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Barber’s Bests: There is a new rushing king of Kansas

Salina Central’s Taylon Peters is now the leading rusher in Kansas after an impressive performance at Newton.
Salina Central’s Taylon Peters is now the leading rusher in Kansas after an impressive performance at Newton. @KingPeters33/Twitter

There weren’t many close games in Week 6, and several athletes took advantage.

Here are the top five individual performances from Friday, including a new leading rusher in Kansas:

5. Collin Koester - Conway Springs, Quarterback, Jr.

150+ rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns, 65-yard kickoff return touchdown, 68-20 win vs. Remington

Chaparral coach Justin Burke called Conway Springs “the big red machine” and Koester was the orchestrator of that Friday.

The Cardinals have plenty of scoring options, including Zachary Mercer, Peyton Winter and Chase Ast. But Koester led Conway Springs’ 15th straight regular-season win. He finished with touchdowns of 13, 37, 48 and 50 yards. The Cardinals had 61 points by halftime.

He will be important in a virtual Central Plains League championship game Friday at Chaparral.

Barbers’ Bests Appearances: 1

4. Tre Washington - Derby, Running Back, Jr.

15 carries, 176 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 63-0 win at Hutchinson

Washington has been looking for a game with more than three touchdowns and he found it in Hutchinson.

The Derby starting running back started the season with three straight three-touchdown games. He doubled that against one of the worst teams in Class 6A.

With starting quarterback Grant Adler out for the foreseeable future, Washington will be called upon to fill the void on the ground.

Barber’s Bests Appearances: 1

3. Cole Diffenbaugh - Mulvane, Running Back, Jr.

21 carries, 268 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns, 69 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 48-18 win vs. Rose Hill

Mulvane high school football: Cole Diffenbaugh
Mulvane’s Cole Diffenbaugh finished with 268 rushing yards Friday against Rose Hill. @DiffenbaughCole/Twitter

Mulvane has pieced together a promising season at 4-2, and Diffenbaugh has been a big reason.

Friday, the Wildcats weren’t playing one of the strongest defenses, but Diffenbaugh took advantage of his opportunities on the ground and through the air.

He along with receiver Drew Ellis give Mulvane a dynamic duo that has proven lethal at times in AVCTL IV this season.

Barber’s Bests Appearances: 1

2. Parker Roth - Hesston, Running Back, Sr.

18 carries, 307 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns, 54-30 win at Rock Creek

Hesston hasn’t had the season it hoped for, but Roth shined Friday.

The Swathers took care of a winless Rock Creek team behind Roth’s 307 rushing yards. Roth — like many Hesston players — has been battling injury this season, but through five games, he has 800 rushing yards.

Hesston Swathers football running back Parker Roth
Hesston running back Parker Roth (44) goes airborne against Hoisington. Travis Heying The Wichita Eagle

He will be needed again in Week 7 as Hesston travels to 5-1 Chapman.

Barber’s Bests Appearances: 1

1. Taylon Peters - Salina Central, Running Back, Sr.

38 carries, 304 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns, 33-19 win at Newton

There is a new rushing king in Kansas.

Salina Central has won four straight games for the first time since 2014, and a lot of its production has come from No. 33. Peters has 1,305 yards this season with 18 touchdowns.

The Mustangs needed almost all of that production at Newton and will need it again in Week 7 at undefeated Maize.

Barber’s Bests Appearances: 3