Class 6A Rankings

#1 Lawrence Free State (3-0)
Last: defeated Missouri Class 6 No. 1 Park Hill, 21-16

The Firebirds represented Kansas well with a win over Park Hill, the top-ranked team in the state of Missouri. Lawrence Free State allowed two TDs in the fourth quarter to the Trojans, but made a defensive stand at the end to hold on to the 21-16 victory. Park Hill entered the game averaging more than 40 points per outing. Firebirds quarterback Jordan Preston passed for 184 yards and three touchdowns.

Next: vs. Shawnee Mission Northwest (1-2)
#2 Shawnee Mission East (2-1)
Last: lost 21-17 to Missouri Class 6 No. 7 Rockhurst

Shawnee Mission East dropped a close game to Missouri powerhouse Rockhurst for the second consecutive season. This time, the Lancers fell 21-17 after Rockhurst scored a fourth-quarter touchdown. Shawnee Mission East had trailed 14-3 in the first half but rallied to take the lead. Milton Braasch led the Lancers with about 160 yards rushing.

Next: Thursday vs. Olathe North (1-2)
#3 Derby (2-1)
Last: blasted Maize 60-28

Following last week’s loss to Goddard, Derby bounced back with a big win over Maize. The Panthers compiled more than 675 yards of total offense. Derby scored on its first six possessions to take a 41-7 lead. Quarterback Grant Adler rushed for four touchdowns and passed for two more. Running back Brody Kooser added 210 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

Next: vs. Hutchinson (3-0)
#4 Topeka High (3-0)
Last: throttled Emporia 62-13

The Trojans have displayed their ability to run the ball with sensational sophomore Ky Thomas. This past week, they showed they can put the ball in the air as well. Topeka quarterback Da’Vonshai Harden passed for 222 yards and four touchdowns during a lopsided win over Emporia. Thomas added 212 rushing yards on only 15 carries. Topeka gained 526 yards of total offense.

Next: vs. Manhattan (2-1)
#5 Blue Valley (2-1)
Last: rallied to top then No. 4 Blue Valley North 34-33

After falling big in the opening week to Bishop Miege, the Tigers re-enter the Class 6A rankings by posting consecutive victories over Blue Valley West and Blue Valley North. Blue Valley topped previously fourth-ranked Blue Valley North by one point after scoring 10 points in the game’s final 1:06. Jackson Likens hit a 27-yard field goal with 15 seconds left to win the game. Blue Valley North led 19-3 at halftime.

Next: vs. Class 5A No. 5 Mill Valley (2-1)

Others Considered: Blue Valley North (1-2), Garden City (3-0), Hutchinson (3-0), Lawrence (3-0), Manhattan (2-1), Wichita Northwest (2-1)

Last updated: September 18, 2017 - 10:29 am