5 takeaways from high school football Regionals

Nov, 2, 2018; Maize, Kansas, USA; during a Big 12 matchup between the Kansas Jayhawks and TCU Horned Frogs ©Kelly Ross
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1.Big margins in big games, large classes – Multiple teams, most notably Salina Central/Bishop Carroll, Maize South/Maize and Kapaun/Great Bend, were expected to be close matchups involving top-10 teams. Salina Central was viewed as a possible upset pick against an injury-plagued Carroll squad. However, BC, Maize, and Great Bend all rolled to commanding wins by scores of 52-14, 35-0 and 31-7 respectively. Carroll scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter. Maize had been 0-2 against Maize South in school history but had another huge day from senior quarterback Caleb Grill (277 passing, three scores) and its No. 1-ranked defense (44 passing yards allowed). GB led 10-7 at intermission, and then pulled away with three second half scores.

2. Undefeated 3A teams stay perfect – Class 3A has been dominated by six undefeated teams, four on the western half of the state with Andale, Scott City, Pratt and Smoky Valley. All four teams faced varying degrees of resistance in moving to 10-0. A talented Colby team led Pratt, 8-7, at the end of the first quarter before the Greenbacks won 33-16. Travis Theis accounted for three touchdowns. Smoky Valley defeated rival Hesston, 22-14, as Tim Lambert Jr. and Kord Elliott combined for 365 rushing yards. SV overcame five turnovers and won 10 games for the first time since 1992. Scott City easily defeated Beloit, 34-7, for the second time this year. Wyatt Hayes rushed for 194 yards and five scores. Andale ran over Chapman, 66-22. Chapman and Colby both finished 8-2 and enjoyed its best seasons in at least 11 years.

3. Wild games – Three key western side games provided plenty of drama. After a double-overtime playoff win against Ell-Saline last year, Plainville came back in the second half and defeated E-S, 31-28, on a last-second 37-yard field goal from all-state kicker Tanner Copeland in a Class 1A home contest. In Eight-Man, Division I, Hoxie went to Clifton-Clyde and beat the previously undefeated Eagles, 22-20. The Indians scored with 6:23 left for the final margin. In Eight-Man, Division II, Otis-Bison defeated Hutchinson Central Christian, 66-52, in a contest that lasted just under three hours. Anton Foust rushed for seven touchdowns. Central Christian ran more than 100 plays, outgained O-B and recovered two onside kicks, but finished 2 of 8 in 2-point conversions.

4. Big wins in rematches – In Week 1, Central Plains defeated Ness City, 30-14, in a game that was decided in the final minutes. On Friday, CP, the top-ranked team in Division I, rolled over a strong Eagle squad, 50-0, in a game that was over at halftime. The Oilers have posted eight straight shutouts. In 1A, top-ranked Smith Center had another big win versus Sacred Heart, 56-7. Also in 1A, Sedgwick beat Meade, 20-2, for the second win versus the Buffs this year. In Division I, Hodgeman County held off rival Spearville, 76-48.

5. Huge quarterfinal matchups – Kansas moves into the quarterfinals next week with multiple highly anticipated matchups. Derby faced little resistance in a 54-7 win versus Derby and gets one-loss Topeka High at home. In 5A, Wichita Northwest plays host to City League rival Bishop Carroll for the second time. Northwest defeated Carroll, 23-22, on a last-second field goal in Week 1. In 3A, the undefeated teams match up with Pratt at Smoky Valley, and Scott City at Andale. In 2A, Phillipsburg travels to Conway Springs in a highly-anticipated matchup.