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Class 6A Rankings

#1 Derby (12-1)
Last: beat SM East 28-21 to win the 6A state football championship

Derby won its first state football championship since 1994 with a 28-21 win over Shawnee Mission East on Saturday in Topeka. The Panthers got a 35-yard punt return by Travis Young that set them up at the Lancer 24-yard line with just over 2:30 remaining in the game and the score tied at 21. The very next play, Jeremy Dunham hit Caleb Arnold on a 24-yard touchdown pass to provide the winning score. Dunham completed 9 of 13 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a touchdown. Tyler West led Derby with 70 rushing yards and a score.

Next: season complete
#2 Shawnee Mission East (11-2)
Last: lost 28-21 to Derby in the 6A state title game

Shawnee Mission East trailed Derby 14-0 in the second quarter but rallied back to tie the game with a pair of Gunnar Englund touchdown passes to Alec Dean. Once again the Lancers fell behind and ralled back as a Ryan Carter touchdown run tied the game at 21 in the fourth quarter. But SM East allowed a late 35-yard punt return and a Derby 24-yard touchdown pass that resulted in the winning points. Englund passed for 127 yards and two touchdowns, 99 of which went to Dean. The Lancer flexbone led to only 114 rushing yards; 64 of which came from Carter. SM East finished with a school-record 11 wins and reached the state title game for the first time.

Next: season complete
#3 Olathe North (8-4)
Last: did not play

Season ended with a 37-27 loss to Shawnee Mission East in the state semifinals.

Next: season complete
#4 Lawrence Free State (9-2)
Last: did not play

Season ended with a 22-18 loss to Olathe North in the state quarterfinals.

Next: season complete
#5 Olathe East (7-4)
Last: did not play

Season ended with a 20-13 loss to Shawnee Mission East in the state quarterfinals.

Next: season complete

Others Considered: Blue Valley Northwest, Garden City, Gardner-Edgerton, Maize, Manhattan, Topeka High, Wichita Heights

Last updated: December 01, 2013 - 10:37 pm