Around the Classes - Week 5 recap

Buhler's Mitchel McDaniel catches a TD pass vs. Mulvane. (photo by Kristy Ehart)
By: Conor Nicholl & Matt Gilmore for
Oct 2, 2023

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Class 6A:

Blue Valley Northwest built a 20-0 first half lead en route to a 27-14 win over Blue Valley West. Husky quarterback Nate Livingston passed for 207 yards and three touchdowns and added 118 rushing yards and another score. Gavin Hoffman caught four passes for 127 yards and two scores. Tate Nagy threw for 141 yards and two scores for Blue Valley West. Sage Huffman was limited to 27 rush yards on 18 carries, but had a pair of receptions for 96 yards and reached the end zone for a score.

Lawrence score in each quarter in beating Shawnee Mission North, 37-22. Banks Bowen passed for 252 yards and three touchdowns and added 94 yards on the ground with a rushing score. Tahj Edwards and Gabe Wingerd each had 78 yards receiving and each caught a touchdown pass. Mason Mosiman caught the third of Bowen’s touchdown passes.

Shawnee Mission Northwest stopped its three-game losing streak with a 20-12 win over Olathe West on Thursday night. The Cougars’ three consecutive losses came to 6A No. 2 Olathe North, 5A No. 2 Mill Valley, and unbeaten Lawrence Free State. Against Olathe West, the Cougar defense limited the Owls to 99 yards rushing on 33 attempts. Northwest will travel to Olathe South this week.

Wichita Heights improved to 4-1 with a 32-0 shutout of Wichita South. The Falcons rushed for 375 yards in the game led by Lucas Meyer and Jameson Holland. Meyer rushed for 138 yards and Holland added 120 yards. Each scored two times and Dennis Carter added a score.

Class 5A:

Liberal remained unbeaten with a 28-21 win over Garden City. Brooks Kappelmann passed for 252 yards and three touchdowns – two of which went to James Fieser who caught six passes for 78 yards. Zayden Martinez caught seven passes for 133 yards and a score. Xavier Porras added 115 yards rushing.

Lansing routed Topeka West 84-14 on Thursday night. Dalton Jorgensen passed for 217 yards and two touchdowns, while Reid Oakley added 159 yards passing and three scores. Lexton Grafke had six receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. A.J. Allen and Caden Howell each had a pair of touchdown catches. Tyrone Butler, Jr. had 106 yards rushing and a score, while freshman Jaxon Pollard added 90 yards and a touchdown. Howell also added a pair of rushing scores.

Great Bend shut out Dodge City, 28-0, behind a big night from senior Cody Miller. Miller rushed 28 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Daxton Minton threw a pair of touchdown passes and added 63 yards rushing. Ian Premer and freshman Kale Kern each caught touchdown passes.

Hutchinson rebounded from its loss to Derby with a 57-14 win over Salina South. The Salthawks scored 35 points in the first half in rolling to its third victory. Hutchinson will travel to take on Haysville Campus next week. Salina South dropped its 20th consecutive game.

Spring Hill survived an upset bid from Ottawa by holding off the Cyclones, 27-21. Spring Hill standout senior Colton McKanna rushed for 189 yards and four touchdowns in the game. McKanna has pushed his season total to 945 yards and 16 touchdowns.


Class 4A:

Basehor-Linwood picked up a third consecutive win with a 44-14 decision over Leavenworth. Brady Vandonge passed for 236 yards and two scores – connecting with Kaleb Scott seven times for 125 yards and both touchdowns. Sam Boetcher rushed for 159 yards and three touchdowns.

St. James Academy picked up its first win of the season by doubling-up St. Pius X (Mo.), 34-17. Quarterback Ben Wheeler passed for 211 yards and three touchdowns. Wheeler connected with Jack Alters on a 76-yard touchdown pass and also threw scoring strikes to Parker Chase and Sam Niesen.

Chanute handled SEK League rival Independence, 35-0. Sophomore quarterback Kris Harding passed for 185 yards and two touchdowns – one each to Jase Tarter and Jordan Duncan. Junior Landen Bilby led the Blue Comets on the ground with 150 yards and added a score.

The Buhler Crusaders outscored Mulvane 59-36 to pick up their fourth straight win. Quarterback Jeffrey Neill passed for 201 yards and two touchdowns and added three rushing scores. Ben Clouse carried 22 times for 204 yards and three scores. Mitchel McDaniel and Ty Goans each caught touchdown passes. Fisher Dye led Mulvane with 157 yards and two scores and added a touchdown reception, while Manny Myers passed for nearly 200 yards and two scores.

Class 3A:

Parsons shut out Riverton, 27-0, to remain unbeaten. The Vikings led 13-0 at halftime and added a score in each of the third and fourth quarters. Jahmarion Washington led the Vikings with 188 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Tra Mack passed for 134 yards and connected with Landon Wheat on a touchdown pass.  

Holcomb scored in each quarter in routing Colby, 55-21. Keegan Johnson passed for 195 yards and threw four touchdown passes. He connected with Korbin Johnson three times for 97 yards and two scores. Jareht Herrell and Damon Mesa each added touchdown catches. Mesa added 91 yards rushing and two scores.  

Concordia picked up its first win of the season by shutting out Hiawatha, 49-0. The Panthers rushed for 496 yards in the game and averaged 11.5 yards per attempt. Mason Eickmann carried seven times for 186 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman Drake Blochlinger rushed for 117 yards and two scores and Drew Sterrett added 96 yards and two scores.

Baxter Springs picked up its fourth win of the season by beating nearby rival Galena, 28-20. Payton Gains passed for 145 yards, including a touchdown to Jacob Grant. Grant caught five passes for 120 yards. Gains added 133 yards and three scores.

Wellsville shut out Bishop Ward, 39-0, to improve to 4-0 on the season. William Dorsey completed 18 of 24 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns. Brody Lee caught seven passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns while Dezmond Winton added 108 receiving yards and a score.  

Class 2A:

Humboldt improved to 5-0 with a 62-0 win against Eureka and sets up a big home game versus Council Grove that is likely for the district title. Junior Blake Ellis is four of nine passing for 76 yards with two scores against an interception. Junior Cole Mathes had 13 carries for 134 yards and score. Humboldt had 33 rushes for 269 yards and five touchdowns. Junior Brody Gunderman returned a kickoff for a score.

Council Grove rolled over West Franklin, 42-0. The Braves have permitted just 35 points in a 4-1 start. Council Grove outgained West Franklin, 387-63. West Franklin finished 1 of 12 on third and fourth down. Council Grove quarterback Ace Monihen, a starter since his freshman year, broke the school record for passing touchdowns with 31. The previous mark was 30 set by Derek Ziegenhirt in 2010. Monihen is second in career TDs responsible for in Council Grove history. Council Grove had season highs in yardage and points and posted its first shutout of the fall.

After a scoreless first quarter, Russell steadily pulled away from depleted Thomas More Prep-Marian in a 26-6 victory in a 2A district contest. TMP was down multiple starters, including QB Carson Liles and RB/ATH Griffin Schumacher. Russell scored early in the second quarter on a run from Brayden Suchy. Then, TMP junior Austin Gilbert scored the Monarchs’ lone touchdown on a pick-six from 15 yards out. Midway in the third quarter, Russell scored off a blocked punt. Russell scored twice more, on a run from quarterback Mason Rohr and a pick-six from Walker Middleton. Rohr finished with 230 yards of total offense. TMP had 44 plays for 123 yards of offense. Russell committed four turnovers. Russell is 3-2, 1-1 in District 8, while TMP stands at 3-2, 0-1.

Beloit defeated Phillipsburg, 46-24, and won its third straight contest. Phillipsburg scored and closed the gap to 30-16 in the second quarter before Christian Mears returned a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown. Against Beloit’s stout run defense, Phillipsburg ran 46 times for 232 yards and two scores. Beloit only outgained Phillipsburg, 302-278. However, Beloit benefited from the kickoff return for a score and zero turnovers. Phillipsburg committed two turnovers. Brodie Schroeder finished with 22 carries for 135 yards and two TDs.

Garden Plain defeated Haven, 41-19, and moved to 4-1. Garden Plain led 14-0 after the first quarter and 20-13 at halftime. The Owls ran the ball on 43 of 46 plays. Senior Gage Lee had a massive contest with 23 rushes for 316 yards and a score. Junior quarterback Brady Brack rushed for a pair of TDs on the goal line. Junior Seth Dugan’s one reception went for a 65-yard touchdown.

Class 1A:

Medicine Lodge has quietly put together a solid 3-2 start with close losses to Garden Plain and Conway Springs. On Friday, the Indians held off much-improved Sterling, 21-20. Medicine Lodge rolled up 363 yards of total offense. Junior Keveon Ruiz completed 14 of 28 passes for 156 yards with two scores against two interceptions. Ruiz had 16 carries for 98 yards and a score. Sophomore Jack Schreiner finished with 15 carries for 102 yards. Ruiz found junior Derrek Randels for a key 35-yard pass on third and 25. Plus, Ruiz forced and recovered a fumble. Sterling led 7-0 before Medicine Lodge scored 21 unanswered points. In the fourth quarter, Sterling scored on a four-yard run. Sterling completed a 77-yard pass but the two-point conversion failed. The Indians held Sterling and outstanding running back Zane Farney to 38 carries for 138 yards and two scores.

Plainville defeated Ellis, 38-10, in a key Mid-Continent League 1A district rivalry contest. AJ Brown opened the game with a 90-yard kickoff return for a score. Ellis had a 10-8 lead at halftime. However, Plainville scored unanswered points in the second half. Brown had a 63-yard pass and scoring runs of 30, 13 and 58 yards. Plainville held Ellis’ potent pass offense to 13 of 31 passing for 202 yards with a score against two interceptions.

Conway Springs bowled over Ellinwood, 55-20. Conway ran 44 times for 375 yards and six touchdowns. Conway led 20-6 after the first quarter and 34-12 at halftime.

Class 8-man I

West Elk beat Flinthills, 52-0. Junior Creyo Koop has two rushing touchdowns. West Elk held Flinthills to negative rushing yards and 0 of 3 passing with two interceptions.

Oswego picked up a 54-26 home victory versus Sedan. All of Oswego’s yards came on the ground. The Indians attempted two passes and rushed 47 times for 331 yards. Junior Josh Hutchinson finished with 17 carries for 211 yards and four scores. Sophomore Owen Jackson delivered 19 rushes for 72 yards. Senior Ty Walker had three touchbacks and was perfect on four kicks: 2 of 2 on extra points and 2 of 2 on field goals with a long of 37 yards.

Herington won 52-22 at Pretty Prairie and moved to 4-1. The Railers were a combined 3-13 in the last two seasons. Herington has already won its most games since 2016, when it opened 4-0 and finished 7-2. Senior Tyus Becker completed seven of 12 passes for 177 yards with four touchdowns against no interceptions. Becker had eight carries for 150 yards and two scores. Junior Cameron Svitak had four receptions for 71 yards and two TDs. Senior Caleb Darrow and junior David Dallinga combined for three catches for 106 yards and two TDs.

South Sumner County won, 56-6, at Oxford and stayed perfect in the regular season in the last two years. Senior Alex Smith had 14 carries for 223 yards with five scores. The Outlaws limited much improved Oxford to 28 plays for 98 yards.

Class 8-man II

Thunder Ridge beat Lakeside-Downs, 92-52, behind an historic day for senior QB/ATH Mason Baker, the state’s leading rusher, had 27 carries for a school record 407 yards and eight scores. Baker completed 13 of 16 passes for 195 yards along with three TDs. He also caught one pass for 34 yards. Thunder Ridge had 670 yards of total offense on 53 plays. He also had 148 kickoff return yards, 31 interception return yards, 15 tackles, two interceptions and a kickoff return for a score.

Marmaton Valley defeated Hartford, 80-22. Junior Brayden Lawson completed nine of 10 passes for 194 yards with five touchdowns against zero interceptions. He had seven carries for 138 yards and two TDs. Junior Jaedon Granere caught two passes, both for scores, from four and 64 yards. Sophomore Tyler Lord had three receptions for 83 yards and two TDs.

Hodgeman County defeated Bucklin, 40-38. Senior Owen Reece continued his great season after he was hurt most of the last football season and had a huge basketball year. Reece completed 23 of 33 passes for 311 yards with four touchdowns against no interceptions. He had 24 carries for 101 yards and two TDs. Junior Hazen Rydquist had 15 carries for 150 yards and a score. Sophomore Devin Shank finished with four catches for 146 yards and two TDs. Bucklin played two quarterbacks, both juniors with Lucas Kirk and Kolson Cook. Kirk completed seven of 14 passes for 74 yards with an interception. Cook completed both of his passes for 81 yards and scores. Kirk had 19 carries for 139 yards and two TDs. Senior Drew Ellis had 12 rushes for 131 yards and two scores.


Peabody-Burns defeated Southern Coffey County, 47-0. Peabody freshman Aiden Hurst completed four of nine passes for 190 yards with a touchdown. He rushed 14 times for 132 yards with two scores. Juniors Cade Gossen and Chris Spencer each rushed for two TDs. Freshman Jameson Miles had two catches for 81 yards and a scores. Peabody-Burns is 3-2 with all its yards from non-seniors. The Warriors outgained the Titans, 382-84.

Golden Plains earned its first win of the season with a 57-7 victory at Western Plains. Junior Josh Rath had four of nine passing for 32 yards and two scores. Sophomore Dylan Wark had six carries for 73 yards and three TDs. Golden Plains ran 27 plays and scored seven TDs.

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