By Matt Gilmore & Mark Schremmer, Kpreps.com
Posted: November 8, 2011 - 10:21 AM
Kpreps.com takes you Around the Brackets after each round of the playoffs.
In this edition, we’ll look at several games from Friday and Saturday night as the 11-Man classifications reach the quarterfinals, while the 8-Man classes are down to the final four.
Olathe East used a 21-point second quarter to beat Olathe Northwest for the second time this season. The Hawks led 27-3 at halftime thanks to second-quarter touchdown runs from Kendall Kelly, John Kelsh, and John Blazevic. Olathe Northwest would rally in the second half behind quarterback Dalton Rook and two Connor Middleton touchdown runs, but the Ravens would fall 40-23. Rook completed 28 of 48 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown for Olathe Northwest. Willie Cauley finished with seven receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown in his last game. Bryce Grimm also had 111 receiving yards on eight catches for the Ravens. Kelly and Kelsh would each finish with two rushing touchdowns for Olathe East, and Hayden Frazier returned a kickoff 56 yards for a touchdown for the Hawks in the fourth quarter.
Olathe South beat Lawrence for the second time this season with a solid offensive performance that saw the Falcons put up more than 430 yards of total offense. Olathe South led the Lions 25-7 at halftime thanks to two Fritz Wilbur touchdown runs. Matt Elliott also had a touchdown receiving and rushing in the first half. Quarterback Frankie Seurer completed 7 of 8 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns, while Jordan Ward led the Falcons with 107 yards and a score rushing. Lawrence quarterback Brad Strauss came off the bench to play in the first quarter and led the Lions on a scoring drive, but the usually shifty runner was limited to the pocket by a bum ankle that has forced him to miss the last game. Strauss completed 17 of 22 passes for 113 yard and a touchdown before leaving early in the third quarter because of that ankle.
Brett Sterbach rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns as Shawnee Mission West scored the first 45 points in a 52-7 blowout over Leavenworth. The win snapped a streak of three consecutive first round losses for the Vikings. Leavenworth finished 2-8 under second-year coach Kevin Kopecky, but the Pioneers made their first playoff appearance since 1981.
Dakota Collins threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns as Shawnee Mission East beat Shawnee Mission Northwest, 38-21. Connor Rellihan caught an 80-yard touchdown bomb from Collins and added 141 yards rushing on just four carries.
Second-ranked Manhattan had little trouble with Dodge City as the Indians dominated the Red Demons, 55-0. Ty Suggs rushed for 164 yards and six touchdowns for the Indians on 23 carries. Manhattan’s defense held Dodge City to just 80 yards of total offense on the night.
Garden City built a 21-0 lead after three quarters in getting past Wichita South, 35-7. Five different Buffaloes scores in the game beginning with Zach Lamb who led Garden City with 57 yards rushing. The Buffaloes have the tall task of taking on top-ranked Wichita Heights in the second round.
Emporia built a 29-0 halftime lead over Andover Central and rolled to a 56-20 first-round win. The Spartans forced three first-half Jaguar turnovers including a 98-yard pick-six by Cody Campbell on the last play of the first half. Derek Gifford rushed for 217 yards and a touchdown to pace the Spartan offense. Alex Bontz rushed for 223 yards and a touchdown in his final game for Andover Central.
Shawnee Heights eliminated Mill Valley for the second consecutive season with a 15-7 win on Friday night. The T-Birds were led by quarterback Cole Foster who rushed for 100 yards and threw for 158 yards in the game. The game was a complete 180 from last year’s first-round contest won by Heights 56-30. Skyler Windmiller led the Jaguars by throwing for 162 yards and a touchdown to Ethan Rice. Mill Valley lost in the first round of the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
McPherson held leads of 24-6 in the first half and 31-18 entering the fourth quarter, but Kapaun Mt. Carmel rallied late with the help of two onside kicks to shock the Bullpups, 32-31. Crusader quarterback Nathan Degenhardt threw a touchdown pass to Jack Martin with 1:54 left to play to pull Kapaun within 31-25. The Crusaders recovered the onside kick, and Degenhardt hooked up with Martin again with 34 seconds left to give Kapaun the 32-31 win. McPherson quarterback Tyler Matthews threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns. Jordan Hart caught 11 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown. Degenhardt rushed for 135 yards and threw for 177 yards for the Crusaders.
Bishop Carroll won its ninth straight game in holding off Salina South 24-7 in the opening round of the 5A playoffs. Quarterback Zeke Palmer threw for 190 yards and rushed for 50 more and a touchdown as the Eagles built a 17-0 halftime lead. Salina South quarterback Christian Linenberger ended a brilliant senior season on a rough note – leaving with a shoulder injury in the first half. Cody Busby led the Cougars with 83 yards rushing on 17 carries.
Sophomore Traevohn Wrench rushed 23 times for 456 yards and seven touchdowns as Gardner-Edgerton blasted Bonner Springs 76-40. The Trialblazers built a 55-7 lead, and led 55-20 at halftime when Wrench had more than 300 yards rushing. Gardner-Edgerton scored twice on special teams after blocking two punts for touchdowns in the game. Bonner Springs was led by sophomore quarterback Jordan Jackson who threw for more than 400 yards in the game. Blazer QB Jared Hobby threw two touchdown passes including one with 3:32 left in the third quarter to give Gardner a 76-26 lead and start the running clock.
Blake Kisner rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown as Chanute shutout defending state champion Louisburg, 21-0. Junior quarterback Brock Gilmore threw two touchdown passes – including a game sealing 68-yard strike to Brandon Bell in the fourth quarter. Chanute’s win was the first playoff victory by an SEK League school over a non-SEK League opponent since 2007 – breaking a streak of 13 consecutive losses.
Dillon O’Dell rushed for two touchdowns as Blue Valley Southwest continued its playoff run with a 41-14 win over KC Piper. The Timberwolves built a 27-0 halftime lead en route to their second playoff win in the school’s short history. Bill Lowe’s team will travel to Paola on Friday to take on the fourth-ranked Panthers.
Ulysses held off a fourth-quarter Hesston rally to top the Swathers 26-19. The Tigers built a 18-9 lead at halftime and extended that lead to 26-9 after a fumble return for a touchdown by Chase Rudzik. Hesston would score on a touchdown pass from Tim Raleigh to Mark Jensen and a field goal from Eyan Roth – his second of the game – to pull within 26-19. Josh Jarnigan led the Tigers with 154 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Basehor-Linwood’s undefeated season came to an abrupt end at home on Saturday night as visiting Eudora beat the Bobcats 28-21. The Cardinals and Bobcats played to a 15-15 first-half tie before Basehor-Linwood took the lead in the fourth quarter on Colin Murphy’s third touchdown pass of the game. Eudora would respond on their first play from scrimmage with an 87-yard touchdown run by quarterback Derek Webb. After a Bobcat turnover, Webb hit Gabe Cleveland on a 17-yard touchdown pass to give Eudora a 28-21 lead. Basehor’s last drive ended on downs just past mid-field and the Cardinals ran out the clock. Webb rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns on the night.
Scott City overcame an early turnover and a Truitt Kuhlmann kickoff return for a touchdown to bury Smith Center, 39-20. Colborn Couchman led the Beavers with 180 yards on the ground and three touchdowns. Dalton Buehler added 164 yards rushing and two scores on 19 carries. The Scott City defense held Smith Center to just 133 yards of total offense on 35 plays. Kuhlmann led the Redmen with 70 yards rushing on 19 carries.
Rock Creek got a fourth-quarter Logan Miner touchdown run to edge Mid-East League rival Rossville 13-12. The Mustangs trailed 12-0 in the first quarter after Bulldog quarterback Sam Reesor rushed and passed for a touchdown. But Rock Creek would eventually pull within 12-7 at the half and take the lead for good mid-way through the fourth quarter. Rossville defeated Rock Creek 20-7 during the regular season. This marks the first time since 2008 that Rossville did not advance past the second round and only the third time in the last nine seasons.
Beloit built a 32-7 halftime lead in rolling Phillipsburg 48-7 to advance to the second round. Alex Niemcyzk rushed for a pair of touchdowns for the Trojans who will travel to take on Garden Plain in the quarterfinals.
Dustin Mullinax rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns as Caney Valley rolled past Erie 44-0 to advance to the state quarterfinals. Quarterback Nick Newton added 105 yards and two touchdowns for the Bullpups who improved to 11-0. Caney Valley’s defense held Erie to just 13 total yards – all rushing – on 40 carries.
St. Mary’s Colgan had no trouble with Jefferson Co. North, winning 49-0. Colgan senior running back Christian Smith ran for 178 yards and three TDs on only four carries as the Panthers took a 28-0 lead into halftime. Colgan has made it to the state quarterfinals in every season since 1999.
Doniphan West freshman quarterback Tristan Speer hurled a 40-yard Hail Mary pass to Marc Ellis to beat St. Marys 32-26 in the final seconds. Speer completed 20-of-33 passes for 290 yards and four TDs in the victory.
Riverside quarterback Derek Nold passed for 197 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 125 yards and two touchdowns as the Cyclones beat Lyndon 26-21. Nold’s scoring plays included an 84-yard TD pass to Brandon Bell in the fourth quarter. Lyndon’s Jordan Tillman rushed for 108 yards and two TDs in the loss.
Centralia built a 46-0 lead at halftime and went on to cruise 46-6 against Wabaunsee. The loss ends a feel-good season for the Chargers, who finished 2-17 over the past two seasons and entered 2011 with significant obstacles after a brush fire injured two players in the offseason.
Plainville had little difficulty getting the ball in the end zone against Sacred Heart. The Cardinals scored on their first play from scrimmage in a 52-21 victory. Junior running back Trevor Axelson scored on a 27-yard TD run to open the game. Less than four minutes into the game, Plainville already held a 22-0 lead.
Ellis quarterback Riley Hunsicker passed for 268 yards and four TDs, but the Railroaders still fell 35-34 to the Stanton County Trojans. Stanton County quarterback Quinn Kendrick scored on a 2-yard TD run to tie the game with 16 seconds left. Fabian Sierra made the extra-point to give the Trojans a one-point lead. Marques Logan intercepted a Hunsicker pass to end the game.
Levi Morss rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown, and Kip Keeley added 106 yards as LaCrosse defeated Moundridge 34-0. Quarterback Tayler Stull completed only 5-of-14 passes but rushed for three TDs and hit receiver Austin Webs for another.
Meade running back Trevor Wiens blasted the Oakley defense for 357 yards and seven TDs as the Buffaloes defeated Oakley 70-20. Meade rushed for 587 yards in the game, increasing its average to 378.5 yards on the season. Wiens has 1,439 yards and 26 TDs on the season.
Madison knocked Central-Burden out of the playoffs for the second consecutive season. This time, it was a 50-18 Bulldogs victory behind five Kole Schankie touchdowns. The loss for the Raiders ended a brilliant career for senior quarterback Bo Savage. He finished with 2,260 passing yards and 51 TDs in 2011, after throwing for almost 3,000 yards and 52 touchdowns as a junior.
Senior fullback Miles Thomas rumbled for 252 yards, four rushing touchdowns and one receiving TD as Lakeside-Downs beat Marmaton Valley 70-28. Junior Trevor Winkel added 106 yards and a score.
The Osborne Bulldogs controlled the ball and game as they beat Macksville 62-28 thanks to a 20-0 fourth quarter. Osborne ran 48 plays in the first half, compared to Macksville’s 12. The Bulldogs ran for 508 yards in the game, led by running back Damon Schurr with 283 yards and five TDs.
The South Gray Rebels improved to 10-0 on the season after thumping Central Plains 52-6 in the second round of the playoffs. Coulter Croft rushed for 232 yards and four touchdowns for the Rebels, while backfield mate Wyatt Slaven added 129 yards and three scores. It was Central Plains’ first year in existence after the consolidation of Claflin and Quivira Heights.
Baileyville B&B ran through South Barber 44-14 as senior tailback Mitch Engelken rushed for 145 yards and three TDs, and senior fullback Cody Heiman rushed for 107 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, the Falcons recorded four quarterback sacks, including two from senior defensive end Luke Sudbeck.
South Haven won a battle of unbeaten teams 46-14 against Hope. South Haven senior Blake Wilkey rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns in the game, while catching three balls for 111 yards and three TDs.
Tied at 6 early in the third quarter, Otis-Bison scored the next 20 points to beat Victoria 26-6. Dylan Wissman rushed for 105 yards and two TDs for the Cougars.
Thunder Ridge rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Ashland 32-28. Trailing 22-12 entering the fourth quarter, the Longhorns scored 20 points for the victory. Thunder Ridge senior running back Joel Struckhoff rushed for 185 yards and a touchdown in the win. He’s rushed for 1,940 yards and 36 TDs on the season. Ashland quarterback Austin Stebens passed for 147 yards and a touchdown in the loss.