Class 1A Rankings

#1 Smith Center (3-1)
Last: beat then No. 5 Plainville, 21-10

Smith Center trailed Plainville, 10-7, midway through the third quarter before a 22-play, 80-yard scoring run to take a 14-10 lead. Smith Center converted three fourth downs, and Hesston Maxwell, who had 13 carries on the drive, scored from a yard out. Then, Plainville drove to Smith Center territory before a turnover on downs. On the next play, Ethan Peterson broke a 65-yard touchdown run. The Redmen moved to 3-2 against Plainville since the start of the ’16 season.

Next: vs. Oakley (3-1)
#2 Olpe (4-0)
Last: beat Jackson Heights, 20-18

Olpe coach Chris Schmidt earned his 100th career win at his alma mater with a marquee 20-18 road victory against Jackson Heights in one of four big 1A matchups last Friday. It marked the first points Jackson Heights had allowed all year. Olpe led 13-6 at halftime before the Cobras closed to 13-12 in the third quarter. Olpe bumped the lead to 20-12 before Jackson Heights scored but couldn’t convert the two-point play. Schmidt is now 100-35 in 12 years with the Eagles. He replaced his mentor and former high school coach Mike Plunkett, who coached Olpe 22 years before he turned the program over to Schmidt.

Next: at Uniontown (1-3)
#3 Elkhart (4-0)
Last: won at Clayton (N.M.) 54-0

Elkhart traveled to Clayton (N.M.) and won 54-0. Senior Lane Whisennand had 18 carries for 285 yards and three scores. He also completed 3 of 10 passes for 43 yards with a touchdown. The Wildcats moved to 3-2 against Clayton since ’08, one of the shorter trips for Elkhart. The last three meetings are 20-0, 61-7 and 54-0 all in favor for Elkhart, just 85 miles from Clayton.

Next: at Meade (2-2)
#4 Centralia (2-2)
Last: beat then No. 2 St. Mary's Colgan, 20-0

Centralia won its second straight after a 0-2 start and defeated previously No. 1-ranked Colgan, 20-0. Isaac Gore ground out 211 rushing yards, and Kamble Haverkamp tallied a pair of two touchdown runs. Last year, Centralia narrowly lost 25-18 to Colgan in the playoffs.

Next: vs. Troy (3-1)
#5 St. Marys Colgan (3-1)
Last: lost at No. 4 Centralia, 20-0

Colgan took its first loss of the year with a 20-0 loss to Centralia. Last year, Colgan narrowly defeated the Panthers in the playoffs. Colgan struggled with turnovers and penalties and had just 68 yards of offense. The Panthers had their eight-game regular season streak end and took a shutout for the first occasion since a 16-0 loss to Galena in the ’17 season opener.

Next: vs. Abilene (1-3) at Towanda-Circle

Others Considered: Ell-Saline (3-1), Hillsboro (3-1), Jackson Heights (3-1), Oakley (3-1), Plainville (2-2), Pleasanton (4-0), Sedgwick (3-1), Troy (3-1), Valley Heights (3-1)

Last updated: September 23, 2018 - 11:06 pm