Around the Brackets -- Tuesday recap
Beloit freshman quarterback Payton Vetter helped the Trojans defeat Ellsworth for the second time this season. (Photo by Jim Williams, For Kansas Pregame/Kpreps.com)
By Kpreps.com & Kansas Pregame Magazine
Posted: November 5, 2010 - 4:53 PM
Instead of Around the Classes, Kpreps.com takes you Around the Bracket after each round of the playoffs. This week we’ll look at several first-round playoff games played on Tuesday night in Class 4A, 3A, and both of the 8-Man Divisions.
KC Sumner Academy built a 24-0 lead en route to a 36-22 win over previously unbeaten Basehor-Linwood. The Bobcats cut the Sabre lead to 24-22 before Sumner scores twice to put the game away. Sabre quarterback Armond Brisbane completed 24 of 34 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns in the win. Vernon Vaughn caught 11 passes for 138 yards and two of Brisbane’s touchdown passes.
Josh Hoffman caught two Ryan Rogers’ touchdown passes and rushed for a third score as Baldwin advanced by beating Blue Valley Southwest, 26-7. The fifth-ranked Bulldogs will travel to Kansas City to take on the Sumner Sabres on Saturday.
Jared McComb scored Chanute’s first six touchdowns as the Blue Comets raced past Columbus 58-35. Columbus led 21-14 before McComb struck twice to give the Comets a 27-21 halftime lead. McComb finished with 287 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns on the night. The win by Chanute erased a 35-31 win by Columbus when the two teams met earlier in the season. The Blue Comets will get a stiff test on Saturday as they host second-ranked Louisburg.
Josh Jarnigan rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns as Ulysses rolled past Pratt 32-7. After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers would reel off a combined 25 points in the second and third quarters to put the game away.
Matt Bromley rushed for 325 yards and four touchdowns as the Independence Bulldogs held off the upstart Coffeyville Golden Tornado 34-29 in a Montgomery County playoff battle. The Bulldogs’ advanced to the second round for the second consecutive year. Coach Carl Boldra has done an incredible job given that the Bulldog program is just three years removed from a 30-plus game losing streak.
Hesston came up with a game-winning interception on the 10-yard line with under 2 minutes left in the game to hold off Concordia, 21-14. The Swathers (8-2) will host Ulysses (8-2) on Saturday.
Jon Banister rushed four times for 112 yards and Jason Tetuan adde 82 yards on just two carries as Topeka Hayden rolled past Towanda Circle 49-10. Wildcat quarterback Grant Arnold completed 4 of 6 passes for 115 yards and three touchdowns on the night as Hayden advanced to take on Mulvane on Saturday.
Wellington pulled within 20-14 of Andale after halftime, but the Indians scored the game’s final 20 points to win 40-14. Jake Hattabaugh accounted for all 20 of those game icing points on three short touchdown runs. He would finish with 79 yards rushing on the night. Wellington (2-8) was led by talented junior back Taylan Ybarra who’s 150 yards took his season total to 1,398.
The KC Piper defense forced four first-half turnover as the Pirates held on to eliminate Perry-Lecompton, 20-13. Trent Robb scored in the third quarter to cut the Piper lead to 13-6, but Glenn Morris stole the momentum back by returning the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to set up a Pirate touchdown for a 20-6 lead.
Luke Shamburg was back to full strength Tuesday night as the Beloit Trojans beat the Ellsworth Bearcats for the second time this season, 34-14. Shamburg rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns, and freshman quarterback Payton Vetter rushed for 102 yards and another score on only six carries.
Wellsville rolled to a 41-0 halftime lead in shutting out a young Frontenac team 61-0. Dalton Hughes rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns on just seven carries, and Brandon Ebeck added 141 yards while scoring on three of his four carries. The Eagles (9-1) will host Neodesha (7-3) on Saturday.
Northern Heights quarterback D.J. Bronson entered the playoffs having thrown for 3,500 yards and 48 touchdowns. He would throw his state-record 49th touchdown pass with just over a minute to go, but he was also intercepted seven times as Silver Lake rolled the Wildcats 68-6.
Riverton and Neodesha played a wild game. Neodesha scored with 16 seconds left in the first half, only to have Riverton answer with two seconds left. The Blue Streaks led 28-26 at the break. Riverton would take a 33-28 lead before the Blue Streaks scored twice to take a 43-33. The Rams would threaten mid-way through the third quarter, but turned the ball over. Riverton pulled within 43-40 with 1:10 left in the game, but the Rams could not recover the onside kick. Anthony Thayer unofficially rushed for 250 yards for Neodesha in the win. Riverton finishes the season at 7-3, while the Blue Streaks improve to 7-3 and will travel to Wellsville on Saturday.
Derek Racette provided more late-game playoff heroics for the Hutchinson Trinity Celtics. Trailing for most of the game, the Celtics forced a Whitewater Remington safety with just over 2 minutes left in the game to cut the Bronco lead to 24-19. Racette then led his team down the field for the deciding score in a 26-24 comeback win. The game was a rematch of a regular season contest won by Hutch Trinity, 43-12.
Garden Plain looked impressive in their 41-0 victory over Hillsboro scoring all 41 points before the half. Joey Capul rushed for 35 yards and three touchdowns on five carries and Reed Hartshorn added 67 yards and a touchdown on three carries. Nathan Becker completed 8 of 15 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns with an interception and Chris Sponsel led all receivers with 134 yards on five catches. The Owls now face a rematch with rival Conway SpringsSaturday. The Cardinals beat the Owls 29-14 in week three of the season.
Smith Center is two rounds deep in the playoffs for the eight consecutive year following a 28-6 Tuesday night victory over Sterling. The Redmen got 191 yards and four touchdowns from running back Truitt Kuhlmann and will now host undefeated and second ranked Scott City.
Wichita Collegiate began its title defense by rolling past Chaparral 42-6. The Spartans got a big night from back-up quarterback Forrest Short who completed 10 of 13 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. Raymond Taylor and Isaiah Franklin each scored three touchdowns for Collegiate.
Colton Phelps rushed for three touchdowns as Southeast-Cherokee earned just their third win of the season by beating Central Heights, 37-12. The Lancers broke the game open with a 45-yard punt return for a touchdown by Bryce Burdette that capped off a 22-0 first quarter. The Lancers (3-7) will host Caney Valley (8-2) on Saturday.
Lebo welcomed back quarterback Trevor White from injury as the Wolves won a shootout 50-42 at Lakeside-Downs in the opening round of the 8 Man playoffs. The Wolves led 42-34 with just over three minutes left and were trying to run out the clock when the Knights forced a fumble and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to tie the game. Lebo would respond as White hit Alex Linsey on a 65-yard touchdown pass to seal the road win for the Wolves. Lakeside was led by Miles Thomas’ 170 yards rushing, and Coe Weis scored three touchdowns for the Knights. Lebo will return home on Saturday to take on Colony Crest
Evan Kreger rushed for four second-half touchdowns and returned an interception for a fifth score as Jetmore-Hodgeman County turned a 22-8 halftime lead into a 70-24 rout of Macksville. Kreger finished with 309 yards and 6 touchdowns rushing on the night. The Longhorns will travel to Hill City to take on Reggie Jordan and the Ringnecks on Saturday afternoon.
Madison outscored Clifton-Clyde 82-32 to advance to Saturday will they will host Central Burden (6-3). Bulldog junior running back Kole Schankie rushed for 355 yards and 8 touchdowns, scored on a touchdown reception, and returned a fumble for a score giving him 10 touchdowns on the night. Schankie’s big night gives him 1,415 yards and 37 touchdowns rushing on the season.
The Hill City Ringnecks posted their first ever playoff victory with a 50-0 first-half win at Lincoln. Reggie Jordan was unstoppable as he rushed for 87 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 123 yards and another score as the Ringnecks jumped to a 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and cruised to the victory scoring their 50th point with 5:21 in the second quarter. Jordan showed off a tremendous arm completing three passes of more than 30 yards in the win. Junior running back Adam Pfeifer also got into the action scoring on a three-yard touchdown run and a 40-yard touchdown reception. Nathan Hanna added a defensive score for the Ringnecks with a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown early in the second quarter. For Lincoln, senior running back Brady Coover tallied 70 yards rushing in the loss to go over 1,500 yards rushing on the season.
Kyle Hammond rushed for 270 yards and three touchdowns as Colony Crest advanced to the second round with a 52-36 win over Cedar Vale-Dexter. Hammond also returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown, and caught a touchdown pass in the win.
The Osborne Bulldogs cruised to a 52-6 victory over Peabody-Burns Tuesday night thanks to touchdown runs of 34, 52, 34, 18 and 44 yards from running back Damon Schurr and touchdown runs of 64 and 7 yards from quarterback Ethan Slothower. The Bulldogs will now have the stiffest of tests as they travel to play top-ranked Pretty Prairie Saturday.
Central Burden’s Bo Savage completed 23 of 29 attempts for 339 yards and six touchdowns as the Raiders rolled past St. Paul, 54-8. Ky Biddle was Savage’s primary target as the senior hauled in 10 receptions for 199 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed for 45 yard s and score. Kolton Price also caught 11 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns, while returning an interception for another score. Biddle’s big night brought his season total to 1,069 yards and 18 touchdowns on 62 receptions, while Price has now accumulated 964 yards and 21 scores on 78 receptions. Savage has now thrown for 2,836 yards and an amazing 52 touchdowns on the season.
Ervin Swonger rushed 6 times for 87 yards and 3 touchdowns as Ashland overwhelmed Chase 48-0 in a first-round playoff game. Swonger also caught a touchdown pass as the Blue Jays (9-0) advanced to host Thunder Ridge on Saturday in Ashland. Ben Fox contributed 72 yards and a touchdown, while Austin Stebens threw for 105 yards and 2 scores. The Blue Jays held Chase (7-2) to just 75 yards of total offense.
Otis-Bison got two touchdowns a piece from Patrick Piper and Michael Hlavaty as the Cougars rolled to a 46-0 shutout over Fowler. Otis-Bison led 24-0 after the first quarter, but just 26-0 at halftime before ending the game late in the third quarter. Fowler back Cosme Estrada, who had posted some big games this season, was held to just 14 yards rushing. As a team, the Goldbugs (7-3) could manage just 90 total yards against the Cougar defense. Otis-Bison (9-0) will now travel to Bird City to take on the Cheylin Cougars (10-0) on Saturday.
In 8 Man-II, Braden Lebeda threw for 248 yards and four touchdowns as Caldwell eliminated Waverly 71-22. Lebeda was equally effective running ball as he finished with 150 yards and a pair of scores, while Alex Davis added 111 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Blue Jays will advance to the second round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year, but will have to travel to Hanover to take on the dominant Wildcats. Hanover advanced by virtue of a 50-0 shutout of Hope.
Victoria couldn't overcome the loss of top player Kameron Dinkel as the Cheylin Cougars improved to 10-0 with a 56-6 dismantling of the Knights. Caleb Keltz rushed for 127 yards and Dalton Magnani added 121 yards on the ground with each scoring 3 touchdowns as the Cougars built a 30-6 halftime lead before ending the game early in the fourth quarter. Their reward, a home game against 8-Man Division II's third ranked Otis-Bison Cougars.
Thunder Ridge piled up 76 points in a 76-42 win over Sharon Springs-Wallace County Tuesday. Standout running back Joel Struckhoff posted five rushing touchdowns in the win, three longer than 30 yards. The Longhorns will travel to Ashland Saturday to play the undefeated Bluejays led by talented runners Ben Fox and Ervin Swonger.
Tanner Brunner rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns as Centre-Lost Springs outscored South Haven, 44-26. Blake Wilkey rushed for 205 yards and four touchdowns; the fourth of which cut the Cougar lead to 28-26 early in the fourth quarter. But Centre would respond with touchdowns from Casey Kristek and Brunner to seal the win. Kristek added 72 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, while Rustyn Kerbs contributed 79 yards.
Eric Huerter returned to the field and completed all seven of his passes for 114 yards and three touchdowns as Baileyville B&B shutout last year’s runner-up Quivira Heights, 50-0. Huerter, Cody Heiman, and Mitch Engelken rushed for 87, 82, and 82 yards respectively as the Falcons advanced to take on Centre on Satruday. The other important score from Baileyville on Tuesday night came in the election as residents voted for consolidation with Seneca-Nemaha Valley.