WICHITA, Kan.—Week seven marks the opening of district play for most teams around the state of Kansas. It also means some teams were surprised, while other continued in their winning ways.
West made a late comeback against Kapaun, but it wasn’t enough as the Crusaders downed the Pioneers 39-28. South outlasted North in what appeared to be a defensive battle to the tune of a 14-7 win. Heights essentially locked up the second-place spot in the league with a 42-20 win over East. Bishop Carroll opened district play with a 55-0 bludgeoning of Goddard Eisenhower. Northwest walked by Campus 37-18.
Thursday – Derby showed yet again why it’s ranked as the No. 3 team in 6A as it utterly beat Southeast 55-3. It was 48-0 at halftime.
In the battle of Salina, South appeared to be the better team heading into the game with Central. However, this rivalry is one of the best in the state and papers can be thrown out the window. In a game that lived up to the hype, South came away with a 23-20 overtime win. Andover downed Valley Center 21-8 to open district play with a win. Ark City was in control from the second quarter on in its 41-20 win over Andover Central.
Winfield did not go quietly into the night against Mulvane, but came up a little short against the Wildcats 27-21. Wellington got its second win of the season, this time over Clearwater 34-21. Newton fell to Emporia 48-27. Maize South more than doubled up on El Dorado 44-21. Rose Hill whitewashed a struggling Augusta squad 41-14.
In a battle of perennial 4A powers, Andale topped Buhler 36-31. Collegiate took down Trinity 28-17. Hutch got its wheels back on the tracks as it took down Dodge City 49-17. McPherson started the night in Lindsborg for its game against Smoky Valley, but the power went out, so it was moved to McPherson in a bizarre turn of events. The Bullpups weren’t fazed, though, as they won 42-13.
Conway Springs bounced back from a loss to Garden Plain nicely as it took down Belle Plaine 53-13. Tanner Wood carried the ball 12 times for 201 yards for the Cardinals. The Roadrunners of Chaparral did just that against Douglass 65-30. Garden Plain kept the truck moving forward in week seven to the tune of a 41-6 win over Haven. Bluestem fell to Remington 40-6. Sedgwick was all over Independent in its 46-0 win.
The Dragons of Halstead ran into a tough night as it lost to Marion 40-22. Hillsboro, on the other hand, took Moundridge to town in a 55-0 Trojan win. Kingman fell in a tight one to Hutch Trinity 24-20. The red and black of Hesston dominated the Thunderbirds of Circle 51-8. Nickerson won again, this time it was a 26-20-double-overtime win over Cheney. LaCrosse ruled Sterling Friday in a 42-28 win.
Hays and Great Bend met in what had the potential to be the game of the night. The Indians made sure that didn’t happen. Great Bend was never close to Hays in this one, a 31-13 Indians win. Liberal opened district play with a 45-21 loss to Goddard. Garden City opened districts with a 31-26 win over Maize.
Lawrence Free State came away with a 49-6 win over KC Wyandotte. Salina Sacred Heart didn’t have much trouble with Southeast of Saline in its 33-12 win. Burden Central barely slipped by Oxford 14-12. In the battle for Dickinson County, Chapman outlasted Abilene 29-28. The Redmen of Smith Center got a 23-22 win over a solid Plainville squad. Holton took down Wamego 51-13.