Class 5A Rankings

#1 St. Thomas Aquinas (7-0)
Last: beat 4A No. 1 Bishop Miege, 41-21

St. Thomas Aquinas bumped up a spot to No. 1 after a 41-21 victory against Bishop Miege. The Stags were 50-2 in the last four years with all losses to Blue Valley and then took a one-point defeat to Rockhurst (Mo.) earlier this season. Tank Young again had a massive performance with 44 carries for 312 yards and three rushing scores. He broke the school's single-season rushing record of 1,414 yards set by Cameron Jackson last fall. Young now has 1,459 yards. Miege led 14-0 early and Aquinas started a drive at its own 1-yard line before a 99-yard drive put the Saints back in the contest. It ended a five-game losing streak versus Miege that dated back to 2012.

Next: does not play - next game 5A bracket at No. 1 seed
#2 Wichita Northwest (8-0)
Last: beat Wichita Heights, 65-26

Wichita Northwest rolled over Wichita Heights, 65-26, and clinched the City League title. Northwest had big performance from Roy Jones, Reagan Jones, Josh Carter and Jesse Fallier, all whom earned team player of the game honors at least one position. Heights standout quarterback K’Vonte Baker, among the state’s top-five rushers, did not play, though sophomore Joshua Sanders rushed 25 times for 207 yards. For Northwest, Jones completed 11 of 13 for 288 yards with a 3/0 TD/INT ratio. He rushed seven times for 98 yards and three scores. Breece Hall had another massive game with 235 yards of offense and three total scores. Carter finished with 15 tackles.

Next: at Wichita Southeast (2-5)
#3 Maize (7-1)
Last: beat then No. 5 Salina Central, 48-26

Maize limited Salina Central standout running back Taylon Peters – the state’s leading rusher – to 18 carries for 50 yards in a 48-26 victory. Caleb Grill threw for 290 yards and five touchdowns. Caden Cox, known for his highlight reel hurdles, had 147 rushing yards and a score. Maize has permitted just 35 points this season and gets a marquee game versus Derby this week.

Next: vs. 6A No. 1 Derby (7-0)
#4 Bishop Carroll (6-2)
Last: beat Wichita North, 39-19

After a long run of marquee games that has included Wichita Northwest, Derby, Great Bend and rival Kapaun, Bishop Carroll defeated Wichita North, 39-19, in a home contest. The Golden Eagles scored the game's first 20 points and led 26-7 at halftime. North, after a surprising 2-0 start behind running back Joe Williams, has dropped five straight, though three of the losses are by 20 points or fewer.

Next: vs. Wichita South (3-4)
#5 Mill Valley (5-3)
Last: beat Blue Valley, 18-7

Mill Valley has moved back into the rankings with back-to-back quality wins with a 35-13 win at Pittsburg and 18-7 at home against Blue Valley. The Jaguars defeated Blue Valley for the first time in school history after three previous losses in ’13, ’16 and ’17. The Jaguar defense limited Blue Valley to 32 carries for 34 yards. Mill Valley held Blue Valley out of the end zone until the final seconds of the game.

Next: vs. Blue Valley Southwest (3-4)

Others Considered: De Soto (6-1), Great Bend (5-2), Kapaun Mt. Carmel (5-2), Maize South (4-3), Salina Central (5-2), Topeka Seaman (4-3), Wichita Heights (4-3)

Last updated: October 15, 2018 - 12:45 am