Class 5A Rankings

#1 Great Bend (7-1)
Last: lost 21-14 in OT to 6A No. 5 Garden City

Great Bend lost, 21-14, in overtime in a thrilling home contest to Garden City that decided the WAC title. Great Bend never trailed until overtime. After Garden City scored first, the Panthers ran senior quarterback Jacob Murray four times. On fourth down from the 1, Murray ran left, fumbled and was deemed to be stopped just short of the goal line. Great Bend (7-1) was one of four Class 5A teams on the west side with one loss and earned the No. 2 seed behind Wichita Heights.

Next: vs. West #15 Topeka West (1-7)
#2 Bishop Carroll (6-2)
Last: Won 25-3 @ Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Bishop Carroll, the No. 5 seed in Class 5A West, defeated rival Kapaun Mt. Carmel, 25-3, in the Holy War. Now, with the new 5A/6A playoff format, the teams will face off again this week in the first round. Wichita Heights, Carroll and Northwest, all tied for the City League championship with 5-1 records. Carroll lost to Northwest and defeated Heights, while Heights beat Northwest.

Next: vs. West #12 Kapaun Mt. Carmel (2-6)
#3 Wichita Heights (7-1)
Last: Won 55-27 vs. Wichita South

Heights, the No. 1 seed in Class 5A West, rolled over Wichita South, 55-27, and clinched a share of the City League crown. Entering the contest, South also had a chance to win the conference title. However, the Falcons won easily versus the Titans, a team known for their defense. South had permitted 18.9 points a contest entering the game.

Next: vs. West #16 Salina Central (0-8)
#4 Goddard (7-1)
Last: Won 62-20 @ Newton

Goddard, the No. 4 seed in Class 5A West, has outscored teams 348-134 with the No. 3 SOS in the classification. The Lions, who have only lost to Derby, rolled over Newton, 62-20, on the road. Goddard has won six in a row, all by least 35 points. Blake Sullivan went 7 of 19 for 141 yards with two touchdowns against four interceptions. He also rushed 19 times for 225 yards and three scores. Kody Gonzalez had 19 carries for 258 yards and four TDs. Goddard led 22-0 early and had a 462-218 yardage edge at halftime.

Next: vs. West #13 Salina South (1-7)
#5 Topeka Seaman (6-2)
Last: lost to 6A Junction City 20-13

Topeka Seaman moved into the rankings for the first time under first-year coach Glenn O’Neil, the longtime Scott City coach who has helped Seaman enjoy a nice turnaround and earn the No. 2 seed in Class 5A on the east side. Seaman and KC Schlagle (7-1, No. 1 seed with the weakest SOS in 5A) are the only two 5A teams on the east with fewer than three losses. Seaman has played the No. 16 SOS in the 32-team classification, according to Prep Power Index. Seaman lost, 20-13, at home versus Junction City in Centennial League action last week. Seaman has allowed 17.1 points per game this season after 35.5 in a 2-8 year last fall. Seaman has won the most games since ’09.

Next: vs. East #15 KC Harmon (0-7)

Others Considered: KC Schlagle (7-1), Maize (6-2), Mill Valley (4-4), Pittsburg (5-3), St. James Academy (4-4), St. Thomas Aquinas (5-3), Valley Center (7-1)

Last updated: October 23, 2016 - 11:05 pm