ROSS DAUSIN (EL DORADO TIMES)Over 4,000 people pack into Gowans Stadium in Hutchinson for a lights-out thriller of a game between two nationally ranked teams … A quarterback getting a new lease on life leads a once-proud program to 4-0 and its first national ranking since 2002 … And my Dead Red Ravens? Maybe they’ve got a little life in them after all.
It all happened Saturday, and I thought I’d go over it today because I’m moving Roll Call back to Tuesdays … no big deal, just a few of the leagues don’t get their Player of the Week awards out until Tuesday and I want to get them all in.
Let’s look at what we’ve got …
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No. 12 Washburn 28, Fort Hays State 14 — I wasn’t so much impressed that Washburn won as I was that FHSU almost won. Is that so wrong? I think the Tigers have a good team and could pull off an upset if they’re hitting on all the right cylinders, which they’ll have to do because the rest of their schedule is BRUTAL. As far as Washburn … QB Dane Simoneau isn’t a star in the making, he’s a star.
Pittsburg State 21, Missouri Southern – Pittsburg State breaks a three-game, MIAA losing streak with a win against one of the downtroddens. Don’t know that it proves anything, and questions still need to be answered in Gorilla Country.
Neb-Omaha 34, Emporia State 13 – Hornets play Truman Oct. 24 in last winnable game of the season. Then what?
No. 24 Bethany 27, Kansas Wesleyan 21 – Steven Baker started for Bethany back in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Then he started coaching. Then this year he decided to come back. Then Saturday he threw for 326, 2 TDs and no picks in the Swedes’ win over rival KWU, a battle of unbeaten teams. And now … he’s got Bethany ranked for the first time since 2002. They’ve got Bethel on Saturday for Homecoming, and don’t sleep on the Threshers.
No. 15 Friends 15, Bethel 7 — I’m not sure what to think of Friends. They’re doing what they have to do right now, but we won’t know if they’re the team until they get a true test against a good team. Until then it’s just smoke and mirrors, baby.
No. 10 Ottawa 54, Southwestern 16 – Here’s a thought: Why don’t all the teams in the KCAC put together their own records as far as stats, send them to me, I’ll sort them out and then we’ll have some sort of all-time leaders in the KCAC? That way, we can say once and for all that Ethan Haller is the greatest (statistically) KCAC qb of all-time.
Peru State 19, Tabor 7 — Tabor-Southwestern game in November will be one chance for either team to win a game.
No. 18 McPherson 21, Sterling 0 — Linebacker Jeff Paulson continues to make his case for All-American honors for the Bulldogs, who don’t necessarily need Ottawa to lose to make the NAIA playoffs … but they do need to win out.
QUICK QUESTION: HOW MANY KJCCC PLAYERS HEAD TO MANHATTAN NEXT SEASON? GUESS RIGHT AND THERE’S A PRIZE!
No. 4 Butler 13, No. 13 Hutch 10 — Talked to Jeff Lutz, who covered this game for us, and he said there was a nice crowd, but they never got much to get excited about it. Hey, that’s a 13-10 game for you. As far as Butler … both No. 1 Blinn and No. 2 Navarro won Saturday. What that means is on Oct. 31, when Blinn plays Navarro and Butler plays Fort Scott, the winners of those two games will have the inside track to play in the national championship game. I think. For Hutch, now, its a matter of making a bowl.
No. 3 Fort Scott 31, Independence 9 — I’m telling you … Jasmin Hopkins is nice.
Coffeyville 35, Garden City 0 — Didn’t see this one coming. Injuries have slowed GCCC … but wow. Looks like the Coffeyville-Independence game will be for fourth playoff spot.
Air Force Prep 30, Highland 10 – zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.