Class 4A-II Rankings

#1 Scott City (11-0)
Last: won at Clay Center, 21-13

Scott City held on for a 21-13 road win at Clay Center. The Beavers led 21-0, but like last week, Clay Center made a late charge. Last week’s clutch late-game connection between Peyton Lane and Connor Last worked twice in the fourth quarter to pull the Tigers within 8 points. Scott City rushed for more than 285 yards led by Jarret Jurgens’ 129 yards and two touchdowns on 21 attempts.

Next: at No. 2 Holcomb (10-1)
#2 Holcomb (10-1)
Last: shut down Smoky Valley, 26-6

Holcomb proved the old adage that “defense travels” as the Longhorns shut down Smoky Valley en route to a 26-6 quarterfinal victory. Trey Gilbert passed for 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Holcomb built a 20-0 halftime lead. The Longhorn defense held Smoky Valley to 154 yards of total offense.

Next: vs. No. 1 Scott City (11-0)
#3 Topeka Hayden (7-4)
Last: beat Burlington 30-24

Hayden built a 30-8 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but had to withstand a late Burlington rally to win 30-24. Hayden led the battle of “Wildcats” 27-8 at halftime, but could only manage a field goal after the break. Hayden had several key players get banged up in the game and decided to pull its starters in the third quarter to try and preserve health. Connor Jeffers threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes and, coupled with successful two-point conversion attempts, trimmed Hayden’s lead to six. Jeffers rushed for 150 yards for Burlington, while Brent Peavler rushed for two scores for the Hayden Wildcats.

Next: at No. 4 Frontenac (8-3)
#4 Frontenac (8-3)
Last: destroyed Holton, 55-21

Frontenac outscored Holton 28-0 in the second quarter to hammer the Wildcats, 55-21. The Raiders took advantage of Holton turnovers to turn a 13-6 first-quarter deficit into a 34-13 halftime lead. Quarterback Peyton Brown threw three touchdown passes and Jake Wilbert rushed for 106 yards and three scores. The Raider offense accounted for 377 total yards including 256 on the ground. Holton rushed for 228 yards, but came in averaging 325 rushing yards per game.

Next: vs. No. 3 Topeka Hayden (7-4)
#5 Smoky Valley (9-2)
Last: lost to No. 2 Holcomb, 26-6

Smoky Valley's season came to an end with a 26-6 loss to Holcomb. The Vikings managed only 154 yards of total offense in the game. Kyle Anderson managed 60 yards rushing on 18 attempts to lead Smoky Valley, while quarterback Brett Heitschmidt added 49 yards on six carries.

Next: season complete

Others Considered: Baldwin (6-4), Burlington (7-4), Clay Center (7-4), Columbus (7-3), Holton (7-4), Kingman (5-5), Nickerson (7-3), Pratt (7-2), Santa Fe Trail (6-3), Wichita Collegiate (5-5)

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