Varsity Kansas

South has playoffs in mind

The last time South advanced to the high school football playoffs was 1971. The Titans have had eight winning seasons since.

But the Titans have a good chance of qualifying this season.

Their 20-19 victory over Heights on Oct. 9 put South at 3-3. It's the second time South has won three games in the past 13 seasons.

Tonight they face North (1-5) in the Class 6A-District 7 opener, and next week they play at Campus (1-5). South ends its regular season at Northwest (4-2) on Oct. 29.

Nothing is guaranteed, though. The top two teams from each four-school district makes the playoffs.

"We won this game last year and our problem was we got satisfied with winning that game," South coach Cory Brack said. "Then we came out and played one of our worst games against Campus. If we win this game (tonight), we have to get to work and worry about Campus."

He hasn't talked about the 2008 season to his team, though.

"We try not to put pressure on our kids," he said. "If we just go out and do our job, then everything will be all right."

League dominance — Winning a league title in the Wichita area means doing it with a perfect record.

Bishop Carroll, which wrapped up City League play on Thursday with a win over West, is 7-0.

Wichita Collegiate is finished in MCAA league play and won the title with a 6-0 record.

In the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League, all four divisions were won with 5-0 records — Hutchinson in Division I, McPherson in Division II, Buhler in Division III and Andale in Division IV.

The Central Plains League title is up for grabs tonight when Conway Springs plays host to Garden Plain. Both are 6-0 in the league but still have two league games after tonight.

Speaking of Garden Plain at Conway Springs — This rivalry is one of the best, especially in football. And the schools are using that rivalry to help out those in need.

"Our student council president, John Doffing, a football player, kind of thought it would be neat to have a canned food challenge with (Garden Plain)," Conway Springs athletic director Greg Rosenhagen said.

Both schools have asked for canned food donations this week and will take donations through the first quarter of tonight's game at Conway Springs.

Whichever school collects the most will receive a traveling trophy.

The donations each school receives will stay in that town.

Former Crusader honored — Leodies Robinson's name was always attached with the Millwood (Okla.) high school football program. So the school board felt it was only right to keep it that way. Robinson, an All-City football player at Kapaun High School in 1959, had the school's football field named after him in September. He coached 23 years at Millwood.

"It was a great honor," Robinson said. "I never thought that something like this would happen. I just figured that if I worked hard, the kids would work hard and eventually we would be successful."

Robinson went 196-71-3, serving as the team's first football coach.