Picks to Click -- Week 7

McPherson QB Kyler Kinnamon will lead the Bullpups against unbeaten Smoky Valley. (Photo: Joey Bahr)
By: John Baetz; Dion Clisso; Matt Gilmore; Chet Kuplen; Conor Nicholl; Mark Schremmer
Oct 16, 2013

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In our Picks to Click, we feature six 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 six 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.  Check back next Thursday to see our picks for next week, and how the players performed that we picked the week prior. See the bottom of this article for details.

Tucker Horak, QB, Rossville  (Gilmore)

Just a sophomore, Horak (5-9, 175) has been the primary driver of a Rossville offense that is averaging more than 40 points per game. Horak is the Bulldogs’ leading rusher with 758 yards and 15 touchdowns while averaging nearly eight yards per carry.  He has completed 64 percent of his passes for 943 yards and eight scores. Horak should have another big offensive night on Friday as Rossville hosts Mission Valley to open district play.

Kyler Kinnamon, QB, McPherson  (Baetz)

Prior to last week's win against Mulvane, the Bullpups had serious concerns on both sides of the ball. They had lost back-to-back games in which they allowed at least 28 points and scored no more than 17, but with one half of football McPherson was able to re-establish themselves as a scoring machine that can find an answer on defense when needed. The bulk of that offense goes through junior quarterback Kyler Kinnamon, who rushed for a whopping 225 yards and 3 touchdowns on only 12 attempts against the Wildcats. While the Bullpups will be tested this week against undefeated county rival Smoky Valley, Kinnamon's a gamer and will lead the way for the Bullpup offense.

Michael Mason, RB, Mulvane  (Kuplen)

Mason, a 6-1 200 pound senior, has rushed for more than 170 yards in each of his six games this season for the Wildcats (3-3). On the season, he has 1,358 yards on 164 carries (8.28 yards per carry) with 17 rushing touchdowns. Mason, who lifted 26 reps on 185-pound bench at the Shrine Bowl Combine this summer, has four games this season with over 200 rushing yards. Look for the yards to keep coming for him this Friday against Winfield in the opening round of district play.

Henry McGrew, LB, Blue Valley  (Clisso)

The senior linebacker and Illinois-commit has been the leader of the Tigers defense all season. He makes tackles behind the line and helped to keep St. Thomas Aquinas to just three points last week. Blue Valley will need another strong performance out of McGrew (6-3, 235) as it takes on Blue Valley Southwest in the first game of district play.

Skyler Tebo, DL, Ellis    (Nicholl)

Tebo is a three-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines for the Railroaders. Also a three-time all-state golfer, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Tebo leads the 2-4 Railers with 46 tackles - it's rare for a defensive lineman to pace his team in tackles. Tebo also has a tackle for loss, a sack, pass defended and a blocked field goal. In his career, Tebo has played in 26 games with 104 tackles and seven sacks. Tebo already has 12 more tackles this season than he has had in any year of his career. He and senior veteran linemen Nick Gehring and Brody Douglas will need to have big games in a key home district contest against a depleted St. Francis squad.

Brylie Ware, QB, Sedgwick  (Schremmer)

Ware has been an extremely accurate passer in leading the Cardinals to a 5-1 record this season. The 6-0, 190-pound junior has completed 100 of 160 passes for 1,559 yards with 11 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Ware also has rushed for 397 yards and six touchdowns. In last week's 49-24 win over Moundridge, he had a season-best 338 passing yards with three touchdowns. Ware could have big numbers again this week at home against the 2-4 Wichita Independent Panthers.

Week Six’s Picks to Click results (scoring):

Kyle Comstock, RB, Tescott – Comstock rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns as the Trojans beat Chase, 60-24. (Baetz – 36 pts)

Lyndon O-Line – The Tiger O-Line paved the way for 522 yards of total offense including 392 yards rushing. Josh Owens rushed for 290 yards for Lyndon. The Tigers rushed for six touchdowns on the night. (Kuplen – 28 pts)

Jacob Norris, QB, Norwith – Norris passed for 72 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 66 yards in limited action in the first quarter of Norwich’s 56-48 win over Goessel. Tristian Wallace stepped in for Norris and passed for 360 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 101 yards and three scores. (Gilmore – 25 pts)

Northern Valley O-Line – Northern Valley posted 413 yards of total offense and produced nine offensive touchdowns in a 70-24 win over Natoma. (Nicholl –35 pts)

Greyson Tempel, QB, Garden City – Tempel passed for 149 yards and three touchdowns and added 160 rushing yards and a score. Garden City beat Wichita East 35-7.  (Schremmer – 54 pts)

Ryan Willis, QB, Bishop Miege – Willis did not play in Miege’s 21-19 win over Blue Valley West due to a concussion. Nolan Gray stepped in at quarterback and tossed two touchdowns passes for the Stags. (Clisso – 0 pts)


2013 Picks to Click contributor standings (after Week 6):

Conor Nicholl, Hays Daily News (209 points)

Mark Schremmer, Joplin Globe (195 points)

Chet Kuplen, Kansas-Sports.com & @sportsinkansas (192 points)

Matt Gilmore, Kpreps.com (187 points)

John Baetz, Kansas Pregame Magazine (179 points)

Dion Clisso, PrepsKC.com (146 points)

2013 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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