Class 8M-I Rankings

#1 Burlingame (11-1)
Last: outscored West Elk, 63-42

Seth Greenwood rushed for 200 yards and scored five touchdowns as Burlingame outscored West Elk, 63-42. The Bearcats led 41-20 at the break before the two teams played even in the second half. Montana Giffin, playing in place of injured starter Dalton Sporing, passed for nearly 200 yards and two scores. West Elk’s Cade Miller rushed for 93 yards, passed for 235 yards, and had a hand in all six Patriot touchdowns.

Next: at No. 4 St. Paul (10-1)
#2 Spearville (11-1)
Last: scored with 1-second left to beat Central Plains, 32-28

Waylon Strecker took a pass from Kolby Stein 8-yards for a score with 1-second remaining to lift No. 2 Spearville over No. 5 Central Plains, 32-28. The Lancers drove 65 yards in 1:02 without a timeout after Central Plains had taken a 28-26 lead on an Alex Hickel touchdown run and Myles Menges’ two-point conversion. Spearville faced 4th-&-7 from their own 18-yard line, but completed three passes to get to the Oiler 8-yard line with 7 seconds remaining. After spiking the ball on first down, Stein looked left and hit Strecker at the back of a bunch formation. Strecker then followed his blockers into the end zone to propel the Royal Lancers to the state semifinals.

Next: vs. No. 5 Hoxie (10-1)
#3 Central Plains (9-2)
Last: fell 32-28 at Spearville on a late TD

Central Plains looked to be in good shape after Alex Hickel's touchdown run and a successful two-point conversion by Myles Menges put the Oilers up 28-26 with 1:02 remaining. But Spearville, despite having no timeouts, drove 65 yards and scored with 1-second remaining on a touchdown pass from Kolby Stein to Waylon Strecker.

Next: season complete
#4 St. Paul (11-1)
Last: knocked out defending champion Osborne, 35-24

St. Paul scored the game’s final 27 points in rallying from a 24-8 third-quarter deficit to knock out the defending Eight-Man, Division I champions. Osborne converted a pair of Indian first-half turnovers into touchdowns and expanded its lead in the third quarter on a Darnell Holloway touchdown pass to Denton Schurr. The Indians answered with a 40-yard pass from Braven Born to Caleb Pecha to pull within 24-14. Born then hit Collin Carlson on a short touchdown pass to open the fourth quarter and pull St. Paul to within 24-22. The Indians took the lead mid-way through the fourth quarter when Born hit Pecha again to go on top 30-24. After a bad snap forced an Osborne safety, Alejandro Mate connected on a 22-yard field goal to put St. Paul up two scores with just over two minutes remaining.

Next: vs. No. 1 Burlingame (11-0)
#5 Hoxie (11-1)
Last: beat South Central, 30-25

Latham Schwarz’s 30-yard touchdown run with 3:27 remaining propelled the Hoxie Indians into the state semifinal round with a 30-25 victory over South Central. The Timberwolves shocked Hoxie with a 13-0 lead mid-way through the second quarter before Hoxie would respond. The Indians scored on a long touchdown pass from Lathan Schwarz to Troyal Burris to pull within 13-6, but South Central would lead 19-6 at halftime. Hoxie wouldn’t take its first lead, 22-19, until Schwarz scored from 35-yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter. South Central would answer to lead 25-22 with 6 minutes remaining before Schwarz’s winning score.

Next: at No. 2 Spearville (11-0)

Others Considered: Atwood-Rawlins Co. (7-1), Bennington (6-3), Clifton-Clyde (8-2), Little River (7-3), Logan-Palco (6-3), Macksville (7-3), Osborne (9-2), St. Francis (7-2), South Central (9-2), Victoria (7-3), West Elk (10-1)

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