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Bob Lutz: Carroll looks to add more hardware to Wichita’s showcase

Bishop Carroll's Denzel Goolsby runs for a TD against Heights during a 2014 regular-season game in September.
Bishop Carroll's Denzel Goolsby runs for a TD against Heights during a 2014 regular-season game in September. The Wichita Eagle

If Las Vegas set betting lines for high school football games – and I’m a little surprised the oddsmakers there don’t – how big of a favorite would Bishop Carroll be against St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday in the Class 5A state championship game in Pittsburg?

I’ll guess 37 1/2 points and that might be a little generous toward Aquinas.

Carroll is going to roll, it’s just a matter of by how much. And if that seems callous or presumptuous, well you just haven’t been paying attention to Carroll this season.

The Eagles have won 12 games by an average of nearly 50 points per game. I’m shocked they’re not getting votes in the College Football Player Rankings.

Carroll is almost a sure bet to finish 13-0 for the second team in three seasons. If it happens, the Eagles will be the 18th team in documented Wichita high school football history to finish a season without a defeat or a tie.

An argument can be formulated for the 2014 Carroll team to be the best in the history of the City League, although I would take the 1977 Southeast team No. 1. But what the Eagles have done and are doing is historical.

Led by quarterback Colton Howell and running back Denzel Goolsby, the offense is unstoppable. And the defense is just as formidable. There’s no weakness as Carroll coach Alan Schuckman establishes himself as one of the best in City League history. He’s in the discussion with the all-time greats and only Ed Kriwiel, who led Kapaun Mount Carmel to nine state championships, is clearly ahead of him.

Aquinas is coached by Randy Dreiling, who led Hutchinson to seven state championships and six in a row from 2004-09, during 17 seasons with the Salt Hawks. Dreiling is a coaching legend in Kansas. But not even a Dreiling-coached team has a shot against the powerful Eagles.

Wichita high school football have accounted for 21 state championships.

State champions

Kapaun Mount Carmel (9) – 1970, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1987

Southeast (4) – 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980

Collegiate (3) – 1994, 2000, 2009

Bishop Carroll (2) – 1978, 2012

East (2) – 1982, 1983

Heights (1) – 2010

Undefeated, untied Wichita high school football teams

East8-0 (1915), 9-0 (1942), 9-0 (1946), 9-0 (1947)

Kapaun Mount Carmel – 9-0 (1963), 13-0 (1976), 12-0 (1981), 12-0 (1982)

Collegiate – 13-0 (2000), 14-0 (2009)

West – 9-0 (1965), 9-0 (1966)

Southeast – 11-0 (1977)

North – 8-0 (1934)

Heights – 13-0 (2010)

Bishop Carroll – 13-0 (2012)

Planeview – 8-0 (1947)

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