1.Cimarron wins on last minute field goal – Entering Friday night, Lakin stood No. 7 in the Class 2A rankings, Cimarron eighth. Both teams were 5-0. The rivals run similar styles with power running and physical play. Cimarron won last year’s game, 18-14, on a touchdown with 40 seconds left. This year, Cimarron won 17-14 on a 32-yard field goal from sophomore Emanuel Aguilar with 1:51 remaining. Lakin drove down and missed a 37-yard field goal as time expired.
Cimarron senior Payton Marshall enjoyed a big game with a 38-yard touchdown reception. Earlier on the drive, Cimarron junior fullback Hunter Renick had a first down run on 4th-and-1 from the Bluejays’ own 29-yard line.
Also in the second half, Marshall made a huge hustle play when he tackled Lakin running back Kayden Christiansen at the goal line after a 74-yard run. Cimarron’s defense eventually held Lakin on the drive.
2. Beloit upsets Scott City – In the state’s biggest upset, Beloit traveled more than three hours and won at Scott City, 28-13. The Beavers were ranked third in Class 3A. Last year, Beloit had a promising 2-1 start but quarterback Hudson Gray suffered a season-ending injury. Beloit is 4-2 with its losses by a combined nine points. Scott City has struggled with turnovers throughout the year, and Beloit forced three in the first half.
Beloit led 20-6 when Scott City returned a kickoff for a score in the fourth quarter. However, Beloit drained nearly eight minutes off the clock on its next drive and Carson Cox had a rushing score. Beloit ended Scott City’s 35-game district winning streak, according to Western Kansas News. SC entered No. 1 in 3A in scoring defense with just 10 points permitted.
3. Bishop Carroll wins Holy War - After a 23-13 victory, Bishop Carroll has not lost to Kapaun since 1999, a streak of 21 straight victories in the Holy War. Skylar Hampton had a first half touchdown and Carroll led 13-6 at intermission. Carroll, ranked sixth in Class 5A, improved to 4-2, and Kapaun remained with one victory. The Golden Eagles have permitted just 88 points this season against a schedule that ranked No. 2 hardest in 5A entering Friday.
4. Maize, Maize South stay perfect in different ways – Maize and Maize South are ranked third and fourth, respectively, in 5A. Each squad is 6-0. Maize continues to dominate with a 51-7 victory versus Salina South. The Eagles received 288 rushing yards from Caden Cox. Maize has won every game by at least 37 points. Maize South has overcome double-digit injuries, including three defensive starters.
The Mavericks, though, continue to airtight defense and defeated Eisenhower, 10-0. Maize South forced six turnovers in the win, has 11 in the last two weeks and has created 18 this year. Brandon Bowles recovered a fumble and picked off a pass to thwart Eisenhower drives.
5. Axtell ends Hanover’s winning streak, Belle Plaine stays perfect– In Eight-Man, Division II, No. 2 Axtell delivered No. 1 Hanover, 28-26. Axtell ended Hanover’s 43-game winning streak, the longest by an eight-man team in the KSHSAA era. Axtell’s four-year starting quarterback Quinn Buessing went out in the first quarter with injury, but freshman Isaac Detweiler stepped in and played brilliantly. He threw the game-winning touchdown pass on fourth down, and had an interception to seal the win. … In Class 2A, Belle Plaine, ranked No. 10, continued its surprising season and stands at 6-0 with a 13-6 home win against Fredonia. Belle Plaine’s first four points came off safeties. BP is at Eureka for a District 5 title this week. Both teams are 3-0 in district play.