Class 2-1A Rankings

#1 Smith Center (11-1)
Last: won at Elkhart, 64-7

Smith Center trailed 7-6 in the first quarter after Elkhart struck on a touchdown pass. But that would soon be a distant memory as the Redmen rolled to a 64-7 win to earn a home game against Plainville in next week’s sub-state semifinal. Jesse Staples led the Redmen with 259 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Next: vs. No. 4 Plainville (8-3)
#2 St. Marys Colgan (10-2)
Last: edged Centralia, 25-18

Colgan quarterback Bryce Hutchins scored on a 1-yard sneak with 31 seconds remaining to lift the Panthers to a 25-18 win at Centralia. Colgan led 17-8 at halftime but two third-quarter turnovers helped Centralia rally to an 18-17 lead. Colgan would mount a fourth-quarter drive inside the Centralia 10-yard line, but missed a field goal with more than two minutes left. Colgan called its three timeouts and forced a Centralia punt with a good return by Buche to midfield. After three incompletions, Centralia was whistled for pass interference on fourth down. The next play, Hutchins scrambled for 32 yards to the Centralia 1-yard line. After spiking the ball, Hutchins pushed across the winning score. Buche later sealed the win with Colgan's third interception of Centralia quarterback Trenton Flentie.

Next: vs. No. 5 Olpe (9-2)
#3 Centralia (8-3)
Last: fell 25-18 to St. Mary's Colgan

After trailing Colgan 17-8 at halftime, Centralia converted a pair of turnovers into an Isaac Gore touchdown run and a Kenton Talley field goal to take an 18-17 lead. Centralia seemed to dodge a bullet when Colgan missed a go-ahead field goal with a little more than 2 mintues left in the game, but Centralia wasn't able to run out the clock and had to punt. Colgan took over at midfield, and after three incompletions, Centralia was flagged for pass interference on fourth down. The next play, Colgan QB Bryce Hutchins scrambled 32 yards to the 1-yard line. After a spike, Hutchins sneaked across the winning score with 31 seconds left. Centralia controlled the game statistically in rushing for 286 yards. Colgan scored via a short field after a turnover and a kickoff return for a touchdown to open the game.

Next: season complete
#4 Plainville (8-4)
Last: beat Ell-Saline, 27-20 in double overtime

Plainville survived Ell-Saline 27-20 in double overtime to advance to the state semifinals for the second consecutive season. Plainville scored 20 consecutive points after Ell-Saline scored the game’s first 10 points. The visiting Cardinals led 20-10 at halftime. Ell-Saline would pull within 20-17 late in the third quarter, and tie the game with a field goal in the fourth quarter. Neither team scored in the first overtime, but Jordan Finnesy put Plainville ahead in the second overtime with a 10-yard touchdown run. A fourth-down pass interference call moved the ball half-the-distance to the goal, and the Plainville defense stuffed Ell-Saline on 4th-&-goal from the 3-yard line to secure the win.

Next: at No. 1 Smith Center (10-1)
#5 Olpe (9-3)
Last: edged then No. 2 Jefferson Co. North, 7-0

Blaine Hinrichs scored the game’s only touchdown on a short run in the third quarter as Olpe bested No. 2 Jefferson Co. North, 7-0. The Chargers came in as the only undefeated team in Class 2-1A, but were unable to convert trips deep into Olpe territory into points in the first half. Olpe’s defense limited the Chargers offense to very little production in the second half and sealed the game with an interception by Damon Schmidt.

Next: at No. 2 St. Mary's Colgan (9-2)

Others Considered: Ell-Saline (8-2), Elkhart (8-3), Jackson Heights (8-2), Jefferson Co. North (10-1), Lyndon (8-2), Sedgwick (5-5), Valley Heights (7-2)

Last updated: November 13, 2017 - 12:08 am