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Eastern Kansas Football: What To Watch Week 4

Eastern Kansas Football: What To Watch Week 4

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6A-5A 6A Gardner Edgerton (1-0) @ (5A-#2) Mill Valley (2-1)

(Preview and history information are written and compiled by Kevin Booker @BookerT3)

Mill Valley leads the series 2-1 all-time. These two first met back in 2008 prior to their days as large class 5-6A schools in which they lay claim to these days.

While the Jaguars have some major hardware in their back pockets after a successful decade of Football, moving in to the Sunflower League is perhaps it’s biggest test to date in any and all sports. Both programs only met twice in their time within the EKL, Joel Applebee’s Jaguars topped Marvin Diener (former Trailblazers HC) in back to back week-8 regular season finals in the new post-season playoff system.

For the Trailblazers, led by Marvin Diener, and current KC Royals CF Bubba Starling, the 2008 opportunity was the first of the Jaguars chances to step in to the Kansas City High School spotlight. That night in week-11 ultimately belonged to the Trailblazers.

As for the future, these two programs will have the opportunity to see each other consistently for years to come under Ryan Cornelson, and Joel Applebee’s success in the Sunflower League.

This game could go either way, and will have a fantastic finish with some talented student-athletes!


MILL VALLEY – OL Ethan Kremer, OL Sam Hecht, K Chris Tennant, LB Kolten Jegen, FB/WR Ty Reishus, DE Cole Knappen, QB Cooper Marsh, DB Taggert Baker, OL Robert Drvin, RB Quin Wittenauer, WR Jacob Hartman, S Trey Worcester

GARDNER-EDGERTON – LB DaVonte Pritchard (K-State), TE Austin Weiner (K-State)

4A (5A-#3) De Soto (2-1) @ (4A-#4) Lansing (3-0)

The De Soto holds a 3-1 regular-season edge over Lansing since the turn of the millennium. Lansing is 3-0 in the last 4 meetings with an average margin of victory of 32 points.

Lansing’s last win against De Soto came in the 2004 playoffs by a score of 10-7.

That was then, this is week 4 of the 2020 season.

De Soto is 2-1 to start the season, their best record four weeks in to the season since 2016. They have faced a tough schedule with Lawrence Free State, defending 5A champion Mill Valley, and Basehor-Linwood. If you take away the game against Mill Valley, De Soto is averaging 46 points per game.

Lansing has yet to travel to begin the season and is sitting at 3-0 for the first time since 2008. Junior quarterback Caden Crawford is off to a hot start with 301 yards passing with four touchdowns and one interception. Seniors Shawn Patton and Jack Knutson combine for 484 yards and 4 touchdowns.

The Lions defense has not given up more than one score in each of it’s game so far this season. Dylan Ward leads the team with 40 tackles. Richie Patrick and Bryson Raymond are ballhawks in the secondary with 2 interceptions each.

Do not be surprised if the final score ends up being just as close as the match-up between these two teams in 2004.


De Soto – S Austin Rosetta (South Dakota), QB Jackson Miller, WR Hayden Henderson, WR Tyson Priddy, S Zach Willis, RB Garrett Kellner, RB Austin Tabor, OL Carson Zitlow

Lansing – OL Drew French, LB Dylan Ward, DB Bryson Raymond

3A Burlington (3-0) @ Prairie View (3-0)

(Preview is courtesy of David Heidrick’s full preview, which can be found here)

The Burlington Wildcats have been laying waste to league opponents. They have outscored Wellsville, Santa Fe Trail, and Osawatomie by a combined score of 147-36….The Prairie View Buffaloes have been just as dominant, racing out to 101 unanswered points and outscoring Santa Fe Trail, Osawatomie, and Parsons 101-14.

Read the more in-depth preview in the link above

LIVESTREAM/VIDEO: Prairie View Activities YouTube
RADIO/AUDIO: 97.7FM KSNP-FM (Burlington)

2A #4 Eureka (3-0) @ Humboldt (3-0)

If you’re looking for a football game on Friday night to take in around SEK, Eureka @ Humboldt is it.

Last year, the Cubs edged out their Tri-Valley League foes in a back-and-forth battle. Fans should expect the same this season.

In their lone home game this year, Humboldt scored 30 points and gave up 26 to Fredonia. Eureka has only traveled once entering into week 4. They surrendered just 7 points while scoring 34 offensively against Erie.

Humboldt is rushing for 246 yards per game, good for 112 points fielded this season. However, like prior year’s Cubs teams, the defense has struggled early on in tackling. Humboldt has surrendered 54 points so far this season. Gavin Page has thrown for 247 yards while rushing for 208. The Cubs also have Trey Sommer and Drew Counsil to lean on as well. Sommer leads the Cubs with 312 yards rushing while Counsil is a factor with 184 yards on the ground.

Eureka continues to be a multiple offensive threat. Hayden Mead so far has thrown for 378 yards and 8 receptions. Garrison Spoonts has caught 8 of Mead’s 21 passes for 222 yards with 4 touchdowns. The Tornadoes have the one-two combo thread of Brennan Lowe and Brent Escareno, both with a pair of touchdowns and close to 150 yards rushing.

This appears to have the makings of another back-and-forth exciting match-up between these two teams this year.


1A #4 Centralia (2-1) @ #2 Valley Heights (3-0)

For eastern Kansas 1A high school football, you’re not going to find a better game Friday night than regionally ranked #4 Centralia and #2 Valley Heights.

En route to their undefeated championship season Centralia def Valley Heights 38-20.

This year Valley Heights is the highest scoring 1A eastern offense through 3 weeks of the regular season with 136 points scored. Their defense ranks 4th in points allowed.

For Centralia, they opened the season with a 42-6 loss against who many consider the top team in the state in 2A in Rossville. Since then they’ve outscored their opponents 76-12. This will be the third district game for the Panthers compared to Valley Height’s second game.

Whoever comes away with the win will have firm control of coming out as the 1A District 2 champion.


Valley Heights – DE Bryson Kenworthy

8M-I #5 Burlingame (2-1) @ #3 Clifton-Clyde (3-0)

District play begins with a bang in 8-Man D1 District 3 as Burlingame travels to Clifton-Clyde.

Burlingame has won two games in a row after a season opening defeat to Madison 48-24. Bearcats are led at Quarterback by Senior Evan Young, who is averaging 165 passing yards a game and has 10 passing touchdowns on the young season. Senior Wyatt Ledom is Burlingame’s top rusher, averaging 107 yards a game with seven scores.

Clifton-Clyde rolls into district play with an unblemished record. The Eagles, looking for their third straight district championship, are no stranger to being in contention during Russ Steinbrocks 20 years as head coach.

Bringing back an experienced core from last year’s 9-1 team, they passed their early-season test against Little River in week 2, coming out victorious 42-36 in overtime. Senior Aiden Rudolph scored the winning touchdown in that contest, and the versatile quarterback is their key to success on Friday night.

Third overall meeting between the two schools, with Burlingame holding a 2-0 advantage in the series with victories coming in 2017 and 2016. Before Clifton and Clyde consolidated in 1980, there was one matchup between Clyde and Burlingame in 1972.

The Bearcats won 3-0 in overtime in route to their lone state championship.


8M-II #2 Axtell (3-0) @ #1 Hanover (2-0)

The combination of quarterback Isaac Detweiler and wide receiver Mitchell Buessing look to threaten the #1 regional ranking of Hanover.

Detweiler enters as one of the top two 8-man quarterbacks in the state. Buessing leads 8-man receivers with 369 yards through 3 games.

Hanover is two weeks removed from their last game. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 104-0. Friday night is Hanover’s third straight home game.

Hanover narrowly lost to Axtell 28-26 in last year’s meeting. Since 2018, the contest between the two 8-man teams have been decided by no more than a score.

With district in full swing now every point in this match-up will matter.


Axtell – DE Kolby Talbot

Hanover – RB Colin Jueneman, RB Tyler Bonser

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