1.Miracle at Morton leads Barton County results – In one of the wildest finishes in recent Kansas football history, Great Bend defeated Andover, 13-10, at home in a marquee Class 5A matchup. Andover was 3-6 last season, and GB was 8-3. However, the Trojans returned many key players and the Panthers had some key losses, especially graduating Shrine Bowl quarterback Koy Brack. Andover led 10-0 at halftime, and GB scored 10 points in the final minute. GB forced a safety to close to 10-2, and then all-state receiver Alex Schremmer, covered by multiple Trojans, caught a touchdown pass on the final play of regulation. GB tied the score on a two-point conversion, and kicked a game-winning field goal. CIK’s Joey Bahr reported the game has already earned the nickname “Miracle on Morton” from the GB fan base. Morton is the street that Great Bend High School resides on. Great Bend was ranked No. 6, and Andover No. 10 in 5A.
Also in Barton County, Central Plains, the defending Eight-Man, Division I champion, had permitted just 34 points last year. CP, ranked No. 5 in the classification, lost 36-30, to Ness City. The game was tied at 30 with 40 seconds to go before the Eagles scored the game-winning touchdown. Central Plains led 14-6 early.
2. Wichita-area ranked teams hold on – No. 2 Wichita Northwest and No. 3 Maize South solidified as Class 5A West favorites with comeback victories. Northwest trailed rival Bishop Carroll the majority of the contest, though Reagan Jones found Zion Jones for a touchdown late in a 21-17 victory. Northwest is 3-0 against Carroll in the last two seasons, though the games have a combined margin of 22 points. Maize South, expected to make a jump this year, had lost to Wichita Heights to open 2018. The Mavericks trailed 24-13 before 27 straight points and a 40-24 victory.
3. Canton-Galva with big victory – Canton-Galva had no seniors in 2018 and finished 10-2 with a surprising sub-state title game showing. C-G, which had lost to Little River last year, opened with an emphatic 70-23 victory on Friday. C-G is ranked No. 1 in Eight-Man, Division I. Sophomore Tyson Struber delivered four total touchdowns, all in the first half. Senior Landon Everett delivered a pick-six on defense, and led the offense at quarterback.
Eagle defensive coordinator Tyler O’Connor faced off against his former head coach Kevin Ayers, in his first season at Little River after a long stint at Wallace County. C-G scored its second-most points in a game since the start of ’18. LR quarterback Graham Stephens, one of the state’s top juniors, threw a 60-yard touchdown and had a 65-yard scoring run.
4. Plainville holds off Norton – The Mid-Continent League features four top-10 teams. In Class 1A, Smith Center is No. 1 and Plainville is second. In Class 2A, Phillipsburg is ranked second, and Norton ninth. Plainville, with half the roster size of Norton, broke a 22-22 tie with a touchdown and 29-22 victory. The Cardinals received 213 rushing yards from Jared Casey, and 157 from Jordan Finnesy. Smith Center pulled away from TMP in a 34-0 victory. Phillipsburg faced some resistance from Ellis, though won 40-22. The MCL gauntlet continues this week, with Smith Center hosting Norton, and Plainville hosting Phillipsburg.
5. Wichita Collegiate wins, other key results – Wichita Collegiate, ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, is expected to be an improved squad with increased roster numbers, and notably plenty of experience at line. The Spartans defeated Wellington, 28-7. Wellington was preseason No. 4 in Class 4A. … Winfield defeated Ark City, 20-18, to capture the Cowley Cup. … Victoria scored the first 42 points and won 42-14 at Otis-Bison. Jayvon Pruitt delivered 100 yards of total offense in the first half. He scored two touchdowns and had a strip sack that led a scoop and score fumble recovery. O-B was ranked No. 10 in Division II.