Class 5A Rankings

#1 Bishop Carroll (0-0)
Last: fell 21-19 to Salina South in the 2013 state quarterfinals

After rolling to the 2012 5A state championship, Bishop Carroll extended it's winning streak to 23 games before falling to Salina South by two points in the state quarterfinals. The Eagles have high expectations for 2014 with eight starters returning on both sides of the ball. Kansas State verbal commit Denzel Goolsby (5-11, 190) will be one of the focal points of the offense after rushing for more than 500 yards and totaling more than 300 yards receiving a season ago. Quarterback Colton Howell took over mid-season and was impressive in throwing for nearly 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns. The defense should be strong as always with linebackers Jacob Morgan, Tommy Marquez, and Jarrett Johnson returning. The defensive backfield may be the strength of the unit with safeties Josh Hornback and Mark Quaney roaming the secondary.

Next: at Wichita Northwest
#2 Wichita Heights (0-0)
Last: lost 35-28 to Garden City in the 6A state quarterfinals

Wichita Heights drops down to Class 5A and figures to be in the hunt for a deep playoff run. The Falcons return a vertern roster of 35 seniors and 12 starters. The offense starts in the backfield where the trio of Trenton Autry, Tre' King, and Armond McCray combined for nearly 2,000 yards on the ground last fall. Quarterback Garrett Haskins will add another demension to the offense with his ability to throw the ball. The Falcon defense returns six starters including high-motor d-lineman Carlos Taylor (5-11, 235) and a promising secondary prospect in Creighton Sanders (6-0, 180).

Next: vs. Wichita Southeast
#3 Blue Valley West (0-0)
Last: lost 38-33 to Blue Valley in the 5A state semifinals

Blue Valley West advanced to the 5A state semifinals before falling to eventual champion Blue Valley. The Jaguars graduated 26 seniors off of that squad, but have an experienced group returning thanks to an injury plagued 2013 season. Gone is talented dual-threat quarterback Ryan Ralston so the offensive focus could turn to speedy back Jon Reams. The offensive line lost Michael Fairchild to Missouri, but Hunter Saulsbury (6-3, 275) and John Scavuzzo (6-3, 225) return. The receiving group is talented with the likes of Luke Curtis, Sam Davis, and Sam Daily. The Jaguar defense must replace all-state selection Cale McMakin who went on to Western Illinois.

Next: vs. Lawrence
#4 Maize (0-0)
Last: fell 60-59 in 5 overtimes to Manhattan in the first round of the 6A playoffs

It was a wild ride for the Maize Eagles in 2013. The Eagles finished 7-3 including impressive wins against Salina South (40-28) and Garden City (40-24). The Eagles advanced to the 6A playoffs before falling 60-59 in a 5-overtime affair to Manhattan in the first round. The Eagles are down to Class 5A this season and have the pieces in place to challenge. Quarterback Connor Lungwitz (6-5, 205) passed for nearly 2,000 yards last season with 28 touchdowns. He has a primary receiving weapon back in Kendall Stewart who tallied 750 yards receiving last year. Gone is dynamic back Chase White, who rushed for more than 1,650 yards. The offensive line must be replaced as well, with only Konner Swenson returning.

Next: vs. 6A No. 4 Derby
#5 Kapaun Mt. Carmel (0-0)
Last: fell 34-24 to Salina South in the 5A state semifinals

Kapaun Mt. Carmel enjoyed a successful run to the Class 5A state semifinals last fall before falling to Salina South. The Crusaders finished 10-2, and while expectations are high, several key players must be replaced. The quarterback position is solidified with junior Brock Monty (6-2, 180). Monty posted a breakout sophomore season a year ago passing for more than 1,200 yards and adding more than 600 yards on the ground. Alexander Norris also returns in the backfield after rushing for 600 yards in 2013. The line has size with Ben Powers (6-5, 270), Mickey Boulanger (6-4, 240), and tight end Michael Licketeig (6-3, 225). The return of Colton Ocker (6-3, 280) will help on the defensive side after he suffered a season-ending injury early during the 2013 season.

Next: vs. Wichita East

Others Considered: Andover, Maize South, Mill Valley, Pittsburg, St. Thomas Aquinas, Shawnee Heights, Topeka Seaman

Last updated: September 01, 2014 - 11:40 am