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