Kpreps Friday First Look - Week 6

Jacob Hartman (3) rushed for 222 yards in the first half on Friday. (by Todd Habiger)
By: Matt Gilmore & Conor Nicholl for
Oct 10, 2020

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Kpreps Friday Frist Look – Week 6

Kpreps Friday First Look provides our initial reaction to some most notable games and performances in the state from Week 6.



Lawrence holds off Aquinas in top-ranked showdown

The Friday scheduled was highlighted by a showdown between Class 6A’s top-ranked Lawrence Chesty Lions and 5A’s top-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas Saints.

Lawrence took advantage of a pair of early Aquinas miscues and built raced out to a 20-0 lead before holding off the Saints, 39-27.

The Lions turned a pair of early Saint fumbles in to scores and led 20-0 after one quarter. Devin Neal rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter and Graham Hough also scored.

Aquinas would settle down and get the ground game going. Quarterback Maxwell Ford scored a pair of short touchdowns to pull Aquinas within 20-14 at the break.

Lawrence extended their lead to 26-14 in the third quarter as Jackson Dooley hit John Green for a 47-yard touchdown pass.

Ford would respond late in the quarter hitting Evan Kammerer on a 39-yard score to close within 26-21.

Lawrence needed only three plays to respond as Dooley connected with Tre’ Jackson on the final play of the third quarter to put the Chesty Lions up 32-21.

Tank Young added a short touchdown run mid-way through the fourth quarter to pull Aquinas within 32-27.

But Lawrence put the game out of reach when Neal dived into the end zone on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line to put the Lions up 39-27 with under two minutes to play.

Neal finished with 149 yards and three touchdowns on the groung, while Young rushed for 157 yards and a score for the Saints.

Dooley passed for 171 yards and two scores for Lawrence, while Ford added 193 passing yards - 141 of which went to Kammerer.


Blue Valley North hands Blue Valley Northwest first loss

Blue Valley North outscored Blue Valley Northwest 24-7 in the second half en route to a 34-27 victory. The loss was the first of the season for Northwest.

The Huskies built a 20-10 halftime lead over Blue Valley North, however, North responded by tying the game at 20 heading into the fourth quarter.

The game would remain tied at 20 until 3:48 remaining when the Mustangs would take a 27-20 lead on a touchdown pass. Shortly after, North would block a Northwest punt for a touchdown to go up 34-20.

Northwest’s Mikey Pauley tossed his third touchdown pass of the game with a minute left, but it was enough as the Mustangs would hold on for the 7-point victory.


Manhattan survives Washburn Rural in OT, 32-31

Manhattan kicker Grant Snowden scored the game-winning two-point conversion out of the swinging gate in overtime to left Manhattan to a 32-31 win over Washburn Rural.

Manhattan led 14-3 at halftime and 24-10 in the fourth quarter before Rural quarterback Cooper Carlgren tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Robby Bolin to tie the game at 24.

The game eventually went into overtime with Washburn Rural getting first possession. Carlgren got points for the Junior Blues on a 17-yard touchdown run. Rural led 31-24.

Manhattan would answer as Keenen Schartz connected with Mason Reid on an 11-yard touchdown pass. That score brought the Indians to within 31-30 and set up Snowden’s game-winning two-point conversion run.


Shawnee Mission Northwest “Blacks out” South

Shawnee Mission Northwest topped Shawnee Mission South, 49-26, on a game added Friday morning. The game served as both schools’ homecoming.

Senior quarterback Ty Black was named Homecoming King, then passed for 320 yards and three touchdowns and added 114 rushing yards and another score.

Justin Mitchell caught 11 passes for 182 yards and also rushed for a pair of touchdowns on the night.

The Cougars and Raiders are set to meet again in two weeks on October 23rd.  


Derby returns to the field with win over Campus

Derby was cancelled the last two weeks but returned to play with a 48-13 road win against Haysville Campus.

Lem Wash and running back Dylan Edwards each scored three touchdowns. Derby has won 28 in a row versus Campus, according to the Derby Informer. The Panthers are 3-1 and ranked second in 6A.



Maize rallies past Maize South, 42-38

Maize running back Josh Sanders scored with :57 seconds remaining to propel the fourth-ranked Eagles to a 42-38 win over their rival Maize South.

The game was tied at 21 after three quarters and the two teams combined for a wild fourth quarter.

Maize South started the scoring with a field goal to take a 24-21 lead. Sanders then returned the ensuing kickoff for a Maize touchdown and a 28-24 lead. That lead didn’t’ last long as Maize South’s Byron Fitchpatrick, Jr. then returned that ensuing kickoff for a score to put the Mavericks back up, 31-28 midway through the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Avery Johnson added a short touchdown run to put Maize back up, 35-31.

The host Mavericks would again answer.

Quarterback Collin Shields scored from two yards out to give Maize South a 38-35 lead with 1:23 left in the game.

Maize would need a total of :26 seconds to go nearly 60 yards in two plays capped off by Sanders’ game winning touchdown sprint. Sanders rushed for 198 yards and three scores on 22 carries. He also added more than 120 return yards on the night including his kickoff return for a touchdown. Sanders pushed his season rushing total to 932 yards and 15 TDs. The kickoff return touchdown was his third of the season.

 Shields, a three-year starter, was 28 of 38 passing for 292 yards and a pair of TDs for Maize South.

This was the fifth matchup all-time between the two schools. Maize won, 35-0, and 28-0, in the playoffs the last two years. Maize will face Derby at home next week in likely the state’s highest profile game, and then finishes with Hutchinson (5-1).


Marsh returns as Mill Valley rolls Olathe West

Mill Valley used a big first-half to rout Olathe West, 69-14.

Senior quarterback Cooper Marsh returned to the field for the Jaguars and helped Mill Valley build a 48-14 halftime lead. Actually, much of the damage in the first half was done by Jacob Hartman on the ground. Hartman, filling in for the injured Quin Wittenauer, rushed for 222 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.

Marsh missed the Jaguars last two games after suffering broken ribs late in the Week 3 loss to Bentonville (Ark.). Without Marsh, the Jaguars scored 54 total points in the past two weeks. They almost surpassed that total in the first half on Friday night. Marsh finished with 185 passing yards and three touchdowns – two of which went to Kendrick Jones.


Topeka West scores late to top Highland Park, 59-58

Topeka Highland Park came very close to ending its 54-game losing streak, but Topeka West’s Malachi Berg scored on a short touchdown with :04 seconds left, then added the two-point conversion to give the Chargers a dramatic 59-58 come-from-behind victory.

For much of the night it looked as if Highland Park would roll to its first victory since 2014. The Scots led 38-18 at halftime and 44-18 after an early third-quarter touchdown.

But West would explode for four touchdowns in the third quarter to pull within 50-45 heading to the fourth.

Topeka West would take an improbable 51-50 lead mid-way through the fourth quarter on a touchdown pass from Berg to Tyrell Reed.

Highland Park would answer with Tre-Vion Prosper scoring to put the Scots back on top 58-51 with under three minutes to go. Prosper finished with five touchdowns on the night.

Berg’s late score gave the Chargers the victory and extended Highland Park’s losing streak to 55 games.


Hays wins WAC by controlling Dodge City

Hays High moved to 5-0 and captured the Western Athletic Conference title with another dominant defensive showing. Hays won its Homecoming game, 29-6, versus Dodge City after not playing in Week 5.

Dalton Dale had a pick-six, and Dylan Dreiling rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns, according to HHS broadcaster Dustin Armbruster.

The Indians have allowed just 50 total points. Hays High has its first winning season and conference title since ’14.



McPherson wins slugfest with Buhler, 18-6

McPherson quarterback Dylan Rinker hit Aaron Powell on a touchdown pass late in the first half to put he Bullpups up for good in an eventual 18-6 win over Buhler

Rinker and Powell later connected in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.


Lansing holds off Pittsburg, 21-20

The Lansing Lions traveled to Hutchinson Field in Pittsburg and survived a wild finish with a 21-20 victory over the Purple Dragons.

Lansing led 21-14 in the closing seconds when Pittsburg’s Cooper Hayden tossed up a 22-yard touchdown pass to L.J. Butcher as the clock expired.

Understandably excited, the Pittsburg sideline was issued an excessive celebration penalty pushing the PAT attempt back.

The kick sailed just wide right and Lansing held on for the 21-20 win.


Conklin, top-ranked Bishop Miege run past Wamego

Top-ranked Bishop Miege trailed after one quarter at Wamego, but the Stags would score 41 poitns in the middle two quarters to post a 41-14 victory.

Josh Conklin led the Miege offense with 262 rushing yards and two scores on 18 carries. Conklin also caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Timothy Dorsey. Dorsey passed for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns and added 55 yards and a score on the ground.

Mack Moeller had 91 receiving yards while Rohan Putz added 88 yards and a touchdown.



Cheney holds off Holcomb in classic

Fifth-ranked Cheney held of Holcomb in a battle of previously-unbeaten teams in District 8.

The Cardinals and Longhorns were tied at 7-7 at halftime before their two excellent quarterbacks got things rolling.

Harrison Voth tossed a touchdown pass to Dayton Higgs to give Cheney a 14-7 lead. Holcomb would answer with a 74-yard touchdown pass from Kaden Johnson to Levi Knoll to tie the game at 14.

Voth would answer with a scoring strike to Luke Grace to put the Cardinals back up 21-14 late in the third quarter and Quincy Thomas’ touchdown run from midfield appeared to put Cheney in control at 28-14 early in the fourth quarter.

But Johnson would lead the Longhorns back.

He first hit Cooper Henson from 30 yards out to pull within 28-21.

Cheney extended their lead to 10 on a Logan Bartlett field goal with 3:30 remaining in the game.

Johnson would then score from 10-yards out to pull Holcomb within 31-28 with 1:35 remaining. That’s how the game would end.

Johnson passed for 317 yards and three touchdowns for Holcomb in the losing effort.


Columbus beats Galena in Game of the Week

Columbus shut out Galena 23-0 in the second half to claim a key district victory, 36-20. Both teams entered the game undefeated and the game was voted on by fans as the Kpreps Game of the Week.

Galena led 20-13 at halftime thanks to a pair of Brett Sarwinski touchdown passes. But Columbus would take the lead mid-way through the third quarter when Cole Minor picked off Sarwinski and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown and a 21-20 Titan lead.

Columbus would maintain the one-point lead until late in the fourth quarter when quarterback Brett Hamilton tossed a touchdown pass to put the Titans up 29-20.

Gabe Martin would later put the game on ice with a 28-yard touchdown run with under two minutes to go.


Farmer runs wild as Halstead tops Hesston

Halstead won at Hesston, 48-34, behind a historic night from Lakin Farmer. Brad Hallier reported Farmer delivered 30 carries for 534 yards and six touchdowns on runs of 16, 82, 48, 25, 95 and 86 yards. Farmer moved to tailback after he played quarterback last year in Halstead’s run-heavy offense. He has 1,508 rushing yards and 16 rushing scores in six weeks.

The Dragons improved to 3-3, 1-2, while Hesston dropped to 3-3, 0-3. District 7 is likely the state’s most difficult district, with five quality teams competing for four spots in the postseason.


Collegiate wins unbeaten battle with Clearwater, 31-19

Also in District 7, Collegiate and Clearwater entered play Friday night both undefeated. Collegiate won at Clearwater, 31-19, to improve to 6-0, 3-0. Clearwater led 7-0 after the first quarter, and Collegiate led 21-7 at halftime. Collegiate ran 23 more plays than Clearwater.

Wesley Fair, switched to quarterback this year, delivered another big game with eight of nine passing for 84 yards. He also delivered 29 carries for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Clearwater falls to 5-1, 2-1.



Garden Plain wins district battle with Kingman

Garden Plain took control of the District 6 race with a 14-10 victory over Kingman on Friday night. The Owls won the turnover battle and ultimately the game with a pair of second-half touchdowns.

Shortly after Kingman added a field goal to take a 10-0 lead, Garden Plains’ Jeb Nowak broke a 54-yard touchdown run to pull the Owls within 10-7 late in the third quarter. That score remained until Reed Adelhardt scored from 15 yards out with 3:49 remaining. Adelhardt’s touchdown ultimately proved to be the winning points.

Kingman outgained Garden Plain 308 to 225, but the Eagles threw four interceptions on the night. Sam Krehbiel led Kingman with 173 yards rushing and a touchdown that would account for the game’s only score in the first half.

Adelhardt led Garden Plain with 89 yards and a score on 16 carries, while Nowak added 55 yards and a touchdown.


Nemaha Central blanks Baldwin

Defending-champion Nemaha Central was scheduled for a District 4 showdown with unbeaten Maur Hill-Mount Academy this week. But when Maur Hill had to enter quarantine, the Thunder quickly found an opponent in Class 3A Baldwin.

Nemaha Central scored four times in the first half in rolling to a 33-0 win over the Bulldogs. Quarterback Zac Kramer passed for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns and added 100 yards on the ground and two more scores.

The game was Baldwin’s first since September 18th. The Bulldogs are now 0-4 on the season.


Hoisington wins again; continues regular season win streak

Third-ranked Hoisington cruised past a young Ellsworth squad, 37-7, and improved to 6-0. Cole Steinert had a career-high eight carries for 106 yards, according to Hoisington broadcaster Cole Reif.

The Cardinals have metronomically won this season. Hoisington has scored between 27 and 42 points in every game. The first five wins came by 21, 16, 10, 21 and 21 points. The Cardinals are 17-1 since the start of last year and have not lost in the regular season since Week 1 of 2018. Hoisington is 3-0 and atop District 8.


TMP clinches first winning season in nine years

In District 7, Thomas More Prep improved to 5-1, 3-0 after a 48-6 victory at Southwestern Heights. The Monarchs have won five in a row, including a pair of seven-point victories. Overall, TMP has permitted just 71 points.

Last year, the Monarchs were 3-6 and allowed 239 points. TMP has clinched its first winning season since a 5-4 mark in ’11. Before then, the Monarchs’ last winning season was a 9-4 season in ’02, the best playoff advancement in school annals.


Cimarron extends win streak versus Lakin and district win streak

Also in District 7, Cimarron improved to 4-2, 3-0. The Bluejays have won four in a row and earned a 45-12 victory at rival Lakin. Cimarron has won seven in a row versus the Broncs. Cimarron has won 19 straight district games and four consecutive district crowns.

Cimarron will be at TMP next week in likely for the district title at Lewis Field Stadium.



Centralia hammers Beloit in game scheduled earlier in the day

On Friday morning, Centralia and Beloit were each left without opponents due to quarantine. The Trojans and Panthers quickly worked out a plan to play each other.

Second-ranked Centralia then cruised to a 20-0 lead at halftime and eventually pulled away for a 36-6 win over the visiting Trojans.

Ian Haverkamp rushed for two touchdowns in the first half on Friday.

Centralia will have a big challenge next week at No. 5 Lyndon.


Olpe shuts out Jackson Heights, 35-0

Top-ranked Olpe stepped outside of district play and went on the road to shut out Jackson Heights, 35-0.

After scoring once in the opening quarter, the Eagles scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 28-0 by halftime. The shutout was the third by the Olpe defense this season.

Olpe has only surrendered 23 points all season.


Smith Center rallies past Plainville

Smith Center scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to top Mid-Continent League rival Plainville, 19-7.

Bently Montgomery rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including a 6-yarder early in the fourth quarter that gave the Redmen the lead for good. Montgomery’s two touchdowns came on his only two carries of the game.

Nate Hendrich led the Redmen with 88 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Smith Center will host Ell-Saline next week before a district showdown at Inman.



Madison tops Chase County in district showdown

Madison rushed for more than 350 yards in defeating Chase County, 60-14. The victory put the Bulldogs in the driver’s seat for the District 2 title as both teams entered the night at 2-0.

Madison senior Hunter Engle carried 13 times for 165 yards and six touchdowns on the night. Brome Rayburn also topped the 100-yard mark with 106 yards and a score.

Quarterback Casey Helm passed for 127 yards and a touchdown to Drew Stutesman who caught four passes for 94 yards.

Mitchell Budke led Chase County with 107 pass yards and two touchdowns.


Kiowa County shocks Pratt-Skyline, 53-34

Kiowa County scored in each quarter and steadily pulled away for a 53-34 upset of previously-unbeaten Pratt-Skyline. The Mavericks picked up their second win of the season after entering this contest at 1-4.

All five of Kiowa County quarterback Luke Ballard’s pass completions went for touchdowns and totaled 163 yards. Ballard threw two touchdowns each to Caydan Pore and Brady Deterding and another to Jordan Smith.

James Black led the Maverick’s ground game with 97 rush yards and two scores.

Jesus Casas led Skyline with 145 yards rushing and two scores. Freshman Brayden Berens rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown and also threw a touchdown pass for the Thunderbirds, but was also intercepted two times.


La Crosse beats Kinsley with third straight win of at least 70 points

La Crosse in its first season of eight-man football, was tied with Kinsley at eight after the first quarter. The Leopards led 32-8 at halftime and 60-26 after three quarters. La Crosse beat the Coyotes, 72-26.

The Leopards are at 3-2, 3-0 in District 6. Kiowa County (2-4, 2-1) upset Pratt-Skyline (5-1, 2-1) with a 53-34 road victory. La Crosse has won its last three contests 76-0, 78-28 and 72-26. Last week, Colby Stull broke the school record with seven touchdowns. The Leopards will be at Pratt Skyline next week likely for the district title.



Hanover beats Clifton-Clyde in ranked showdown

Another marquee game that was added to the schedule just hours before it kicked off. Hanover, ranked second in 8M-II, doubled-up 8M-I’s fourth-ranked Clifton-Clyde Eagles, 40-20.

The Eagles scored first before Hanover responded with touchdowns from Jacob Jueneman and Keegan Dimler to take a 16-6 lead. A pick-6 pulled Clifton-Clyde within 16-12 before Dimler rushed for another score and a 22-12 halftime lead.

Jacob Jueneman added a third quarter touchdown run to extend the Wildcat lead to 28-12. Dimler then provided separation with another touchdown and a 34-12 lead. Jueneman later closed out the Wildcat scoring with a 40-yard touchdown run.


Victoria outscores Wilson, 50-34

In District 5, No. 3 Victoria effectively clinched the district at 6-0, 4-0 with its third straight key win. The Knights have beaten Sylvan-Lucas, Central Plains and Wilson, teams that are a combined 11-2 when not playing Victoria. Victoria, surprisingly, trailed 12-0 after the first quarter and 26-24 at halftime. Standout running back Jayvon Pruitt missed the game for Victoria.

However, the Knights outscored Wilson, 14-8, in the third and 12-0 in the fourth. Wilson held a 335-225 edge in total yards and ran 16 more plays. However, Victoria was plus-2 in turnover margin.

Victoria trailed 34-24 in the third before Grant Schoenrock had a one-yard run, and then had a 67-yard fumble return for a touchdown. He tallied the two-point conversion for a 38-34 lead to end the third quarter. In the fourth, he rushed for an 18-yard touchdown, and then Drayden Karlin recorded a 19-yard fumble return for a score in the fourth.

Schoenrock passed for 76 yards and a score, and rushed for 69 yards and a pair of TDs.


Central Plains edges Sylvan-Lucas, 28-26

Elsewhere in District 5, Central Plains slipped by Sylvan-Lucas Unified, 28-26, to maintain touch with the top of the standings. The Oilers are now 3-1 in district play and will step outside of district play next week for a trip to Hutchinson Central Christian. Central Plains will host Wilson in the regular season finale with the winner likely finishing as the District 5 runner-up.


6-Man Football

Cheylin wins unbeaten battle with Natoma

No. 1-ranked Cheylin won at Natoma, 52-12. The Cougars led 20-0 after the first quarter, but Natoma tallied a pair of second quarter touchdowns to close to 20-12 in its Homecoming game.

However, a 26-yard pass from freshman Logan McCarty to freshman Pablo Bermudez set up a 2-yard TD run from senior Colton McCarty late in the first half. Colton McCarty delivered 25 carries for 298 yards and six touchdowns. Cheylin is 5-0, Natoma 3-1. The Tigers had not allowed a point in the first three wins.



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