Varsity Kansas

Class 3A championship preview

WICHITA COLLEGIATE VS. MARYSVILLE

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Gowans Stadium, Hutchinson

Championships: Collegiate, 1994, 2000; Marysville, none

WICHITA COLLEGIATE (13-0)

Nickerson W,56-28

Marion W,21-8

Hesston W,34-7

Smoky Valley W,42-12

Haven W,70-6

Halstead W,35-13

Douglass W,55-7

Wichita Independent W,50-0

Playoffs

Garden Plain W,51-20

Hillsboro W,48-0

Scott City W,19-17

Norton W,56-21

MARYSVILLE (12-1)

Rock Creek W,27-0

Concordia W,68-8

Wamego W,52-0

Clay Center W,55-6

Abilene L,35-28

Chapman W,40-24

Nemaha Valley W,42-7

Riley County W,49-21

Republic County W,65-0

Playoffs

Sabetha W,41-0

Pleasant Ridge W,42-6

Silver Lake W,21-14

Galena W,31-21

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wichita Collegiate

QB Blake Jablonski 6-2 195 Sr.

WR Tre Bailey 6-6 195 Sr.

WR Brent LeMaster 6-3 185 Sr.

LB Tyler Coughenour 6-1 220 Sr.

DB Bryce Cornejo 6-2 180 Sr.

RB Raymond Taylor 5-8 165 Jr.

Marysville

DL Caleb Frank 6-1 220 Sr.

RB Dave Blumer 5-10 180 Sr.

OL Michael Downard 6-3 275 Sr.

QB Ben Malotte 6-0 180 Sr.

LB Isaac Busch 6-1 215 Jr.

NOTES

„øCollegiate has one of the state’s best passing attacks. Jablonski has passed for 3,598 yards and 46 touchdowns and has completed 64 percent of his passes. Brett LeMaster is his favorite target. LeMaster has 62 catches for 1,293 yards and 17 touchdowns.

„ Marysville is giving up 11 points a game. Five opponents have scored more than one touchdown. They have four shutouts.

„øMarysville has defeated three consecutive undefeated teams. Collegiate enters this game undefeated at 13-0.

„øDefensively, the Spartans have 25 interceptions. Cornejo has nine, four of which came against Hillsboro. ø

„øMarysville advanced to the championship game with a win over Galena in the semifinals. However, its win over Silver Lake in the quarterfinals was a confidence booster. In 2008, Silver Lake defeated Marysville 7-6 in the quarterfinals.

Wichita Collegiate coach Bill Messamore

“This has been our goal the entire season. So while everyone is excited, we know that we have one more game left and that we have to play our best. They are a talented football team and we have to continue to play our style of football to be successful.”

Marysville coach Brad Hammett

“They are probably have the best skills players that we’ve seen. They have a very potent offense, especially throwing the football. We will have to play well and we can’t make any mistakes.”

— Jonathan Long

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