Class 8M-I Rankings

#1 St. Francis (3-0)
Last: won 50-4 at Hill City

St. Francis defeated Hill City, 50-4, in the start of District 8 play. The Indians remained perfect in regular season contests under third-year coach Rodney Yates. Tate Busse took the opening kickoff back for a 65-yard score. He also caught a 60-yard scoring pass, and Jordan Raby scored on a 67-yard run. Overall, St. Francis scored six touchdowns in the second quarter and had a safety. Hill City had all of its points on safeties. The Indians have not allowed an offensive score.

Next: at Oberlin-Decatur Community (0-3)
#2 Osborne (3-0)
Last: beat Lakeside-Downs 70-6

Osborne rolled over in-county rival Downs Lakeside, 70-6, and set up a huge eight-man road matchup with Pike Valley this Friday. Last year, Osborne defeated Pike Valley, 34-32, at home in a game that went down to the final seconds. Osborne led 32-6 at the end of the first quarter and 38-0 at halftime. Osborne had 27 rushes for 382 yards and four players tallied rushing scores. Senior Denton Schurr finished seven carries for 132 yards and three rushing TDs. Osborne has won 16 straight contests.

Next: at 8M-II No. 2 Pike Valley (3-0)
#3 Burlingame (3-0)
Last: won at Lebo, 61-0

Burlingame rolled over Lebo, 61-0, in a road contest. The Bearcats, which haven’t lost in the last three regular seasons under coach Jeff Slater, have scored often on defense/special teams since the start of the ’15 season. This year, the Bearcats have permitted just one score and tallied five defensive touchdowns. All-state quarterback Dalton Sporing, who suffered a knee injury in basketball, returned to the gridiron for the first time this year last Friday. He completed 4 of 5 passes for 86 yards and had one carry for a 30-yard score.

Next: vs. Centre-Lost Springs (2-1)
#4 Spearville (3-0)
Last: beat Minneola 54-8

Spearville scored 40 first-quarter points and defeated Minneola, 54-8, in a game that ended at halftime. Junior Kolby Stein completed 3 of 3 passes for 114 yards with two scores against no interceptions. He had two carries for 31 yards, both for TDs.

Next: at Ashland (0-3)
#5 Victoria (3-0)
Last: shut out Ellinwood 50-0

Victoria upended Ellinwood, 50-0, in a game that was over at halftime. The Knights led 32-0 at the end of the first quarter. Collin Kisner scored on a 42-yard run, caught a 36-yard scoring pass and tallied a seven-yard run, all by the end of the first quarter. Cooper Windholz threw for three passing TDs, including a pair to Caden Oberle. Victoria will travel to Otis-Bison in a key eight-man game this Friday.

Next: at 8M-II No. 5 Otis-Bison (2-1)

Others Considered: Atwood-Rawlins Co. (3-0), Bennington (3-0), Central Plains (2-1), Clifton-Clyde (3-0), Hoxie (3-0), Logan-Palco (3-0), Madison (3-0), Solomon (3-0), South Central (3-0), St. Paul (3-0), West Elk (3-0)

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