Class 3A Rankings

#1 Rossville (13-1)
Last: defeated Hesston 48-42 in overtime to win the 3A state championship

Rossville delivered an incredible comeback to beat Hesston, 48-42, in overtime. The Bulldogs won their third straight Class 3A title after trailing by 13 and 15 points. Rossville never led until the game’s final play. Sheldon Hulbert, a key player who emerged after early season injuries at linebacker, forced a fumble near the goal line on Hesston’s first overtime possession. After the turnover, senior quarterback Jacob Bradshaw rushed 10 yards for the game-winning score. Bradshaw had 40 carries for 275 yards and two scores. Senior Dawson Hammes had 16 carries for 108 yards and two TDs. Rossville (12-1) tied the game at 35 all with 6:50 left to play and again at 42. The Bulldogs had a chance to win the contest in regulation, but Frederik Andresen missed a 43-yard field goal. Cole Schumacher had nine catches for 135 yards and two scores.

Next: Season complete
#2 Hesston (10-4)
Last: fell 48-42 in overtime to Rossville in the 3A state title game

Hesston led nearly all game but lost 48-42 in overtime to Rossville. Senior quarterback Zach Esau capped an exceptional season with 112 rushing yards, 238 passing yards and four scores accounted for, but fumbled near the goal line in overtime. After the fumble, Rossville had its first overtime possession and senior quarterback Jacob Bradshaw rushed 10 yards for the touchdown. Cameron Cox finished with nine catches for 124 yards, while Zach Vogt had four catches for 107 yards. The teams combined for 1,069 total yards. Hesston, at state for the first time in 24 seasons, finished 10-4.

Next: Season complete
#3 Nemaha Central (12-1)
Last: did not play

Season ended with a 27-22 loss to Rossville in the state semifinals.

Next: Season complete
#4 Hoisington (12-1)
Last: did not play

Season ended with a 35-19 loss to Hesston in the state semifinals.

Next: Season complete
#5 Phillipsburg (11-1)
Last: did not play

Season ended with a 38-26 loss to Hesston in the 3A quarterfinals.

Next: Season complete

Others Considered: Caney Valley (9-3), Chaparral (9-2), Conway Springs (7-2), Galena (8-3), Garden Plain (10-2), Halstead (9-2), Marysville (7-3), Norton (7-4), Sabetha (9-2), Silver Lake (10-1), Wellsville (10-2)

Last updated: November 27, 2016 - 10:11 pm