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CIK Football Rankings: Week Three

Hays Indian #22 Gaven Haselhorst penetrates the Great Bend Panther offensive line in the fourth...
Hays Indian #22 Gaven Haselhorst penetrates the Great Bend Panther offensive line in the fourth quarter. The Hays Indians defeated the Great Bend Panthers by a score of 43 to 14 in a football game held at Memorial Stadium in Great Bend, Kansas on September 11, 2020. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)(Joey Bahr | (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.)
Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 2:38 PM CDT
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CLASS 6A

1. Lawrence (2-0) [Last week: 1]

2. Blue Valley (0-0) [2]

3. Junction City (1-1) [6]

4. Olathe North (1-0) [4]

5. Derby (1-1) [5]

6. Manhattan (1-1) [3]

7. Olathe West (1-0) [7]

8. Lawrence Free State (0-1) [8]

9. Wichita East (0-0) [9]

10. Gardner-Edgerton (0-0) [10]

Notes: Lawrence is the only 2-0 team in Class 6A and has been very dominant behind Devin Neal, the state’s top recruit. Wichita Public Schools opened play this weekend, notably Wichita East plays Monday. The rest of the 6A schools are scheduled to start next Friday/Saturday, including Gardner-Edgerton against Olathe South. Olathe North opened play Friday and was highly impressive in a 41-0 win versus rival Olathe South. ON lost three key transfers, but has multiple strong returners, including QB/FS Noah Palmer. Junction City defeated Manhattan in the Silver Trophy. Derby gets Bishop Carroll this week after Newton gave the Panthers plenty of resistance Friday.

CLASS 5A

1. Mill Valley (2-0) [1]

2. St. Thomas Aquinas (1-0) [2]

3. Wichita Northwest (1-0) [3]

4. Bishop Carroll (2-0) [4]

5. Maize South (2-0) [5]

6. Maize (2-0) [6]

7. Hays High (2-0) [9]

8. Goddard (2-0) [8]

9. Topeka Seaman (2-0) [10]

10. De Soto (1-1) [7]

Notes: There’s no question that while 3A is the deepest, 5A probably has more dominant teams than any class. Mill Valley has very dominant victories against Derby and De Soto and has looked like the best in Kansas in the first two weeks. Aquinas opened play Friday with a solid 28-0 victory versus St. James Academy. Northwest started the season Saturday with a dominant 53-7 victory versus Wichita West. Carroll has two wins versus Junction City and Kapaun. Maize South has outscored teams 118-6, while Maize has a combined score of 61-20. Topeka Seaman earned a high quality win versus Topeka Hayden and has already matched last season’s win total.

CLASS 4A

1. Bishop Miege (0-0) [1]

2. McPherson (2-0) [2]

3. Tonganoxie (2-0) [4]

4. Paola (2-0) [5]

5. St. James Academy (0-1) [3]

6. Lansing (2-0) [10]

7. K.C. Piper (1-1) [6]

8. Fort Scott (2-0) [NR]

9. Coffeyville (1-1) [7]

10. Louisburg (1-1) [10]

Notes: McPherson is the only undefeated 2-0 team in Class 4A West, while Tonganoxie, Lansing, Paola, and Fort Scott are all 2-0 in 4A East. Bishop Miege, the six-time defending state champions, will open up this week. St. James Academy lost to rival Aquinas in the return to play in Week 2. Tonganoxie and Paola match up in a huge Frontier League matchup. Tonganoxie beat Louisburg in Week 2 behind another big game from new RB Tyler Bowden, a transfer from Lawrence Free State. Last year, the teams tied for the league crown, though did not play each other. Lansing, expected to be a breakout team this year behind standout junior Caden Crawford (multiple FBS offers), beat K.C. Piper, 12-7. Piper will play all games on the road. Buhler had its game cancelled versus Andover Central because of COVID-19.

CLASS 3A

1. Perry-Lecompton (2-0) [1]

2. Andale (2-0) [2]

3. Holton (2-0) [4]

4. Southeast of Saline (2-0) [5]

5. Topeka Hayden (1-1) [3]

6. Halstead (2-0) [6]

7. Columbus (2-0) [8]

8. Holcomb (2-0) [NR]

9. Cheney (2-0) [NR]

10. Riley County (2-0) [10]

Notes: An incredibly deep class with Anderson County, Wichita Collegiate, Concordia, Colby, Clearwater and Hesston also considered. Holton dominated Chapman, ranked No. 7 in 3A, on Friday. P-L faces Holton this week. The teams split two meetings in ’19; Holton won in the regular season, while P-L picked up the playoff victory en route to a state runner-up. Southeast of Saline delivered a quality shutout win versus Beloit, and Columbus defeated 4A Coffeyville. Holcomb beat Scott City in a longtime southwest Kansas rivalry. Cheney has outscored opponents 92-21, Andale 121-10, and Collegiate 112-3.

CLASS 2A

1. Rossville (2-0) [1]

2. Hoisington (2-0) [2]

3. Silver Lake (0-0) [3]

4. Norton (2-0) [4]

5. Garden Plain (2-0) [5]

6. Nemaha Central (1-1) [6]

7. Republic County (2-0) [NR]

8. Maur Hill (2-0) [7]

9. Hillsboro (1-1) [8]

10. Pittsburg Colgan (1-1) [9]

Notes: Rossville delivered a remarkable 58-57 victory versus Rock Creek in a game with more than 1,200 yards of total offense. Hoisington faces Halstead in a critical contest this week. Silver Lake opens this Friday after the first two games cancelled by COVID-19. Norton has wins against back-to-back rivals Smith Center and Phillipsburg. Garden Plain has allowed just 13 points in two games. Republic County takes a jump into the poll after a massive two-week performance from Jared Baxa. He already has 35 carries for 484 yards and five touchdowns, along with two catches for 81 yards and a TD. RC is 4-1 in its last five games after a 26-game losing streak ended and moved up from 1A to 2A.

CLASS 1A

1. Valley Heights (2-0) [1]

2. Centralia (1-1) [2]

3. Olpe (2-0) [3]

4. Lyndon (2-0) [4]

5. Smith Center (1-1) [5]

6. Sedgwick (2-0) [6]

7. Conway Springs (1-1) [7]

8. Oakley (2-0) [10]

9. Jackson Heights (0-0) [8]

10. Plainville (1-1) [9]

Notes: After Week 1 losses to Smith Center, Centralia and Conway Springs, no 1A top teams lost except for the 1A/1A top-10 matchup between Oakley and Plainville. Oakley, expected to be a breakout team, is already 2-0 with a pair of Mid-Continent League victories. Before this season, the Plainsmen last won a league game in ’15. Sedgwick did not have a Week 2 game. Olpe and Lyndon play each other in Week 3.

Eight-Man, Division I

1. Canton-Galva (2-0) [1]

2. Madison (2-0) [2]

3. Leoti-Wichita County (2-0) [3]

4. Clifton-Clyde (2-0) [5]

5. Little River (1-1) [4]

6. Meade (2-0) [6]

7. Hill City (2-0) [NR]

8. Hoxie (1-1) [8]

9. Ness City (1-1) [7]

10. Hodgeman County (2-0) [NR]

Notes: Multiple exciting games dotted Week 2 in Division I. Clifton-Clyde beat Little River, 42-36, in overtime, and Hill City edged by Ness City, 7-6. Canton-Galva, Madison and Wichita County all won big. Wichita County will play Hill City in Week 3, although Hill City has several key starters hurt, including RB Jayce Hamel, a four-year starter. Hoxie also earned a quality win versus La Crosse. District 7, which has Hodgeman County, Wichita County, Meade and Ness City, is a combined 15-1.

Eight-Man, Division II

1. St. Francis (2-0) [1]

2. Hanover (2-0) [2]

3. Axtell (2-0) [3]

4. Victoria (2-0) [4]

5. Lebo (2-0) [5]

6. Sylvan-Lucas (2-0) [7]

7. Thunder Ridge (2-0) [6]

8. Caldwell (2-0) [NR]

9. Logan-Palco (2-0) [NR]

10. Wheatland-Grinnell (1-1) [9]

Notes: The top-four teams faced little resistance. Lebo picked up a quality win versus Chase County. Wheatland-Grinnell bounced back from a loss to Axtell and beat a much-improved Kinsley squad, 50-36. Thunder Ridge, which has two home wins by a combined 16 points, is at Beloit St. John’s-Tipton.

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