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CIK Football Rankings: Week 4

Sep 18, 2020; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a game between the Derby Panthers and Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles ©KellyRoss
Sep 18, 2020; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a game between the Derby Panthers and Bishop Carroll Golden Eagles ©KellyRoss(©KellyRoss | Kelly Ross)
Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 1:42 PM CDT
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CLASS 6A

1. Lawrence (3-0) [Last week: 1]

2. Olathe North (2-0) [2]

3. Derby (2-1) [5]

4. Junction City (2-1) [3]

5. Blue Valley North (1-0) [NR]

6. Wichita East (1-0) [NR]

7. Blue Valley Northwest (1-0) [NR]

8. Gardner-Edgerton (1-0) [10]

9. Wichita South (2-0) [NR]

10. Shawnee Mission Northwest (1-0) [NR]

Notes: Lawrence continues to be very dominant, while Olathe North has looked very impressive in its two wins. In Week 2, ON beat Olathe South, 41-0, and then Olathe South lost to Gardner-Edgerton in overtime last week. Derby gets the edge over Junction City since Derby beat Bishop Carroll last week. In Week 1, JC lost to Carroll by a point. Blue Valley Northwest with an upset versus Blue Valley in its return to play last Thursday. However, BV quarterback Jake Wolff (Akron offer) moved to Texas and RB Chase Jans (1,000-plus rushing yards, D1 baseball player) elected to not play football this season. South gets East in a big City League matchup this week. Neither team has allowed a point thus far.

CLASS 5A

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

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

3. Wichita Northwest (2-0) [3]

4. Bishop Carroll (2-1) [4]

5. Maize (3-0) [6]

6. Goddard (3-0) [8]

7. Hays High (3-0) [7]

8. Hutchinson (3-0) [NR]

9. Topeka Seaman (2-1) [9]

10. Maize South (2-1) [5]

Notes: Mill Valley stays No. 1 after losing in the final seconds against longtime Arkansas power Bentonville, a school with well over 3,000 students. MV has played Derby, De Soto and Bentonville, a very challenging slate, and gets Gardner-Edgerton this week after its game with Lawrence was cancelled. Strength of schedule will continue to be a storyline in 5A as there is a significant gap in the City League. Wichita Public Schools are just playing City League teams. The big upset came when Hutchinson, a surprise 3-0, defeated Maize South. Maize gets a slight edge over Goddard at No. 5. Goddard has a huge matchup with Andover Central this week. Goddard senior quarterback Kyler Semrad, a starter in all four years of high school, has made a huge impact after he missed most of last season with injury. He is at 61 percent completion, 834 yards and a 12/4 TD/INT ratio. Goddard has 111 points in three games after it scored 195 in 10 last season.

CLASS 4A

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

2. Paola (3-0) [4]

3. McPherson (3-0) [2]

4. Tonganoxie (2-1) [3]

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

6. Lansing (3-0) [6]

7. Andover Central (2-0) [NR]

8. K.C. Piper (2-1) [7]

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

10. Buhler (1-1) [NR]

Notes: Miege, the six-time defending state champions, had its return to play and narrowly lost, 41-35, at rival St. Thomas Aquinas. As well, Paola held off Tonganoxie, 35-28, in a great contest. Paola scored with just under a minute left to take the lead. St. James defeated 4A Eudora after a Week 2 loss to Aquinas. Lansing, expected to breakout this fall, is 3-0 with just 21 points allowed, including a victory versus K.C. Piper. Buhler defeated Winfield after its Week 2 game versus Andover Central was cancelled because of COVID-19.

CLASS 3A

1. Perry-Lecompton (3-0) [1]

2. Andale (3-0) [2]

3. Topeka Hayden (2-1) [5]

4. Cheney (3-0) [9]

5. Southeast of Saline (3-0) [4]

6. Holcomb (3-0) [8]

7. Wichita Collegiate (3-0) [NR]

8. Columbus (3-0) [7]

9. Hesston (3-0) [NR]

10. Riley County (2-1) [10]

Notes: Once again, 3A is the deepest and most challenging class to rank. It’s also a class that had significant changes in Week 3. Andale continues to dominate and has won 16 in a row, tied with Canton-Galva for the longest current win streak in Kansas football. Perry-Lecompton has a slightly better resume at this point with a quality 28-14 road win versus Big 7 rival Holton, which is just outside of the top-10. Hayden earned a quality 42-28 win versus Manhattan, a 6A squad. Cheney took a big jump after a huge offensive performance versus rival Garden Plain’s standout defense. Cheney won at Garden Plain, 44-7, its biggest margin of victory in the matchup’s 70-year history. Cheney’s three opponents are a combined 5-1 when not playing the Cardinals. Wichita Collegiate required overtime to hold off Rose Hill, and Riley County lost in the final seconds to rival Silver Lake on a two-point conversion. Frontenac, which has dealt with significant COVID-19 issues in the first two weeks, bounced back with a 28-7 victory versus rival Colgan and is just outside the top-10. Holcomb is 3-0 and has allowed just 44 total points. Hesston (3-0) gets Collegiate at home and at Andale the next two weeks. Halstead had an opportunity to take a late lead at Hoisington on Friday, and now gets Andale this week.

CLASS 2A

1. Rossville (3-0) [1]

2. Hoisington (3-0) [2]

3. Silver Lake (1-0) [3]

4. Norton (3-0) [4]

5. Hutchinson Trinity (3-0) [NR]

6. Maur Hill (3-0) [8]

7. Garden Plain (2-1) [5]

8. Nemaha Central (1-2) [6]

9. Humboldt (3-0) [NR]

10. Eureka (3-0) [NR]

Notes: The top-4 has solidified after each one has survived at least one tough test this season. Rossville beat Rock Creek, 58-57, in Week 2. Hoisington held off Halstead, 32-22, in a game that was much closer than the final score on Friday. Silver Lake defeated Riley County on a last-second two-point conversion in Week 3. Norton beat Smith Center by two in Week 1. On Friday, Norton led Russell, 28-0, entering the fourth quarter. Russell recovered two onside kicks and forced OT. Nemaha Central lost to Sabetha, 29-22, in Week 3. Garden Plain, Republic County and Pittsburg Colgan all took defeats. Eureka, Humboldt and Maur Hill are all 3-0, but generally have played softer competition. Douglass and Syracuse are both 3-0 for the first time in at least 21 years. Douglass gets Garden Plain at home this week. Hutchinson Trinity took a big jump and has a quality Week 1 victory against Inman (2-1).

CLASS 1A

1. Valley Heights (3-0) [1]

2. Centralia (2-1) [2]

3. Olpe (3-0) [3]

4. Smith Center (2-1) [5]

5. Oakley (3-0) [8]

6. Conway Springs (2-1) [7]

7. Sedgwick (3-0) [6]

8. Lyndon (2-1) [4]

9. Jackson Heights (1-1) [9]

10. Inman (2-1) [NR]

Notes: Olpe held off Lyndon, 13-7, in a key 1A battle last Friday. Valley Heights and Centralia play each other this week in a huge matchup. Centralia is the defending 1A state champion. Centralia is 28-1 against Valley Heights since 1990, including the last three victories. Oakley continues to enjoy its well-publicized turnaround and won at Ell-Saline (2-1). Ethan Abell again cleared 200 rushing yards, and Oakley has permitted just 27 total points. Conway Springs has back-to-back easy victories after a 14-13 loss at Garden Plain in Week 1.

Eight-Man, Division I

1. Canton-Galva (3-0) [1]

2. Madison (3-0) [2]

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

4. Clifton-Clyde (3-0) [4]

5. Little River (2-1) [5]

6. Hodgeman County (3-0) [10]

7. Meade (2-0) [6]

8. Hoxie (2-1) [8]

9. Hill City (2-1) [7]

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

Notes: The top-5 teams all won by the 45-point margin. Meade will not play the next two weeks because of COVID-19 quarantine. Hill City, with several key players out with injury, lost to Wichita County. Ness City was also unable to find a game after its contest Friday versus La Crosse was also cancelled from COVID-19. Wichita County is at Hodgeman County this week in a key District 7 opener. District 7 teams, which include Hodgeman, Wichita County, Meade and Ness City, are a combined 15-1. Canton-Galva has won 16 straight contests. Argonia-Attica and Sedan have both not allowed a point and are just outside of the rankings.

Eight-Man, Division II

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

2. Hanover (2-0) [2]

3. Axtell (3-0) [3]

4. Victoria (3-0) [4]

5. Lebo (3-0) [5]

6. Sylvan-Lucas (3-0) [6]

7. Caldwell (3-0) [8]

8. Logan-Palco (3-0) [9]

9. Wheatland-Grinnell (2-1) [10]

10. Lakeside (2-1) [NR]

Notes: This week was all about who didn’t play – St. Francis and Hanover. SF tried to work out a game, but neither squad played. Hanover, though, gets its district opener at Axtell in a marquee contest. Axtell, Victoria and Lebo all won by the 45-point margin. Thunder Ridge took a three-point loss to Beloit St. John’s-Tipton to fall out of the poll, and Lakeside earned an upset win versus rival Osborne.

Six-man

1. Cheylin (2-0) [1]

2. Moscow (3-0) [2]

3. Ashland (2-0) [3]

Notes: Six-man continues to grow but is not KSHSAA-affiliated. However, Cheylin has one of Kansas' best players in QB Colton McCarty and Moscow has won 13 straight games. Ashland is at Moscow in the first premier six-man contest of 2020.

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