Class 5A Rankings

#1 Goddard (11-1)
Last: beat rival Goddard-Eisenhower 28-13

Despite Blake Sullivan exiting the game with a shoulder injury in the first half, top-ranked Goddard still had enough to get by rival Eisenhower, 28-13. The Tigers scored first on a Justis Moore run to lead 7-0. Goddard answered with a defensive score on a Cole Caraway fumble recovery to tie the game in the second quarter. The Lions would eventually get a touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Kyler Semrad to Owen Beason to lead 21-7 at halftime. Semrad and Beason hooked up again in the third quarter to push the Lion lead to 28-7.

Next: vs. No. 3 Bishop Carroll (10-1)
#2 St. Thomas Aquinas (11-1)
Last: doubled-up Pittsburg, 42-21

Aquinas raced out to a 28-0 lead in cruising past Pittsburg, 42-21. The Saints got touchdowns from Will Swanson and Cameron Jackson before a Pittsburg turnover set up Jackson’s second score giving Aquinas a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Swanson added another touchdown in the second before the Purple Dragons would score on a Chase Curtis to Corbin Jefferson pass to make it 28-7. That score would hold until mid-3Q when Adam Davis broke along run to make it 35-7. Pittsburg would answer as Curtis hit Dylan White for 66 yards, but Aquinas came right back before the quarter ended to push the lead to four touchdowns.

Next: vs. No. 4 Mill Valley (7-4)
#3 Bishop Carroll (11-1)
Last: defeated No. 5 Maize 26-14

Bishop Carroll jumped on Maize early and held on for a 26-14 victory to move into a semifinal showdown with Goddard. The Golden Eagles scored on their first play from scrimmage as Braden Howell hit Thomas Helton on a 60-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead. After a field goal the lead ballooned to 17-0 as Howell hit Jackson Nichols on a short scoring strike to lead 17-0 early second quarter. Maize cut the lead to 17-7 before halftime on a Caleb Grill pass to Camden Jurgensen. Grill then hit Prevon Christon to pull Maize within 17-14 midway through the third quarter. But that’s as close as the Eagles would get. Zachary Roth broke a 41-yard touchdown run with under six minutes remaining to lift Carroll to the 24-14 lead, and a late safety made it 26-14.

Next: at No. 1 Goddard (11-0)
#4 Mill Valley (7-5)
Last: rallied past St. James Academy 21-14

Two-time defending champion Mill Valley stayed alive with a 21-14 victory over St. James Academy to move back into the semifinal round. The Jags led for much of the first half, but still found themselves trailing 14-13 entering the fourth quarter after a Jack Petz touchdown run put the Thunder on top. Brody Flaming then hit Evan Rice on a 25-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter to take the lead. Flaming’s two-point conversion gave the Jaguars a touchdown lead, 21-14. St. James would reach midfield before stalling out on downs, but get the ball back again on a Mill Valley fumble. The Thunder would reach the Jaguar 15-yard line, but come up empty on a 4th-&-12 play giving the ball back to Mill Valley.

Next: at No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas (10-1)
#5 Maize (9-2)
Last: Lost to No. 3 Bishop Carroll, 26-14

Carroll jumped on Maize early and held on for a 26-14 victory. Braden Howell tossed a couple of touchdown passes to give Carroll a 17-0 lead early in second quarter. Maize cut the lead to 17-7 before halftime on a Caleb Grill pass to Camden Jurgensen. Grill then hit Prevon Christon to pull Maize within 17-14 midway through the third quarter. But that’s as close as the Eagles would get. Zachary Roth broke a 41-yard touchdown run with under six minutes remaining to lift Carroll to the 24-14 lead, and a late safety made it 26-14.

Next: season complete

Others Considered: Goddard-Eisenhower (5-6), Kapaun Mt. Carmel (6-4), KC Schlagle (9-1), Pittsburg (8-2), St. James Academy (8-3), Shawnee Heights (7-3), Wichita Heights (6-4)

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