Class 1A Rankings

#1 Smith Center (2-0)
Last: beat Norton, 41-18

Smith Center defeated Norton, 41-18, in a Mid-Continent League rivalry game. The Redmen have won five in a row against the Bluejays. It marked the first time since ’16 Smith Center had permitted points versus Norton. This week, the Redmen travel to Phillipsburg in a matchup of top-five teams. The Panthers have defeated Smith Center eight straight times. Since the start of ’17, Smith Center is 26-0 when not playing the Panthers, 0-2 versus Phillipsburg.

Next: at 2A No. 3 Phillipsburg (1-1)
#2 Plainville (2-0)
Last: beat then 2A No. 1 Phillipsburg, 21-14

Plainville defeated Phillipsburg, 21-14, at home and ended the Panthers’ 14-game winning streak. The Cardinals never led until 1:08 remained in the contest on a 15-yard rushing touchdown from senior quarterback Jordan Finnesy. As well, Finnesy tossed a pair of touchdown passes to senior running back Jared Casey. After Finnesy’s touchdown, sophomore Ben Hansen forced a fumble on the kickoff, and the Cardinals recovered. Plainville has back-to-back comeback wins in one-score games. Casey went over 90 yards both rushing and receiving. Plainville defeated Phillipsburg for the first time since ’11.

Next: at Thomas More Prep (1-1)
#3 Jackson Heights (2-0)
Last: won at Atchison County, 41-8

Jackson Heights gets its big Northeast Kansas League game versus Maur Hill-Mount Academy at home this Friday. The Cobtras won at Atchison County, 41-8, after a 46-8 season-opening victory versus Horton. Maur Hill has not allowed a point in two victories. Jackson Heights won this matchup, 16-14, in ’17 and 14-0 last year. Overall, the Cobras have won three straight in the series.

Next: vs. Maur Hill-Mount Academy (2-0)
#4 Olpe (2-0)
Last: blasted Burlington, 42-0

Olpe easily defeated Burlington, 42-0 on the road in Week 2. The Eagles have back-to-back big games at Christ Prep Academy, and then home versus Jackson Heights. Last year, the Eagles went 12-1 and lost to Smith Center in the 1A state title game, but defeated Christ Prep, 13-8, and Jackson Heights, 20-18. Christ Prep is 3-0 and has not allowed a point this season. Last year, Christ Prep finished 11-2 and won the National Homeschool Football Association (NFHA) National Championship for the first time.

Next: Saturday at Christ Prep Academy (3-0)
#5 Valley Heights (2-0)
Last: rolled at Horton, 54-0

Valley Heights earned another big win with a 54-0 road victory against Horton. The Mustangs led 48-0 at halftime against the Chargers. Valley Heights has outscored its two opponents, 106-7. The Mustangs are expected to be favorites at Atchison County this week.

Next: at Atchison County (1-1)

Others Considered: Centralia (1-1), Ell-Saline (2-0), La Crosse (2-0), Oakley (2-0), Sedgwick (2-0)

Last updated: September 15, 2019 - 11:16 pm