Class 6A Rankings

#1 Derby (11-1)
Last: won at then No. 1 Lawrence Free State, 55-49

Derby scored on a 10-yard touchdown run by Brody Kooser in overtime to knock off top-ranked Lawrence Free State, 55-49. The two teams combine for 104 points and 1,119 total yards. Free State raced out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter before Derby scored twice to tie it. After that, neither team led by more than a touchdown. In overtime, Free State failed to connect on a 4th-down pass from the 3-yard line meaning any Derby points would win the game. Kooser took care of that sifting his way through Firebird defenders for the winning score. Kooser led Derby with 197 rushing yards and two scores, while Hunter Igo added 167 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Igo also passed for 150 and a score.

Next: at No. 3 Wichita Northwest (10-1)
#2 Lawrence Free State (10-1)
Last: lost 55-49 in overtime to Derby

Derby scored on a 10-yard touchdown run by Brody Kooser in overtime to knock off top-ranked Lawrence Free State, 55-49. The game featured a combined 104 points and 1,119 total yards. Free State raced out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter before Derby scored twice to tie it. After that, neither team led by more than a touchdown. Derby led in the fourth quarter when Free State freshman Tyler Bowden broke an 18-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 49 with 5:39 remaining. Derby turned the ball over on downs at midfield, and Free State drove deep into Panther territory late the game before a fumble derailed a potential game-winning field goal attempt. Derby drove past midfield before the two headed to overtime. On the Firebirds possession, Free State failed to connect on a 4th-down pass from the 3-yard line meaning any Derby points would win the game. Kooser took care of that sifting his way through Firebird defenders for the winning score. Free State played without star running back Jax Dineen for much of the game after he was injured in the first quarter. Dineen finished with 70 yards on three carries. It was the third consecutive season that Derby has ended Free State’s season.

Next: season complete
#3 Wichita Northwest (10-2)
Last: defeated Garden City for a second time this season, 49-6

Garden City had ridden its defense to a pair of playoff wins over Washburn Rural and Topeka High, but the Buffs did not have an answer for Wichita Northwest in the first half of Friday’s quarterfinal. The Grizzlies built a 35-0 halftime lead en route to a 49-6 trouncing of Garden City to advance to the state semifinals for the first time since 1996. Northwest rushed for more than 500 yards in the game and totaled 653 yards of total offense with the bulk of that coming before halftime. Breece Hall rushed for 222 yards and Roy Johnson added 142 yards.

Next: vs. No. 1 Derby (10-1)
#4 Blue Valley (8-4)
Last: beat Olathe North 48-21

Blue Valley held a slim 17-14 lead in the locker room at halftime, but exploded for 31 points in the second half in beating Olathe North, 48-21. The Tigers found themselves trailing in the second quarter after a pair of Daymonn Sanchez touchdown runs for Olathe North. Luke Bernard then hit Ben DeZube on an 80-yard touchdown pass to go up 17-14. Alex Totta scored early in the third quarter to expand the lead to 24-14, and after Walker Kinney’s scoring pass to Cameron Green it was 38-14 after three quarters. The Tigers will no host Blue Valley North in the semifinals. Blue Valley rallied to beat the Mustangs, 34-33, earlier this season by scoring 10 points in the game’s final 1:06.

Next: vs. No. 5 Blue Valley North (7-4)
#5 Blue Valley North (8-4)
Last: blasted then No. 2 Shawnee Mission East, 45-10

Blue Valley North quarterback Graham Mertz tossed two touchdown passes in the first quarter as the Mustangs seemed to overwhelm No. 2 Shawnee Mission East during a 45-10 blowout on Friday night. The Mustangs led 21-3 after one quarter and scored twice more in the second quarter to lead 35-10 at halftime. Mertz had a hand in five Blue Valley North touchdowns as the Mustangs took down the Lancers.

Next: at No. 4 Blue Valley (8-3)

Others Considered: Garden City (8-3), Manhattan (8-2), Olathe East (5-5), Olathe North (7-4), Shawnee Mission East (9-2), Topeka High (8-2)

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