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Heading into the first week of district play, I pointed to Class 4A-Division I, District 8 as one of the toughest districts.
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I had all the evidence backing me up because Abilene and Hays entered unbeaten, while McPherson had two losses (to Salina South and Andale), and Buhler’s lone loss was to Andale.
Yet McPherson took care of Abilene 17-6 and Buhler rolled Hays 55-21.
Buhler’s domination of Hays surprised me. Not so much on the offensive end, because quarterback Jace Williams and running back Dillon Engelland have been outstanding. But because the defense held standout Hays quarterback Alex Delton in check.
One of the districts that intrigues me most this week is Class 5A-District 5. While Heights and Kapaun handled their business with three-touchdown wins, I cannot count out either Andover or Emporia putting themselves in position to advance to the playoffs.
Class 5A-District 7 will come down to the Maize-Maize South game on Oct. 31. But then we knew that already, right?
How about Augusta in Class 4A-Division I, District 5? The Orioles got a 31-point win over Winfield to put itself in position to make the playoffs. It would be Augusta’s first playoff berth since 2005, when the Orioles were 10-2.
In Sunday’s football rankings, I leapfrogged Bishop Caroll over Olathe North to No. 1 in the overall rankings.
I think I should have done that following Week 5, when Carroll beat Heights 77-15.
When Carroll took it to Maize 69-7, it was a no-brainer.
Carroll is the state’s best team.
Maize is a quality team with outstanding quarterback Connor Lungwitz, but Carroll’s defense shut them down. Maize had 29 yards at halftime, and Carroll’s defense disrupted that offense with its coverage and an aggressive plan.
Carroll’s defense has been highly touted, and rightfully so. And when you combine that defense with an offense that hasn’t been slowed yet, well, you’ve got a juggernaut.
I don’t think I’m jumping the gun to put this 2014 Carroll team right up there with 2013 Derby or 2012 Carroll.
But what about 2009 Hutchinson? How does Carroll rank? What an incredible team that was. I’d love to get your thoughts.
My co-worker, Tony Adame, wrote an interesting piece on how there has only been two black head football coaches in the City League.
It’s difficult to believe that’s the case, especially when there’s been quite a few black boys basketball coaches in the City League, including former Southeast coach Carl Taylor, who has the most boys wins in history with 318. Ron Allen, who coached at East, had 301 wins.
Lafayette Norwood was the City League’s first black boys basketball coach. He coached at Heights from 1969-77.
With the regular season winding down in football, I went to Twitter for a question.
@joannachadwick our student section and band are amazing. Great kids having a fun time on Friday nights!— Brent Pfeifer (@Coach5fur) October 21, 2014
“@joannachadwick: Football season is winding down - two games remain! - what's your favorite part of the season?" EVERYTHING— Clint Rider (@CoachClintRider) October 21, 2014
The first state champions of the 2014-15 school year were crowned.
In Class 5A tennis, Andover won its second straight team title, while Trojans teammates Dohee Lee and Grace Ball finished first and second.
In 4A, Buhler’s doubles team of Jessica Steffen and Kendra Nachtigal won the title.
In 3-2-1A, Independent’s Anna Riedmiller won the singles title, Collegiate won the team title and Collegiate’s doubles team of Hannah Osland and Allie Lindwall won again.
And in 3-2-1A, Eureka’s Raegan Boone won medalist honors.
The Eagle produces an eight-page high school football section each Saturday. There are some amazing photos each week, and stories that you shouldn’t miss.
From this past week, check out Tony Adame’s interesting story on the lack of black head football coaches in the City League.
You can also see Eagle columnist Bob Lutz’s story on Kapaun quarterback Brock Monty.