SureFire Picks to Click -- Week 9

Bishop Miege sophomore QB Carter Putz (7). (Photo by Susan Goodwyn)
By: John Baetz; Dion Clisso; Matt Gilmore; Chet Kuplen; Conor Nicholl; Mark Schremmer
Oct 29, 2015

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We are proud to have SureFire Ag Systems on board as the primary sponsor of our “SureFire Picks to Click” feature for 2015. Our SureFire Picks to Click feature six players or units from across the state that we feel will have breakout performances on Friday night. 

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We 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 weed to see our final standings for the 2015 season. See the bottom of this article for details.

Logan Dean, QB, Labette County   (Schremmer)

The junior quarterback has completed 135 of 226 passes for 1,998 yards and 20 touchdowns. He's passed for more than 200 yards in five games and boasts a season high of 393 yards and seven touchdowns during a 53-12 win over Parsons on Sept. 25. Expect the Grizzlies to throw the ball early and often as they go for their first district win this week against the Chanute Blue Comets. 

Joe Dortland, QB, Victoria (Nicholl)

Joe Dortland, with his calm and collected demeanor, has played outstanding for the Knights since taking over in Week 2 when Brady Dinkel went out with health issues. Dortland has helped Victoria maintain the No. 1 ranking in Eight-Man, Division II and carry a 19-game winning streak into Thursday's district-deciding contest at undefeated Otis-Bison. Dortland has accounted for 19 scores.

Wyatt Edmisten, RB, Shawnee Mission East   (Clisso)

Edmisten was a Kpreps Class 6A all-state selection in 2014 after rushing for 1,523 yards and 32 touchdowns. He helped the Lancers capture the schools’ first-ever state championship with a win over Hutchinson. This season the Lancers are 7-1 and have a district championship game with rival Shawnee Mission North this week. Edmisten has rushed for 873 yards and 16 scores this season.

Grant Elston, QB, Eudora  (Kuplen)

Elston has led Eudora to five consecutive wins after beginning the season 0-3. The senior quarterback has rushed for 1,402 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season.  Elston has also added three touchdown passes for the Cardinals. On defense, Elston has recorded 86 tackles, seven interceptions, and forced four fumbles. Eudora travels to Baldwin this week having already clinched the District 3 championship.

Zack Melius, RB, Wakefield (Baetz)

After struggling with an injury for much of the early part of this season, record-breaking running back Zack Melius has returned to near full strength the last three weeks. Melius has pushed his yardage total over 1,000 yards on the year. If Melius, a senior, remains at full health he'll likely propel the Bombers over a struggling Stockton team, and help Wakefield post at least six wins for the second season in a row.

Carter Putz, QB, Bishop Miege  (Gilmore)

Putz (5-11, 170) has had an exceptional sophomore season for the Stags. Puts, who has verbally committed to play baseball at Notre Dame, has completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,274 yards and 24 touchdowns with only three interceptions. His season low was a 206-yard performance against Spring Hill in which he threw a season-high five touchdown passes. Putz has also added three rushing touchdowns this season. Miege will be heavy favorites at home against KC Sumner Academy.

Week 8 Picks to Clicks results (scoring):

Ryan Cedeno, QB, St. Mary’s Colgan – Cedeno tossed a 65-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Normand on the Panthers’ first play of a 31-8 road-win at Humboldt. Cedeno also added a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Panthers. (Schremmer – 24 pts)

Joey Dolan, QB, Blue Valley North – Dolan completed 18 of 29 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns in the Mustangs’ 45-21 win over Shawnee Mission Northwest. Dolan also rushed for 13 yards on six attempts. (Gilmore – 44 pts)

Harley Hazlett, QB, Abilene – Hazlett rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff 80 yards for another score. Hazlett also passed for 100 yards and a score on 8 of 11 completions. (Baetz –28 pts)

Macoy Rains, RB, Oakley – Rains rushed for 47 yards and two touchdowns and had 52 yards receiving in Oakley’s 33-12 win over Plainville. (Nicholl – 21 pts)

A.J. Totta, RB, Blue Valley – Totta rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries as Blue Valley blasted Olathe South, 49-16. Totta also caught four passes for 67 yards and another score. (Clisso – 27 pts)

Harry Trotter, RB Maur Hill-Mount Academy – Trotter rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns, but the Ravens came up short in a 32-27 loss to Pleasant Ridge. (Kuplen – 28 pts)

Standings for the 2015 season through Week 8:

  1. Matt Gilmore,                                                             345 points
  2. Conor Nicholl, Kpreps contributor                                                256 points
  3. John Baetz, Kansas Pregame Magazine                                    239 points
  4. Mark Schremmer, The Joplin Globe                                             233 points
  5. Dion Clisso,                                                            231 points
  6. Chet Kuplen, & @sportsinkansas           208 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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