Around the Classes - Week 7 recap

Xander Newberry helped lead Argonia-Attica past previously-unbeaten Medicine Lodge. (Cheri Ricke)
By: Conor Nicholl, Matt Gilmore, & Mark Schremmer for
Oct 18, 2021

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:

Shawnee Mission West narrowly got by Shawnee Mission North, 18-13, on Friday night. Viking senior Zach Bailey threw a touchdown pass and returned a fumble for another score. SM West picked up their third win of the season by eight points or less.  

Manhattan rushed for 383 yards in a 59-0 victory over Topeka West. The Indians did not complete a pass on the night, but instead averaged 13.7 yards per carry and rushed for seven touchdowns. Vinny Smith scored four times and rushed for 95 yards, while quarterback Keenan Schartz led the way with 126 yards on five carries. Charles Morgan, Deandre Aukland, and DaShawn Edwards-Ross each had rushing touchdowns.

Olathe West produced nearly 600 yards of total offense in a 31-28 win over Olathe South. The Owls rushed for 441 yards on the night led by senior Anthony Favrow and junior quarterback Mason McGavran. Favrow rushed for 226 yards and three scores, while McGavran added 215 yards and a touchdown. McGavran also added 150 yards through the air. Blake Jouret led Olathe South with 167 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.  

Dodge City defeated rival Garden City, 36-29, in double overtime to win the Hatchet. The game was tied at 29 at the end of regulation and the first overtime. In the second OT possession, Dodge City scored on a short Rudy Hernandez touchdown run. The Red Demon defense then intercepted Garden City in the end zone to secure the victory. Dodge City kicker Emanuel Aguilar connected on field goals of 55, 52, and 42 yards in the win.  

Class 5A:

Hays held off a rally by Maize South to earn a 47-43 victory and improve to 6-1 on the season. Hays took a 20-0 lead in the first quarter, but Maize South took a 29-26 lead early in the fourth quarter. Prized recruit Jaren Kanak led Hays with 194 rushing yards. Maize South quarterback Owen Bailey passed for about 380 yards.

Wichita Northwest junior running back LJ Phillips sprinted for 262 yards and five touchdowns on only 10 carries during a 63-22 win over Wichita South. Grizzlies quarterback Geremiah Moore passed for 160 yards and 3 TDs, while rushing for 99 yards and another TD. Moore’s TD passes went to Randall Bell, Roland Powell, and Michael Lopez Jr. The Grizzlies have won four straight after starting the season with a 1-2 record.

Junior running back Antonio Harrison ran for 176 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries, and KC Sumner Academy blasted KC Harmon 60-0. The Sabres bounced back from a previous loss to Atchison and improved to 4-3 on the season.

Junior running back John Randle ran for 216 yards as Wichita Heights cruised to a 49-6 win over Wichita Southeast. Randle has now eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the season. Heights improved to 5-2 and will face Kapaun in a Greater Wichita Athletic League matchup this week.

Class 4A:

Wamego dual-threat quarterback Hayden Oviatt relied mostly on his legs during a 35-0 win over Fort Scott. Oviatt, who has passed for more than 1,100 yards and rushed for about 900, ran for 235 yards and three TDs in the win over the Tigers. Oviatt also threw for a touchdown. The Red Raiders won their sixth straight after losing the opener 41-40 in four overtimes to Concordia.

Tonganoxie rushed for 455 yards and seven touchdowns in a 49-12 win over Bonner Springs. Chieftains senior Sam Kleidosty led the way with 244 yards and five TDs on 21 carries. Colton Brusven ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.

Paola edged Eudora 43-42 in a Frontier League battle. The Cardinals scored a touchdown in the closing moments to pull within a point but failed on their two-point conversion attempt. Paola improved to 4-3 after starting the season with a 1-2 record. Panther running back Jovanni Blackie ran for about 280 yards and three TDs. Eudora quarterback Gage Hayden passed for about 250 yards and three TDs in the loss.

Chanute won its sixth straight with a 48-6 victory over Coffeyville. Ty Leedy ran for three touchdowns in the first half as the Blue Comets built a 35-6 halftime lead. Chanute opened the season with a 20-12 loss to Towanda-Circle. Since then, the Comets have held each opponent to 8 points or fewer and have pitched three shutouts.

Class 3A:

Holcomb scored two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters in a 41-20 victory over Pratt. Longhorn senior quarterback Kaden Johnson passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns on the night. Sophomore Damon Mesa caught seven passes for 191 yards. Khai Cosner and Levi Knoll also rushed for scores for Holcomb. Pratt was led by Enoch Walton’s 142-yard, two-touchdown night running the football.

Jahmarion Washington scored on a 45-yard touchdown run in the final four minutes to lift Parsons to a 21-20 district victory over Columbus. Washington led the Vikings with 98 rushing yards, while sophomore quarterback Tra Mack passed for 124 yards and two scores. Mack threw touchdown passes to Cade Brown and J.J. Kendrick. The Vikings wrapped up the runner-up spot and 2-seed out of Class 3A, District 1.

Santa Fe Trail held off Baldwin, 37-28, to clinch a playoff spot out of District 3. Sophomore Colton Warthen rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown while classmate Luke Edwards passed for 132 yards and a score. Edwards also rushed for a touchdown. Theron Berckefeldt added two rushing scores for Santa Fe Trail.

Goodland rallied from a 14-0 deficit to upset Russell, 16-14, for its first win of the season. Gentry Deeds scored on a 12-yard run with 1:30 left to tie the game at 14. Goodland then added the two-point conversion for the 16-14 win.

Hiawatha clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2013 with a 56-0 victory over Royal Valley. The Redhawks scored 28 points in the second quarter to lead 35-0 at halftime. Quarterback Brandt Barnhill rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns and added a pair of touchdown passes in the win. Barnhill threw touchdown passes to Ashton Rockey and Tyler Davis.

Class 2A:

Beloit delivered a big 50-0 win at Minneapolis and picked up its fourth straight victory. Benson Berndt ran 24 times for 254 yards and two scores, and Logan Arasmith finished with 19 carries for 159 yards and four TDs. Beloit held Minneapolis to 115 total yards. The Trojans rushed for 444 yards.

Nemaha Central defeated Riverside, 46-12. The Thunder ran 45 plays for 293 yards, including 268 on the ground. Nemaha Central was plus-3 in turnover margin and returned a kickoff 60 yards for a score. The Thunder led 20-6 at halftime and 39-6 after three quarters.

Garden Plain had lost back-to-back games versus No. 4 Chaparral and one-loss Kingman before it bounced back with a 37-7 win versus Belle Plaine. The Owls led 7-0 after the first quarter, 21-0 at halftime and 34-0 after three quarters. Garden Plain ran 59 plays for 347 yards, including 339 rushing. All of Garden Plain’s touchdowns came on the ground: two, 16, seven, four and one yard.

Cimarron won District 7 with an 11-8 home win versus Thomas More Prep-Marian. The Bluejays have won six in a row. Cimarron led 8-0 after the first quarter and kept the same margin at halftime. TMP scored eight points in the third quarter. Cimarron finished with 40 plays for 147 yards. Senior Jordan Smith had three catches for 63 yards and a score. Seniors Tanner Bailey and Michael Feltman both finished with 10 tackles, along with a tackle for loss. Senior quarterback Braxton Harrison, Cimarron’s dynamic player in all three phases, threw the passing score and intercepted a pass on defense. He also averaged 38.2 yards on five punts and finished with 31 punt return yards. Harrison kicked a field goal for the first time in his career. The 28-yarder was the game winner.

In District 7, Lakin has clinched a winning season with a 5-2 record and sets up a key road game versus Thomas More Prep-Marian at Lewis Field Stadium in Hays. This will be for a runner-up spot out of District 7 and a Week 9 home game. Lakin defeated Syracuse, 45-12. The Broncs have a one-win improvement over last season. Coach Chris Bamberger has five winning seasons in his last six years with the Broncs after a 4-5 mark last year.

Class 1A:

Conway Springs rolled over Stanton County, 65-0, with 22 points in the first quarter and 36 in the second to set up the district title versus Sedgwick this week. Conway Springs limited Stanton County to three total yards. The Cardinals delivered 46 plays for 359 yards. Five players had a rushing score. Izic Billups delivered seven carries for 96 yards and two scores. Brayden Kunz rushed five times for 68 yards and three TDs. Conway Springs is 6-1 after a season-opening loss to Garden Plain.

Wabaunsee beat Horton, 49-0, and moved to 5-2 for the school’s first winning season in 24 years. The Chargers scored 21 points in the first quarter and 22 in the second. Senior Cade Oliver completed 16 of 21 passes for 272 yards and six touchdowns against zero interceptions. Sophomore Zach Frank delivered seven carries for 73 yards with a touchdown. Cade’s brother, junior Eli Oliver, delivered four catches for 67 yards and three TDs. Senior Brayden Meseke finished with four carries for 60 yards and a pair of scores. Sophomore Wyatt Wurtz finished with three pancake blocks. Wabaunsee’s defense is much improved behind a host of non-seniors. Sophomore Tate Deever delivered 13 tackles, and Frank added 10. Wabaunsee will face No. 5 Centralia next week.

Jackson Heights beat Valley Heights, 48-12. Jackson Heights led 13-6 after the first quarter and 26-12 at halftime. The Cobras ran 41 plays for 480 yards, including 184 passing and 296 rushing. Jason Bosley opened the scoring with a 53-yard run for a 6-0 lead. Then, Valley Heights tied the game at six. Bosley followed with a 60-yard pass to Jude Williams. Bosley then ran in for a touchdown and kicked his second extra point. Bosley threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Silas Holliday. In the third quarter, Bosley scored on an eight-yard run. In the fourth, Williams followed with a nine-yard TD run. Jackson Heights finished the scoring on a 52-yard pass from Bosley to Taegan Binkley. Bosley finished six of eight for 184 yards and three scores. He also rushed 15 times for 160 yards and three TDs. Defensively, the Cobras had seven tackles for loss, and Holliday picked off two passes.


Class 8-man I

La Crosse won its fifth straight game and captured the District 6 title with a 62-14 win versus Pratt-Skyline. La Crosse led 20-14 after the first quarter and then tallied 42 unanswered second quarter points. Senior Colby Stull enjoyed another big game with 12 carries for 161 yards. Seniors Cooper Barriger and Deagan Andrews both finished with seven tackles. Last year, Skyline beat La Crosse for the district championship. La Crosse is 5-2, 4-0 in district play.

Argonia-Attica is 6-1 and has won three in a row after a 44-14 win versus previously unbeaten Medicine Lodge. The Titans’ players of the game were Xander Newberry, Wyatt Peterson and Brody Bernsten. This was a close game entering the fourth quarter. A&A led 8-0 after the first quarter, 14-8 at halftime and 22-8 after three quarters. Newberry finished with another big game with 5 of 11 passing for 49 yards, along with 25 carries for 199 yards and four touchdowns. Senior Adam Blanchat delivered 14 carries for 148 yards and a score. A&A rushed for 358 yards and five TDs. A&A’s defense held Medicine Lodge to 54 plays for 205 total yards.

Sedan continued to dominate with a 7-0 start and a 416-60 total margin. Sedan beat Cedar Vale-Dexter, 60-0. Senior Brec Long continued his big year with three of four passing for 78 yards and three touchdowns versus zero interceptions. Sedan ran for four touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Long has delivered a big year with 39 of 62 passing for 963 yards with 22 scores versus zero interceptions. He has 54 carries for 801 yards and 17 TDs.

West Elk beat Oswego, 60-15, in a game that was tied at six after the first quarter. The Patriots pulled away with a 30-9 margin in the second quarter. Freshman Creyo Koop finished 21 carries for 258 yards and four scores. Koop delivered 92 carries for 898 yards and 16 rushing scores.

Class 8-man II

Wheatland-Grinnell improved to 6-1 and won its sixth straight game with a 46-0 win versus St. Francis. Senior Trey Vincent completed five of seven passes for 109 yards with two scores against no interceptions. Senior Isaac Mendez has five carries for 75 yards and two scores. Junior Jett Vincent had three catches for 50 yards and two scores. He continued his receiving TD streak. Jett has 39 catches for 699 yards and 13 receiving scores and has at least one receiving TD in every game this season. Vincent has a receiving score in 16 of the last 17 games. Junior Adam Phillips continued his fine season with 11 tackles, three for loss.

Dighton improved to 6-1 and won five in a row. The Hornets have delivered a big turnaround and had a 46-0 win versus Minneola. Dighton led 12-0 after the first quarter and 32-0 at halftime. Junior quarterback Max Neeley finished with 16 carries for 183 yards and three TDs. Senior Jaden Coleman finished with 10 carries for 91 yards and a score. Junior Eli Wilkinson finished with 10 tackles.

Onaga won 70-26 at Blue Valley Randolph and improved to 4-3. The Buffaloes have won four straight games after three losses. Onaga has averaged 44.9 points per game. Onaga had 37 plays for 332 yards, all on the ground. This game was 14-14 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Onaga had a 15-yard scoring run and had a pick-six.

A 24-16 second quarter proved to be the difference in South Barber’s 46-34 district victory over previously-unbeaten Caldwell. South Barber senior Gatlin Jewell rushed for 191 yards and five touchdowns on 29 attempts in the game. Sophomore quarterback Briggs Jewell added 162 yards passing and two touchdowns.


Cair Paravel scored 24 points in the first quarter en route to a 54-12 victory over Topeka-Cornerstone Family. Lion quarterback Carter Brian passed for 198 yards and four touchdowns in the game giving him 32 touchdown passes and no interceptions in seven games this season. Brian has completed 70 percent of his passes for 1,337 yards.


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