DERBY, Kan. 5 straight seasons in the sub-state round for the Derby Panthers, and like the four seasons before, the Panthers are on to the state championship game. Derby brought 6A’s best scoring defense in, to try and slow down Ky Thomas, a Minnesota signee, who came into the game as the 2nd leading rusher in Kansas State history.
Oct 25, 2019; Derby, Kansas, USA; during an AVCTL matchup between undefeated Derby and Maize at Panther Stadium ©KellyRoss
Derby had no issues, rolling over Topeka 63-35.
Lem Wash found Cavion Walker on a 16-yard TD to open the game. Then defense got in on the action with a Jack Hileman pick six. A 77 yard score from Lem Wash, and a Tre Washington rushing TD later, and Derby opened the game with a 28-0 lead after the first quarter.
Topeka scored twice in the 2nd quarter, but Derby added on 28 more. The Panthers took a 49-14 lead into the locker room. Lem Wash had four total TDs in the 1st half alone, three rushing and one through the air.
No issues the rest of the way for Derby, and now the Panthers gear up to face Olathe North. Derby will try to make it five state titles in seven seasons next Saturday.