Around the Classes - Week 4 recap

Caney Valley's defense stops a Cherryvale player during Friday's 40-6 Bullpup win.(Sheri Montgomery)
By: Conor Nicholl, Matt Gilmore, Alex Hammeke, & Mark Schremmer for
Sep 28, 2020

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Around the Classes - Week 4 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:

Dayne Aschenbrenner had 92 yards passing and 75 yards rushing on Friday as Manhattan bounced back from consecutive losses to defeat Topeka High, 42-6. Manhattan led 21-0 after the first quarter and 28-0 at halftime. Grant Snowden blocked a Trojan punt and Damian Ilalio recoved a fumble for Manhattan. Topeka returned to play after COVID restrictions kept the Trojans from playing their first three contests.

After an impressive 24-17 victory over Blue Valley to start their season last week, Blue Valley Northwest improved to 2-0 with a 40-17 victory over Blue Valley West. The Huskies’ Mikey Pauley threw for 228 yards and four touchdowns in the contest. Blue Valley West couldn’t overcome three turnovers in the contest. Blue Valley Northwest has won back-to-back games for the first time since 2015.

Olathe Northwest grabbed their first win of the season in a 48-6 decision over Shawnee Mission West. The Ravens held the Vikings to 183 yards of offense and led 41-0 until SM West got on the board. Seven different Ravens made it into the endzone during the contest, and they also forced three turnovers.

After leading 15-7 at halftime, Wichita West pulled away from Wichita Southeast for a 40-7 lead. The win was the first head coaching victory for Adam Rosenstiel, who took over as the Pioneers coach after Weston Schartz left for the same position at Kapaun Mt. Carmel. Wichita West DB Rian Green picked up his sixth college offer this week, including Butler, Dodge City, Hutchinson, Highland, Independence, Coffeyville, and D2 Northeastern State (Okla.)

Class 5A:

John Randle ran for 161 yards and three touchdowns as Wichita Heights defeated Wichita North 72-0. Six Falcons scored in the contest, as Heights led 58-0 at halftime. Heights outgained North 731-115 in the contest, and forced four North turnovers. North has been outscored 207-0 in their first three games of the season.

Goddard-Eisenhower halted Andover’s two-game win streak with a 16-7 victory. The Tigers outgained the Trojans 223-156 on the night. Brady Stausz threw a 60-yard pass to Isaiah Maikori for Andover’s only score. The Tigers ran in two scores in the second quarter and forced an Andover safety in the fourth quarter.

Topeka Seaman had a big night from Reid Cowan in their 59-14 victory over Topeka West. Cowan had three passing touchdowns on 8 of 9 passing for 146 yards; and had two touchdowns off three rush attempts for 63 yards. The Viking defense had ten tackles for loss and four sacks. Sean Hoffmans and Casen Stallbaumer picked off passes for Seaman. Like Topeka High, Topeka West was also playing its first game after losing the first three weeks due to COVID concerns.

Valley Center won their second straight game after a hard fought 14-12 victory over Salina Central. Kaleb Harden threw touchdown passes to Gabe Phillips and Hunter Stacy, as the Hornets scored all 14 points in the second quarter. Central would score two passing touchdowns in the third quarter, with quarterback Parker Kavanaugh connecting to Hayden Vidricksen and Logan Losey in the third quarter. The Mustangs had their extra point blocked and their two-point conversion unsuccessful.

Class 4A:

Quarterback Hayden Oviatt and Hagan Johnson connected on three touchdown passes as the Wamego Red Raiders earned a 41-7 homecoming victory over Atchison. Oviatt threw a fourth TD pass to Jacob Johnson and also rushed for a touchdown. Colin Donahue added Wamego’s final touchdown with a 5-yard run. The Red Raiders improved to 3-1 but now have their toughest thus far as they travel to face Class 4A’s second-ranked Paola Panthers.

Rose Hill held on for a 28-26 victory over Augusta, ending the Rockets’ four-game losing streak dating back to last season. Senior running back Spencer Nolan rushed for all four of the Rockets’ touchdowns and ran for 180 yards. Rose Hill, which has several winnable games left on its schedule, hasn’t won more than four games in a season since going 13-1 and winning a state championship in 2011. Augusta’s Ryan Andrews rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown while catching two passes for 106 yards and a touchdown.

After falling behind 8-0, Buhler scored the game’s next 36 points in a 36-14 win over El Dorado. Buhler’s Sam Elliott rushed for 204 yards and four touchdowns a week after rushing for 199 yards. El Dorado took an 8-0 lead in the first quarter after Connor Clausing recovered a fumble in the end zone, and Zach Wittenberg followed with a conversion run. However, Buhler scored the next five touchdowns – four by Elliott and the other on a 4-yard run by Collin Roland. Wittenberg led El Dorado with 158 yards rushing, giving him 528 on the season.

Andover Central rallied with 27 points in the second half, including 20 in the fourth quarter, to defeat Goddard 34-26. Drew Daniels blocked a Goddard extra-point attempt to keep a 27-26 lead with 1:44 left in the game. Soon after, Ashton Barkdull scored on a 64-yard TD run to extend the lead. The Jaguars rushed for 240 yards with Jacob Rees running for 121 yards and a touchdown and Bardull finishing with 118 yards and a touchdown. Central quarterback passed for 121 yards and two touchdowns, completing a 97-yarder to Jack Bell and a 12-yarder to Kyle Kohman. Goddard quarterback Kyler Semrad completed 34 of 56 passes for 371 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Junior Bo Bantz was the main target with 14 catches for 143 yards, while senior Jake Shope caught 12 balls for 135 yards and two touchdowns.

KC Piper improved to 3-1 with a 21-14 win over a Louisburg team that was able to suit up only 15 players after its junior varsity and freshman squads were forced to quarantine because of COVID-19. Quarterback Cory Macon scored on a 53-yard touchdown run with 3:22 left to give the Pirates the victory. Ben Wiedenmann scored both of Louisburg’s touchdowns, scoring on a 1-yard TD run and returning a fumble for about 30 yards to put the Wildcats up 14-6 with 1:13 left in the half.

Class 3A:

Burlington’s Gavin Price broke a 74-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to lift the Wildcats to a 22-16 victory at Prairie View in a battle of unbeatens. The game was chosen by Kpreps Fans as the statewide Game of the Week. Prairie View got a safety and a pair of scores to lead 16-8 at halftime. Burlington’s Braden Sloyer scored his second touchdown in the third quarter to tie the game at 16. Sloyer rushed for 108 yards to push his season total to 613 yards and seven scores. Price rushed for a team-high 131 yards on 12 attempts. Burlington will host Frontenac (1-3), while Prairie View’s game with Girard has been cancelled.

Riley County scored in each quarter as part of a 41-12 victory at Clay Center. Nic Allen rushed for 184 yards and four touchdowns on 20 attempts to lead the Falcon offense. Quarterback Conner Holle passed for an efficient 225 yards and two touchdowns on 13 of 15 attempts. Trey Harmison caught seven passes for 148 yards and a score. Clay Center was led by Logan Mullin’s 91 yards on 18 carries. Riley County will be off this week due to Chapman’s inability to play due to quarantine.

Columbus improved to 4-0 with a 52-7 win over Baxter Springs on Thursday night. The Titans were only on top 14-7 at halftime, but exploded for 30 points in the third quarter to put the game away. Gabe Martin rushed for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns on his eight carries. Trent Smith and Hector Fontanez each added touchdowns. The Titans will be heavily favored this week at home against Cherryvale.

Pratt used a big second half to pick up a quality road-win at Larned, 35-20. The Greenbacks scored 14 points in each of the third and fourth quarters to overcome a 14-7 halftime deficit. Pratt rushed for 365 yards on the night led by senior Devon Weber’s 176 yards on 25 carries. Weber rushed for a pair of touchdowns – as did his classmate Bryce Winsor who contributed 83 yards on 10 attempts. Dillan Smith paced Larned with 275 passing yards and three scores – two to senior Jack Stelter who had three catches for 120 yards.

Colby remained unbeaten with a 18-0 shutout over Smoky Valley. The Eagle defense was again impressive in allowing the Vikings only 160 total yards on 52 plays and forced a pair of turnovers. Colby has a huge showdown this week at home against unbeaten and fourth-ranked Southeast of Saline.

Holcomb remained unbeaten with a 40-18 win over Nickerson. The Longhorns led 27-14 at halftime and put the game away with 13 points in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Kaden Johnson passed for 144 yards and two touchdowns and added three rushing scores for the Longhorns. Khai Cosner rushed for a team-high 86 yards and a score on eight carries.

Caney Valley remained unbeaten with 40-6 win over Cherryvale. The Bullpups improved to 4-0 against Tri-Valley League competition and will continue in a competitive district this week by hosting Galena. Along with Caney, District 1 includes Galena (3-0) and Columbus (4-0). Caney Valley has lost three straight meetings with Galena including last year’s 38-30, double-overtime contest.

Wichita Collegiate moved to 4-0 with a 31-10 victory against Hesston. The game was scoreless after the first quarter, and Collegiate led 3-0 at halftime. The offensive numbers were polar opposites. Collegiate passed for 33 and rushed for 220. Hesston passed for 229 and rushed for minus-1. Collegiate was plus-1 in turnover margin. Jack Duarte kicked a 50-yard field goal for the only first-half points. Wesley Fair continued his big year with touchdown runs from four, 63 and three yards. Overall, he rushed 28 times for 156 yards and three scores. Ryan Eilert delivered 12 of 32 passing for 219 yards with a touchdown against one interception. Collegiate is 4-0, 1-0, while Hesston stands 3-1, 0-1.

Class 2A:

Kingman defeated Belle Plaine, 28-7, in District 6. The game was tied at seven entering halftime. Kingman delivered a pair of third quarter touchdowns and then had a pick-six midway through the fourth quarter. Kingman is 3-1, 1-0, while Belle Plaine stands at 1-3, 0-1.

In District 7, Thomas More Prep-Marian moved to 3-1 and won its third straight game, both the first for the Monarchs since 2011. TMP defeated Syracuse, 32-0, in a home game at Lewis Field Stadium. Syracuse entered the contest undefeated and off to its best start since 1999. Sophomore quarterback Kade Harris rushed for a pair of touchdowns, and Andrew Schwartz delivered a pick-six. It marked the second straight week TMP had a pick-six after Bryce Seib delivered one in Week 3. Harris also delivered a touchdown-saving tackle on a Syracuse’s 66-yard play just before the first half ended. Seib also rushed for a score, and Harris passed for one. TMP outgained Syracuse, 312-70. The Bulldogs had 66 yards on one play, according to Hays Post. Harris rushed 20 times for 126 yards and passed for 111.

St. Mary’s Colgan opened district play with a 41-13 win at Fredonia. Colgan picked off a Yellow Jacket pass which set up an early touchdown from Dom Bevilacqua. The Panthers used a strong defensive performance to build a 27-7 halftime lead. Bevilacqua rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns on 15 attempts, while Blaise Dawson added 67 yards and a score on the ground. Junior quarterback Jake Wright passed for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

After falling behind 6-3 early, Eureka scored 35-straight points to take the Tri-Valley League showdown with Humboldt, 38-6. The Tornadoes got a touchdown run from Hayden Mead to grab an 11-6 lead at halftime. Brennan Lowe then added a pair of touchdowns to extend the lead to 25-6.

Class 1A:

Plainville improved to 2-2 with a 33-0 win against Ell-Saline. The Cardinals had defeated Ell-Saline in the playoffs the last three years. In the first half, Ethan Hamilton tossed a pair of first-half touchdowns to Anders Dewey. Kyle Werner delivered another score for a 21-0 halftime lead. Ben Hansen also caught a scoring pass from Hamilton.

Sedgwick won 63-0 at Stanton County, moved to 4-0 and captured its 18th straight regular season contest. Lance Hoffsommer completed 12 of 16 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns. Henry Burns had six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns, along with eight tackles. Running back Ryan Stucky delivered 11 carries for 150 yards and two TDs and added a receiving touchdown. Olpe and Sedgwick are the lone two 4-0 squads in 1A.

Inman went on the road and claimed an important district win over Oakley, 39-13. The Teutons couldn’t have had a better start as Tanner HEckel returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and a quick 6-0 lead. Oakley took its only lead early in the second quarter before Heckel added two more scores to put Inman up 19-7 at halftime. The Teutons added 20 second-half points to pull away. Oakley, which entered the game unbeaten, was led by Ethan Abell’s 109 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Central Heights added a game with Jayhawk-Linn late in the week after Northeast-Arma had to cancel. The Vikings picked up a 24-6 win over Jayhawks to improve to 3-1 on the season. Junior Tony Detwiler rushed for 101 yards and passed for 86 yards and a score. Senior Brady Burson rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns to lead Central Heights.

Class 8-man I

Solomon defeated Herington, 48-0. Quarterback Alex Herbel enjoyed a big game with 121 passing yards and four scores, along with 126 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Solomon led 30-0 at halftime. Solomon stands at 4-0, 1-0 in District 4.

Oswego trailed 6-0 to Yates Center after the first quarter before 32 points in the second and 20 in the third to win 52-6. Coach Matt Fowler’s single wing ran 26 plays for 367 yards, including 270 on the ground. Sophomore Jake Hutchinson delivered 14 carries for 144 yards and three touchdowns. Oswego improved to 3-0 and faces 4-0 Sedan this week in District 1. Senior Isac Elkins delivered one catch, a 50-yard touchdown.

Cedar Vale-Dexter improved to Marmaton Valley, 74-20, in a game called at halftime. The Spartans led 36-6 after the first quarter and outscored Marmaton Valley, 38-14, in the second quarter. Brogan Myers continued his great career with six carries for 135 yards and four TDs. Cole Criss completed 8 of 14 passes for 188 yards and a pair of scores. Criss delivered 11 attempts for 87 yards and a score. Cedar Vale-Dexter stands at 3-1, 1-0.

Spearville’s district game versus Meade was cancelled because of COVID-19, and the Lancers beat Stockton, 14-7, in a non-district road contest and moved to 4-0. Spearville scored 14 points in the second quarter, and Stockton scored a fourth-quarter touchdown. The Stockton Sentinel reported that Stockton coach Phil Conyac was relieved of his coaching duties at a board meeting last Monday. Senior Trace Tasset delivered 16 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown, while junior Kolten Bennett delivered 16 carries for 83 yards. Freshman Austin Hornung caught one pass, a 27-yard TD. Senior Mason Dean paced the Lancers with 15 tackles.

Argonia-Attica trailed Goessel, 8-0, after the first quarter and was up 12-8 after three quarters. However, A&A outscored the Bluebirds, 30-6, in the fourth quarter and won 42-14. The 4-0 Titans allowed its first points of the season. Junior Xander Newberry completed 13 of 14 passes for 129 yards with two touchdowns against one interception. He also rushed 18 times for 127 yards and two scores. Senior Blake Goodman delivered 12 tackles, and junior Cooper Traffas finished with 10 tackles. Sophomore Conner Harnden picked off two passes. A&A is 4-0, 1-0 in District 5.

Kinsley improved to 3-1, 1-0 in District 6 and captured its second straight victory. The Coyotes face Pratt-Skyline in a key district contest this week. The Coyotes have averaged 48.5 points per game after a 52-40 win versus Kiowa County. Kinsley led 22-20 after the first quarter. The Coyotes delivered 229 passing yards and 233 rushing yards. Isaac Bowman completed 12 of 18 passes for 229 yards and three scores, while Alex Garcia rushed 27 times for 101 yards. Cole Gleason caught three passes for 74 yards and two scores. Gleason also picked off a pass.

Class 8-man II

South Barber led 16-0 after the first quarter and defeated Stafford, 62-42. Junior Gatlin Jewell completed 4 of 8 passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns against one interception. He also rushed 24 times for 201 yards and three scores. Senior Emilio Perez finished with 13 carries for 76 yards and one score. Caden Rathgeber caught a pair of receiving scores, and returned an interception 49 yards, and brought back a kickoff for a TD. South Barber is 2-2, 2-1 in District 6.

Caldwell improved to 4-0, 3-0 in District 6 and beat Hutchinson Central Christian, 46-22. Central Christian led 16-6 after the first quarter, though Caldwell outscored the Cougars, 20-6, in the second quarter. Caldwell outscored Central Christian, 20-0, in the second half. Sophomore Keiondre Smith continued his big season with a 53-yard touchdown run for the game’s first score. Overall, Smith delivered 29 carries for 183 yards and five touchdowns, and completed 5 of 11 passes for 104 yards and two TDs. Jude Stow delivered 14 carries for 137 yards. Smith also picked off two passes.

Thunder Ridge won a wild contest versus Lakeside-Downs, 68-50. Dylan Bice had a monster game with 19 carries for 225 yards and five touchdowns, along with 11 of 15 passing for 148 yards and a score. Mark Ferguson had seven solo tackles, two assists, six sacks and three quarterback hurries. In District 4, Thunder Ridge, Osborne, Lakeside and Beloit St. John’s-Tipton are all 2-1 in district play.

In the Gove County rivalry, Tyrell Chapin picked up Wheatland-Grinnell’s player of the game honor with a 34-26 victory at Quinter. Wheatland-Grinnell improved to 3-1 and won its third straight game, while Quinter dropped to 2-1. Chapin finished with 2.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, including one for a TD. Junior Isaac Mendez rushed 33 times for 208 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Mendez has back-to-back 200-yard rushing games. Overall, he has 87 carries for 707 yards and 11 rushing TDs. Junior Trey Vincent completed nine of 16 passes for 117 yards with a TD and an INT. Sophomore Jett Vincent picked off two more passes as the Thunderhawks forced five turnovers. Vincent has five interceptions this year and 18 in his career.

Wilson improved to 3-1 with a 50-46 victory against Otis-Bison. The Dragons picked up just two victories last year. Cooper Weinhold delivered 32 carries for 298 yards and seven touchdowns. Wilson stands at 3-1, 2-0 in District 5.


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