1. Kicking record – Since the summer, Phillipsburg’s Jon Hunnacutt, a three-year starter, was aware he could break the state mark for career kicking points. The mark was 214 set by Joe Garcia of Olathe North from 1994-96. On Friday, Hunnacutt kicked a 38-yard field goal in the second half and broke the record. He has 217 kicking points. Last week, Hunnacutt set a school mark with a 52-yard field goal. Phillipsburg rolled over Hoisington, 51-21, to win the Class 2A, District 8 championship and stayed undefeated at 7-0. The Panthers are ranked No. 1 in Class 2A, while Hoisington stood sixth. Phillipsburg led 27-0 after the first quarter and eventually received 212 rushing yards and four rushing scores from Treylan Gross.
2. Comebacks – Week 7 was marked by multiple big comebacks, most notably by Southeast of Saline, Victoria and Augusta. In Class 2A, District 4, Southeast of Saline trailed No. 5 Riley County, 21-0, at halftime but won 23-21. Riley County, Rossville and SES are all 3-1 in district play and have beaten each other. However, RC does still hold the district points tiebreaker at plus-55, while Rossville is plus-44 and SES stands at plus-23. In competitive Eight-Man, Division I, District 7, Victoria held off Hill City, 42-41, for a road win. Victoria trailed 19-6 at halftime. Jayvon Pruitt had a big game with 27 carries for 172 yards and two scores. Abilene led Augusta 27-14 entering the fourth quarter. Then, the Orioles scored 20 points for a 34-27 road victory.
3. Central Kansas success – In Eight-Man, Division I, District 4, Canton-Galva pulled an upset against No. 5 Solomon with a 38-20 home win won the district. C-G is now 6-1 behind dual threat quarterback Landon Everett. It marks the first win versus Solomon since ’06 and the best year in more than a decade. In 1A, Inman was winless last fall and is 5-2 with a 28-27 road victory against Meade. The Teutons have a pair of one-point victories this season. Also in 1A, Hillsboro, a one-win team last fall, is 6-1 after a 66-22 road game versus Leon-Bluestem. Hillsboro’s only loss came in Week 1 by six points, and led by standout quarterback Jorge Hanschu, has wins by eight, 14 and four points.
4. Big rivalry wins – In Eight-Man, Division I, No. 2 Jetmore-Hodgeman County ended a four-game losing streak versus big rival Spearville with a 54-8 home victory versus the Lancers. In the annual Hatchet Game – arguably the biggest rivalry in Kansas – Dodge City beat Garden City, 27-7. DC moved to 4-2 after a major comeback at Hays High two weeks ago. DC, helped by a 37-yard touchdown run by Jaiel Johnson, led 20-0 at halftime.
5. Maize area leads key results – Maize South, after an 0-3 start, earned its second one-point win in three weeks with a 23-22 double overtime home upset versus Goddard. The Lions were ranked seventh in Class 4A. …. Maize, ranked third in Class 5A, stayed undefeated with a 48-26 win against Salina Central and Taylon Peters, the state’s leading rusher entering the contest. SC was ranked sixth in 5A. Caleb Grill had a big night with 286 yards and five scores … Way out on the western border in Eight-Man, Division II, District 6, Tribune Greeley-County beat rival Wallace County, 30-28, in overtime. The Jackrabbits had scheduled Wallace County – the towns are less than 30 miles apart – every year since 1982. Greeley County had not defeated the Wildcats since 2005, the year before Sharon Springs coach Kevin Ayers joined the program and built it into a consistent power.