1. Class 1A takes center stage – Week 4’s spotlight shone brightly on Class 1A with four marquee games all involving top-10 matchups. In Plainville, No. 2 Smith Center defeated the No. 6 Cardinals, 21-10, behind an incredible 22-play, 80-yard drive that soaked up the final 7:24 of the third quarter and ended with 7:52 remaining in the contest. Senior fullback Hesston Maxwell bulldozed his way for 13 carries on the drive, including the touchdown. Plainville had led 10-7 before the score. Additionally, No. 9 Ell-Saline defeated No. 7 Sedgwick and the Cardinals’ high-octane offense, 27-13. Sedgwick had scored 48.3 points per game. Out east, No. 5 Olpe held off No. 4 Jackson Heights, 20-18. In a minor upset, No. 10 Centralia defeated top-ranked Colgan, 20-0. The Panthers were preseason top-five had opened 0-2 against its challenging schedule.
2. Eight-Man, Division I programs with key victories – Several ranked eight-man teams passed key road tests. No. 5 Clifton-Clyde remained undefeated with a 64-14 district-opening win versus Hill City and standout quarterback Conner Born, eight-man’s leading rusher through the first three weeks. Senior stan lineman Nathan Ohlde had missed As well, No. 1 Central Plains had its first district win with a 46-0 road victory against Little River. CP has not lost a district contest since 2012 and has permitted just 22 points this season. Three of the opponents are 3-1. At home, No. 2 Hoxie (4-0) was challenged by surprise Leoti-Wichita County (3-1) in a 36-20 home victory. Leoti, off to its best start in more than 14 years, was tied with the Indians at halftime. Hoxie has won 12 straight contests. Also at home, Caldwell earned a key 32-12 victory against Argonia-Attica in district play.
3. Derby defeats Bishop Carroll – The Panthers beat the Golden Eagles for the third straight season. Derby, ranked No. 2 in Class 6A, beat Carroll, third-ranked in 5A, 24-6. The Golden Eagles are 2-2 but have lost to Wichita Northwest and Derby – among the best five teams in Kansas and arguably the top-two – by a combined 19 points. The Panthers have captured 15 of the last 16 road games and held BC to its lowest point total since 2010. For the second straight year, Derby quarterback Grant Adler suffered a likely long-term injury, and Hunter Igo again moved to signal caller. Davin Simms had a 16-yard scoring reception and has four TD catches, along with a punt return score, in the first month. Cade Lindsay also recovered a blocked punt for a score.
4. Maize, Scott City with shutouts – Maize, ranked No. 4 in Class 5A, and Scott City, second-ranked in 3A, are the only teams in Kansas that have not allowed a point. Entering last week, five teams had posted three straight shutouts. Maize blanked Newton, 45-0, and SC beat Ulysses, 47-0. Caleb Grill passed for more than 150 yards, and Preven Christon delivered a punt return for a score. SC pulled away in the second quarter. Ulysses moved the ball to the Beaver four-yard line in the second half, the closest a team has come to scoring versus Scott City. The Beavers have posted four straight shutouts for the first time since 1984, according to Western Kansas News.
5. Great moment in Kinsley game [WATCH] – In a scene that has gone viral, Kinsley freshman Avery Heinz, born with cerebral palsy, scored a touchdown. Heinz loves football. His half-brother, Wyatt Heinz, plays for Spearville, whom the Coyotes played on Friday. Wyatt led his brother into the end zone and celebrated with him and other players. Spearville won the game, 60-14.