Class 6A Rankings

#1 Derby (8-0)
Last: beat Haysville Campus, 48-13

Derby remained unbeaten with a 48-13 win over Campus. The Panthers scored only once in the first quarter - a touchdown pass from Hunter Igo to Cavion Walker. Derby then exploded for three touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 27-7 at half. Igo connected on touchdown passes to Aaron Larson, Davin Simmsand Jacob Karsak in the second quarter. Kevion Edwards broke a long touchdown run in the third quarter to put the Panthers up 34-7, then after a Colt touchdown, Tre Washington scored early in the fourth quarter to make it 42-13.

Next: at 5A No. 3 Maize (7-0)
#2 Lawrence Free State (8-0)
Last: beat No. 5 Shawnee Mission East, 36-30

Free State passed its biggest test of the sesaon in holding off No. 5 Shawnee Mission East. The Firebirds trailed the Lancers 10-0 early, before using three touchdown passes from Malik Berry to Keenan Garber to lead 20-19 at halftime. Garber, a Kansas State commit, pulled down a 32-yard Hail Mary reception from Berry on the final play of the first half. Garber then caught his fourth touchdown pass from Berry in the third quarter to extend the Free State lead to 27-19. SM East would tie the game, but Free State would take the lead for good on a Jax Dineen touchdown run late in the third quarter. Dineen finished with 110 rushing yards, while Garber caught 7 passes for 200 yards and four scores.

Next: vs. Lawrence (1-6)
#3 Gardner-Edgerton (8-0)
Last: beat Shawnee Mission Northwest 49-27 on Thursday night

Gardner-Edgerton secured the top seed on the eastern half of Class 6A with Thursday's 49-27 win over Shawnee Mission Northwest. The Blazers led 21-13 at halftime on the strength of a short Jacob Hunsperger touchdown run, a long Luke Jennings touchdown run, and a pick-6 by Gage Gulley. Jennings scored twice more in the third quarter, sandwiched around an Anthony Rodriguez touchdown from midfield to make it 42-13. Hunsperger would add another score in the final quarter to complete the scoring for the Blazers. Achieving the top seed on the east side is an unbelievable feat when you consider that Gardner-Egerton had lost 10 consecutive games coming into the 2018 season.

Next: vs. Shawnee Mission West (0-7)
#4 Topeka High (7-1)
Last: edged Emporia, 27-26, on a last-second field goal

Topeka High kicker Gregorio Leonardo drilled a game-winning 39-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Trojans to a 27-26 victory at Emporia. Leodardo also connected on a 29-yard field goal in the third quarter to give the Trojans’ a 17-14 lead. Emporia’s Jace Stewart scored on a short touchdown run mid-way through the fourth quarter to give the Spartans a 20-17 lead after the Trojans blocked the PAT. Less than 20 seconds later, Topeka High regained the lead on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Da’Vonshai Harden to Jacqez Barksdale to lead 24-20. Emporia took a 26-24 lead on a short touchdown run by Beau Baumgardner with less than 2:20 remaining in the game, but the PAT was again blocked, making it possible for Leonardo's late-game heroics.

Next: at Topeka West (1-6)
#5 Shawnee Mission East (6-2)
Last: lost 36-30 to No. 2 Lawrence Free State

Shawnee Mission East challenged second-ranked Free State before falling short, 36-30. The Lancers built a 10-0 lead on a Parker Willis field goal and a Tony Friends touchdown run. Safety and a touchdown pass from Andy Maddox to Ryan Hess extended the SM East lead to 19-6 in the second quarter before Free State rallied to take a 20-19 lead at halftime. Friends broke a 70-yard run in the third quarter to knot the game at 27, but Free State would take a 33-27 lead on a Jax Dinnen touchdown run. A second Willis field goal pulled the Lancers to within 33-30, before Free State added a field goal with less than a minute to go.

Next: at Olathe West (2-5)

Others Considered: Blue Valley (3-4), Blue Valley North (4-3), Dodge City (4-3), Haysville Campus (4-3), Junction City (4-3), Manhattan (6-1), Olathe North (5-2), Shawnee Mission South (5-2), Washburn Rural (5-2), Wichita West (4-3)

Last updated: October 15, 2018 - 12:45 am