#1 Ranked Teams

6A #1 Derby (11-1)
Last: outscored Wichita North 53-41

Derby advanced back to the Class 6A state title game for the third consecutive season with a 53-41 win over Wichita Northwest. The Panthers scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to turn a 35-32 deficit into a 53-35 lead. The key play came of the game when the Panther defense stopped Northwest running back Breece Hall on 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Derby then marched 99 yards and scored on a Hunter Igo 1-yard run to take a 39-35 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Igo scored again to make it 46-35 before the Panther defense returned a Grizzly interception for a touchdown to lead 53-35. Igo rushed for more than 150 yards and three scores, while Brody Kooser added 114 yards on the ground.

Next: vs. Blue Valley North (8-4) in the 6A state title game in Emporia
5A #1 St. Thomas Aquinas (11-1)
Last: beat Mill Valley 55-21

Aquinas ended Mill Valley's bid for a third straight Class 5A title with a 55-21 victory in the state semifinal. The Saints avenged semifinal losses to Mill Valley the past two seasons by rushing for 389 yards in the game and forcing three Jaguar turnovers. Aquinas led 35-7 at halftime and 48-14 after three quarters. Will Swanson rushed for 127 yards and a score, while Cameron Jackson added 118 yards on the ground and three touchdowns for Aquinas. Swanson also passed for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Next: vs. Bishop Carroll (11-1) in the 5A state title game in Pittsburg
4A-I #1 Bishop Miege (12-0)
Last: won at De Soto 56-24

De Soto led top-ranked Bishop Miege for most of the first half before the explosive Stags scored 28 consecutive points to take a 35-17 halftime lead. Jack Barber scored two first-half touchdowns as the Wildcats built a 17-7 lead on Miege in the second quarter. But Miege would answer with a Brison Cobbins 74-yard touchdown run to pull within 17-14, and a Jasir Cox pick-6 gave the Stags a 21-17 lead with 6:50 left until halftime. From there the Miege offense got rolling. Cobbins and Cameron Clark broke touchdown runs to give the Stags the 35-17 halftime lead. De Soto pulled to within 35-24 in the third quarter on Barger’s third touchdown run, but Carter Putz connected on two touchdown passes to Daniel Jackson and one to Quinn Schieber to allow the Stags to pull away for the win. Putz became the all-time passing record-holder in Kansas during the game surpassing Will Schneider of Shawnee Mission North who finished his career last season with 8,901 passing yards.

Next: vs. Andale (12-0) in the 4A-I state title game in Topeka
4A-II #1 Holcomb (11-1)
Last: beat then No. 1 Scott City 34-13

Holcomb’s defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns and shut down Scott City’s running game in a 34-14 victory. Peyton Leonard picked off Scott City quarterback Parker Gooden on the first play of the game and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown. Scott City answered to pull within 7-6, but later in the quarter, Reece Morss’ 20-yard pick-6 gave Holcomb a 13-6 lead. The Longhorn offense then took control scoring 21-consecutive points over the second and third quarters to lead 34-6. Morss led a balanced offense with 103 yards rushing and a touchdown, while Trey Gilbert passed for 150 yards and a score. Holcomb is back in the 4A-II title game after claiming the state championship in 2015.

Next: vs. Frontenac (9-3) in the 4A-II state title game in Salina
3A #1 Marysville (12-1)
Last: defeated then No. 1 Phillipsburg 30-24

Atreyau Hornbeak’s two-yard touchdown run with 3:32 left in the game propelled Marysville to a 30-24 victory over top-ranked Phillipsburg. The Bulldogs held a 22-21 lead entering the fourth quarter before a Phillipsburg field goal put the Panthers in the lead, 24-22. Hornbeak’s third-quarter touchdown gave the Bulldogs a 22-21 lead after Phillipsburg has scored to break a 14-14 halftime tie. Hornbeak rushed for 63 yards and three scores, while Jack Blumer rushed for 96 yards in the win. Blumer also passed for 217 yards. Marysville is back in the state title game for the first time since 2009.

Next: vs. Sabetha (12-1) in the 3A state title game in Hutchinson
2-1A #1 Smith Center (11-1)
Last: defeated Plainville 51-0

Smith Center advanced back to the Class 2-1A title game for the first time since 2009 with a dominating 51-0 victory over rival Plainville. The Redmen scored 24 points in the second quarter to build a 30-0 halftime lead. Trace Haven, Hesston Maxwell, and Jesse Staples all rushed for two touchdowns each in the victory. Smith Center rushed for 519 yards on the night with Staples recording a game-high 238 yards on 11 carries. Haven added 120 yards on 7 attempts. Smith Center held Plainville to 7 rushing yards on 23 attempts. The Redmen had defeated Plainville 16-7 in the season-opener, but avenged two losses to Plainville last season.

Next: vs. St. Mary's Colgan (10-2) in the 2-1A state title game in Hays
8M-I #1 Hoxie (11-1)
Last: won at Spearville 44-20

Hoxie used a physical run game to run over Spearville, 44-20, and advance to the school’s first state football title game since 1981. The much bigger Indians broke a 14-14 tie with a 1-yard Jared Kennedy touchdown with 5 minutes left in the second quarter. The Hoxie lead grew to 28-14 in the third quarter after the Indians converted a Spearville interception into points. Latham Schwarz then added a pair of touchdown runs in the second half as Hoxie pulled away for the 44-20 win. Schwarz carried the Indians to the title game with 243 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries.

Next: vs. St. Paul (11-1) in the 8M-I state title game in Newton
8M-II #1 Hanover (12-0)
Last: beat then No. 2 Pike Valley, 36-24

Top-ranked Hanover pulled away from No. 2 Pike Valley to advance back to the state championship game for the fourth consecutive season. The Wildcats and Panthers were tied at 6 at halftime before the scoring started to pick up. Pike Valley scored twice in the third quarter to lead 18-14 after three. But Hanover answered back with a long touchdown pass to take a 22-18 lead early in the fourth quarter. After a stop, Hanover connected for another long scoring pass to lead 30-18. The Wildcats extended their lead to 36-18 with a touchdown with just under five minutes remaining before Pike Valley would add a late touchdown. Hanover has now won 24 consecutive games.

Next: vs. Hodgeman County (10-2) in the 8M-II state title game in Newton

Last updated: November 19, 2017 - 09:12 pm