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CIK Football Rankings: Week Seven

Oct 8, 2021; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during the Holy War game between Bishop Carroll and Kapaun...
Oct 8, 2021; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during the Holy War game between Bishop Carroll and Kapaun Mt. Carmel ©KellyRoss(©KellyRoss)
Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 1:59 PM CDT
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Week six saw multiple teams in the AVCTL fall from the ranks of the unbeaten, meaning plenty of movement came as a result of those game. Below are the rankings with two games to go in the regular season.

6A

  1. Derby (5-0) [Last week: 1]
  2. Blue Valley Northwest (6-0) [2]
  3. Blue Valley (5-1) [3]
  4. Olathe North (5-1) [6]
  5. Free State (5-1) [8]
  6. Washburn Rural (5-1) [NR]
  7. Manhattan (5-1) [4]
  8. Olathe West (4-2) [5]
  9. Junction City (5-1) [10]
  10. Blue Valley North (3-3) [7]

Derby went down 7-0 to rival Campus, then poured it on for a 70-21 win. They will host 5A #5 Maize Friday night, a game they dropped a year ago.  Washburn Rural leaps into the polls after handing Manhattan their first loss. BVNW will need to get by St. Thomas Aquinas to move to 7-0. BV North lost their third consecutive game to BVNW last week, and will go to defending 4A champ St. James Academy next. Garden City drops out after a blowout loss to Wichita East, and will host rival Dodge City Friday in the annual Hatchet Game.

5A

  1. Bishop Carroll (5-1) [1]
  2. Kapaun Mt. Carmel (5-1) [2]
  3. Mill Valley (5-1) [3]
  4. Spring Hill (6-0) [4]
  5. Maize (5-1) [6]
  6. Wichita Northwest (4-2) [7]
  7. Andover (5-1) [8]
  8. Hays High (5-1) [10]
  9. Maize South (5-1) [5]
  10. Salina Central (4-2) [NR]

Bishop Carroll won the Holy War over Kapaun Friday, clinching the game on an interception. The Golden Eagles remain at the top of the polls but are stuck in a logjam at the top of 5A West where six schools are now 5-1. Mill Valley bounced back to beat then 4-1 Olathe West. Spring Hill is the final 5A unbeaten, 6-0 for the first time since 1990. Maize took care of rival Maize South to return to the top 5. Hays High got a big win over Dodge City, and will host Maize South Friday. Salina Central enters the poll after handing Andover Central their first loss of the year. Aquinas falls out after suffering a 4th straight loss.

4A

  1. Bishop Miege (2-4) [1]
  2. Basehor Linwood (6-0) [4]
  3. Andover Central (5-1) [2]
  4. Buhler (5-1) [5]
  5. McPherson (5-1) [3]
  6. Wamego (5-1) [6]
  7. Mulvane (4-2) [7]
  8. Circle (4-2) [NR]
  9. Augusta (4-2) [9]
  10. Chanute (5-1) [NR]

Bishop Miege has lost to three teams ranked in the 6A top ten, along with Missouri power Rockhurst. They’ll cross the state line again this week for a game in St. Louis against Lutheran North. Both Andover Central and McPherson fall in the polls after each dropped their first game of the year. Basehor-Linwood is now the lone unbeaten team in 4A. Circle returns to the poll with their 4th win, their most since 2010. They’ll take on rival El Dorado this week. Mulvane will play at McPherson in a ranked game. Andover Central will try to avoid back to back losses in a rivalry game with 5A #7 Andover. Chanute has won 5 straight games, the last three by shutout.

3A

  1. Andale (6-0) [1]
  2. Cheney (6-0) [3]
  3. Wichita Collegiate (6-0) [2]
  4. Holton (6-0) [4]
  5. Frontenac (5-1) [5]
  6. Southeast of Saline (6-0) [6]
  7. Riley County (6-0) [7]
  8. Concordia (6-0) [8]
  9. Girard (6-0) [9]
  10. Pratt (5-1) [10]

With back-to-back quality wins over Pratt and Holcomb, Cheney jumps to the two spot for the lone movement in a week where all top ten teams won. Eight teams hold perfect records in the classification. Andale won their 31st straight game, a 90-point victory over Trinity Academy. Southeast of Saline won their 4th game by shutout; they have allowed just 12 points this year. Riley County will host fellow unbeaten Concordia this week. Pratt and 4-2 Holcomb will face off, a home playoff game in week nine on the line.

2A

  1. Rossville (6-0) [1]
  2. Silver Lake (5-1) [2]
  3. Chaparral (6-0) [4]
  4. Wellsville (6-0) [6]
  5. Hoisington (5-1) [5]
  6. Kingman (5-1) [7]
  7. Osage City (5-1) [3]
  8. Thomas More Prep-Marian (5-1) [9]
  9. Nemaha Central (4-2) [10]
  10. Cimarron (5-1) [NR]

Rossville and Silver Lake will meet in the War on 24 Friday night, a district title on the line in one of Kansas’ best rivalry games. Kingman edged out Garden Plain in defensive game 10-7 to bump the Owls out of the polls. The Eagles and Chaparral will play to decide the district in week eight. Wellsville jumps into the top 5 after beating Osage City. Those Eagles will meet 5-1 Humboldt Friday. TMP and Cimarron will also play this week, that another game that should decide a district championship.

1A

  1. Olpe (6-0) [1]
  2. Inman (6-0) [3]
  3. Smith Center (6-0) [2]
  4. Sedgwick (6-0) [4]
  5. Centralia (5-1) [5]
  6. Conway Springs (5-1) [6]
  7. Jefferson Co. North (4-2) [NR]
  8. Wabaunsee (4-2) [7]
  9. Plainville (3-3) [NR]
  10. Jackson Heights (3-3) [9]

The teams at the top of the 1A poll all took care of business, though we see Inman leapfrog Smith Center after the Teutons pitched their fifth shutout of the year. They have given up just three points in six games. SC needed a touchdown with less than a minute to go to get by Plainville. The two will meet to close out the regular season, playing for a district title. Jefferson County North enters the polls after topping Wabaunsee to improve to 4-2.

8-Man D1

  1. Little River (6-0) [1]
  2. Madison (6-0) [2]
  3. Canton-Galva (4-1) [3]
  4. WaKeeney-Trego (6-0) [4]
  5. Meade (6-0) [8]
  6. Clifton-Clyde (4-1) [6]
  7. Sedan (6-0) [7]
  8. Leoti-Wichita County (4-2) [5]
  9. Hill City (5-1) [9]
  10. Medicine Lodge (6-0) [NR]

Medicine Lodge makes their season debut, now 6-0 in their best start to a season in 15 years. They will face their toughest tests of the regular season to close the year, hosting 5-1 Argonia-Attica before going to 4-2 Goessel. Little River blanked then-one loss Bennington. Madison won a hard fought battle with previously unbeaten Chase County. Meade and Leoti change spots following the Buffaloes road win Friday. Sedan blew out another team that entered the week unblemished in Yates Center. The week 7 slate is headlined by Hill City going to undefeated WaKeeney for a top ten matchup.

8-Man D2

  1. Axtell (6-0) [1]
  2. Thunder Ridge (6-0) [2]
  3. Victoria (5-1) [4]
  4. Wheatland-Grinnell (5-1) [6]
  5. Bucklin (6-0) [7]
  6. Caldwell (6-0) [8]
  7. Frankfort (5-1) [9]
  8. Osborne (4-2) [3]
  9. Lebo (5-1) [10]
  10. South Barber (5-1) [NR]

Defending champion Hanover just falls out of the rankings after losing a third straight game to Frankfort, all to teams currently ranked in the top ten. It’s their longest losing streak in 10 seasons. Thunder Ridge beat Osborne in a 2/3 matchup to stay unbeaten. Frankfort will go to Kensington Friday night to take on T-Ridge. Other matchups to watch for include a ranked game between unbeaten Caldwell and South Barber. 4-1 Dighton could enter the polls with a win over 3-2 Minneola.

6-Man

  1. Cunningham (6-0) [1]
  2. Natoma (5-0) [2]
  3. Northern Valley (5-1) [3]
  4. Ashland (5-1) [4]
  5. Weskan (4-2) [5]

The 6-player regular season will wrap up with all games set for kickoff Thursday night. Cunningham and Natoma look primed to enter the playoffs with unbeaten records. Northern Valley will meet defending champion Cheylin in the week’s top matchup.

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