Class 1A Rankings

#1 Smith Center (11-1)
Last: defeated Sedgwick, 61-27

Smith Center rolled over Sedgwick, 61-27, and will face Plainville for the third straight sub-state game and sixth time in the last three falls. Smith Center defeated Plainville, 21-10, in a close contest in the regular season this year. The Redmen led Sedgwick, 41-14, at halftime and 47-20 in the fourth quarter. Three different Smith Center backs topped the 100-yard rushing mark on the night.

Next: vs. No. 3 Plainville (9-2)
#2 Olpe (12-0)
Last: won at Centralia, 20-18

Olpe advanced back to the sub-state semifinal round by winning at Centralia for the first time. The two small school powers were tied 6-6 at halftime, but Centralia fumbled the second-half kickoff giving Olpe a short field. The Eagles took the lead on a 1-yard run by quarterback Colby Hoelting on fourth-and-goal. Olpe intercepted Centralia on the ensuing Panther possession and the Eagles eventually scored on the second touchdown pass of the game from Hoelting to Dawson McCarthy to take a 20-6 lead. Centralia scored twice late but could not convert either two-point conversion attempt. McCarthly caught two passes for 65 yards and two scores, while Hoelting passed for 80 yards and those two touchdowns. Kynden Robert led the Olpe ground game with 60 yards rushing.

Next: vs. No. 5 St. Mary's Colgan (9-2)
#3 Plainville (9-3)
Last: beat then No. 3 Elkhart, 29-13

In Plainville, the Cardinals held off Elkhart, 29-13. The game ended on a somber note when standout Elkhart quarterback Lane Whisennand threw an interception late in the fourth quarter, and was knocked out of the game on a blind side hit. Whisennand was put on an ambulance but was moving and was expected to be alright. Jared Casey picked off the pass and had a long return. Casey recorded 120 total yards and two scores, along with two interceptions. Jordan Finnesy recorded 97 rushing yards, 125 passing yards with three scores accounted for. He also intercepted a pair of passes. Plainville briefly trailed 7-6 early before it took advantage of several short fields and Elkhart mistakes to regain the lead.

Next: at No. 1 Smith Center (10-1)
#4 Centralia (8-3)
Last: lost to No. 2 Olpe, 20-18

Centralia and Olpe were tied 6-6 at halftime, but the Panthers fumbled the second-half kickoff giving Olpe a short field. The Eagles took the lead on a 1-yard run by quarterback Colby Hoelting on fourth-and-goal. Olpe intercepted Centralia on the ensuing Panther possession and the Eagles eventually scored on the second touchdown pass of the game from Hoelting to Dawson McCarthy to take a 20-6 lead. Centralia scored twice late on a Kamble Haverkamp 10-yard run to pull within 20-12, and then Haverkamp hit Donavan Blagg on a 26-yard touchdown pass to pull within 20-18. Centralia’s two-point conversion attempt was stuffed by the Eagle defense as Olpe preserved the two-point lead.

Next: season complete
#5 St. Marys Colgan (9-3)
Last: beat Jackson Heights, 34-7

Colgan used a strong defensive performance and a consistent running game to eliminate fifth-ranked Jackson Heights, 34-7. The Panthers took advantage of two first-half turnovers by the Cobras in building a 20-0 lead at halftime. Colgan quarterback Cade Simmons threw touchdown passes to Derek VanBecelaere and Cal Marquardt and Simmons rushed for three scores as well. Colgan’s line paved the way for 272 yards on the ground led by senior Conor Price’s 91 yards, despite playing in just the second game of his career at running back. Simmons passed for 96 yards, rushed for 85, and delivered four tackles including two for loss, despite playing defense for just the second game this season. Colgan’s defense held Jackson Heights’ Cooper Williams – a 1,500-yard rusher – to 39 yards on 16 attempts.

Next: at No. 2 Olpe (11-0)

Others Considered: Elkhart (9-1), Ell-Saline (7-3), Hillsboro (7-3), Jackson Heights (9-2), Pleasanton (8-2), Sedgwick (8-2), Troy (6-4), Valley Heights (6-4)

Last updated: November 12, 2018 - 07:47 am