Weekend Takeaways from High School Football Week 4

Sep, 27, 2019; Derby, Kansas, USA; during a matchup between the Derby Panthers and Bishop Carroll Eagles ©Kelly Ross
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1.Derby holds off Bishop Carroll – For the fourth straight year, Derby defeated Bishop Carroll in a highlighted non-league matchup between ranked teams. Derby is No. 1 in 6A, and Carroll stands No. 5 in 5A. Derby won 21-0, and improved to 4-0, while Carroll dropped to 2-2. Carroll, though, still remains a strong Class 5A contender behind its defense. The Golden Eagles have competitive, lower scoring losses to Wichita Northwest (No. 2 in 5A) and Derby. The Panthers have captured 17 straight victories. Last season, Derby had the best 6A scoring defense since at least 2006. This year, Derby has allowed just 26 total points. It marked the first time Carroll was shutout since the ’10 season opener, according to the Derby Informer. Carroll missed an early field goal, and Derby went down and scored a rushing touchdown from Grant Adler. Later, Derby recovered a fumble at the Carroll 13-yard line and scored on a 17-yard pass. The game was 14-0 until Tre Washington tallied a touchdown with 3:27 left. Tre Washington finished with 19 carries for 69 yards.

2. Smith Center pulls away from Plainville – Smith Center, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, defeated Plainville, ranked second in 1A, 40-14, in Mid-Continent League play. The game was scoreless until middle second quarter, and SC led 14-7 at halftime. The Redmen had three players with at least 95 rushing yards and four different players recorded at least one rushing touchdown. Plainville had some turnovers and missed opportunities, specifically on its first drive. Senior Cody Crawford delivered more than 100 receiving yards, and Kyle Werner had a rushing touchdown in place of standout Jared Casey, out for three weeks with a hand injury. SC’s offensive line continued to play well, especially senior left guard Brell Spiess, who sprung the first two scoring runs with big blocks. For the fourth straight season, this could be the first of two matchups between the schools. Smith Center is 4-0, Plainville 3-1.

3. Ike beats Goddard in rivalry game – Eisenhower had lost five in a row to Goddard, though delivered a 21-20 upset victory Friday. Goddard was ranked second in Class 4A, though slipped back to eighth last week. Eisenhower is 3-1 under new coach Darrin Fisher, formerly a Goddard assistant coach and has already matched last season’s win total from a 3-6 year. Goddard led 20-7 at halftime, though Eisenhower came back in the second half. With 1:13 left, Mason Turney caught the game-winning touchdown. Goddard stands 2-2.

4. Eureka returns home – Eureka improved to 2-2 with a 42-7 home district win against Fredonia, the school’s first home game since 2017. Eureka had to play all of its games on the road last year because a tornado caused wide swept damage throughout the town and the football facility. In Weeks 2-3 this fall, Eureka was supposed to be at home, but had to play in Chanute and Iola as the designated home site. Eureka, led by wide receiver Zach Hare, has shown nice improvement from a 3-6 mark in ’18 that included a 1-4 start.

5. Upsets highlight another big week- In addition to Goddard losing, a significant number of upsets occurred throughout Kansas. In Class 6A, No. 2 Topeka fell to unranked Junction City. JC improved to 4-0. In 4A, No. 1 Bishop Miege fell to unranked St. James. In 2A, Maur Hill is No. 5, though lost to Riverside. In Eight-Man, Division II, Valley Falls was 0-3, but beat 3-0 Lebo, 52-42.