1.Maize’s defense continues to shine in a 27-2 victory against Goddard in a matchup of previously undefeated teams. The Eagles, ranked third in 5A, had opened with four straight shutouts. Goddard, fifth-ranked in 4A, tallied a safety in the second quarter to take a 2-0 advantage, and then Maize ran off 27 straight points, including two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to earn the victory. The Eagles have the top scoring defense in Kansas after Scott City, which also opened with four shutouts, allowed a score in a win over Russell.
2. Wichita Northwest passed another high-profile test with ease in a 55-26 victory against Kapaun in City League action. In 5A, Northwest was ranked first, and Kapaun stood sixth. Last season, the Crusaders allowed just 26 points to the Grizzlies in a loss and again entered with one of the top defenses. Northwest converted a key fourth down early for a score, and Breece Hall tallied five touchdowns. Also, No. 4 Bishop Carroll travelled to No. 9 Great Bend for a 5A non-conference contest and came back for a 36-33 road victory. Carroll scored two touchdowns late. GB had first-and-goal at the end, but Carroll pushed back the Panthers. Great Bend eventually missed a field goal.
3. St. Francis pulled an upset and upended second-ranked Hoxie in Eight-Man, Division I with a 64-30 victory. Hoxie is 16-2 in the last two years with losses only to St. Francis. The SF victory and Leoti-Wichita County’s 58-12 road win at WaKeeney-Trego sets up a big matchup between the squads this Friday in Leoti. SF is 5-0, 2-0 in district play, while Wichita County stands at 4-1, 1-1 with a close road loss to Hoxie. Against WaKeeney, Leoti scored 50 second quarter points. Kayde Rietzke and Jesse Gardner each accounted for more 180 yards of total offense, and Jesse Hermosillo and the line played well up front. Hermosillo also had a tackle for loss, forced fumble and fumble recovery on one play to set up a score. Both SF and Leoti were outside the top-10 last week, but after the big wins both will move into the rankings this week.
4. Hutchinson Trinity upset Garden Plain, 20-7, in highly competitive Class 2A, District 6 that also includes Conway Springs and Chaparral. All four teams were ranked in the top-seven in 2A. Kaleb Hammeke returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a score and threw a touchdown pass. Aaron Guerrero delivered 30 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown. Trinity moved to 4-1 and has quality defensive performances versus Ell-Saline and GP with just a collective 13 points permitted in the two contests.
5. Other highlighted performances – Phillipsburg standout kicker Jonathan Hunnacutt, nearing the state record for career kicking points, drilled a 52-yard field goal for a school record just before halftime in a 45-0 win versus Thomas More Prep. … Belle Plaine beat Neodesha, 33-27, in double overtime, a week after a one-point victory. BP lost against Inman in overtime to start the season. The Dragons are 3-2 and already have their most wins since 2011. … Clifton-Clyde defeated Victoria, 54-30, in a key Eight-Man, Division I matchup of traditional powers. .. Sylvan-Lucas trailed Thunder Ridge by 10 with 10:33 remaining before rallying for a 52-48 victory. … Pratt beat Kingman, 42-0, for its third straight shutout and fourth this year.