WICHITA, Kan.—Some surprises highlight week one of football in the state of Kansas. However, with the surprises come the not-so-surprising outcomes. Some teams dominated while others withered under the first Friday night lights of 2012.
West got its season started on the right foot with a thrilling double-overtime win over South 32-26. This was West coach Weston Schartz’ first win since returning to the Pioneers. It was also his first try. Northwest took care of Kapaun at Cessna Stadium at Wichita State University to the tune of a 30-13 win. North got off to a rough start to the season with a 39-12 loss at the hands of East.
Thursday – Carroll came out strong and fast against Heights, as it took a 35-6 lead into halftime. The Golden Eagles would take home a 47-16 win.
Watch out class 6A, because here comes Hutch. The Salthawks went to Salina Central and left with a 48-14 win. Maize traveled to Newton and flew out of town with a 49-25 win over the Railers. The Hornets of Valley Center came one touchdown shy of Andover Central in a 25-19 Jaguar win. Maize South took care of business against Ark City in a 14-3 win. Andover rolled past Campus to open the year 48-7. Eisenhower took the field for the first time as a football team and came away with its first-ever win 22-20 over Clearwater. Goddard beat Wellington 34-14.
El Dorado led at halftime 20-15 over perennial power McPherson, but couldn’t keep the steam going and fell 41-20 to the Bullpups. Buhler’s Riley Allen put himself on the map of Kansas football as he rushed for 277 yards and four touchdowns on just 25 carries. He led the Crusaders to a 26-21 victory over Rose Hill.
Collegiate pulled away late against Andale in its 41-27 win. Circle extended Augusta’s losing streak to 10 games to the tune of a 31-14 win. Kingman notched a win with its 52-34 win over Sunrise Christian.
Halstead defeated Hesston for the first time since 1998 Friday by a score of 32-26. Hillsboro dominated Lyons 48-14 in its season opener. Nickerson used a couple plays of 79-plus yards to cruise past Pratt 38-0. Smoky Valley needed overtime in its opener against Sterling 27-26. Haven came away with a 33-26 win over Eureka.
Wichita Trinity took the wheels off the Roadrunners of Chaparral 60-36. Cheney shut out the chocolate and gold of Belle Plaine 27-0. Bluestem scored a first-quarter touchdown, but a 41-point second quarter from Conway Springs was too much for the Lions in the 76-6 Cardinals win. Garden Plain came away with the season-opening shut out over Douglass 54-0. Wichita Independent surprised a few folks with its 35-7 win over Medicine Lodge.
Dodge City got its season started on the right foot with a huge 40-6 win over Wichita Southeast. The Junction City Bluejays squeaked past the Indians of Hays 44-43 in overtime. Garden City fell hard to Bixby (Okla.) 42-7. Ulysses took down Liberal 43-27 on Liberal’s home field.
Tyro Christian lit the scoreboard over and over again against Elk Valley 88-38. Solomon dominated Hope 60-14. Madison got a rough start to its title defense with a 34-22 loss at the hand of the Falcons of Baileyville B&B. LaCrosse slid by Ellis 16-6 and Salina Sacred Heart squashed Hutch Trinity 42-6. Scott City went a long way to beat Abilene 51-20 at Abilene. In the North Central Activities Association, Minneapolis shut out Russell 45-0 and Southeast of Saline whooped up on Republic County 53-0.