1. Carroll, Wichita Heights find ways to win - The City League squads have faced injury situations at quarterback, most notably the Golden Eagles. BC required fourth string quarterback Drake Unrein, the starter on junior varsity, to lead a key drive. Carroll defeated rival Kapaun in the Holy War, 28-14, won kept a winning streak going against their rivals since 1999. Clay Cundiff hauled in a late touchdown pass to provide separation. Heights trailed upset-minded Wichita South, 25-10, at one point before 22 straight points and a 32-25 overtime victory. K’Vonte Baker was hurt early and hobbled in the contest. Josh Sanders and Armaad Hubbard played well at running back, and Jashun Grant and Dylan Depperschmidt took over under center. Carroll was fourth in 5A, Kapaun sixth and Heights No. 10 entering the contest.
2. The tie – one of the more unusual results in recent Kansas high school history occurred in a top-five matchup of Eight-Man, Division II powers when Otis-Bison and South Barber tied at 36. The game was called after a half because of severe weather. Since the start of the ’16 season, it is just the third tie in Kansas football. Both quarterbacks – O-B’s Anton Foust and SB’s Trevor Rooks – delivered outstanding contests and contributed at least 260 yards of total offense. Foust also returned a kickoff 70 yards for a score. Here’s hoping the teams get the rematch deep in the playoffs. O-B is second in the class, SB fourth.
3. Dominance of Class 3A – The class was expected to be very strong, but the top-five in the class is playing at a statistical level that is hard to match by anyone in the state. Top-ranked Andale had its fifth straight shutout and beat Wichita Collegiate, 55-0. No. 3 Pratt had its fourth consecutive shutout with a 42-0 home win against Hugoton. No. 2 Scott City rolled over Beloit, 55-12, on Thursday and has allowed just 19 points this year. No. 9 Smoky Valley is 6-0 with one of the state’s best running attacks after a 30-22 home win against Chapman.
4. Dominance of Derby – Derby/Hutchinson is annually one of the state’s top games, but Derby rolled to 63-0 against a struggling Hutchinson team. Tre Washington had five touchdowns by early in the second quarter, and Hunter Igo tallied a pair of rushing TDs. Derby, No. 1 in Class 6A, has allowed just 26 points this fall.
5. Big individual performances – Halstead beat Clay Center, 50-22, behind 284 rushing yards and five scores from Scott Grider. … Hoisington’s Wyatt Pedigo rushed for 227 yards and two TDs as Hoisington beat Minneapolis, 41-6, on Thursday. … Chayde Snyder passed for three scores as South Central had a key 36-14 district win against Caldwell… In a crucial Hi-Plains League and district contest, Cimarron gave Lakin its first loss with an 18-14 win as Anthony Erives had 15 carries for 130 yards and a score…. Hillsboro is a surprising 5-1 as 260-pounder Wes Shaw had a big interception return for a score as the Trojans beat Marion, 18-14.