Around the Classes - Week 3 recap

South Barber's Emilio Perez (1) had a huge game against Central Christian (by Nicole Perez)
By: Conor Nicholl, Alex Hammeke, Matt Gilmore, & Mark Schremmer for
Sep 21, 2020

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Around the Classes - Week 3 recap 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:

The Wichita South Titan defense kept their shutout streak going with a 56-0 victory over crosstown rival Wichita North on Saturday afternoon. The Titans led 21-0 after one quarter and 42-0 at half, accumulating 396 yards of offense in the game. T.J. Neal threw for 209 yards and four touchdowns in the win and added 68 rushing yards and another score. Jordan Huggins led the Titans with 142 rushing yards and two scores. South has yet to allow a point so far this season, allowing -25 yards of offense for their opponents. South will take on Wichita East, which blanked Wichita North in their opener 80-0 and is in the Kpreps rankings consideration.

The Andy Walter era at Shawnee Mission North started with a 48-0 shutout of Kansas City Turner. The Indians relied heavily on the run, grabbing 337 yards from the ground and all of their touchdowns. Eric Duarte had six of their touchdowns and 122 yards on 16 carries.

After having their first two weeks of football cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, Gardner-Edgerton needed more than four quarters to defeat Olathe South, 31-24, in overtime. The Blazers and Falcons were tied at 14 at halftime, and then tied at 24 at the end of regulation. Tyler Butash found the endzone in overtime to seal the deal for the Blazers, who won their third straight season opener.

Washburn Rural grabbed their first win of the season and handed Pittsburg their first loss in a 21-14 affair. Cooper Carlgen had 195 total yards in the contest, including a rushing touchdown. Pittsburg got touchdowns from Cooper Hayden and a long touchdown pass from Jackson Turnbull to Haiden McCoy. The Purple Dragons were deep in Rural territory in the fourth quarter, when Austin Fager intercepted a pass from Cooper Hayden, and later gained a first down to end the game.

Class 5A:

Salina South righted the ship to get its first win on Friday in a 55-35 shootout over Haysville Campus. The game was tied 21-21 at halftime, and the Cougar defense slowed Campus in the third quarter. South’s Weston Fries connected with Brandt Cox and Carter Copes to build a two-score lead. The Cougars built on that lead later on in the fourth quarter with a touchdown run from Cox and two endzone airmail connections from Fries to Colin Schrieber.

Andover had a staunch defensive effort in holding Salina Central to six points while forcing six turnovers. The Trojans defeated the Mustangs, 35-6. Quentin Born, Isiah Maikori, and Nik Pai intercepted four of Parker Kavanagh’s passes on the night. Born started out the scoring with a pick six from 35 yards out. Ethan Richardson would take two of Brady Strausz’s passes to the endzone from 39 and 14 yards out. Kenyon McMillan would break through the Trojan defense for the lone Mustang score.

Spring Hill had a big night from Draven Pipkin as the Broncos made their way into the win column with a 48-0 shutout of Ottawa. Pipkin had 119 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. Zach Knowlton scored on the ground and through the air for the Broncos, who had 328 yards on the night. Gunnar Krul recoved two fumbles against a Cyclone squad that was held scoreless for the second time this season.

Wichita Heights started off their season with a 17-7 decision versus Wichita West. Heights had an opening in their schedule last week, which was the start of the season for all the other public schools in Wichita. Heights kept the ball on the ground, with 319 yards on 45 carries led by John Randle’s 165 yards. West was held to only 78 yards of offense. The two teams combined for nine turnovers in the game.

Kapaun Mt. Carmel rolled to a 56-13 win over Emporia on Thursday night. The Crusaders scored 35 points in the first quarter en route to a 49-0 halftime lead. Senior quarterback Andrew Gimino completed all three of his passes for 66 yards including two touchdowns to Will Anciaux. Gimino also added a pair of rushing touchdowns in the victory.  

Hays High improved to 3-0 with a 27-13 victory against Liberal in its home opener in Western Athletic Conference play. Hays had another massive game from senior defensive end Gaven Haselhorst, a Kansas State commit. Haselhorst delivered three tackles for loss and a sack. Hays allowed just over 200 total yards, according to Indian broadcaster/WAC statistician Dustin Armbruster. Both Jordan Dale and Dylan Dreiling played quarterback. Hays High recovered a fumble by Haselhorst on the first play from scrimmage, and then Dale caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Dreiling on the next snap. As well, Dreiling rushed for a 16-yard score, and Dale had a two-yard TD run. Running back Roy Moroni was banged up, and Hays High’s Division I junior all-purpose threat Jaren Kanak didn’t play because of precautionary reasons from a foot injury. Hays High was 0-4 at home last season in a 4-6 year.

Class 4A:

Clearwater improved to 3-0 with a 61-14 rout of Mulvane. Indian quarterback Tanner Cash passed for 197 yards and added 87 yards on the ground with three touchdowns. Cash threw a pair of touchdowns passes. Clearwater returned a fumble for a touchdown and blocked a punt for a touchdown as part of a 54-point first half.

Andover Central built a 31-10 lead on Goddard-Eisenhower and held on to outscore the Tigers, 45-31. Senior quarterback Chase White passed for 256 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Jaguars to their first win at the newly-minted Jaguar Stadium. White connected with Davin Simms four times for 147 yards and two scores. Ashton Barkdoll rushed for a team-high 142 yards and a score, while Jacob Reese added 108 yards and two touchdowns. Eisenhower’s Nick Hogan passed for 307 yards - connecting with Mason Turney 16 times for 218 yards.

Atchison picked up its first victory of the season with a 42-24 decision over Bonner Springs. The story of the game was the Redmen defense which intercepted four Brave passes and returned each for touchdowns. Jake Rebant, Xavier Hernandez, Dameon Owens, and Omarion Daniels all registered pick-6’s for the Atchison defense. The offense also did its part as Xavier Cushinberry rushed for 209 yards and a touchdown on 24 attempts.

El Dorado went on the road to Altamont and picked up a 30-14 victory at Labette County. The Wildcats scored in each quarter and led 18-0 heading into the fourth quarter. Zach Wittenberg rushed 26 times for 186 yards and three scores to lead the El Dorado offense. Gannon White added 110 yards and two scores on only nine carries.

Buhler delivered the 250th career win for coach Steve Warner with a 21-9 decision over Winfield. Sam Elliott rushed for 199 yards and three scores on 34 carries to account for nearly 75 percent of the Crusader offensive production on the night.

Class 3A:

Chapman used a 27-point second quarter to cruise past Abilene 46-0. Senior quarterback Trevor Erickson led the way for the Fighting Irish, rushing for 183 yards (15.3 yards per carry) and three touchdowns while passing for 75 yards and another score. Erickson also returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown. Senior Kyler Welling ran for 91 yards and a touchdown, and senior Lawrence Smith added the other rushing TD. Junior Cam Liebau caught three passes for 75 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown from Erickson. Chapman improved to 2-1, while Abilene’s losing streak increased to 13.

Holcomb improved to 3-0 with a 38-12 win over Southwestern Heights. The Longhorns outscored the Mustangs 28-0 in the first quarter and never looked back. Junior quarterback Kaden Johnson completed 8 of 12 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown, while also adding a touchdown run. Junior Kolby Johnson ran for 61 yards and two touchdowns on only seven carries. Sophomore Khai Cosner added the other TD on the ground for the Longhorns. Junior Levi Knoll caught a 29-yard TD pass from Kaden Johnson. The Mustangs’ Hever Mercado ran for 147 yards in the loss.

Senior Kole Rogers returned two interceptions for touchdowns as Iola topped Wellsville 20-6. It was a strong night for the Mustangs’ defense and special teams. Jarrett Herrmann and Aidan Jones also recorded interceptions, while Dylon Reiter recovered a fumble, and Logan Brown blocked a punt. Offensively, Iola quarterback Bradyn Cole completed 15 of 28 passes for 156 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Drake Sellman hauled in a 28-yard TD pass from Cole.

Senior quarterback Braden Sloyer rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns and passed for another 133 yards and a touchdown as Burlington shut out Osawatomie 54-0. Senior Caedon Berkenmeier added two rushing touchdowns, and Gavin Price hauled in an 80-yard TD pass from Sloyer. Sloyer also added 14 tackles from his linebacker position to help Burlington improve to 3-0. Osawatomie dropped to 0-3 on the season and has lost eight out of its last nine.

Anderson County improved to 3-0 with a 48-10 victory over Santa Fe Trail. Bulldogs senior quarterback Bo Dilliner rushed for four touchdowns and threw one TD pass each to Braden Blaufuss and Reese Katzer. The win marked Anderson County’s best start in recent history as the Bulldogs are in search of their first winning season since finishing 6-4 in 2010. Santa Fe Trail has now dropped five straight.

Wichita Collegiate defeated Rose Hill, 34-31, in overtime and moved to 3-0 in a wild game. Rose Hill led 14-0 after the first quarter and 21-14 at halftime. Collegiate tied the game at 28 after three quarters and the score remained the same entering overtime. Rose Hill kicked a 30-yard field goal, and Collegiate scored the game-winning touchdown by Jacob Chugg. Wesley Fair delivered 28 carries for 217 yards and three touchdowns. Chugg had 14 rushes for 86 yards and a TD. Sam Agustin led Collegiate with three tackles for loss.


Class 2A:

Syracuse improved to 3-0 with a 27-0 win versus Stanton County. Syracuse is off to its first 2-0/3-0 start since 1999 under first-year coach Jordan Irsik. Luis Perez earned the team’s overall player of the game honor. Kolbey Brummett was the top offensive player, Roy Aguilar the defensive player and Uriel Diaz the special teams. Aguilar continued his dominant play with his third straight team defensive player of the week honor. Brummett had 20 carries for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Aguilar led with 11 tackles, along with a tackle for loss.

Beloit opened 0-2, but defeated Concordia, 36-7. Senior Anthony Henke rushed 21 times for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Beloit, known for its defense under third-year coach Brad Gober, limited Concordia to 41 plays for 171 yards.

In NCAA play, Minneapolis opened 0-2, and Republic County was 2-0. However, Minneapolis delivered a minor upset in a 20-14 victory. The Lions trailed 8-0 after the first quarter. The Lions trailed 14-12 at halftime and then scored eight points in the third quarter. Minneapolis limited RC standout running back Jared Baxa to 18 carries for 119 yards. Lion senior Trent Moeckel completed 11 of 18 passes for 217 yards with two touchdowns. Standout senior Keyon Baccus led the Lions with nine tackles.

Maur Hill-Mount Academy delivered a 40-6 win versus Nickerson. Maur Hill scored in every quarter and led 12-0 after the first quarter and 27-6 at halftime. Junior Drew Caudle completed 10 of 15 passes for 139 yards with three touchdowns versus zero interceptions. Senior Andrew Schwinn continued his great two-way season with 24 carries for 123 yards and three TDs and paced the Ravens with 14 tackles.

Chaparral picked up its first win of the season with a 17-7 decision over visiting Sterling. The Roadrunners scored all of their points in the second quarter as sophomore Jackson Swartz threw a pair of touchdowns and added a 27-yard field goal. Sterling scored on a pick-6 on the game’s final play.


Class 1A:

In a game scheduled late last week, Sedgwick defeated Jefferson West, 35-7, in a 1A/3A matchup. The Cardinals are 3-0 and have not lost in the regular season since Week 4 of 2018. Quarterback Lance Hoffsommer enjoyed another huge game with 20 of 30 passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns, along with 14 carries for 91 yards and a TD. Sedgwick led 21-0 at halftime. Henry Burns continued his standout season with eight catches for 184 yards and a score, along with 15 tackles. Junior Ryan Stucky finished with 12 touches for 56 yards and two TDs. The offensive line helped with 451 yards of total offense.

Oakley beat Ell-Saline, 34-7, to move to 3-0. The Plainsmen have defeated Plainville and Ell-Saline in the last two weeks, two teams they lost to last year. Senior Ethan Abell had 26 carries for 261 yards and three touchdowns, and sophomore Landyn Plummer had seven carries for 38 yards and two TDs. Abell has delivered 64 carries for 543 yards and six scores.

Wabaunsee won its second straight game with a 37-13 decision over Troy. The Chargers led 21-6 at halftime and 30-6 after three quarters. Junior quarterback Cade Oliver passed for 166 yards and three scores and added 45 yards on the ground with another touchdown. Oliver threw touchdown passes to Dawson Schultz, Tyler Lohmeyer, and Brayden Meseke.


Class 8-man I

Argonia-Attica had its third consecutive shutout with a 62-0 win versus Oxford in a game called at halftime. A&A scored six touchdowns in the first quarter. Adam Blanchet, Xavier Newberry and Blake Goodman each tallied a pair of touchdowns.

Udall beat Cedar Vale-Dexter, 42-22 in a game with several statistical oddities. Udall led 20-0 after the first quarter and scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Cedar Vale-Dexter ran 74 plays, 23 more than Udall, and outgained the Eagles, 262-252. Udall also committed four turnovers, two more than Cedar Vale. For Cedar Vale, Cole Criss rushed 21 times for 128 yards and three touchdowns. Brogan Myers had 27 rushes for 94 yards.

Hodgeman County defeated Bucklin, 60-14, ahead of its key home district opener against No. 2-ranked Leoti-Wichita County. Longhorn senior Isaac Salmans delivered 10 of 18 passes for 187 yards and two scores. Salmans also rushed 14 times for 134 yards and four TDs. Senior Conner Ruff had four catches for 104 yards and a score.

Sedan improved to 3-0 with a 50-0 shutout of Central Burden. The Blue Devils scored 32 points in the first quarter and reportedly recorded three safeties in the half. Eli Campbell threw a pair of touchdown passes to Dameion Hatten and returned a punt for another score. Freshman Jeremiah Prince also added a pair of touchdown runs. Sedan has yet to allow a point this season.

Class 8-man II

Wheatland-Grinnell improved to 2-1 with a 54-22 home victory versus Stockton behind another huge defensive game from Trevor Zarybnicky and a standout performance from Isaac Mendez. The Thunderhawks led 16-0 after the first quarter and 32-9 at halftime. Zarybnicky led with 15 tackles, along with a pair of sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a pass defended and a blocked kick. Mendez, a junior, was the team’s player of the game delivered 23 carries for 241 yards and four touchdowns. Junior Trey Vincent paced the Thunderhawks with eight of 14 passing for 108 yards with a 3/2 TD/INT ratio. Sophomore Jett Vincent delivered four carries for 69 yards and two scores. Jett Vincent also picked off two passes and caused a fumble. Vincent, who led Kansas in interceptions last year, has 15 in his career. Zarybnicky earned his first college offer from Ottawa University in the last week.

Lakeside-Downs defeated rival Osborne, 44-34, after it trailed 8-0 in the first quarter. Junior Kylan Cunningham finished with 223 passing yards, 102 rushing and five TDs accounted for. He also delivered 10 tackles, and senior Wyatt Eberle led with 16 stops.

Logan-Palco moved to 3-0 after a 64-14 win versus Lincoln. The Trojans led 16-8 after the first quarter and 36-14 at halftime. Senior Micah Thompson rushed 23 times for 176 yards and three touchdowns, while junior Dylan Van Laeys had 142 offensive yards along with three rushing TDs. Several Lincoln players, especially notably seniors, had big performances. Senior Landon O’Hare caught two passes for 67 yards and a score and recovered a fumble. Senior Dillon Baxter led with 18 tackles. Senior Tyler Good had 16 stops.

After a pair of close losses, South Barber picked up its first win of the season in a 46-22 decision over Hutchinson Central Christian. The Chieftains were led by senior Emilio Perez who had a huge game in rushing for 264 yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries. Perez also caught five passes for 34 yards, registered six tackles on defense, recovered a fumble, and had an interception. South Barber had lost 48-44 to Pratt-Skyline and 52-50 to Norwich to open the season.


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