Class 4A-I Rankings

#1 Bishop Miege (12-0)
Last: blasted Labette County 69-23

Bishop Miege scored after an early blocked punt and pick-6 in rolling past Labette County, 69-23. The Stags led 29-0 after the first quarter and 69-7 at halftime. Carter Putz threw five touchdown passes, including three to sophomore wideout Daniel Jackson.

Next: at No. 2 De Soto (10-1)
#2 De Soto (10-2)
Last: beat Fort Scott, 49-13

De Soto raced out to a 21-0 lead after one quarter and cruised to a 49-13 victory over Fort Scott. The Wildcats actually led 49-0 after three quarters. Quarterback Bryce Mohl passed for 180 yards and four touchdowns in the win. Fort Scott committed three turnovers in the game. Zarek Fewell led the Tigers with 80 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.

Next: vs. No. 1 Bishop Miege (11-0)
#3 Andale (12-0)
Last: beat Andover Central 40-10

After pulling out a 28-21 victory when these two teams met to open the season, Andale jumped out to a big lead on Friday night to advance to the state semifinals. The Indians led 25-0 at halftime and 40-0 in the fourth quarter before the Jaguars broke through with a field goal and a touchdown with under a minute to go. Ethan Baalman threw a pair of touchdown passes and Sawyer Simon rushed for two scores and caught another.

Next: at No. 4 McPherson (10-1)
#4 McPherson (10-2)
Last: beat Maize South, 28-7

McPherson turned the tide on Maize South with a 28-7 victory to advance to the state semifinals for the first time since 2008 when they were defeated by Hutchinson in the Class 5A semis. The Mavericks had defeated McPherson 9-0 back in Week 2 of the regular season, and 35-27 in this very quarterfinal round a season ago. An early errant snap gave McPherson the ball inside the Maverick 5-yard line and led to a 7-0 lead. Maize South tied the game on a Max Dominick run late in the second quarter, but a long kickoff return by Ben Nikkel set up Jace Kinnamon’s short scoring ru and put the Bullpups up 14-7. After another Maize South turnover, Kyler Hoppes hit Chandler Wiard on a touchdown pass for a 21-7 lead. Another touchdown in the fourth quarter proved plenty for the McPherson defense.

Next: vs. No. 3 Andale (11-0)
#5 Buhler (7-3)
Last: did not play

Season ended with a 15-14 overtime loss to McPherson in the first round of the 4A-I playoffs. The Crusader's lost twice to McPherson and once to Andale this season.

Next: season complete

Others Considered: Basehor-Linwood (7-3), Fort Scott (8-3), Labette County (9-2), Maize South (9-2), Paola (7-3), Tonganoxie (9-1)

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