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CIK Football Rankings: Week Eight

Game between Andover and Andover Central at Andover on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.
Game between Andover and Andover Central at Andover on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.(Selena Favela)
Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 3:13 PM CDT
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Friday saw some of the best action we’ve had all year, with close games contested featuring multiple ranked teams. Teams have one final chance to make a playoff push in this final week of the regular season.

6A

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

Derby held off Maize, intercepting a two point try in the final minute to beat the Eagles 42-41 and stay perfect. The Panthers end the year with a trip to 5-2 Maize South. They’re now the final unbeaten team in 6A after BVNW fell to St. Thomas Aquinas. The Huskies hold on to their spot in the rankings due to overall body of work. Blue Valley West is at Northwest this week, the Jaguars just outside the polls at 4-3. Olathe North takes a tumble after losing to Lawrence, the Chesty Lions entering the rankings this week. This Friday, Lawrence will take on rival Free State in a ranked contest. Number 5 Rural closes the year with a tough game against 5-2 Topeka Seaman.

5A

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

The top of the rankings hold serve, but Aquinas makes a big splash to re-enter the polls after an upset of Blue Valley Northwest. Hays High gets back into the top 5 after a shootout win over Maize South, next playing a big contest against #7 Northwest. Maize and Andover slip slightly after each drop their second game, both one score contests. Carroll will take on East and Kapaun hosts Heights, both looking to enter the playoffs at 7-1. Spring Hill survived a second-straight test to remain the lone unbeaten in the classification.

4A

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

Basehor Linwood, now 7-0, is the first team to unseat Bishop Miege as the number one team in the polls. The Bobcats must beat 5-2 Pittsburg if they’re to enter the playoffs unblemished. Miege dropped their 5th game on the year and second to a Missouri school Friday, with a game against St. James up next. The Thunder, last year’s 4A champs, return to the poll after an upset of Blue Valley North. Mulvane leapfrogs McPherson following a road upset Friday night for their fifth straight win. Circle clinched their first winning season since 2010. To close out the season, two ranked games are featured out of AVCTL-III, with Mac going to Augusta and Circle taking on Buhler. The Crusaders would lock in a league title with a win.

3A

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

The top 7 spots hold from last week, only Concordia falling from the ranks of the unbeatens to now 7-0 Riley County. Pratt drops out after losing to Holcomb, with Topeka Hayden joining the top ten. The Wildcats have won 5 straight to improve to 6-1. Southeast of Salina has not allowed a point since week three, allowing just 12 points on the season. They’ll try to go all of district play pitching shutouts with a long trip to Scott City. Andale hosts Wichita Collegiate, the two teams facing off with perfect records in this game for a second straight year. Frontenac, only losing a road game to a very good Coweta, Oklahoma team, heads to unbeaten Girard with district 2′s championship on the line.

2A

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

Despite losing start quarterback Torrey Horak to injury, Rossville survived rival Silver Lake in the War on 24 to stay perfect and hold on to the top spot in the class. Wellsville delivered a second straight impressive performance, shutting out Humboldt to jump to the 2 spot. Hillsboro joins the poll with a 6-1 mark, replacing TMP. They’ll take on Hutch Trinity for a district title. Other district title games this week include Kingman hosting unbeaten Chaparral and Hoisington going to 5-2 Beloit. Neither Kingman nor Hoisington have dropped a game since the season opener.

1A

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

Class 1A went chalk this week, with all favorites winning and no changes to the rankings. To close out the regular season however a few big matchups are now set up. Inman will go to Smith Center, bringing a defense that has given up just 3 points this season to the perennial power. The Redmen have three shutouts of their own this year. Sedgwick will look to earn a playoff bye against Conway Springs, the latter Cardinals ended Sedgwick’s perfect run in 2020. Olpe has already locked up a district title, taking on non-KSHSAA Christ Prep Academy to end the year. This week will also feature Centralia going to Wabaunsee and Jackson Heights hosting JCN in a pair of ranked games. Centralia has already locked up the bye in district 2.

8M-D1

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

Two teams dropping their first contests of the year creates a little movement in the top ten. Hill City makes a jump while Trego falls after the Ringnecks road win. Hill City clinched a district title with that win. Chase County is back in the poll with Medicine Lodge entering the loss column. While there are no games between ranked clubs, a few contests remain to determine host sites for opening round playoff games. Leoti faces 4-2 South Gray, Macksville and Kinsley both sit 3-1 in districts ahead of their matchup, the same situation coming for West Elk and Yates Center.

8M-D2

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

Caldwell takes the week’s biggest tumble after dropping a contest to South Barber, the Chieftans making a jump in the polls. Thunder Ridge earned one of the most impressive wins of the year across the state, beating Frankfort with the 45-point rule hitting early in the third quarter. Bucklin will take on Dighton for a district title Friday, trying to end the regular season 8-0. The Hornets sit at 6-1.

6-Man

  1. Cunningham (7-0) [1]
  2. Natoma (6-0) [2]
  3. Northern Valley (6-1) [3]
  4. Ashland (6-1) [4]
  5. Weskan (5-2) [5]

No changes come in the final regular season poll for 6-man. The playoffs are set to kick off Tuesday the 19th with the following matchups:

6M Bracket
6M Bracket(cik)

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