Varsity Football

2011 high school football streaks and games to watch

Winning streaks

14 _ Louisburg won the Class 4A title, its first in school history.

13 _ Heights won the Class 6A title, its first. It also was the City League's first title in the state's biggest class since 1983.

13 _ Madison-Hamilton won its first 8-Man I title with an unbeaten record. Madison won 1A in 1984.

13 _ Baileyville won the 8-Man II title. Baileyville also won an 8-Man 1 title in 2008 and an 1A title in 1982.

12 _ Meade lost 2010's first game to a Texas school by 30 points, then went on to win its next 12 and the Class 2-1A title. It was Meade's third title, first since winning 2A in 1980.

10 _ Silver Lake's only loss of 2010 was to Louisburg on Sept. 24. The Eagles won their next 10 games and the Class 3A title, their sixth overall.

Losing streaks

24 _ Bluestem

22 _ Bucklin

18 _ Valley Center, El Dorado, Elk Valley

15 _ Herington, Topeka West, Larned, Chapman

14 _ KC Washington

11 _ Humboldt, Jackson Heights, Iola

10 _ Minneola

9 _ Horton, Syracuse, Triplains-Brewster, North, Bishop Ward, Beloit St. John's

8 _ Southwestern Heights, Leavenworth Immaculata, Oxford, Canton-Galva, Tonganoxie

Milestones

* Andale coach Gary O'Hair is five wins from his 100th victory with the Indians. He has made the playoffs in all nine seasons and won the 4A title in 2006 and 2007 with undefeated records.

* Dave Fennewald is in his 20th season at Mulvane and is four wins from winning his 100th. Mulvane, which has gone to the playoffs in four of the last five years, has advanced to the playoffs six times under Fennewald. Mulvane went to the playoffs twice from 1950-91.

* Northwest's Weston Schartz is two wins from his 150th career win. He coached at West from 1987-2001 and has been at Northwest since.

* Heights coach Rick Wheeler is nine wins from 100. He has coached the Falcons since 1999, has been to the playoffs five times and won the 6A title in 2010 with an undefeated record.

Top games

Sept. 2

Heights at Carroll: This is a battle of 2010's Class 6A champ (Heights) and the 5A runner-up. Heights shut out Carroll in 2010, while Carroll shut out Heights in '09.

Other games to watch: Buhler at Rose Hill, Northwest vs. Kapaun (at WSU), Derby at Salina Central, Hutchinson at KC (Mo.) Rockhurst, Andover Central at Goddard, Wellington at Andale.

Sept. 9

Andover at Newton: In 2010, Andover had a 22-point second half lead erased against Newton in a game with a long weather delay. Both had two-win seasons: maybe this game will prove these solid programs are on their way back.

Other games to watch: Northwest at Dodge City, Derby at Hutchinson, Rose Hill at Collegiate, Salina South vs. Salina Central.

Sept. 16

Andover Central at McPherson: McPherson beat Andover Central 46-7 in 2010. While QB Ty Matthews is still a Bullpup — he has committed to TCU — this should be a much better game.

Another game to watch: Andale at Rose Hill

Sept. 23

Garden Plain at Conway Springs: Conway Springs is a favorite to win the Class 3A title, but Garden Plain is a contender, too. The Cardinals swept Garden Plain last season.

Other games to watch: McPherson at Goddard, Andale at Collegiate, Garden Plain at Conway Springs, Carroll at Northwest

Sept. 30

Northwest at Heights: Heights put 56 and 55 points on Northwest in the past two seasons. This game could resemble those from 2001-08. During that span, Heights won four games by 21 total points, while Northwest won four by 41 combined.

Oct. 7

Kapaun at Carroll: Will Kapaun finally end its drought against the Eagles? Carroll has beaten the Crusaders 12 straight games.

Other games to watch: McPherson at Gardner-Edgerton, Maize South at Collegiate

Oct. 14

Garden Plain at Hutchinson Trinity: Garden Plain won 14-7 in the first round of district play last season. But with Hutchinson Trinity QB Derek Racette gone, it might not be that close.

Another game to watch: Andover vs. Andover Central

Oct. 21

Andale vs. Trinity Academy (at Circle): Andale squeaked out a four-point win in 2010. Both teams are different this season, though. Can Trinity overcome Andale's talent and tradition?

Oct. 27

Maize South at Andale: These teams should make the 4A playoffs and it's a good measuring stick for Maize South's program. While Andale is a bit of an unknown, count on the Indians being tough to beat by Game 9.

Oct. 28

Hutchinson at Carroll: While Hutchinson beat Carroll in their season finale, Carroll bumped the Salthawks in Hutchinson to get to the Class 5A title game.

Other games to watch: Heights at Derby, Goddard at Maize

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