Class 6A Rankings

#1 Derby (4-0)
Last: Won 46-20 @ Hutchinson

Derby converted three Hutchinson first-half turnovers into touchdowns to build a 25-14 halftime lead, and eventually pulled away in the second half for a 46-20 win. The Salthawks scored out of the locker room to cut the Panther lead to 25-20, but Derby would respond almost immediately as Dan Dawdy hit Michael Littleton on their third touchdown connection of the night to extend the lead to 32-20. Derby would go on to add a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns as Dawdy passed to Kenyon Tabor and Brody Kooser rushed for his second score of the night. Kooser rushed for 170 yards to lead the Panthers, while Dawdy passed for nearly 200 yards and four touchdowns. Littleton caught eight passes for 83 yards and three scores.

Next: @ 5A No. 4 Bishop Carroll (3-1)
#2 Blue Valley (4-0)
Last: Won 45-28 @ 5A No. 1 Mill Valley

After four lead changes in the first half, Blue Valley scored 28 consecutive points to power past Mill Valley, 45-28. Down 14-3 early, Matthew Dercher threw two touchdown passes to put the Tigers in front 17-14. Mill Valley took the lead right back, but Blue Valley responded with a William Evans touchdown reception for a 24-21 halftime lead. The Tigers’ lead grew to 31-21 in the third quarter as Dercher hit Harrison VanDyne on a 45-yard touchdown pass. The lead stay at 10 points until Evans scored from 1-yard out to make it 38-21. After a Mill Valley interception, Evans once again reached the end zone on a short run to push the lead to 45-21. Mill Valley added a late touchdown with less than two minutes remaining. Dercher passed for 340 yards and four touchdowns, while Evans had 67 rushing yards, 63 receiving yards, and three total touchdowns.

Next: vs. St. James Academy (2-2)
#3 Shawnee Mission East (3-1)
Last: Won 48-13 @ Olathe North

Shawnee Mission East rebounded from their lone loss of the season by thumping Olathe North, 48-13. Milton Braasch rushed for three touchdowns and Luke Kaiser hit Trevor Thompson on a pair of touchdown passes as the Lancers built a 35-7 halftime lead. Kaiser and Thompson later hooked up for a third time to extend the lead to 41-7. The Lancer offense put up 546 yards of total offense on the night. Kaiser passed for 204 yards and all three touchdowns to Thompson who caught five passes for 177 yards. Braasch rushed for 135 yards.

Next: vs. Shawnee Mission North (2-2)
#4 Junction City (4-0)
Last: Won 22-21 @ Washburn Rural

Junction City trailed Washburn Rural 21-7 entering the fourth quarter on Friday, but the Blue Jays rallied and got a bit of luck in slipping away with a 22-21 win. Baylor Wilkey’s touchdown run pulled the Blue Jays within 21-14, and Ryan Henington hit Johnnie Jones on a long touchdown pass. Junction City went for the two-point conversion and the lead, but Rural stopped the Blue Jays short to preserve a 21-20 lead for the Junior Blues. With more than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Washburn Rural lined up to punt from deep in its own territory. A botched snap went into the end zone and punter Ross Boyd kicked the ball through the end zone surrendering the lead, but giving his team a chance by avoiding giving up a touchdown. Rural, however, couldn’t muster another score and fell 22-21.

Next: vs. Topeka Highland Park (0-4)
#5 Manhattan (4-0)
Last: beat Topeka High 46-20

Senior quarterback Ian Trapp rushed for four touchdowns as Manhattan scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Topeka High. The Indians led Topeka 26-20 after three quarters before Trapp rushed for two of his touchdowns and Manhattan got another score from Iverson Robb. Two of the Indian's fourth-quarter scores came after recovering Topeka High fumbles on a kickoff return. Trapp rushed for 161 yards in the win. Topeka High played without senior starting quarterback Corey Thomas.

Next: at Topeka Seaman (4-0)

Others Considered: Garden City (4-0), Hutchinson (3-1), Lawrence (3-1), Lawrence Free State (2-2), Shawnee Mission West (2-2), Wichita Northwest (2-2), Wichita South (3-1)

Last updated: September 25, 2016 - 09:37 pm