City League’s top two fin­ish­ers to meet again in Kansas foot­ball play­offs

The Wichita Eagle (Sunday) - - Sports - BY HAY­DEN BAR­BER

With the state quar­ter­fi­nals fall­ing upon Kansas, the sto­ry­lines are be­gin­ning to play out.

Here are 10 take­aways from the re­gional cham­pi­onships head­ing into the sec­tional round of the 2018 Kansas high school foot­ball play­offs:

1. THE BIG ONE, PART 2

There will be a re­match of one of the Wi­chita area’s best games of the 2018 sea­son.

In Week 1, Wi­chita North­west went on the road and beat Bishop Car­roll 23-22. The Golden Ea­gles will get a shot at redemp­tion as both teams won their re­gional cham­pi­onships Fri­day.

Car­roll smoked Salina Cen­tral 52-14, and North­west eased past a dan­ger­ous Em­po­ria group 56-21.

The City League’s top two fin­ish­ers will be meet­ing again, and Car­roll coach Dusty Trail is ready.

“It’s go­ing to be a dog fight, it’s go­ing to be a bat­tle,” Trail said.

2. ONE MAIZE

With 4:47 to go in the first quar­ter, ju­nior re­ceiver Cam­den Jur­gensen gave Fri­day’s big­gest ri­valry juice.

Jur­gensen hauled in a 37-yard touch­down pass from se­nior quar­ter­back Caleb Grill, and soon af­ter he scored, he turned around and flashed the Mav­er­icks’ “Hook ‘em” hand sig­nal up­side down.

There was only room for one Maize team in the Kansas state play­offs af­ter the re­gional round, and that was the Ea­gles, who blasted Maize South 35-0 for the first time in school his­tory.

Maize en­tered 0-2 against its crosstown ri­val. The Ea­gles’ de­fense was as ad­ver­tised again, hold­ing Maize South out of the red zone all but a cou­ple of times. And when the Maver-

icks got there, Maize was ex­cel­lent at forc­ing turnovers on downs and block­ing field goals.

3. A BIG HIT

Mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter, God­dard snagged the mo­men­tum.

Ju­nior line­backer Dhi­mani But­ler spied An­dover Cen­tral quar­ter­back Shomani Parnell, and when a shot opened up, he took it and forced a fum­ble that helped set a tone in the Lions’ 21-7 third straight re­gional cham­pi­onship vic­tory.

With the win, God­dard moves to 8-2 and will play Welling­ton (8-2) in the state quar­ter­fi­nals. An­dover Cen­tral coach Tom Aud­ley said the Lions looked the part.

4. ARK YOU KID­DING ME?

The Bull­dogs pulled off a re­mark­able road re­gional cham­pi­onship Fri­day, beat­ing Cof­feyville 28-6.

The Bull­dogs opened the scor­ing with 4:25 to go in the first quar­ter on a 3-yard pass from se­nior quar­ter­back Cevin Clark to se­nior re­ceiver AJ Wil­son.

Cof­feyville an­swered be­fore half­time, but Clark etched out a lead again with a 1-yard run late in the third quar­ter. Ark City de­liv­ered the dag­ger a minute later on a 27-yard touch­down run from se­nior Ike Abrams.

With the win, the Bull­dogs (4-6) move on the state sec­tion­als against un­de­feated McPher­son.

5. ALL UN­BEATEN

The An­dale In­di­ans won their re­gional ti­tle 66-22 over Chap­man on Fri­day. They play 10-0 Scott City in the sec­tional round next.

If An­dale wins that game, it will play the win­ner of Smoky Val­ley and Pratt, also two un­de­feated teams.

And if the In­di­ans win that, too, they could po­ten­tially play Galena or Sa­betha, an­other pair of 10-0 teams.

An­dale coach Dy­lan Sch­midt said 3A is go­ing to be one of the tough­est clas­si­fi­ca­tions to win in Kansas.

6. AVOID­ING HIS­TORY

Con­way Springs knows about the re­gional round too well.

Last year, the Car­di­nals were sur­pris­ingly bounced by Hesston in a 2-point loss. In 2018, they were out to make sure that didn’t hap­pen again.

They didn’t, beat­ing ri­val Cha­parral 21-14 on Fri­day to reach the sec­tional round for the first time since 2013.

7. BE­TWEEN YOU AND MEADE

Sedg­wick pulled out a 20-2 win over Meade to clinch the school’s third re­gional ti­tle in his­tory.

The Car­di­nals nearly pitched a shutout thanks to moster per­for­mances from line­backer Eric Kohncke, de­fen­sive end An­drew Hoff­som­mer and line­backer Gan­non Res­nik.

Sedg­wick (9-1) will play Smith Cen­ter (9-1) for a chance to go to the state semifinals Fri­day.

8. LONE PAN­THER

The Derby Pan­thers beat Dodge City 54-7 to clinch their re­gional cham­pi­onship. It was the largest mar­gin of vic­tory in Class 6A from Fri­day.

With the win, Derby moves on to the 6A sec­tion­als against Topeka (9-1).

9. BUHLER?

Welling­ton beat Buhler 14-7 to clinch its re­gional cham­pi­onship and move on to play God­dard in the Class 4A quar­ter­fi­nals.

Welling­ton won it with 52 sec­onds to play on a 1-yard touch­down. Buhler had a chance to tie the game on the last play, but a 4-yard pass fell in­com­plete.

10. TURN­ING THE KAPAUN

Kapaun’s sea­son is over. The Cru­saders fell on the road to Great Bend in the re­gional cham­pi­onship 31-7 as the Pan­thers’ of­fense came to life late and their de­fense stiff­ened.

Kapaun trailed by only three, 10-7, at half­time. But Great Bend made ad­just­ments that sti­fled the Cru­saders’ of­fense in the sec­ond half.

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