Varsity Football

Class 4A championship preview

TOPEKA HAYDEN

VS. BISHOP MIEGE

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: District Stadium, Salina

Championships: Hayden, 1998, 2004, 2008; Miege, 1972, 1975, 1977

TOPEKA HAYDEN (9-4)

Shawnee Heights W,19-7

Emporia L,26-8

Topeka W,34-29

Topeka Seaman L,28-20

Junction City L,21-7

Highland Park W,34-20

Hesston W,22-0

Abilene L,21-20

Chapman W,42-6

Playoffs

Clay Center W,21-0

Andover W,14-0

Andale W,23-10

Buhler W,35-21

BISHOP MIEGE (11-2)

Atchison W,60-0

St. Thomas Aquinas L,18-10

BV West W,37-15

BV Northwest L,35-27

Blue Valley W,42-28

BV North W,36-13

Spring Hill W,41-7

Lenexa St. James W,60-15

DeSoto W,29-15

Playoffs

Baldwin W,62-0

Holton W,38-14

Louisburg W,35-7

Paola W,48-19

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Topeka Hayden

RB Alex Steuber 5-11 190 Jr.

RB Garrett Nicol 5-9 205 Sr.

WR Sean Morrow 6-1 187 Jr.

OL Andrew Voegeli 6-1 260 Sr.

DL Jake Woodland 6-0 205 Sr.

LB Pete Ziegler 5-11 190 Sr.

Bishop Miege

QB Max Shortell 6-5 220 Sr.

RB Bobby Germinder 5-10 180 Sr.

WR Justin McCay 6-4 205 Sr.

OL Phil Ford 6-6 350 Jr.

DE Neal Shortell 6-4 245 Sr.

DE Shane Ray 6-3 245 Jr.

S Trevor Releford 6-0 175 Sr.

NOTES

„øAfter losing 17 of 22 starters from last season, Hayden opened 2-3 but has won 7 of 10 by an average margin of 20 points.

„øThe Wildcats are predominantly a running team and are led by the duo of Nicol and Steuber, who have combined for 1,770 yards and 19 touchdowns.

„øWhile Hayden runs the ball nearly twice as much as it passes, it still likes to use play-action passing, with receiver Sean Morrow (31 catches, 423 yards, seven touchdowns) the main threat.

„øThe playoffs have breathed new life into Miege. In those four games, the Stags have scored

193 points and won by an average of 35 points.

„øMcCay, who is ranked as the fourth-best athlete in the country by Rivals.com and has committed to Oklahoma, not only plays receiver, but the Stags use him out of the backfield and in the return game. He has 77 touches and 23 touchdowns.

„øIn their early season struggles, the Stags turned the ball over often, including six times against St. Thomas Aquinas.

Hayden coach Bill Arnold

“The loss to Abilene really grabbed the attention of the boys. Since then, the practices have been better and more physical. The kids know that their backs have been against the wall every week.”

Miege coach Tim Grunhard

"Every season we expect to compete for a state title. It's important to set the goals high for the program. There is a certain level of excitement to the program that we have never felt before. The kids have performed well and are looking forward to playing a really good Topeka Hayden team."

— Matt Browning

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