North, 38-7. Quarterback Cooper Marsh passed for 209 yards and threw touchdowns to three different receivers in the win. Ty Reishus caught three passes for 107 yards and a score, while Zach Mills and Jacob Hartman also caught touchdowns. Tyler Green led a balanced ground game with 80 yards and a score, while Marsh added 67 yards and Quin Whittenauer 49.

Hays High led 35-0 at halftime and defeated Wichita South, 45-20. Dylan Dreiling threw for 183 yards, and Jaren Kanak had six catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns.

Class 4A:

Johnny Tapia passed for 265 yards and three touchdowns as Bonner Springs rolled to a 50-0 shutout of Ottawa. Tapia threw touchdown passes to Armani Washington, Rishaud Dockery, and Bryce Krone. Krone also rushed for 195 yards and three scores to push his season total to 972 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Winfield improved to 4-1 with a 25-7 win over Augusta. Viking quarterback K.C. Crandall passed for 175 yards and a touchdown, while Nolan Foust added two rushing touchdowns and finished with 95 yards on the ground. Winfield is among the top four teams on the west side of Class 4A and will travel to El Dorado (2-3) this week.   

Rose Hill won for a second consecutive week and sent Wellington to a surprising fifth straight loss. The Rockets scored two touchdowns in each of the second and third quarters to pull away for a 35-0 win. Four different Rockets scored rushing touchdowns and quarterback Bryson Evans passed for 179 yards and a score. Wellington managed only 163 yards of total offense.

Basehor-Linwood scored 49 points in the first three quarters in rolling past KC Turner, 49-8. Bobcat quarterback Chase Torkelson passed for 263 yards and three touchdowns and also added a rushing score. Ethan Huber caught eight passes for 190 yards and two scores to lead Basehor-Linwood. The Bobcats get a big test this week when they host 5A No. 4 De Soto.

Class 3A

In District 3, Perry-Lecompton scored 27 points in the fourth quarter for a 33-21 victory versus Santa Fe Trail. Thad Metcalfe rushed for 167 yards, and William Welch delivered 129 yards. Caidon Quinlan had a late interception for a touchdown.

In District 6, Cheney has won four straight and delivered a key 46-21 victory against previously undefeated Wichita Collegiate. The Cardinals have doubled their win total from last year. Riley Petz again had a massive game with 135 rushing yards and two scores, and had 145 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns.

In District 7, Pratt picked up its first victory of the Brent Hoelting era with a 21-19 victory versus Kingman. The Greenbacks scored the game’s first 21 points. Pratt tallied seven points in the first quarter and 14 in the second to beat its rival. None of the points came in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Blake Coss delivered 20 carries for 92 yards and two scores.

Elsewhere in District 7, Larned continued its impressive turnaround from a 0-9 season and stands at 3-2 after a 32-21 victory versus Holcomb. The game was tied at seven at halftime. Both teams recovered a fumble and then converted the turnover into an offensive touchdown. In the second half, Larned took a 14-7 lead, but Holcomb tied the score. Larned led 26-14 early in the fourth quarter when Mason Perez rushed 30 yards for a score. He rushed 20 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns. Brock Skelton had eight catches for 209 yards and three TDs.

Class 2A

In District 3, Maur Hill-Mount Academy defeated Horton, 61-0. MHMA scored 35 points in the first quarter. Senior Jack Caudle finished 14 of 18 for 236 yards with five touchdowns versus zero interceptions. Sophomore Drew Caudle had one carry; a 97-yard touchdown run.  Since 2011, it marked the longest play from scrimmage for MHMA, according to MaxPreps archives.

In District 4, Riley County pulled away in the second half to beat Mission Valley, 30-7. The game was scoreless after the first quarter and Mission Valley led 7-0 at halftime. Riley County scored 14 points in the third quarter and 16 in the fourth. Deon Barnes rushed for 134 yards.

In District 7, Lakin improved to 5-0 with a 30-6 victory against Southwestern Heights. This week, the Broncs have a key district and league matchup with Cimarron (5-0). Against SW Heights, William Gilleland had a 55-yard scoring run for a 6-0 lead. In the second quarter, Servando Gonzalez scored from four yards out to extend the lead to 14-0. Kayden Christiansen had a 30-yard scoring run as the Broncs led 20-0 at halftime. Lakin added a safety on a bad snap, and Christiansen finished the Broncs' scoring with a 40-yard touchdown run.

In District 4, Rossville defeated previously unbeaten Southeast of Saline, 43-7, in a game that was moved to Kansas Wesleyan and played on Saturday because of field conditions. Sophomore Torrey Horak paced Rossville with 205 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw for 110 yards and a touchdown. Bo Reeves caught a 67-yard touchdown pass. Rossville led 13-0 after the first quarter and 21-7 at halftime. Rossville outgained the Trojans, 373-134, on the ground.

In District 5, Belle Plaine continued to be one of the state’s biggest surprises with a 45-6 win against Neodesha. The Dragons scored the game’s first 45 points. Luke Baker opened with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Eli Wiseman. Baker threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Austin Hilton, and Wiseman tallied a 56-yard scoring run. The Dragons’ defense has permitted just 28 points this year and had several big defensive plays in the victory. Tim Bible had a 45-yard pick-six, Noland Reynolds had a pair of early sacks and Skyler Stinnett delivered a nine-yard tackle for loss.

In District 8, defending state champion Phillipsburg ended its three-game losing streak with a 21-7 victory against TMP at Lewis Field Stadium in Hays. The Monarchs opened the game with a 13-play drive, but Kade Harris threw an interception at the Monarch 16-yard line. Late in the first half, Ty Sides threw a 21-yard scoring pass to Kagen Keeten. Phillipsburg started the third quarter with a one-yard Zeb Lemon touchdown run. TMP scored early in the fourth quarter on a fourth down 12-yard touchdown pass from Harris to Jace Wentling.

Class 1A

La Crosse improved to 5-0 with a 34-6 home victory against Sacred Heart. The Leopards outscored the Knights, 21-6, in the first quarter and it was the same score at halftime. La Crosse tallied seven points in the third quarter and six in the fourth. Senior quarterback Hunter Morgan completed four of 12 passes for 35 yards with two touchdowns against two interceptions. Sophomore Colby Stull enjoyed another huge game with 17 carries for 293 yards and two scores, including a long of 63 yards. La Crosse finished with 400 yards in total offense, 365 on the ground. Senior Michael Showalter again led the team with nine tackles. Olpe, Sedgwick, Smith Center, Lyndon and La Crosse remain the lone unbeaten teams in Class 1A.

Ellis led 22-0 after the first quarter and defeated Syracuse, 42-6. Junior Tegan Cain completed nine of 20 passes for 104 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Konnor Pfeifer rushed 13 times for 122 yards and two scores.

Leon-Bluestem defeated Yates Center, 32-21, and ended an eight-game losing streak. Yates Center led 7-0 on a touchdown pass from Sean Hurst to Connor Griffith. However, Nicholas Laidler had a 72-yard scoring run. Yates Center led 16-13 entering halftime. Bluestem delivered 480 total yards, including a school record 451 on the ground. Laidler led with 19 carries for 191 yards and two scores, and Kendall Keeton finished with 21 rushes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Bluestem set a school record with 480 total yards.

Lyndon captured the Flint Hills League title under previously undefeated Northern Heights with a 34-24 victory. The Tigers are 5-0. Luke Detweiler returned a kickoff for a touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Detweiler caught a scoring pass from Darian Massey.

St. Mary’s Colgan used a strong rushing attack and solid defensive effort to shut out Abilene, 26-0, in a game played at Augusta. Colgan’s Domenic Bevilacqua scored on a short scoring run in the second quarter to start the scoring. Colgan executed the two-minute drill effectively at the end of the half as quarterback Gianni Piccini hit Jalen VanBecelaere on a 26-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds until half. In the second half, Blaise Dawson rushed for touchdown runs of 20 and 40 yards as part of his 90-yard effort. Bevilacqua led the Panthers with 108 yards on 18 attempts.

Eight-Man, Division I

In wild District 1, Cedar Vale-Dexter delivered a key 36-28 victory against Sedan in a contest that was moved to Cedar Vale because of field conditions in Dexter. Clayton Henderson completed 14 of 27 passes for 223 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Devin Catlin recorded four catches for 102 yards and a score, and rushed eight times for 70 yards and a touchdown. Arik Artherton finished with two catches for 63 yards. The Spartans lead District 1 at 2-0 followed by 1-1 marks for West Elk, Sedan, Central-Burden and Oswego. Defensively, Artherton delivered 10 tackles, two assists and three tackles for loss. Colton Potter had nine tackles with two assists and two tackles for loss. Si Killman recorded five tackles, two for loss and a pair of forced fumbles. Catlin finished with five tackles and a pair of interceptions. Overall, Cedar Vale-Dexter forced six turnovers. Sedan finished with 258 yards, including 211 rushing. Sedan quarterback Tayte Halderman had 30 carries for 184 yards and three scores.

Elsewhere in District 1, Central Burden delivered a 54-20 victory against Flinthills. Central Burden led 6-0 early from a 19-yard touchdown pass from Logan Branscum to Lane Toon, but Flinthills bounced back for an 8-6 lead. Flinthills scored on a 70-yard fumble return and a 60-yard kickoff return for a score. Central Burden led 28-20 at halftime. However, the Raiders outscored Flinthills, 26-0, in the second half. As a team, Central Burden delivered 40 carries for 237 yards, and Zarek Wilson finished with 18 carries for 128 yards.

Spearville defeated Kiowa County, 46-16. The Lancers trailed 8-0 after the first quarter but led 16-8 at halftime and 30-16 after three quarters. All of Spearville’s yards came on the ground in the single wing. Senior Carson Rich delivered 25 carries for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Kolten Bennett delivered 15 carries for 125 yards and a score. Junior Trace Tasset finished with four carries for 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns. All three of them had at least a 35-yard run.

Caldwell improved to 4-1 with a 58-30 victory against Oxford. The Bluejays led 32-14 after the first quarter. Caleb Noyes was 11 of 18 passing with 277 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 57 yards and a score. Dru Volavka had a pair of rushing touchdowns, along with 103 receiving yards and a score. Dawson Bristor finished with three catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

Argonia-Attica defeated Udall, 48-28. A&A led 20-0. Xander Newberry threw a 73-yard pass to Mason Miller, and also had five carries for 125 yards and a pair of scores.

Eight-Man, Division II

Hutchinson Central Christian delivered a 48-0 victory against Pretty Prairie in a game called at halftime. Central Christian finished with 18 carries for 178 yards and two scores. Caleb Lambert delivered six of seven passing for 86 yards and four touchdowns against one interception. Deonis Coon picked off three passes, and Roberto Ibarra, Adam Hall and Coon all had a receiving score. Dawson Urwiller returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown.

South Barber remained perfect against Kansas teams this year with a 64-6 home win against Norwich. The game ended at halftime after South Barber led 50-6 after the first quarter. Senior quarterback Trevor Rooks completed nine of 13 passes for 208 yards with six passing touchdowns. Junior Emilio Perez finished with four catches for 137 yards and three scores.

Beloit St. John’s-Tipton defeated Pike Valley, 40-14, improved to 4-1 under first-year coach Dean Gengler and is in strong position for its eighth straight winning season. Brayden Perez earned team honors for overall and offensive player of the game, and Brady Palen was the Blujay defensive player of the game. The game was scoreless after the first quarter before BSJT led 8-6 at halftime and 22-6 after three quarters. Sophomore quarterback Jaret Eitzmann completed seven of 12 passes for 102 yards. Perez finished with 23 carries for 173 yards and four scores. Eitzmann tallied 11 carries for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Blake Perez had 19 tackles, and junior Anthony Henke recorded 17 stops. For Pike Valley, sophomore quarterback Keaton Reeves finished with 77 passing and 76 rushing with one rushing touchdown. Junior Clancy Sjolander delivered 21 carries for 83 yards and a score.

Frankfort remained undefeated with a 54-0 victory versus Blue Valley Randolph. Garret Dalinghaus delivered 125 rushing yards and five scores.


In a key six-man game, Golden Plains won at Natoma, 40-33. Senior Harley Weese finished with 11 rushes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Roberto Loya had 11 carries for 75 yards and a score. Junior Rojelio Loya finished with 13 carries for 104 yards and three touchdowns.


Wichita Homeschool remains unbeaten after a 64-6 win over Manhattan-Flint Hills Christian. The Warriors were led by senior quarterback Will Day who through seven touchdown passes as part of his 301-yard passing night. Luke Johnson caught seven passes for 160 yards and three scores. Day also rushed for 76 yards and two scores in the game. For the season, Day has passed for 1,095 yards and 26 touchdowns without an interception.

Veritas Christian picked up its second consecutive win with a 38-32 decision over Wichita Life Prep Academy in a game that went two overtimes. Andrew Windheuser carried 35 times for 143 yards and a touchdown to lead the Eagles. Windheuser also caught a touchdown pass from Adam Maurer who threw four on the night. Windheuser has rushed for 584 yards and seven scores in six games.


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