Player Picks to Click - Week 7

Cedar Vale-Dexter RB Brogan Myers (10) runs during his 9-TD game against Sedan. (by Gloria McCall)
By: John Baetz; Hayden Barber; Sean Boston; Dion Clisso; Matt Gilmore; Chet Kuplen; Brent Maycock, Conor Nicholl
Oct 11, 2018

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In our Picks to Click, we feature eight players or units from across the state that we feel will have breakout performances on Friday night.

This season, we’ve assembled a team of eight media members across the state to each select one player (or unit) each week.  We will track the cumulative statistics of our selections throughout the season similar to fantasy scoring.  

Picks to Click contributors for the 2018 season include: John Baetz (Kansas Pregame Magazine); Hayden Barber (Wichita Eagle); Sean Boston (KSKZ-Radio); Dion Clisso (; Matt Gilmore (; Chet Kuplen (Sports in Kansas); Brent Maycock (Topeka Capital Journal); and Conor Nicholl (

Check back next Thursday to see our picks for Week 8, and how the players performed that we picked the week prior. See the bottom of this article for details.

Garrett Burden, QB, Medicine Lodge  (Maycock)

Garrett Burden was one of Class 2-1A's most prolific passers a year ago for Medicine Lodge when he threw for 1,872 yards and 19 touchdowns. With Medicine Lodge moving down to eight-man football this year and graduation claiming leading receiver Drew Honas, the question was if Burden and the passing attack would translate well.

It has. Burden began his senior season by throwing for 302 yards and seven touchdowns in a rout of St. John and he's hardly slowed down since. Burden has amassed 1,649 yards and 28 touchdowns in six games and is coming off a 377-yard, 6-touchdown performance in a win over Udall. Argonia-Attica has been a postseason fixture of late and is capable of lighting things up, scoring 70 last week. If this becomes a shootout, Burden could have a monster night.

Zane Colson, RB, Mankato-Rock Hills (Baetz)

In a season where the Grizzlies backfield has been decimated by injury, senior Zane Colson has been the one constant. Through five games - not counting a week one forfeit by Blue Valley Randolph - Colson has rushed for 720 yards on 62 carries, an 11.6 yard per carry clip with 11 TDs.

Friday against Southern Cloud Colson erupted for 339 yards and five touchdowns and is now over 3,400 yards rushing for his career. Colson also has a kick return touchdown this season and has accounted for 61 total touchdowns for his career. Rock Hills faces Pike Valley in a key 8-Man II, District 4 contest, and Colson will need a big game to keep the Grizzlies in the driver's seat for the district title.

Kail Dubbert, LB, Beloit St. John’s-Tipton (Kuplen)

Dubbert has helped St. John’s-Tipton to a 4-2 start with a strong start on both sides of the ball. While Dubbert has rushed for more than 620 yards and 11 touchdowns, he also is the Blujays leading tackler. Dubbert (5-8, 170) has registered 91 total tackles from his linebacker position, including 53 solo stops and 38 assists. That works out to approximately 15 stops per game.

The Blujays already have four wins and have clinched a spot in the 8-Man, Division II bracket, but a win this week against Lakeside-Downs would set up a district championship game with Mankato-Rock Hills next week.

Gabe Hoover, WR, McPherson (Boston)

Hoover has been one of the top big playmakers in the state this year for unbeaten McPherson. The senior wideout has caught two touchdowns in each of the Bullpups’ last three games, and has gone over 100+ receiving yards in four of the six games played thus far.

Look for him to have another big week against winless Rose Hill. This Bullpups offense is high-flying and will be hard to stop. Hoover probably will only play one half, but he will put up some video game numbers in that time. 

Hoxie Offensive Line  (Nicholl)

The 5-1 Indians have fallen out of the state rankings with a 64-30 loss to undefeated St. Francis in Week 5, but remain a strong state contender in highly competitive Eight-Man, Division I. While Hoxie has had allowed 20.3 points per contest, the offense has scored 45 a game.

The Indians’ experienced and massive line with seniors Taye Washington, Colton Heskett, Sam Bretz and Jarrod Dible, have allowed the Indians to match last year’s scoring average from a 12-1 team that captured the Division I title.

Hoxie has averaged 237 rushing yards a game and 110 passing yards a contest. Senior Jared Kennedy has completed 42 of 68 passes for 662 yards with a 6/6 TD/INT ratio.

Junior Wylie Weems has 124 carries for 764 yards in his first year as the starting running back, and Kennedy has contributed 358 rushing yards and 10 scores. Hoxie has averaged 6.97 yards per play after 6.27 yards per play last fall.

This week, the Indians’ offensive line looks for another big game on the road against Oberlin (3-3).

Brogan Myers, RB, Cedar Vale-Dexter  (Gilmore)

Sophomore running back Brogan Myers has enjoyed a breakout season for the Spartans. Behind a strong offensive line, Myers (5-8, 205) has rushed for 1,175 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. He is averaging 12.1 yards per carry. His combination of power, balance, and speed has allowed him to put up some big performances. None bigger than his 262-yard, 9-touchdown effort in a 64-32 win over district foe Sedan. Myers has also broken the 250-yard mark two other times, including a season high 289 yards with five scores against South Haven, and 279 yards and six touchdowns against Flinthills.

Myers and the Spartans sit tied atop the Distirct 1 standings along with Central Burden. While a showdown with the Raiders looms next week, the Spartans will put their record and district-leading points margin on the line against Oswego this week. The Indians likely need at least one more win to secure a spot int the 8-Man, Division I bracket and have been involved in high-scoring games the last three weeks. If this turns into another shootout, look for Myers to have another big night.

Olathe North Offensive Line (Clisso)

The Eagles are one of the best rushing offenses in the Kansas City Metro. Two weeks ago, the Olathe North offensive line plowed the road for more than 400 yards rushing in a win over Olathe South. The Eagles get Lawrence this week and it could be another big night for the Olathe North offense.

Alex Schremmer, WR, Great Bend  (Barber)

Schremmer is the Panthers' top receiving option so far this season with 707 yards and nine touchdowns. Senior quarterback Koy Brack has done an excellent job orchestrating the Great Bend offense that frankly hasn't gotten enough praise having scored 35 on Andover, 34 on Wichita Northwest and 33 on Bishop Carroll. This week, the Panthers go to Liberal - a team whose only win came against a winless opponent. Schremmer has the potential to pad some stats and help Great Bend stay hot in 2018.

Week 6 Picks to Click results (scoring):

Cameron Burt, WR, Blue Valley North – Burt caught eight passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns as the Mustangs beat Blue Valley Southwest, 48-6. (Clisso –28 pts)

Dalen Kistner, QB, Hartford – Kistner passed for 120 yards and four touchdowns and added 126 rushing yards and three scores in the Jaguars win over Marais des Cygnes Valley. (Kuplen – 66 pts)

Jace Mackley, QB, Weskan – Mackley had a huge night in Weskan’s 52-46 win over Golden Plains. Jace passed for 313 yards and five touchdowns, and added 185 yards rushing and two more scores. (Nicholl – 91 pts)

Wyatt Pedigo, RB, Hoisington – Pedigo rushed for 223 yards and three touchdowns and caught a pass for 18 yards in the Cardinals’ 41-6 win over Minneapolis. (Maycock – 41 pts)

Taylon Peters, RB, Salina Central – Peters rushed for 296 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Mustangs to a 33-19 win over Newton. Peters also had one catch for 22 yards in the game. (Barber – 61 pts)

Phillipsburg Offensive Line – Phillipsburg defeated Ellsworth 48-3 in a game called a halftime due to weather. The offensive line helped the Panthers to 209 yards of total offense and five offensive touchdowns.  (Boston – 19 pts)

Jack Roberts, QB, Shawnee Mission South – Roberts passed for 154 yards and two touchdowns and added 119 yards rushing and a fourth-quarter score to lift the Raiders to a 30-24 win over Lawrence. (Baetz – 44 pts)

Wichita Northwest OL – The Northwest OL helped produce 607 yards of total offense and nine touchdowns in a 61-15 win at Garden City.  (Gilmore – 39 pts)

Standings for the 2018 season through Week 6:

  1. Conor Nicholl, Kpreps                                                            283 points
  2. Brent Maycock, Topeka Capital Journal                                 260 points
  3. Chet Kuplen, Sports in Kansas                                              258 points
  4. Hayden Barber, Wichita Eagle-Varsity Kansas                      234 points
  5. Sean Boston, KSKZ-Radio                                                     211 points
  6. John Baetz, Kansas Pregame Magazine                               210 points
  7. Matt Gilmore,                                                     177 points
  8. Dion Clisso,                                                     126 points

 2018 Picks to Click

- The objective will be to have the most cumulative points over the course of the season.

- Participants may select a quarterback, running back, WR/TE, offensive line or a defensive player each week.

- Everyone must pick a WR/TE, offensive line and defensive player at least once.

- Points will be rewarded only for the player's offensive or defensive stats, depending on how you designate the player that week. For instance, if you pick a running back then you will not receive any of his points for defense.

Scoring system


- 1 point for every 10 yards passing, rushing or receiving from a quarterback, running back or wide receiver

- 6 points for every passing, rushing or receiving touchdown

Offensive line

- 1 point for every 50 yards gained as an offense

- 3 points for every offensive touchdown

Defensive player

- 2 points for every tackle

- 4 points for every INT, sack or fumble recovery

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