#1 Ranked Teams

6A #1 Lawrence Free State (3-0)
Last: defeated Missouri Class 6 No. 1 Park Hill, 21-16

The Firebirds represented Kansas well with a win over Park Hill, the top-ranked team in the state of Missouri. Lawrence Free State allowed two TDs in the fourth quarter to the Trojans, but made a defensive stand at the end to hold on to the 21-16 victory. Park Hill entered the game averaging more than 40 points per outing. Firebirds quarterback Jordan Preston passed for 184 yards and three touchdowns.

Next: vs. Shawnee Mission Northwest (1-2)
5A #1 Goddard (3-0)
Last: avoided a letdown with late TD to beat Andover, 21-17

After a huge Week 2 win versus Derby, Goddard narrowly escaped an upset with a 21-17 win against Andover. Goddard standout quarterback Blake Sullivan fumbled twice close to the goal line before he led a game-winning drive. Sullivan had a key 44-yard pass play and a two-yard rushing TD late in the fourth quarter for the win. Goddard recorded 33 rushes for 118 yards. Andover led 10-0 in the second quarter and 10-7 at halftime. Owen Beason had a 64-yard pick-six for the Lions. Sullivan threw for 191 yards and rushed for 97. Ian McSwain sealed the win with an interception.

Next: vs. rival Goddard-Eisenhower (0-3)
4A-I #1 Bishop Miege (3-0)
Last: Won 24-6 @ Blue Valley North

After defeating a pair of Class 6A schools in the first two weeks, the Stags topped St. Thomas Aquinas, which was ranked atop Class 5A. Bishop Miege quarterback Carter Putz passed for 230 yards and a touchdown, surpassing the previous state record of 92 career touchdown passes. The record-breaking TD was a 98-yarder as Putz connected with Daniel Jackson, who finished with four receptions for 186 yards.

Next: vs. Blue Valley West
4A-II #1 Columbus (3-0)
Last: beat Girard, 54-7

Columbus delivered Girard, 54-7, in a rematch from a 2016 playoff game. The Titans led 12-0 at the end of the first quarter. Girard’s only score came on a kickoff return. Columbus moves up to the No. 1 spot for the first time after losses by Topeka Hayden and Wichita Collegiate. Columbus is 21-1 in its last 22 regular season contests.

Next: at St. Mary's Colgan (2-1)
3A #1 Nemaha Central (3-0)
Last: beat Holton 30-18

In a key Big Seven matchup, Nemaha Central defeated Holton, 30-18. In the first half, Nemaha Central’s Noe Gauna blocked a punt and returned it for a score. Mitchell Henry had a 47-yard pick-six for a TD. He also had scoring runs of four and 15 yards and finished with 22 carries for 100 yards. The Thunder led 21-0 before Holton cut the margin to 10 points at halftime. Nemaha Central won its 15th straight league contest and had its third straight win versus Holton. The Wildcats outgained the Thunder 265-218. Nemaha Central finished plus-2 in the turnover margin.

Next: at Jefferson West (2-1)
2-1A #1 Smith Center (2-1)
Last: won at Thomas More Prep 61-14

Thomas More Prep had shown marked improvement in the season’s first two weeks, but Smith Center rolled over the Monarchs, 61-14, at TMP’s Homecoming Game at Lewis Field Stadium. Smith Center scored on the game’s first three possessions after a 23-0 loss the prior week against Phillipsburg. Trace Haven finished with eight carries for 107 yards and three scores. Junior running back Ethan Peterson delivered eight carries for 190 yards and returned a kickoff 99 yards for a TD. The Redmen held a 485-275 yardage edge.

Next: vs. Norton (3-0)
8M-I #1 St. Francis (3-0)
Last: won 50-4 at Hill City

St. Francis defeated Hill City, 50-4, in the start of District 8 play. The Indians remained perfect in regular season contests under third-year coach Rodney Yates. Tate Busse took the opening kickoff back for a 65-yard score. He also caught a 60-yard scoring pass, and Jordan Raby scored on a 67-yard run. Overall, St. Francis scored six touchdowns in the second quarter and had a safety. Hill City had all of its points on safeties. The Indians have not allowed an offensive score.

Next: at Oberlin-Decatur Community (0-3)
8M-II #1 Hanover (3-0)
Last: shut out Southern Coffey Co. 50-0

Hanover rolled over Southern Coffey County, 50-0, and won its 15th straight contest. The Wildcats have outscored teams, 150-12.

Next: at Linn (2-1)

Last updated: September 18, 2017 - 10:29 am