Weekend Takeaways from Week 7 of High School Football

Oct 18, 2019; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during a matchup between the Heights Falcons and Northwest Grizzlies ©KellyRoss
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1.Eureka beats Belle Plaine in wild contest – In Class 2A, District 5, Eureka defeated No. 9 Belle Plaine, 33-14. Both teams have enjoyed significant turnarounds. Belle Plaine (6-1) was off to its best start since 1992. Eureka won its first district title in at least 17 years. Eureka played every game on the road from the start of 2018 through Week 3 of this year because of a tornado causing massive damage to the town and football facility. Since then, Eureka (5-2) has won four straight, all at home. Junior Brennan Lowe had a huge game with four total touchdowns – two rushing, a punt return and a pick-six. Eureka delivered 18 points off special teams and defense. The teams had three straight returns for touchdowns, an unlikely feat. Eureka has enjoyed a two-win improvement from last year. Belle Plaine had allowed just 34 points entering the contest, second-best in 2A.

2.Dodge City wins the Hatchet Game – Dodge City moved to 7-0 with a 17-7 win against Garden City and earned the Hatchet, the second-longest rivalry game in Kansas. DC led 3-0 entering the fourth quarter, but Garden City (2-5) took a 7-3 lead. Dodge City delivered two touchdowns on long passes from quarterback Beau Foster. Dodge City has permitted just 107 points this year. At this point in ’18, DC had allowed 193 points. The game started 90 minutes late, one of many contests in the central/western half of the state that was delayed or postponed. Garden City was down to its third string quarterback, but the Buffs’ defense held DC to negative rushing yards. . Dodge City is ranked No. 9 in a deep Class 6A.

3. Postponements, weather delays affect many games – In addition to the Hatchet Game, Minneola and Ness City won key contests that were significantly delayed by weather. In Eight-Man, Division I, Ness City improved to 7-0 with a 24-0 victory against Kiowa County. The second half started just past 10:30 p.m. Ness City has allowed just 63 points. Last year, the Eagles had permitted 106 points in the first seven contests. Ness City is ranked No. 10 in the classification.

In Division II, Minneola won the District 8 title with a 58-14 victory versus Ingalls in a game that was delayed. Tuck Lang rushed for 299 yards. Minneola, ranked ninth, is 6-1 and has captured six straight victories after a 4-5 record last year. Also in Division I, Hill City pulled a key 30-22 victory at Victoria in a game that had the first three quarters Friday and then ended Saturday. Victoria is ranked seventh in the classification.

In 1A, Plainville, ranked fourth, and Ellis was moved to Saturday. A key six-man game featured Cheylin leading Natoma, 33-6, with 27 seconds left in the first half. The game was delayed for two hours and then moved to Saturday afternoon at Rexford-Golden Plains. The Cougars ended up winning 53-6. Cheylin is 7-0, and Natoma stands at 4-3.Hoisington, No. 1 in 2A, knocked off Phillipsburg as Wyatt Pedigo rushed for three touchdowns. The game was moved to 6 p.m. because of weather.

4. W. Northwest, Maize, Maize South continue great defense – Wichita Northwest, Maize and Maize South are ranked second, third and fourth respectively in Class 5A. Northwest won 79-0 against Wichita Heights, a team that had captured three in a row and had scored 169 total points in those games. Northwest now leads 5A in scoring defense, a remarkable turnaround after the Grizzlies had permitted 155 points through seven games last year

On Thursday, Maize pulled away at Salina Central, ranked No. 9 in 5A, in the second half for a 26-8 victory. The Eagles have allowed 48 points. Maize led just 3-0 at halftime. The Eagles held a 277-276 edge in total yards. Eagle quarterback Cam Jurgensen passed for a pair of touchdowns. Maize South delivered its second straight shutout with a 7-0 win versus Goddard. Maize South has permitted 82 points.

5. Upsets in 3A, Frankfort win, other top results – A significant number of 3A ranked teams lost, including No. 2 Marysville, No. 3 Topeka Hayden, and No. 4 Sabetha. Marysville fell to Holton, and Hayden lost to Perry-Lecompton, both teams outside of the top-10. Sabetha fell to No. 6 Wamego. No. 9 Colby beat No. 8 Scott City in double overtime. … In Eight-Man, Division I, No. 7 Frankfort defeated No. 1 Axtell on the game’s final play. Last week, Axtell defeated then-No. 1 Hanover with a fourth down touchdown in the final minute. … In Class 4A, No. 6 Buhler and No. 10 Winfield also took losses. Buhler fell to 5A Hays High, 17-7, and Winfield lost 14-13 at Wellington … In 1A, No. 10 La Crosse fell to Oakley in an upset. Oakley ended a 10-game district losing streak.