Chase County (8-2) @ Little River (8-2)
Chase County is making their first appearance in the round of eight since 1990. Assistant Coach Derick Budke led the Bulldogs in that historic season that ended as 3A Runner-Up.
This year, a familiar name, is once again leading the Bulldog attack. Sophomore Mitch Budke, Derick’s son, paced the way in the victory of Sedan scoring four total touchdowns. Trint Rogers presents a solid 1-2 punch for the Bulldogs. Rogers finished with 96 yards and a score last Friday night.
Both of Chase County’s losses came to Lebo and Madison, each of whom is still in contention on Friday night.
Little River punched their way into the round of eight after avenging an earlier season loss to Clifton-Clyde with a victory of 46-26. Jayden Garrison aided the Redskins in victory to the tune of seven touchdowns and over 300 yards of total offense.
Back to back Sectional appearances for Little River for the first time since they enjoyed a string of four straight in 1999-2002, winning it all in ’99 and runner-up in ’01.
Redskins only other loss came to Canton-Galva in week 5, 56-38.
Madison (10-0) @ Canton-Galva (10-0)
A rematch of last year’s sub-state championship, this sectional has both teams undefeated again. Canton-Galva won the previous contest 46-6.
The Bulldogs made an off-season switch at Quarterback moving Senior Ryan Wolgram to tailback, trusting the offense to Junior Casey Helm. The move has paid off so far, as Helm has passed for over 1000 yards through the air with 21 touchdowns to three interceptions. Wolgram is second on the team with 351 yards on the ground with ten scores.
Madison earned their 17th round of eight appearance with a 60-0 victory over Oswego last week.
Canton-Galva is in the midst of the state’s longest winning streak at 23 games.
Burlingame tested the Eagles early last week, scoring the game’s first score before Canton-Galva would rattle off the next 56 points to earn another decisive halftime victory.
Sophomore Garrett Maltbie accounted for four touchdowns in the victory on Friday, and leads the Eagle’s through the air with 1162 yards passing with 21 touchdowns. Maltbie’s favorite target is Junior Tyson Struber. Struber, one of the top players in the state of Kansas in all classifications, has reeled in 37 receptions for 803 yards and 15 touchdowns. Senior Brayden Collins leads the team with 1018 yards rushing and 29 scores.
Canton-Galva, in their quest for back to back state titles, are in their ninth round of eight appearance.