SureFire Picks to Click -- Week 4

Blue Valley's O-Line has allowed the Tigers to rush for 315 yards per game. (by Sydney Hendin)
By: John Baetz; Dion Clisso; Matt Gilmore; Chet Kuplen; Conor Nicholl; Mark Schremmer
Sep 23, 2015

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We have 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.  

Picks to Click contributors for the 2015 season include: John Baetz (Kansas Pregame Magazine); Dion Clisso (; Matt Gilmore (; Chet Kuplen ( & @sportsinkansas); Conor Nicholl (Kpreps contributor); and Mark Schremmer (The Joplin Globe)

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

Blake Beckett, RB, Halstead   (Baetz)

Despite an enormous bullseye on his back after rushing for 2,100 yards last season, Halstead senior Blake Beckett continues to roll up yards in 2015. Beckett has rushed for 506 yards with six touchdowns through three games and is averaging a whopping 10.5 yards per carry. There's no reason to expect him to slow down this week against Smoky Valley.

Blue Valley Offensive Line  (Clisso)

Blue Valley used a dominant ground game to top Bishop Miege 42-35 in last week’s Eastern Kansas League showdown.  The Tigers rushed for 408 yards and six touchdowns against Miege.  The Tiger offensive line has been solid all season paving the way for backs A.J. Totta, William Evans, and quarterback Colton McCumber. Blue Valley is averaging 315 yards rushing per game and 407 yards of total offense per game.

Paul Holt, DE, Burlingame (Gilmore)

Holt (6-2, 185) has been a strong contributor to the Bearcat defense and a key part of Burlingame’s success the past couple of seasons.  Holt earned Kpreps All-District 3 honors last fall at defensive end after registering 93 tackles, including 11 for loss and five sacks.  This season, Paul already has 37 tackles through three games with two tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.  Holt will look to have another strong defensive performance this week as the Bearcats look to stay atop the Lyon County League standings with a win over Waverly.

Dalton Peters, RB, Salina Central  (Schremmer)

Peters is following a long line of great running backs from Salina Central. Through three games, the senior has rushed for 716 yards and five touchdowns on 104 carries. A workhorse, Peters is coming off a 282-yard and three touchdown performance on 41 carries during a 41-28 win over Maize. The run-first Mustangs will likely look Peters' way numerous times Friday against Goddard-Eisenhower. 

Pittsburg Offensive Line  (Kuplen)

Not only did Pittsburg lose all-state running back Alex Barnes to graduation last year, the entire offensive line graduated with him.  Despite returning only three starters on offense, the Purple Dragons have rolled to a 3-0 start including a 37-0 shutout of rival Fort Scott last week.  In that game the Purple Dragon offensive line produced 466 yards of total offense including 378 yards on the ground.  They are not a big group, but they are athletic and should give Chanute (1-2) all they can handle on Friday night.

Sharon Springs-Wallace County Offensvie Line   (Nicholl)

An experienced offensive line has helped Wallace County open with a 3-0 record and maintain the No. 2 ranking in Eight-Man, Division II. The Wildcats have averaged 239 rushing yards and 148 passing yards against a solid slate that included Atwood-Rawlins County, Oberlin-Decatur Community and WaKeeney-Trego. Senior quarterback Eric Gfeller has cleared 100 yards rushing in every contest, and Luke Schemm has one 100-yard performance. Wallace County ranks seventh in the classification with 148 points and plays at Hoxie (2-1) in the district opener Friday.

Week 3 Picks to Click results (scoring):

Thomas Graham, LB, Andover Central – Graham registered 14 total tackles and assisted on a tackle for loss in the Jaguars 28-21 win over Goddard. (Kuplen – 29 pts)

Holton Offensive Line  – The Holton offense put up 326 rushing yards and 60 passing yards in holding off Sabetha 14-13. (Baetz – 13 pts)

Cooper Leach, WR, Doniphan West  – Leach hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass from Levi Watts to start the scoring, but that’s all the Mustangs would get in a 34-7 loss to Washington County. Leach finished with 76 receiving yards and that touchdown reception. (Gilmore – 13 pts)

Colton McCumber, QB, Blue Valley – McCumber rushed for 97 yards and two touchdown on 22 carries and passed for 78 yards to help the Tigers defeat Bishop Miege, 42-35. (Clisso – 28 pts)

Sherrick Rogers, RB, Pittsburg – Rogers carried 18 times for 125 yards as Pittsburg shutout Fort Scott, 37-0. (Schremmer – 12 pts)

Kade Urban, QB, Otis-Bison – Urban rushed for 111 yards and six touchdowns as the Cougars bested Ness City, 58-20. He also passed for 35 yards in the Otis-Bison win. (Nicholl – 50 pts)

Standings for the 2015 season through Week 3:

  1. Matt Gilmore,                                                           129 points
  2. Conor Nicholl, Kpreps contributor                                              101 points
  3. Dion Clisso,                                                            95 points
  4. Chet Kuplen, & @sportsinkansas           90 points
  5. John Baetz, Kansas Pregame Magazine                                     83 points
  6. Mark Schremmer, The Joplin Globe                                             51 points

2015 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, TFL, sack

- 4 points for every INT or fumble recovery

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