2-1A District Preview
Oswego quarterback Lane Martin leads the #4 Indians into a brutal district that features four unbeatens. (Mpix Week 4 winning photo by Brian Holderman)
By Kpreps.com & Kansas Pregame Magazine
Posted: October 1, 2010 - 1:36 AM
Expanded districts have changed the landscape in Class 2-1A football. Having three six-team districts and five five-team districts has deemphasized the importance of league play, and in some cases it has eliminated teams from league competition altogether.
And with only 16 teams making the playoffs rather than the traditional 32, district competition becomes all the more important.
In other words, the playoffs start now.
There’s no better example of the stiff competition than District 1 East where four teams - Lyndon, Olpe, Oswego and St. Mary’s Colgan - enter district play undefeated, and three of the four teams are ranked in the top five in the state. The problem is that only two of those teams can reach the playoffs.
Meanwhile, District 5 West has five teams with a combined record of 1-19 - Sacred Heart, Bennington, Chase County, Herington and Moundridge - and also will advance two teams to the playoffs.
Note: Since the expanded districts have caused fewer players from the smaller classifications to earn all-league honors, Kpreps.com and Kansas Pregame are planning to team up to honor players with the creation of all-district teams for Class 2-1A, 8-Man Division I and 8-Man Division II.
- Lyndon (4-0) – the Tigers have rolled through Flint Hills League play behind an offense that is averaging 40 points per game. Nick Walsh has rushed for 560 yards and eight touchdowns.
- Olpe (4-0) – the third-ranked Eagles have been well tested with four wins over opponents who are a combined 12-4. Linden Stueve and Tyson Pettijohn pace the Olpe rushing attack.
- Oswego (4-0) – ranked fourth in our poll, the Indians return a wealth of talent from last year’s 10-1 team. Quarterback Lane Martin leads the Indians with nearly 500 yards rushing and six touchdowns.
- St. Mary’s Colgan (4-0) – the top ranked team in our poll, Colgan is led by a quick defense that has yet to allow a varsity point. Junior twins Christian and Zach Smith lead the Panthers in rushing and tackles.
- Humboldt (0-4) – the Cubs have scored just twice all year, but have faced a good schedule against opponents who are a combined 11-5.
- Jayhawk-Linn (0-4) – the Jayhawks begin their first season in 2-1A in the toughest district. They’ve surrendered 34 points per game in their four losses this season.
Key Games: (Wk 5) Lyndon at Olpe; (Wk 6) Colgan at Oswego; (Wk 7) Olpe at Oswego; (Wk 8) Lyndon at Colgan; (Wk 9) Oswego at Lyndon; (Wk 9) Colgan at Olpe
Winner: St. Mary’s Colgan
- Wathena (4-0) – the Wildcats are consistent on offense scoring 32, 34, 34, and 33 in their first four games, albeit against opponents who are combined 3-13.
- Oskaloosa (3-1) – the Bears drop to 2-1A with a balanced rushing attack led by Levi Wade (407 yards) and Jake Buscher (326 yards).
- Jeff Co. North (1-3) – the Chargers’ lone win came 28-23 against (1-3) Maur Hill. Jeff Co. North has scored just eight total points in their three losses.
- Immaculata (1-3) – the Raiders posted a season-opening 14-7 win over Horton and haven’t scored a point since.
- Valley Falls (1-3) – the Dragons’ three losses have come to teams who are a combined 9-3. Offense hasn’t been the problem as the Dragons have averaged 28 points per game, but the defense has given up 34 per contest.
Key Games: (Wk 5) Valley Falls at Oskaloosa, (Wk 8) Valley Falls at Wathena, (Wk 9) Wathena at Oskaloosa
Runner-up: Valley Falls
- Mission Valley (3-1) – the Vikings on loss came at the hands of D.J. Bronson and Northern Heights in week one. Mission Valley is led by a balanced rushing attack that features five players with 20 or more carries.
- Onaga (1-3) – Onaga’s three losses have come against teams that are a combined 10-2. Jerry Bainum’s offense has only averaged 15 points per game through four weeks.
- Jackson Heights (0-4) – the Cobras have been gashed for 37 points per game while only averaging six points on offense.
- St. Marys (0-4) – the Bears have stumbled out of the gates against tough MEL competition that was a combined 13-3. The defense is giving up 38 points per game and will have to get better. QB Mitch Baumchen leads a St. Marys offense that has been throwing the ball more.
- Wabaunsee (0-4) – like St. Marys, the Chargers are off to an 0-4 start against the class of the MEL. Wabuansee is averaging just 10 points per game on offense, and has been shutout twice.
Key Games: (Wk 5) Mission Valley at Onaga, (Wk 7) Mission Valley at St. Marys, (Wk 9) Onaga at St. Marys
Winner: St. Marys
Runner-up: Mission Valley
- Washington County (4-0) – the Tigers are rolling behind a potent rushing attack that features Isaac Miller and Ryan Fiser. Washington is averaging more than 40 points per game, and has scored an even 100 points in their last two games.
- Centralia (3-1) – the defending champs will be battle tested having already played three games decided by less than a touchdown. Michael Glatczak should lead the Panthers on another deep playoff run.
- Troy (3-1) – the strength of the Trojans is their defense which has given up just 27 total points and pitched two shutouts. Eli Smith and Garrett Meng lead a Troy rushing attack that has helped put up 29 points per game.
- Valley Heights (3-1) – Valley Heights has played four competitive games with their only loss coming to #3 Olpe. Cody Trimble guides the Mustang offense that returned six senior starters from last year’s 9-2 team.
- Doniphan West (2-2) – the Mustangs have given up just 14 total points in their two wins, but 84 points combined in their two losses.
Key Games: (Wk 5) Valley Heights at Troy, (Wk 6) Troy at Washington County, (Wk 7) Valley Heights at Centralia, (Wk 8) Centralia at Washington County, (Wk 9) Washington County at Valley Heights
Runner-up: Washington County
- Sacred Heart (1-3) – the Knights only win game against 0-4 Minneapolis in week one. Sacred Heart will try and return to the playoffs under first year coach Bruce Graber after missing the post season in 2009.
- Bennington (0-4) – the Bulldogs are winless but have faced opponents that are a combined 12-4 including 3A #3 Hutch Trinity. Bennington is averaging just 7 points per game and has been shutout twice.
- Chase County (0-4) – Chase County’s 19-12 loss to West Franklin in week four was quite an improvement from the 166 points they had given up in their first three games.
- Herington (0-4) – the Railers have given up 42 points per game, and have only been competitive in a 14-13 loss to West Franklin.
- Moundridge (0-4) – the Wildcats’ opponents are a combined 12-4 thus far, but Trey Unrau will have to spark an offense that has averaged just under 10 points per game.
Key Games: (Wk 6) Bennington at Sacred Heart, (Wk 7) Sacred Heart at Moundridge, (Wk 8) Moundridge at Bennington
Runner-up: Sacred Heart
- LaCrosse (4-0) – for LaCrosse to make a deep playoff run they will need to get star tailback Marcus Moeder back healthy. Moeder is battling a foot injury, but when healthy few in the state can match his speed. Quarterback Tayler Stull has picked up the offensive slack since Moeder went down.
- Ellinwood (2-2) – the Eagles drop down from 3A seeking their first playoff appearance since 2004. Ellinwood’s two wins have come against winless Larned, and 1-3 Haven.
- Ell-Saline (1-3) – can Ell-Saline stay in the playoff hunt long enough to get Tate Omli back? The Cardinals’ star quarterback broke his fibula in the week two against Hutchinson Trinity. Ell-Saline has struggled giving up 173 points over their last three games.
- Inman (1-3) – Inman’s three losses have come against teams that are a combined 12-0. Teuton running back Luke Ropp has been impressive in rushing for 567 yards and five scores this season.
- Plainville (0-4) – Joe Simon’s Cardinals have scored just 22 total points while surrendering 40 points per game. Things have to get easier for the Cards though as their first four opponents are a combined 12-4.
Key Games: (Wk 6) Inman at LaCrosse, (Wk 7) LaCrosse at Ell-Saline, (Wk 8) Ell-Saline at Inman,
- Leoti-Wichita Co. (2-2) – Leoti’s two wins have come against winless Satanta and Syracuse. Drew Smith leads the Indians with 409 yards rushing and six touchdowns.
- Oakley (2-2) – the Plainsmen have lost two straight after only giving up six total points in their opening two wins. Levi Hefner has rushed for 370 yards and averaged nearly 10 yards per carry this season.
- Atwood-Rawlins Co. (1-3) – after giving up 55 points per game in their first three contests, the Buffs responded by drilling Syracuse 55-8 in week four. Kyle Zeigler has rushed for 438 yards to lead the Buffs this season.
- Ellis (1-3) – the Railers’ three losses have come to Norton, Phillipsburg, and Smith Center – teams who are a combined 11-1 this season. Jacob Kinderknecht has paced the Ellis offense with 391 yards rushing and 230 yards passing.
- Oberlin-Decatur Co. (1-3) – the Red Devils have given up 44 points per game in their three losses. Oberlin’s lone victory came against winless Syracuse.
- St. Francis (1-3) – the Indian defense has uncharacteristically given up more than 38 points per game this season. The Indians offense has yet to complete a pass this season in three attempts.
Key Games: (Wk 6) St. Francis at Oakley, (Wk 7) Ellis at St. Francis, (Wk 9) Ellis at Oakley
- Elkhart (4-0) – Elkhart has rolled to a 4-0 start behind the arm and legs of Marcus Irsik. Irsik has thrown for 600 yards and six scores, and rushed for 446 yards and five more touchdowns.
- Stanton County (4-0) – the Trojans are undefeated as Marcus Logan and Austin Nairn have broken loose for big games in the consecutive weeks. Nairn rushed for 287 yards and five touchdowns in a week four win over SW Heights.
- Meade (3-1) – the #2 ranked Buffs’ only loss was to Texas 1A power Canadian. Behind Kellen Hernandez, Jaden Friesen and Trevin Weins, Meade has a potent rushing attack that should carry them to a deep playoff run.
- Satanta (0-4) – Santanta’s two biggest losses have come to 8-Man teams; 58-12 to Ingalls, and 64-12 to Moscow.
- Sublette (0-4) – the Lark offense has struggled this season having been shutout twice and only scoring 20 total points.
- Syracuse (0-4) – the Bulldogs are giving up 61 points per game and have been outscored 243-13 so far this season.
Key Games: (Wk 5) Meade at Stanton County, (Wk 7) Elkhart at Stanton County, (Wk 8) Elkhart at Meade