Class 6A Rankings

#1 Derby (7-0)
Last: beat Haysville Campus 54-27

Derby won its 20th straight game with a 54-27 victory versus Haysville Campus. The Panthers have the longest current winning streak in Kansas, one game ahead of Aquinas’ 19. Derby has a huge matchup with undefeated Maize this week. Derby is 49-1 in its last 50 contests versus Campus, according to the Derby Informer. Jacob Karsak, Lem Wash and Tre Washington all recorded at least two touchdowns. Derby also blocked a punt, recovered a pair of fumbles on kickoffs and had a 52-yard punt return for a score.

Next: vs. 5A No. 3 Maize (7-0)
#2 Lawrence (7-0)
Last: beat then No. 2 Olathe North, 35-10

Lawrence bumped up a spot and replaced previously No. 2 Olathe North with a 35-10 victory versus the Hawks. Lawrence was 1-8 last year and has made a gigantic turnaround under coach Steve Rampy. Olathe North scored the game’s first 10 points before Lawrence tallied 35 straight points. Lawrence scored twice for a 14-10 lead at halftime. Devin Neal caught a touchdown pass from Jackson Dooley, and then Dooley hit Chris McGee for a score. In the second half, Neal tallied three more touchdowns. He delivered more than 200 yards of offense. Lawrence, Derby and Dodge City remain the only undefeated teams in 6A West.

Next: vs. Lawrence Free State (6-1)
#3 Gardner-Edgerton (6-1)
Last: beat Shawnee Mission Northwest 56-14

Gardner-Edgerton’s only loss was a 35-34 defeat versus Lawrence. The Trailblazers had an impressive 56-14 victory versus Shawnee Mission Northwest. SM Northwest was 5-1 entering the contest, though had permitted 30 points a game.

Next: at Shawnee Mission West (2-5)
#4 Olathe North (5-2)
Last: lost to No. 2 Lawrence, 35-10

Olathe North suffered its first loss to a Kansas team this year with the 35-10 loss to Lawrence. The Eagles had scored 118 points in the last two weeks before the loss. Since Week 7 of the last year, Olathe North was 11-1 against Kansas teams. Arland Bruce IV paced the Olathe North offense with 137 rushing yards in the loss.

Next: at Olathe Northwest (1-6)
#5 Topeka High (6-1)
Last: shut out Emporia, 27-0

Entering the week, Topeka High, Emporia, Junction City and Manhattan were all deadlocked with one loss in Centennial League play. Topeka High helped break the deadlock with a 27-0 shutout versus Emporia. Last year, Topeka defeated Emporia on a last-second field goal. Ky Thomas, the Centennial League’s all-time leading rusher, gained more than 200 yards on the ground. Da’Vonshai Harden and Janus Gilbert rushed for first quarter scores. This marks the first shutout of the season for Topeka. The Trojans were expected to have an improved defense this year and have allowed 125 points this year. Last season, Topeka had allowed 141 points through the first seven weeks. Topeka will be heavily favored against Topeka West this week.

Next: vs. Topeka West (1-6)

Others Considered: Blue Valley (4-3), Blue Valley West (5-2), Dodge City (7-0), Lawrence Free State (6-1), Junction City (6-1), Manhattan (6-1), Olathe East (5-2), Shawnee Mission Northwest (5-2)

Last updated: October 20, 2019 - 11:01 pm