Around the Classes - Week 2 recap

The Lawrence defense surrounds Olathe West's Josh Foland in the Lions' 49-14 win. (by Landon Cory)
By: Conor Nicholl & Matt Gilmore for
Sep 11, 2023

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Class 6A:

After a close 49-42 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas in the season-opener, Blue Valley West rebounded with a 31-13 win over Blue Valley North. The Jaguars scored 21 points in the second quarter to take control. Tyler Bono, Sage Huffman, and Tate Nagy each rushed for touchdowns, while Nagy tossed a touchdown pass to Kaden Sheline. Huffman led the Jagaur offense with 148 yards on the ground on 24 carries. Austin Boulton led Blue Valley North with 89 yards rushing and a score.

Lawrence cruised to a 49-14 win over Olathe West on Friday night. Banks Bowen passed for 144 yards and two scores – one each to Gabe Wingerd and Mason Mosiman. Four Chesty Lions added rushing touchdowns, including Bowen who rushed for a team-high 102 yards. Tony Jacobsen, Tahj Edwards, and Malcom Paul each scored on the ground. Freshman quarterback Cameron Kruse rushed and passed for a touchdown for Olathe West.

Garden City rolled to a 70-15 win over Wichita North. Ethan Gomez completed three passes – all three of which went for touchdowns totaling 125 yards. Ethen Allen, Emilio Zundt, and Brayden Sneath each caught touchdown passes from Gomez. Wichita North’s Deanthony Jones rushed for 150 yards and two scores.

Class 5A:

After falling behind 6-0 early, Valley Center rallied for touchdowns in the second and third quarters to top Goddard, 14-6, in a battle of 5A contenders. The game was a defensive struggle with Valley Center outgaining Goddard 171 to 136. Dai’Mont Mucker and Rock Schomaker each rushed for touchdowns for the Hornets. Mason Healy reached paydirt for the Lions.

Camden Granado’s 24-yard field goal in the final seconds propelled Shawnee Heights to a 26-25 win over Lansing. After falling behind early, Shawnee Heights scored thanks to a passing touchdown from Ryeki Tuley to Jayden Holly and a Tuley rushing score. The Thunderbirds led 23-19 at halftime and that lead remained until the fourth quarter when Lansing returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and a 25-23 lead. That set up Granado’s final game-winning kick. For Lansing, Dalton Jorgensen passed for 281 yards and two scores and Lexton Grafke caught nine passes for 130 yards.

Liberal improved to 2-0 with a 47-14 win over Emporia. Senior quarterback Brooks Kappelmann passed for 268 yards and three scores and added 137 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Xavier Porras also eclipsed the 100-yard mark with 115 yards and a touchdown on the ground. All three of standout receiver Zayden Martinez’s catches went for touchdowns covering 206 yards.

Topeka Seaman quarterback Max Huston has a huge night in the Vikings’ 59-6 win over KC Turner. Huston completed 14 of 16 pass attempts for 355 yards and seven touchdown in the win. Callen Barta caught three passes for 150 yards – all of which went for touchdowns. Holden Finley had 88 receiving yards and two scores, while Bryer Finley and Noah Kobuszewski each caught touchdown passes. Jack Bloom rushed for 108 yards and two scores.

Topeka Highland Park picked up its second win of the season by holding off KC Schlagle, 32-26. Quarterback Craige Sipple passed for 168 yards and three scores to lead the Scots. Jamon Wilson rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown and had three catches for 140 yards and two scores. Pierson Miller rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns for Schlagle, while sophomore Cincere Lewis rushed for a team-high 99 yards and classmates Dymyn Evans and Aaron Johnson added rushing scores.

KC Washington rolled past JC Harmon, 61-0. Ja’Quarey Williams and Savion Stone each threw touchdown passes and each rushed for two scores. Xavyer Powell caught the touchdown passes from Williams and Stone. Junior Roman Couch added the other Wildcat touchdown on a 53-yard run.

Maize South improved to 2-0 with an impressive 49-7 win over Haysville Campus. The Mavericks scored 21 points in the first quarter and added two touchdowns each in the second and third quarters to pull away. Maize South has now scored 97 points in two games this season. The Mavericks will host Hutchinson (1-1) this week.

Class 4A:

Fort Scott picked up its first win of the season by defeating Springfield-Central (Mo.), 42-12. The Tigers rushed for 363 yards and five touchdown in the game. Cal Cosens rushed for a team-high 115 yards and two scores, while Jasper Allison added 98 yards and a score. Colton Rogers and Morgan Shaw also rushed for scores, while Rogers completed three of his four pass attempts for 74 yards and a score.

Abilene quarterback Stockton Timbrook passed for 381 yards and threw six touchdown passes in the Cowboys’ 47-12 win over Concordia. Abilene will host 3A No. 5 ranked Clay Center this week.

Chanute traveled to Pittsburg and shut out the Purple Dragons, 27-0. Quinton Harding rushed for 120 yards and two scores on 20 carries for the Blue Comets. Kris Harding threw for 107 yards, including a touchdown pass to Kaiden Seamster. Seamster caught five passes for 101 yards. The Blue Comet defense limited Pittsburg to 127 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers.  

Coffeyville shut out Winfield 14-0 to even its record at 1-1. Junior back Joshua Shobe rushed for 144 yards and a score, while junior Aaron Tunstall returned a kickoff 82 yards for the other Golden Tornado score.

Wellington held off Clearwater 21-14 thanks to a big night from junior quarterback Dusty Bannister. Bannister completed 17 of 28 passes for 226 yards and three scores. He threw touchdown passes to Carter Burnett, Grady Norris, and Milo Elder. Norris had a team-high 93 receiving yards. The Crusader defense held Clearwater to 22 rush yards on 20 attempts. Clearwater’s two touchdowns came on passes from Beau Roubideaux to Cooper Williams and Brayden Bergkamp.


Class 3A:

Holcomb rebounded from its close Week 1 loss to Liberal by beating Cimarron, 49-10. The Longhorns led 35-3 at the half. Keegan Johnson completed nine of his ten pass attempts for 153 yards and two scores. Demon Mesa added 121 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and caught a touchdown pass. Manny Reyes also rushed for three scores.

Perry-Lecompton scored twice in the second half to rally past Riverside, 20-6. Junior Tristan Gorden rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns and added a touchdown pass to Bronzen Rush for the Kaws.

Pratt continued to impress in Week 2 with a 54-13 win over Hesston. The Greenbacks scored 16 points in each of the first three quarters. Max Younie rushed for 302 yards and five touchdowns, caught a 13-yard pass, and added 42 passing yards and a passing touchdown on the night. For the season, Younie has already rushed for 502 yards and nine scores.

Wichita Trinity improved to 2-0 and matched its win total from last year by beating Chaparral, 33-14. The Knights led by senior quarterback Harvey Zimmerman who passed for 308 yards – 179 of which went to standout receiver Donald Collier. Zimmerman added 79 yards on the ground, while Gracen Fisher rushed for a team-high 88 yards.

Baxter Springs remained unbeaten with a 48-0 win at Uniontown. Senior quarterback Payton Gains passed for 198 yards and four touchdowns – three of which went to Jacob Grant who caught eight passes for 139 yards. Gaines also rushed for 79 yards and two scores. Javen Alexander caught a touchdown pass and freshman Bradley Wade rushed for a score.

Class 2A:

Osage City held off Burlington, 29-18, behind 424 yards of total offense. Kasen Parsons passed for 215 yards and a touchdown and added 89 yards rushing and a score. Cooper Parsons led the Indians with 105 yards and two touchdowns. Zane Hoback led Burlington with 190 yards and a touchdown on the ground.  

Hillsboro improved to 2-0 with a 35-0 shutout of Nickerson. The Trojans scored a pair of touchdowns in each of the first two quarters. Dawson Boldt connected on three touchdown passes to Zander Haslett. Anders Weisbeck and Jesiah Gooch each added rushing scores for Hillsboro.

Pleasant Ridge scored single touchdowns in the second, third, and fourth quarters to hold off Oskaloosa, 21-16. The win was the first for the Rams since Week 4 of last season and the first under new coach Spencer Foster. Oskaloosa was led by quarterback Coy Perry who passed for 239 yards and two scores.

Council Grove won 28-6 at Mission Valley and has allowed just 13 points in two games. Holden Ziegler set the school record for career pancake blocks. The Braves outgained Mission Valley, 330-91. Council Grove finished five of seven on third downs. The game had seven turnovers, four by Mission Valley. Ziegler posted six tackles, five pancake blocks, three tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry. He played all his defensive snaps at nose guard. Keegan Brown had a pick-six. Ace Monihen had 12 carries for 105 yards with a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Landon Dody delivered 11 carries for 76 yards and a score. Landon Dody had a 10-yard touchdown run, and Cade Goodell produced a two-yard TD to build a 12-0 lead after the first quarter.

In likely the last Big Creek Rivalry football game for the foreseeable future, Thomas More Prep pulled away from in-county rival Ellis with a 39-14 road win. Ellis will drop down to eight-man football next year. The game was tied at zero at halftime in a turnover-filled first two quarters. Griffin Schumacher continued his remarkable start with four second half touchdowns, the first from 37 yards out. Standout four-year starting lineman Kendall Walker blocked a punt, which later yielded a Peyton Schwartz touchdown run. The Monarchs won seven straight versus Ellis. TMP is 2-0 for the second straight year, and the third occasion since 2011.

Humboldt defeated Caney Valley, 28-8, and has outscored teams, 106-8. Junior Blake Ellis completed 12 of 24 passes for 145 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Ellis had 21 rushes for 171 yards and two scores. Junior J. Harrington caught four passes for 71 yards and a score. Senior Samuel Jennings had a pass defended and a fumble recovery.

Russell has started 2-0 for the third straight season. The Broncos beat Plainville, 20-13. Plainville led 7-0 after the first quarter and 13-6 at halftime. Junior Mason Rohr completed 12 of 18 passes for 263 yards with two scores against one interception. He also rushed 13 times for 81 yards and a score. Sophomore Walker Middleton had seven catches for 129 yards, including a 72-yard play, and two scores. Russell had five turnovers. Senior Roman Hernandez had another huge game on defense with 10 tackles, four for loss and two sacks. Hernandez also has 17 tackles, six for loss and three sacks.

Class 1A:

Olpe trailed Bishop Ward 26-14 at halftime and by as many as 32-14 before rallying for a 42-32 road win. Quarterback Dexton Hoelting rushed for five touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass for the Eagles in the win.

Medicine Lodge remained unbeaten with a 61-0 blanking of Belle Plaine. The Indians were led on offense by quarterback Keveon Ruiz who passed for 180 yards and four touchdowns. Derrek Randels caught two touchdown passes and Kye Gerdes, Durham Nittler, and Zayne Keller each had scoring receptions. Ethan Simmons, Jack Schreiner, Jace Cox, and Braxx Farr each rushed for scores with Farr tallying a team-high 98 yards on the ground.

Valley Heights took a close loss to top-5 1A Centralia in Week 1, and then rolled over Onaga, 48-16, in Week 2. The Mustangs scored eight points in the first quarter and 32 in the second. Senior Carson Spoonts completed 4 of 5 passes for 100 yards with a touchdown. He rushed nine times for 100 yards and two scores. Spoonts was expected to be a highly impactful player after he was a first team all-league player at Eureka. Junior Aaron Gray had three catches for 90 yards and a score.

Stanton County defeated Southwestern Heights, 20-6. Senior Juan Aleman had 40 carries for 202 yards. Stanton County lost three fumbles.

Class 8-man I

Argonia-Attica scored all 60 points in the first half in routing Cedar Vale-Dexter, 60-14. Quarterback Dalton Morrison passed for 150 yards and three scores and added 98 rushing yards and two more touchdowns. Thomas Deviney had two receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns for the Titans, while Mac Harnden caught the other touchdown. Carson Vineyard and Maddex Hemberger each rushed for a touchdown.

Hill City standout quarterback Aiden Amrein missed the bulk of Week 1 and all of Week 2. Hill City, though, got past WaKeeney-Trego, 32-18, in a Mid-Continent League road win. Hill City’s defense held Trego to 39 plays for 227 yards. Hill City ran 44 times for 261 yards and three scores. Sophomore backup quarterback Tate Balthazor completed four of eight passes for 46 yards. He rushed 15 times for 104 yards and a score. Nuss had 27 carries for 151 yards and two scores.

Hoxie has posted back-to-back shutouts and rolled over struggling Wheatland-Grinnell with a 56-0 victory. All the points came in the first quarter. All of Hoxie’s offensive plays came on the ground. The Indians ran 23 plays for 235 yards and five touchdowns.

Moundridge, under new coach Tyler O’Connor, improved to 2-0 with a 52-6 win versus Bennington. The Wildcats led 30-0 after the first quarter. Junior Henry Hecox had six of 11 passing for 82 yards with three touchdowns against no interceptions. He rushed 10 times for 73 yards.

Class 8-man II

Lakeside-Downs moved to 2-0 with a second consecutive high-scoring, close win. After holding off Linn 70-56 in Week 1, the Knights edged Reno County Homeschool 56-52 on Friday. Ian Kresin rushed 23 times for 221 yards and five touchdowns to push his season total to push his season totals to 431 yards and 11 touchdowns. Kaden McCoy added 154 yards and a score on the ground. Freshman Bo Smith led Reno County Homeschool by passing for 398 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 95 yards and two scores on the ground. Mason Kingsley led the Sabres with ten catches for 216 yards and four scores.

Frankfort scored 36 points in the first quarter in rolling past Washington County, 54-6. Wildcat quarterback Wes Anderson completed 12 of 17 passes for 233 yards and five touchdowns. He also added a rushing score. Carter Olson had four receptions for 97 yards and three scores, while Lane Loiseau added two touchdown receptions and a rushing score.

Central Plains was a possible upset pick against Macksville, a team that entered last Friday with a 10-1 mark in last 11 games. Central Plains was 2-7 last fall and improved to 2-0 after a 58-12 road win versus Macksville. The Oilers held the Mustangs to nine carries for 40 yards. Macksville scored early before the Oilers quickly went ahead. Coach J.D. Klima took over the Oilers and has led Central Plains to 114 points. The Oilers opened 0-5 last year and scored a total of 46 points in those losses.

Thunder Ridge was expected to have a big season from senior Mason Baker. That has occurred, including in a 46-0 victory versus Mankato-Rock Hills. He rushed 15 times for 190 yards and five touchdowns. Baker completed four of five passes for 30 yards.

Bucklin defeated Kiowa County, 30-12. Junior Lucas Kirk had 22 carries for 174 yards and two scores. Kirk completed six of 24 passes for 71 yards and a score. Junior Kolson Cook had one pass, a 68-yard touchdown to sophomore Nick Feikert. Senior Drew Ellis had 13 tackles, three for loss. Bucklin recovered three fumbles.

Minneola won 68-20 at Spearville. Senior Eli Lang passed for 157 yards and rushed for 113 yards. Lang had one passing score and two rushing touchdowns.



Pawnee Heights blew past Chase, 56-6. Clayton Hammeke passed for 105 yards and a touchdown and added a rushing score. Jimmy Gardner rushed for two score and passed for another for the Tigers. Davin Hamby had a pair of touchdown receptions for Pawnee Heights. Hamby also returned an interception and a kickoff for touchdowns, while Brady Carlson returned a fumble for a score. This was Chase’s first game of the season after an open date in Week 1.

Deerfield improved to 2-0 with a 55-0 win over Western Plains-Healy. Junior Elijah Byrne and classmate Yulexis Quintero-Robles each rushed for two touchdowns in the game. Micheal Macias, Trey Hill, and Colten Musil also reached the end zone. Macias also returned a kickoff for a touchdown. After snapping a 15-game losing streak in the 2022 season-opener, the Spartans have now won 7 of their last 10 games.


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