1. Andover Central defeats Goddard – Week 3 was marked by a high number of top-3 teams losing, perhaps none bigger than Andover Central’s 38-21 home victory against Goddard. The Lions were ranked No. 2 in Class 4A. AC had moved into the 4A rankings last week at No. 10. The Jaguars, under new coach Derek Tuttle, have permitted just 30 points this year. Goddard quarterback Kyler Semrad entered as the state’s top passer.
Shomari Parnell threw five touchdown passes to four different receivers, including big plays of 70, 39 and 85 yards. Goddard has typically had an elite defense in the last three seasons and allowed its most points in a regular season game with a 41-34 road loss to Maize South to open 2015. In Class 6A, Lawrence upset No. 2 Gardner-Edgerton, 35-34.
2. Wichita Northwest shows improved defense; Carroll beats West – Northwest, the defending Class 5A runner-up, had shown signs of a better defense under new coordinator Marc Marinelli, the former Hesston and Goddard Eisenhower head coach. On Friday, Northwest delivered a signature performance in a 31-0 road win against Great Bend. Northwest has permitted just 25 points in three games after 56 allowed in the first three contests last year. Northwest is 3-0, while Great Bend, is No. 4 in 5A at 2-1. Northwest limited Great Bend to 108 rushing yards and scored all of its points in the first three quarters.
Bishop Carroll defeated Wichita West, 34-7. Carroll was ranked fourth in 5A, and West is eighth in 6A. Wichita South moved to 3-0 with a 6-0 win versus Arkansas City.
3. Smith Center defeats Phillipsburg – Smith Center, No. 1 in 1A, defeated Phillipsburg, ranked No. 3 in 2A, with a 27-7 road victory. Smith Center has allowed just 25 points this fall, and the Panthers lost their second straight contest. The Redmen had lost eight straight to the Panthers. This week, Smith Center plays host to Plainville, 3-0 and ranked second in 1A.
4. Hanover ties record – Hanover led 38-0 in the third quarter and cruised to a 66-16 road victory against Mankato-Rock Hills. The Wildcats won their 41st straight contest, which tied Almena-Northern Valley (’85-88) for the most consecutive eight-man victories in the KSHSAA era. Colin Jueneman had a breakout game with two kick returns for touchdowns. He and Taegan Schwartz each cleared 125 rushing yards.
5. South Central makes statement – South Central defeated Hodgeman County, 48-14, in a big Eight-Man, Division I contest. SC is ranked fifth in Division I, Hodgeman County third. SC had lost three in a row to Hodgeman County. The game had no scoring in the first quarter, before the T-Wolves led 14-8 at halftime and 36-8 after three quarters. Senior Chayde Snyder completed 7 of 16 passes for 182 yards with four touchdowns. He also rushed 20 times for 133 yards and a score. Junior Jonny Robles had four catches for 164 yards and three scores. This season, Robles had seven catches for 238 yards and six TDs.