Around the Classes - Week 4 recap

Scott City Brady Welker (35) fights off TMPs Kade Harris. (Everett Royer,
By: Conor Nicholl & Matt Gilmore for
Sep 26, 2022

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Class 6A:

Olathe West scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to overtake Olathe Northwest, 31-28. Senior quarterback Mason McGavran passed for 136 yards and two touchdowns – one to his brother Micah. Jack Scott had seven receptions for 79 yards and a score for the Owls. Vincent Gatschet rushed for 68 yards and two scores. The dual-threat McGavran also rushed for 71 yards.

Dodge City improved to 3-1 with a 23-15 win over WAC rival Liberal. The Red Demons showed good balance with 188 yards passing and 170 yards rushing. Kaden Garvelena passed for 150 yards and a touchdown, while Daelyn Unzueta and Chance Kerr each rushed for scores. Brooks Kappelmann passed for 27 yards and a touchdown for Liberal. Kapplemann entered the contest averaging more than 280 yards passing in his first three games.

Wichita South pulled away in the second half to defeat Wichita North, 41-15. The Titans led Wichita North 14-9 at halftime before outscoring North 27-6 the rest of the way. The Titans held North to 40 yards rushing on 15 attempts. With the victory, Wichita South improves to 1-3 overall and will travel to Wichita Heights next week.  

Shawnee Mission Northwest used a 17-7 second half to edge Lawrence Free State, 31-28. The Cougars trailed Free State 21-14 at halftime before scoring twice in the third quarter to take the lead. Malik O’Atis rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns to lead Northwest. Free State had a pair of opportunities in the fourth quarter to take the lead, both of which ended in turnovers. Adam Hageman forced a fumble to thwart a Free State drive and later Marcus Estrada picked off a Firebird pass to secure the Northwest win.

Class 5A:

Atchison rushed for more than 300 yards in a 63-14 victory over KC Schlagle. Jesse Greenly led the Phoenix with 174 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback Trey Carter added 85 yards rushing and scored twice. Carter also passed for 104 yards on the night. Kameron Daboe led Schlagle with 99 yards rushing and a touchdown on eight attempts. Daboe also returned a fumble 42 yards for the Stallions’ other score.

Shawnee Heights picked up its third consecutive victory by shutting out Basehor-Linwood, 27-0. The Bobcats were ranked No. 5 in this week’s Class 4A poll. Allen Baughman carried 29 times for 235 yards and three touchdowns for the Thunderbirds. Basehor-Linwood’s offense put up more than 330 yards of total offense, but committed four turnovers. Sean Wunder, Taylen LeClere-Bryant, and Jayden Berry each had interceptions for Shawnee Heights.

Maize South trailed Newton 7-0 after the first quarter before the Mavericks scored 34 straight points in a 34-14 victory. The Mavericks outgained Newton, 430-234 on the night. Sophomore Tate McNew completed 30 of 41 passes for 379 yards with three touchdowns against no interceptions. The Mavericks improved to 3-1.

KC Sumner Academy slipped by KC Wyandotte, 27-26. The Sabres improved their record to 2-2 behind a big night from Antonio Harrison. Harrison rushed for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns to push his season total to 573 yards and seven scores. Camron Johnson rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown and tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Gordon.

Class 4A:

After being knotted at 7 after one quarter, Andover Central outscored Goddard-Eisenhower 17-0 the rest of the way for a 24-7 victory. Jace Rees led the Jaguars with 111 rushing yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Quarterback Braden Barscewski added a touchdown run and threw a touchdown pass to Braylon Kitterman. Eisenhower scored on a touchdown pass from Tyner Horn to Carson Roy.

McPherson used a run of 21 consecutive points in the second half to pull away from Towanda-Circle, 35-15. The Bullpups rushed for more than 250 yards on the night while holding the Thunderbirds to 2 net yards rushing on 26 attempts. Hunter Alvord broke a long touchdown run and Jaytin Gumm added another score to put McPherson up 14-0 early. Circle pulled to within a touchdown as Cooper Chadwell hit Cole Glaves on a 15-yard strike. A Circle safety narrowed the score to 14-9 by halftime. Gumm then added three consecutive touchdowns in the second half as the Bullpups pulled away. Gumm finished with 152 yards on the ground and four touchdowns.

All of Coffeyville’s 459 yards of total offense came on the ground as the Golden Tornado rolled past rival Independence, 42-13. Jeremy Colbert, Jr. led the Nado with 207 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. It’s Colbert’s second consecutive 200-yard game after the sophomore rushed for 240 yards and three scores in last week’s win over Columbus. Fellow sophomore Lamarcus Allen added 130 yards and two scores and Joshua Shobe added 97 yards on 13 carries.

Wellington built a 35-6 lead on Labette County in the second quarter and held on to defeat the Grizzlies 52-34. Kendall Holtzman threw a pair of touchdown passes just before halftime as the Grizzlies pulled to within 35-18. Wellington pulled away with 17 points in the third quarter starting with a Nick Giefer pick-6. Wellington’s Malachi Rogers rushed for 154 yards and four touchdowns, while Kenny Redford passed for 144 yards and two touchdowns – both of which went to Skyler Branam. Holtzman passed for 383 yards and four touchdowns for Labette County. Griffin Eaton caught ten passes for 134 yards and two scores and added a rushing touchdown, while Tray Vinson had 128 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Class 3A:

Scott City pulled away with two fourth-quarter touchdowns for a 28-14 win against Thomas More Prep. Late in the third quarter, TMP had zero yards of total offense although the game was tied 14-14. TMP’s Kade Harris returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown and also returned a kickoff 94 yards for a score. Scott City’s Brady Welker rushed for all four touchdowns as part of his 197-yard night.

Burlington used a big night on the ground in a 45-32 victory over Prairie View. The Wildcats rushed for 315 yards and five touchdowns led by juniors Cam Stadel and Zane Hoback. Stadel rushed for 128 yards and a score, while Hoback added 120 yards and two touchdowns. Chance Hegg added 65 yards rushing and a touchdown and passed for 119 yards and another score. Grant Hegg caught a touchdown pass and rushed for a score.

Jashaun Holiday passed for 139 yards and two touchdowns as Bishop Ward blanked KC Turner, 35-0. The Cyclones improved to 3-1 on the season with the non-district victory over the Golden Bears. Holiday added 38 yards rushing and a score, but Ward was led by Brice Johnson, Jr. who rushed or 105 yards on 14 attempts. Bishop Ward opens district play this week by hosting unbeaten Wellsville.

Parsons remained unbeaten with a 61-8 thrashing of previously-unbeaten Baxter Springs. The Viking offense showed good balance with 196 yards on the ground and 179 through the air. Tra Mack threw for 100 yards and three touchdowns and Jahmarion Washington added 106 yards on the ground and three scores. Parsons will have a non-district game this week against winless Riverton.

Holcomb remained unbeaten with a 25-0 shutout of Goodland. Junior standout Damon Mesa rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns, passed for 52 yards and a score, and had a 23-yard reception. Khai Cosner added 85 yards on the ground and a score.

Class 2A:

West Franklin defeated Neodesha, 38-19, at home and improved to 4-0. West Franklin has a three-overtime win, 24-16, against Central Heights in Week 2. Neodesha led 6-0 after the first quarter before the Falcons took an 18-12 halftime advantage. Senior Lance McCullough completed 14 of 23 passes for 269 yards with four touchdowns against one interception. Senior Trey Rogers hauled in six catches for 197 yards and three TDs. West Franklin faces Council Grove in a district battle of 4-0 squads this week. West Franklin had five total wins in the previous three seasons and is 4-0 for the first time since 2008, per Kansas Football History.

Osage City bounced back from its one-score loss to Olpe and won at Eureka, 45-16. Osage City freshman Kasen Parsons stepped in at quarterback and completed 7 of 7 passes for 113 yards and four touchdowns against no interceptions. Standout senior quarterback Landon Boss went 4 of 13 passing for 73 yards with a TD. Boss finished with 13 rushes for 97 yards and a TD. Junior Cooper Parsons recorded 160 all-purpose yards.

Ellsworth delivered its third straight shutout with a 28-0 home win against Hillsboro. The Bearcats are 4-0 and permitted just six points this season. Junior Loden West delivered 16 carries for 72 yards with two scores. Junior Will Cravens completed seven of 11 passes for 99 yards with a touchdown. Cravens scored a touchdown and kicked a pair of extra points. Junior Wyatt Bohnen recorded a safety. Ellsworth has already delivered eight sacks, forced seven turnovers in four games, including six interceptions. The Bearcats had eight sacks and nine interceptions all last season. Ellsworth have doubled their win total from last fall.

Chaparral continues to win close games under coach JC Zahradnik, who has delivered an impressive turnaround. The Roadrunners won, 10-7, at home versus Garden Plain. Chaparral has won three by a combined 23 points, including an overtime victory. The Roadrunners trailed 7-0 after the first quarter and 7-3 at halftime before a third-quarter touchdown yielded the victory. The Roadrunners’ defense held Garden Plain to 36 plays for 88 yards, including 0 of 2 passing. Chaparral senior standout Jackson Swartz hauled in eight catches for 144 yards and finished with 207 all-purpose yards. Senior Aiden Guy kicked a field goal and an extra point.

Class 1A:

Wabaunsee outscored Smith Center 34-12 in the second half to shock the Redmen, 40-38. Smith Center led 26-6 at halftime and 32-18 in the second half before the Chargers rallied to win. Wyatt Wurtz passed for 206 yards and two touchdowns and added 90 yards rushing and three more scores on the night. Logan Clark and Eli Oliver each caught touchdown passes from Wurtz. Luke Franklin rushed for 147 yards and three scores to lead Smith Center. Bentley Montgomery added 101 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Redmen.

A state semifinalist last season, Sedgwick opened 0-3 before a 63-8 road win versus Leon-Bluestem. Sedgwick rolled up 60 plays for 529 yards. Sedgwick has completed 13 of 20 passes for 245 yards with six touchdowns against two interceptions. The Cardinals recorded 37 carries for 284 yards for three scores, per Hudl.

Hutchinson Trinity has opened 4-0 and has a huge road contest at No. 1 Inman this week. Trinity defeated Ellinwood, 24-0. The Celtics have allowed just 42 points this fall. Trinity scored in each of the quarters. Trinity limited Ellinwood to 45 plays for 68 yards. Caleb Sanger and Eric Armour combined for 38 carries for 290 yards and two touchdowns. Trinity was minus-3 in turnover margin and 3 of 9 on third/fourth down. Sanger recorded a pair of tackles for loss.

Ellis captured its first victory with a 60-0 home victory against Stanton County. Logan Russell passed for 170 yards and three touchdowns. Ellis scored 54 points in the first one-plus quarters. On the third play of the game, Russell hit Mason Younger on a long touchdown pass.

Marion evened its record at 2-2 with a district-opening win over Whitewater-Remington, 30-22. Warrior quarterback Jack Lanning rushed for more than 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the game. Trevor Schafers added 142 yards on the ground for Marion.

Class 8-man I

West Elk defeated Sedan, 52-18, at home and moved to 4-0. West Elk steadily pulled ahead with a 16-6 lead after the first quarter and 30-6 at halftime. Sophomore Trent Haag completed 9 of 17 passes for 135 yards with three scores. Sophomore Creyo Koop had 28 carries for 205 yards with three scores. Koop has 87 carries for 747 yards and 13 scores.

Madison had the state’s longest regular season winning streak end in Week 3. The Bulldogs won, 46-0, at Maranatha Academy. Madison features a gauntlet with a last month of Lyndon, Cair Paravel, Burlingame and Chase County. The Bulldogs led 30-0 after the first quarter. Madison senior standout Bryson Turner scored on all three of his rushing touchdowns.

Wichita Independent dropped down to eight-man football for the first time this season and has opened 4-0 with three one-score victories. The Panthers won, 40-34, at Oxford last week. Senior Christian Dean finished with 24 rushes for 154 yards and four scores. Senior Isaac Hernandez recovered two fumbles.

Goessel improved to 2-2 with a 52-30 road victory against Herington. Goessel led 30-8 after the first quarter when Jake Wiens rushed for four touchdowns and Justin Wilder tallied a score for Herington. Herington then scored a pair of TDs within 17 seconds to close to 38-30. Wilder threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Svitak at the end of the first half, and then Svitak returned the kickoff for a score. Goessel regained separation on a 12-yard TD pass from Noah Schrag to Caleb Burkholder midway through the third quarter. In the first five seconds of the fourth quarter, Schrag found Burkholder with a 19-yard TD pass. Goessel outgained Herington, 407-230. Wiens delivered 26 carries for 286 yards for four scores.

Ness City bounced back from its loss to Eight-Man, Division II No. 3 Victoria with a 52-24 road victory against Pratt-Skyline. Skyline opened the scoring when it returned an interception for a TD. Then, Ness City scored four straight touchdowns: a Kaleb Pavlu 33-yard reception, a 4-yard Trey Solze reception, a one-yard run by Danny Guzman and a four-yard run from Bryce Flax. Guzman finished 5 of 10 for 97 yards with four scores against one interception. He delivered 27 carries for 227 yards and two scores.

After three straight losses, Lincoln won, 28-20, at Mankato-Rock Hills. After a scoreless first quarter, Rock Hills led 8-6 at halftime. Lincoln outscored Rock Hills, 14-6, in the third quarter and 8-6 in the fourth. Junior Logan Meier rushed 23 times for 87 yards and three scores. Senior Noah Esposito delivered 22 rushes for 93 yards and a TD.

La Crosse defeated Kiowa County, 58-0, at home. The Leopards improved to 3-0 with all wins by at least 45 points. La Crosse tallied 39 points in the first quarter. Junior Caden Morgan finished 10 of 15 for 191 yards and five touchdowns.

Macksville is 4-0 after a 50-34 home win against WaKeeney-Trego. Senior Ryan Kuckelman completed five of nine passes for 111 yards with two touchdowns. Sophomore Hector Gomez had 12 carries for 172 yards and three scores. Gomez delivered 305 all-purpose yards. Kuckelman delivered 14 tackles, two for loss.

Class 8-man II

Colony-Crest won, 46-0, at Hartford. The Lancers have scored at least 46 points in every game and stand at 3-1. Senior quarterback Ethan Godderz completed six of six passes for 109 yards and two scores. Senior Holden Barker had eight rushes for 147 yards and two TDs. Seniors Stetson Miller and Karter Miller each delivered a receiving score.

Marmaton Valley defeated Marais des Cygnes Valley, 58-12, and moved to 2-2. Sophomore Brayden Lawson completed 10 of 16 passes for 215 yards with four touchdowns against zero interceptions. Freshmen Tyler Lord and senior Dylan Drake both recorded a pair of rushing touchdowns.

Beloit St. John’s-Tipton won, 54-8, at Pike Valley and improved to 4-0. BSJT led 14-0 after the first quarter and 34-0 at halftime. Sophomore Tyson Gates completed 14 of 20 passes for 161 yards with zero touchdowns against one interception. Junior Chance Jermark finished with 24 carries for 104 yards and two scores. Senior Chance Jermark delivered 10 carries for 70 yards and four TDs.

Osborne has won three straight after a loss against Hill City and defeated Lakeside-Downs, 46-0. Junior Doak Guttery finished with seven carries for 92 yards and a score. Senior Connor Schurr rushed six times for 96 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Hunter Howell had four rushes for 80 yards and two TDs.


Peabody-Burns defeated Pawnee Heights, 53-6, and improved to 2-2. Junior Tanner Parks completed 5 of 7 passes for 103 yards with two touchdowns against zero interceptions. Four players delivered a rushing score.

Triplains-Brewster won 45-0 at Western Plains. The Titans limited the Bobcats to 27 plays for 51 yards. The Titans are 2-2.


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