Some new faces grace the landscape of the 4A field, but most of the same perennial powers are still in the ranks. This is the first year for two divisions of 4A and we have the rankings.

Class 4A Division I

1. Miege

2. Hayden

3. Piper

4. Buhler

5. Ulysses

Also considered: Hays, Coffeyville, McPherson, Winfield

The top three teams are really, really talented. I know a lot of people are high on Hays High because of QB Alex Delton, but I don’t see it. Hays High is going to be very good, but its schedule does them no favors. HHS is on the road three of the first four weeks and also has Buhler and McPherson on the road in district play. The Indians are going to have a lot of question marks on defense. While Delton and WR Hayden Kruetzer should have huge seasons and OL Brandon Hardwick is a really good player, I think Hays High is out of the top-5 at this point. Ulysses is going to be really hard to stop offensively with Ian Rudzik.

Class 4A Division II

1. Andale

2. Holton

3. Trinity

4. Holcomb

5. Wamego

Also considered: Columbus, Frontenac

Andale and Holton are obviously the top of the class. Trinity, with Tyler Burns, should have the best season in its relatively short school history. I am a big fan of teams with returning QBs – they don’t have to be studs, but it helps the continuity a lot, and generally means less turnovers – and having QB Matt Jones back will help. Holcomb has been very consistent in the 3A ranks and having the Teeters aboard (Coach Kent, QB Trey) will help.