Weekend Takeaways from High School Football Week 2

Sep, 13, 2019; Andover, Kansas, USA; during a game between the Andover Trojans and Maize South Mavericks ©Kelly Ross
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1. Plainville ends Phillipsburg’s losing streak – The biggest results in Week 2 came in Class 2A with No. 2 Phillipsburg, No. 3 Conway Springs, No. 4 Rossville and No. 7 Riley County all losing. Phillipsburg had its 14-game losing streak halt with a 21-14 road loss to Plainville. The Cardinals were either tied or trailed the entire contest until 1:08 remained when senior quarterback Jordan Finnesy scored on a 15-yard touchdown run. Finnesy also threw two touchdown passes to Jared Casey, who exceeded 180 total yards. After Finnesy’s touchdown, sophomore Ben Hansen forced a fumble on the kickoff, and the Cardinals recovered to effectively seal the win.

Plainville is 2-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class 1A. No. 4 Rossville lost to No. 6 Silver Lake, 14-13, in the annual War on 24 rivalry in eastern Kansas. Silver Lake took a 14-13 lead midway through the fourth quarter, and then picked off Rossville with 1:27 left for the big win. Centralia defeated Riley County at home, 54-32, behind a huge day from senior quarterback Kamble Haverkamp in the single wing. Centralia is ranked No. 6 in 1A.

2. Cheney pulls big upset against Conway Springs – Perhaps the state’s biggest upset occurred when Cheney, outside of the top-10 in the rankings, defeated Conway Springs, 49-19, at home. Cheney had been 2-9 in its last 11 contests. Cheney outgained CS, 349-191, on the ground, and had 511 total yards, 80 more than CS. Riley Petz had 15 carries for 118 yards and three scores, and quarterback Zac Block completed three of three passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Petz delivered two catches for 63 yards and pair of scores. The game was tied at seven before Cheney scored 28 straight points.

3. Wichita West ends losing streak versus Kapaun – Wichita West had dropped 14 in a row to Kapaun, but the Pioneers delivered a 34-0 victory, the first win in the series since 2000. Weston Schartz was also the coach for West in that matchup, his first stint with the program. West has eight starters back on defense and has outscored its two opponents 72-14. Last year, West opened 1-3, including a 6-0 loss to Kapaun.

4. Maize South, Maize stay perfect – Maize South has flipped both results from ’18 after an 0-3 start with quality wins against Wichita Heights, 40-24, and Andover, 14-7. Maize continues to roll with a 47-0 win at Valley Center, and then a 55-14 home win versus Hutchinson. Avery Johnson completed 5 of 9 passes for 130 yards and two scores, and Camden Jurgensen completed 12 of 14 passes for 80 yards with two scores.

5. Derby dominates, other key results from No. 1 teams – Derby, No. 1 in Class 6A, shut out Salina Central for the third straight year. The Panthers had significant graduation losses, but perhaps no coach retools better than Brandon Clark. Derby has back-to-back road wins, 48-19 and 49-0. …. Canton-Galva, ranked No. 1 in Eight-Man, Division I, won at Chase County, 46-0. C-G has outscored teams, 116-23. More impressively, the teams that C-G have beaten have won their other contests this year by at least 44 points. … Hanover, ranked first in Eight-Man, Division II, defeated Doniphan West, 44-8, at home and won its 40th straight contest. Hanover is one off the eight-man consecutive victories record by an eight-man program in the KSHSAA era.