Around the Classes - Week 7 recap

Russell's Brayden Strobel tackles a Phillipsburg player in a 7-0 win. (photo by Kristine Manz)
By: Conor Nicholl & Matt Gilmore for
Oct 17, 2022

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Class 6A:

Olathe West outscored Shawnee Mission North 63-41 on Thursday night to improve to 5-2 on the season. Dual-threat quarterback Mason McGavran rushed for 232 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Owls to victory. McGavran also passed for 110 yards and two scores. Elijah Hakim and Micah McGavran hauled in touchdown passes. Mason Barnard also tossed a 57-yard touchdown pass to Jack Scott.

Lawrence Free State held off rival Lawrence, 28-26, two end a two-game losing streak in the series. Free State scored twice in the second half to break a 14-14 tie. Wesley Edison’s 14-yard run in the third quarter gave the Firebirds a 21-14 lead, then Tay Ware added a touchdown in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 28-14. Lawrence responded shortly after on a Banks Bowen touchdown, but the PAT was no good leaving the score at 28-20. The Lions scored with under two minutes to go as Tyson Grammer hit Sam Sedo on a touchdown pass, but Lawrence’s two-point conversion attempt was incomplete.

Shawnee Mission Northwest snapped a two-game losing streak with a 38-28 win over Shawnee Mission East thanks to a huge game by Malik O’Atis. O’Atis carried 39 times for 406 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cougars to victory. He broke scoring runs of 70 and 60 yards in the game. For the season, O’Atis has rushed for 1,625 yards and 16 touchdowns on 175 attempts.

Class 5A:

Blue Valley Southwest has won three of four after Friday’s 48-0 blanking of KC Wyandotte. The Timberwolves were led by quarterback Dylan Dunn who passed for 262 yards and tossed six touchdowns in the win. Tate Everard caught three passes for 108 yards and two scores, while Sam Swickard, Gage Ilges, Cooper Leiker and Hank Phillips each caught touchdown passes. Shaun Carter rushed for 93 yards on nine attempts to lead Wyandotte.

Colton McKanna rushed for 134 yards and four touchdowns as Spring Hill shut out Fort Scott, 46-0. Patrick Stumpff and Noah Anderton also added scoring runs for the Broncos in the game. Spring Hill has won three straight games and will travel to Frontier League leader Louisburg this week.

Cayden Scheuerman scored from three yards out with five minutes remaining to propel Great Bend to a 27-22 win over Ulysses. Scheuerman rushed for 95 yards on the night, but did most of his damage through the air. He passed for 225 yards and three touchdowns – all of which went to Braylon Council who caught 12 passes for 166 yards and those three scores. Great Bend has won five consecutive games ahead of this week’s trip to Garden City.

KC Sumner Academy improved to 5-2 with a 50-6 win over KC Harmon. It was the Sabres fourth consecutive win after back-to-back losses to Atchison and Topeka Highland Park earlier this year. Sumner’s Antonio Harrison became the schools’ all-time leading rusher with a touchdown run early in the game. Harrison has posted consecutive 1,000-yard season and has now surpassed 2,500 yards for his career. Harmon scored for the first time this season and for the first time in a game since November 1, 2019 – ending a streak of being on the wrong end of 11 consecutive shutouts. Harmon cancelled the 2020 season due to COVID concerns and played only six games last fall.

Shawnee Heights stopped a two-game losing streak with a dominating 49-6 win over Topeka West. Allen Baughman once again led the T-Bird offense with 153 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Baughman, a junior, has pushed his season total to 1,140 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.

Class 4A:

Basehor-Linwood kept its United Kansas Conference title hopes alive with a 47-32 win over Topeka Seaman. The Bobcats scored 34 points in the first half and held off the Vikings. Brady VanDonge passed for 294 yards and four touchdowns in the victory. VanDonge threw touchdown passes to four different receivers including Brant Wilson, Austin Adair, Mile Hinkle, and Nash McCarty. Wilson had five receptions for 139 yards. Max Hutson led Seaman with 293 yards passing and two scores.

McPherson improved to 6-1 with a 46-21 win over Mulvane. Hunter Alvord passed for 154 yards with a pair of touchdown passes for the Bullpups. He also rushed for 96 yards and a score. Jaytin Gumm added two rushing touchdowns for McPherson. Blaise Hoover, Corey Muehler, and Logan Roth each had receiving scores for the Bullpups. McPherson led 39-7 heading into the fourth quarter.

Jesse Greenly, IV, rushed for 207 yards and three touchdowns as Atchison held off Perry-Lecompton, 34-22.  Greenly caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Trey Carter mid-way through the third quarter to give the Phoenix a 21-14 lead. A few minutes later, Carter hit Jeter Purdy on a touchdown pass for a 28-14 advantage. Perry-Lecompton’s Aiden Battle returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to pull the Kaws within 28-22. Greenly added a 39-yard score with 1:11 remaining in the game to give Atchison the 34-22 win. Carter passed for 80 yards and two scores. Gunnar Ball led Perry-Lecompton with 242 yards passing with a touchdown with Kael Gorski catching eight passes for 159 yards and a score. Tristan Gordon led the Kaws with 119 yards on the ground.

Andover Central scored in each quarter in cruising past rival Andover, 38-14. The Jaguars led 21-7 at halftime and 35-14 after three quarters. Quarterback Braden Barscewski passed for 221 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Central offense. Cooper Tabor caught five passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns, while Mason Sanchez added a short touchdown reception. Barscewski also led the Jaguar ground game with 53 yards. Andover Central has won five straight in the series.

Wellington built a big lead in the first half and had to rally in the second half to top Towanda-Circle, 45-35. The Crusaders led 26-7 in the second quarter on the strength of two Malachi Rogers touchdown runs and two scoring passes from Kenny Redford to Cope Henry. Circle scored twice before halftime to pull within 26-21, then took a 27-26 lead in the third quarter on a Cooper Chadwell 21-yard touchdown run. Redford added a pair of short touchdown runs in the third quarter to put Wellington up 38-27, but Chadwell once again pull Circle within 38-35 in the fourth quarter. Rogers then broke free from midfield for his third touchdown of the night to put Wellington up 45-35. Rogers rushed for 276 yards on 24 carries, while Redford passed for 225 yards with Henry hauling in four receptions for 201 yards and those two scores. Cannon McCormack led Circle with 129 yards rushing and two scores.

Class 3A:

Frontenac won for a third consecutive week using a strong second half to get by Parsons, 27-21. The Raiders and Vikings were tied at 14 at halftime before Frontenac grabbed the lead on a Kal Terlip touchdown pass to Mario Menghini late in the third quarter. Menghini added a scoring run mid-way through the fourth quarter for the Raiders third consecutive score in the game. Frontenac’s lead was 27-14. Parsons pulled within 27-21 with 2:27 left on Jahmarion Washington’s second touchdown run of the night. Terlip threw three touchdown passes for the Raiders.

Bishop Ward took a big step in securing a home playoff game with a 26-6 district victory over Baldwin. Brice Johnson, Jr. rushed for 272 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries for the Cyclones. He also caught an 84-yard touchdown pass from Aiden Milliren who passed for 207 yards and two scores. Jashaun Holliday also caught a 72-yard touchdown pass for Ward.  

Holcomb held off GWAC rival Hugoton, 24-17, to pick up a key victory in District 8. The Longhorns led 21-10 at halftime and added a Chris Palacios 24-yard field goal in fourth quarter to hold off the Eagles. Holcomb rushed for 374 yards on the night led by Kahi Cosner’s 178 yards and Manny Reyes’ 124 yards. Cosner, Reyes, and Damon Mesa each rushed for touchdowns.

Wellsville improved to 7-0 with a 48-8 win over Santa Fe Trail. Junior quarterback William Dorsey completed 12 of 14 passes for 345 yards and five touchdowns in the win. Dezmond Winton caught five passes for 196 yards and two scores, while Kye Fouts added 60 yards and two scores. Nash Money had a touchdown reception and rushed for 72 yards and two scores.

Burlington improved to 5-2 with a 34-14 non-district win over Osawatomie. Hunter Reiling passed for 118 yards and a pair of touchdowns – one each to Trey Faimon and Grant Hegg. Cody Long led the Wildcat ground game with 103 yards and a touchdown. Hegg and Brody Anderson each added short scoring runs. Burlington will take on unbeaten Girard this week in a game that will decide the District 2 title.

Class 2A:

Beloit defeated Concordia, 42-0, and won its fifth straight contest after an 0-2 start. Beloit has won District 8. The Trojans opened with 12 total points in losses to Ellsworth and Southeast of Saline, both still undefeated teams. Since then, the Trojans have averaged 41.6 points per game. Beloit scored at least one touchdown in every quarter Friday. Logan Arasmith delivered another big performance with 14 carries for 195 yards and two scores. Beloit limited Concordia to 44 plays for 86 yards.

Council Grove beat Eureka, 42-6, and continue to accomplish school history with every win. Council Grove (6-1, 4-0) is going to the playoffs for the sixth time in school annals, first since 2011 and will host a playoff game for the first time in Brave history. The Braves delivered 407 yards of total offense, including three touchdown passes from Ace Monihen. Eureka’s only touchdown came on a pick-six. Holden Ziegler broke the single-season pancake block record (22), while Loup Charlier broke the single season extra point record (27). Ethan Burton delivered 314 all-purpose yards.

Atchison County delivered an 18-6 win against Jackson Heights. Atchison County improved to 6-1 after the non-district win. This ended a three-game losing streak in the series that dated back to 2011. Senior Bricen Lee completed 9 of 15 passes for 100 yards with a score. He rushed 15 times for 81 yards and two TDs.

Osage City rolled over West Franklin, 42-0. West Franklin has lost three straight after a 4-0 start. Osage City and Council Grove are both 6-1, 3-0 and will play for the District 2 title this week. Senior Landon Boss completed 8 of 12 passes for 105 yards with three touchdowns. Freshman Kasen Parsons completed 2 of 6 passes for 76 yards with a score. Osage City led 13-0 after the first quarter, 20-0 at halftime and 41-0 after three quarters. Boss and freshman Kasen Parsons each delivered a rushing score.

Norton defeated Thomas More Prep-Marian, 20-14. TMP was eliminated from the playoffs. After a 3-0 start, the Monarchs lost four in a row. The Bluejays are 5-2, 2-1 and have clinched a winning record. Norton junior defensive end/wide receiver Roman Hauser has 39 tackles, nine for loss, 10 sacks and eight quarterback hurries, along with 16 catches for 244 yards. TMP led 7-0 at halftime and 7-6 entering the fourth quarter. The Monarchs, which have struggled in the passing game all year, did not throw a pass. TMP rushed 56 times for 245 yards, including 30 carries for 120 yards from senior Kade Harris. Norton senior running back Matt Fawcett had an 80-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

Russell defeated Phillipsburg, 7-0. Russell continues to make significant strides this season and stand at 4-3, 2-1. Another victory marks the Broncos’ first winning season since 2003. Senior Wyatt Middleton completed 12 of 24 passes for 125 yards. Russell rushed 35 times for 195 yards and a score. Middleton rushed 11 times for 69 yards and a touchdown. Senior Jacob Ney delivered 16 carries for 94 yards.

Class 1A:

Hutchinson Trinity beat Sterling, 21-0. The Celtics have improved to 6-1, 3-1 in District 7. Trinity scored on a 16-yard run by Caleb Sanger, an 18-yard run by Gavin Wilson and a 12-yard pass from Eric Armour to Ezekiel Suter. Sanger rushed 15 times for 82 yards and a score.

Pleasanton defeated Central Heights, 12-6. Pleasanton will clinch a winning record at 5-2. The Blu-Jays have a pair of one-score victories and has another 13-point road win. Pleasanton picked off two passes and held the Vikings to 161 total yards. Pleasanton had eight total wins in the last three years.

Ellis beat Republic County, 16-0. Junior Logan Russell completed 10 of 17 passes for 114 yards. Senior Rex Johnson had 16 rushes for 57 yards and two scores. Johnson and senior Rylan Cass both had 10 tackles, two for loss.

Wabaunsee defeated Valley Heights, 56-8. The Chargers improved to 6-1, 4-0 in District 5 and have won the district. Wabaunsee has six straight victories. Junior Wyatt Wurtz completed 14 of 20 passes for 271 yards with two touchdowns against no interceptions. Wabaunsee led 6-0 after the first quarter and 26-0 at halftime.

Class 8-man I

Macksville remained undefeated with a 50-0 win against Pratt-Skyline. The Mustangs have won District 7. Macksville is 7-0 for the first time since 2011. Senior Ryan Kuckelman continued his huge season with 12 of 15 passes for 197 yards with five touchdowns against zero interceptions. He rushed 17 times for 95 yards and two scores. Senior Lance Lickiss delivered an impressive game with five catches for 132 yards and three scores.

West Elk bested Oswego, 58-8. This decided the District 1 championship. The Patriots improved to 7-0, 4-0; while Oswego bumped to 5-2, 3-1. West Elk has outscored teams, 366-46. The Patriots led 14-8 after the first quarter and 44-8 at halftime. West Elk had two carries for nine yards from standout sophomore Creyo Koop. Sophomore Trent Haag completed seven of eight passes for 75 yards with two scores. Haag and sophomore Tate Stewart each rushed for a score. Sophomore Maddex Moreno had 16 carries for 87 yards and four scores.

Chase County rolled over Cair Paravel, 54-8, and clinched a playoff berth. Chase County is 6-1, 3-1 in District 2. Senior Mitch Budke continued his huge career with 21 carries for 229 yards and six scores.

A week after its 20-game winning streak ended, Meade defeated Spearville, 64-14. Meade will be the District 8 runner-up behind No. 1-ranked Leoti-Wichita County. The game was tied at 14 after the first quarter before Meade scored 20 in the second quarter and 30 in the third.

Ness City beat Kiowa County, 62-14. The Eagles have its most wins in three seasons and improved to 4-3, 2-2. Ness City led 18-0 after the first quarter. Kaleb Pavlu had a 16-yard run, followed by a 31-yard fumble return by Derrick Hoss. Bryce Flax tallied one yard TD runs in the first quarter and in the second quarter. Trey Solze had a 14-yard TD reception. Hunter Thompson returned a kickoff 78 yards for a score. Kaleb Pavlu delivered 22 carries for 199 yards and three touchdowns.

South Gray edged Elkhart, 40-38. South Gray is 2-5. The Rebels have played three games by one score margins after a 28-22 loss at Satanta in Week 2 and a 36-34 road defeat at Sublette last week. Elkhart senior quarterback completed 17 of 37 passes for 249 yards with an interception.

WaKeeney-Trego defeated La Crosse, 84-46. The Golden Eagles have been a remarkable story this season. Running back/all-purpose threat James Kriegh elected not to play the rest of the season after Week 1.  Trego opened 1-3, though has since won three in a row, including sizable victories against Ness City and La Crosse, both teams that should finish at least .500. The Golden Eagles have averaged 49.4 points a game this season after it lost Kriegh, two first team all-state skill selections and its entire line. Trego led 18-12 after the first quarter and 48-32 at halftime. Trego delivered 616 yards of total offense. Golden Eagle senior quarterback Owen Day completed 11 of 15 passes for 146 yards with two scores. He rushed 17 times for 175 yards and three scores. Junior Nolan Kinderknecht had 19 carries for 190 yards and four rushing scores. La Crosse junior Caden Morgan completed 18 of 32 passes for 364 yards with five touchdowns against one interception, including 199 and two to junior Gage Burk.

Class 8-man II

Bucklin defeated Central Plains, 54-22, in a non-league game. If Bucklin (4-3, 0-3) can beat Satanta this week, it will clinch its third consecutive winning season and a playoff berth. Junior Andrew Bowman had 17 carries for 123 yards and three scores.

Minneola beat Hodgeman County, 44-30, and improved to 7-0, 3-0 in District 8. Minneola will travel to undefeated Dighton for the district title on Friday. Junior Eli Lang completed 22 of 32 passes for 242 yards with two scores against zero interceptions.

Stafford stayed undefeated with a 68-54 win against South Barber in a matchup of undefeated squads. Stafford (7-0, 3-0) is in pole position in District 7 and continues a remarkable first season under coach Mitchell Engelken. Stafford led 8-6 after the first quarter and 22-18 at halftime. After South Barber outscored Stafford, 30-22, in the third quarter, Stafford had a 24-6 margin in the fourth quarter. Stafford recorded 587 total yards, while South Barber had 582.

South Barber junior quarterback Briggs Jewell delivered 28 of 42 passing for 366 yards with five scores against two interceptions. Stafford senior Dylan Gantz completed eight of 18 passes for 113 yards with two scores against two interceptions. Gantz delivered 23 rushes for 243 yards and two scores. Sophomore Cody Knoche had 21 rushes for 153 yards and four scores.

Kinsley beat St. John, 50-0. Kinsley is 4-3 with its three losses against teams with a combined record of 20-1. The Coyotes are 4-3, 2-1 in District 7. Kinsley is home against 7-0 Stafford on Friday. Coach Corey Dunlap’s squad has three shutout wins this season.


Wetmore defeated Centre-Lost Springs, 79-29. Wetmore improved to 5-2, 4-1 in District 1 and will finish as the runner-up behind Waverly. Wetmore outscored Centre, 18-8, after the first quarter and 40-22 at halftime. Wetmore had a 39-7 edge in the second half. Senior Kyler Wommack completed 10 of 17 passing for 212 yards with three scores against one interception. Senior Dierk Hanzlieck delivered 16 carries for 217 yards and two scores.

Deerfield beat Rolla, 50-14, in a game played on Thursday. The Spartans, which had a bye earlier this season, improved to 4-2 and has clinched a winning season. Rolla trailed Deerfield, 8-7, after the first quarter. Deerfield led 27-8 at halftime. Senior Cesar Ramirez tossed a touchdown pass and rushed 13 times for 94 yards and three scores.

Altoona-Midway scored 19 points in the third quarter to pull away from Southern Coffey County in a 51-6 district win. Six different Jets scored touchdowns in the game. Harley Lopeman rushed for a team-high 93 yards and two scores, while Jacob Meigs also scored twice. Kieran Foster, Brandon Johnson, William Stackhouse, and Blaine Collins each added touchdowns for Altoona-Midway. The Jets have three-wins in a season for the first time since 2007.


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