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Week 2 recap: Streaks shattered as some Wichita teams are already setting records

Wichita eagle logo Wichita eagle 9/12/2020 By Hayden Barber, The Wichita Eagle

One team snapped a losing streak that lasted more than 1,000 days while another made it 21 years without a win over its biggest rival.

Here is a recap of the biggest games from across the Wichita area in Week 2 of the 2020 Kansas high school football season.

Kapaun at Carroll: Crusaders on verge of ending Holy War drought

By Taylor Eldridge,

In some respects, the Bishop Carroll-Kapaun Mount Carmel football rivalry game on Friday was just the latest chapter in a book that’s read the same way since 1999.

For the 24th straight time in the series, Carroll beat Kapaun, this time by a 31-28 score. But unlike so many of those losses the past two decades, this one was never out of reach for the Crusaders. In fact, it was the closest Kapaun has come to beating its cross-town Catholic rival since 2009, which was a dramatic 36-34 game broadcast on ESPNU.

Two decades of Crusader pain came agonizingly close to ending on Friday. But as Kapaun was marching toward the goal line for a go-ahead score in the final 90 seconds, a fumble lost at the Carroll 15-yard line brought the devastating conclusion for Kapaun in heartbreaking fashion.

“If we don’t put the ball on the ground, I think we win that game,” said first-year Kapaun coach Weston Schartz. “They weren’t stopping us. I really do believe we would have scored.”

After Carroll had pieced together a go-ahead drive, capped by Hunter Trail’s third rushing touchdown of the game with 3:50 remaining, Kapaun showed its mettle during the ensuing drive.

Needing just three yards on a fourth down near midfield, with the game on the line, Schartz instead sought out a big play. He believed Carroll’s secondary would jump any quick routes, so he dialed up a wheel route down the far sideline. Sure enough, Carroll’s defense bit on what it thought would be an early throw and Kapaun quarterback Andrew Gimino spiraled a perfect strike through the air to hit Ethan Stuhlsatz in stride for a 35-yard gain deep into Carroll territory.

On the very next play, Gimino turned a broken play into what looked to be a first-down scramble, but a joint tackle by Carroll’s Haden Sage and Cade Gatschet jarred the ball loose before Gimino’s knee touched the ground. Instead of a first down at the Carroll 15-yard line with 1:24 left, Kapaun’s sideline deflated as it watched Carroll senior Andrew Husband fall on the loose ball to seal the fate of the game.

“It tore our hearts out,” Schartz said. “Like I told our kids, they haven’t lost to those guys (23) times in a row. This group has only lost to them twice. We never felt like the underdog. We felt like we were going to win that game.”

For Carroll, it was the second straight week the defense produced a game-winning play in the final minutes. Last week, in a 29-28 win over Junction City, it was stopping a potential game-winning two-point conversion in the final minute.

“You have to stay calm in those situations,” Sage said. “I think we were all a little nervous probably, but I think we always had faith in our team that we were going to pull it out.”

Dusty Trail and Schartz have been long-time coaching adversaries in the City League, as Schartz has been the head coach of West, Northwest, West again, and now Kapaun since Trail arrived at Carroll in 1995.

Even though Kapaun was coming off a two-win season where its offense didn’t average 11 points per game, Trail knew that Schartz would have the Crusaders prepared.

“Coach Schartz knows how to coach, I think he’s been doing it for nearly 40 years now,” Trail said. “He knows how to motivate his players and he knows what works for his system and he knows how to make them run it very well.”

So while Friday may have been just one more loss in the one-sided rivalry against Carroll, Kapaun showed things could be different going forward with Schartz at the helm.

“We’re going to win a lot of football games,” Schartz said. “This team won two games last year and you wouldn’t even know that by watching them compete. They’ve turned it around already. We’ve closed the gap (on Carroll), but we still haven’t beat them.”

Derby at Newton: Closest game since 2002

Coming off its worst loss since 2010, Derby had a few more eyes on it than normal heading into Week 2.

The Panthers went to Newton and escaped with a 43-31 victory to earn their first win since securing their second straight undefeated season last year. It was their closest game with the Railroaders since 2002.

Newton was in a tight game last week as well against another state title contender in Andover Central, who went to the Class 4A state championship game in 2019. The Railers lost that one 41-34 and look like the best winless team in the Wichita area.

Newton’s 31 points against Derby on Friday were the most the Panthers have allowed in a regular season game since their 54-45 win against Bishop Carroll in 2017.

The Railers scored on a 75-yard pass with under seven minutes to play. That made it a 36-31 game, but Derby senior quarterback Lem Wash scored on an 8-yard run with 3:20 to go for what turned out to be the clinching touchdown. Wash scored three times, and sophomore running back Dylan Edwards matched him with three more.

The 76 points allowed by Derby through the first two weeks are the most to open a season since 2010 when the Panthers finished 5-5.

Fowler at Burrton: 1,107-day losing streak is snapped

Tears were flowing when the final whistle blew.

Burrton won its first varsity football game since Sept. 1, 2017, which was 1,107 days from Friday. The Chargers, who dropped into 6-man this season, beat Fowler 71-34 in their homecoming game. It is believed to be their most points scored since 1996.

Burrton was 1-44 since Sept. 4, 2015, heading into Friday night.

Juniors Leif Hernandez, Gabe Perkins and Austin Lazenby made their home in the Fowler end zone. The night was capped with a 99-yard touchdown run from freshman running back Jude Barnes.

Fowler made the trip north of Wichita from the Dodge City area with only six players and, because of injuries, played with only five players at times.

Burrton coach C.T. Young, who grew up playing and coaching 8-man football, had to compose his emotions when addressing the team postgame.

Salina Central at Eisenhower: Overtime needed as Tigers top Salina Central

Junior fullback Cody Hawks scored from the 2-yard line at the end of the third quarter, and Eisenhower held on for life.

The Tigers beat Salina Central 45-42 in overtime at home after failing to score in the fourth quarter. Kicker Carlos Vidrio, also one of the top soccer players in the Wichita area, hit a 21-yard field goal to win it after Eisenhower trailed 21-0 through the first quarter.

On the first play of the second quarter, Eisenhower senior quarterback Nick Hogan hit Cade Friend for an 8-yard touchdown. That was the momentum the Tigers needed. Another Friend score and a 45-yard touchdown from Cody Houser made it a tied score with 1:52 to go in the first half.

Hawks was the key in the Eisenhower win. He scored three times, scored a 2-point conversation and had an interception

Eisenhower was on the brink of starting 0-2 after a Week 1 home loss to Hays. It would have been their first 0-2 start since 2017 when the Tigers lost their first five games and their first 0-2 start with two home games in the school’s history.

Cheney at Belle Plaine: Cardinals extinguish Dragons’ home winning streak

Entering Friday, Belle Plaine hadn’t lost a regular season home game since Oct. 13, 2017.

Belle Plaine has gone through a revival in recent years, but Week 2 saw a return to Earth as Cheney beat the Dragons 54-7 on the road. Junior running back Quincy Thomas scored the game’s first four touchdowns and finished with six total, five rushing and one receiving.

Junior quarterback Harrison Voth had a night as well. He had three passing touchdowns of 52, 46 and 36 yards to junior Luke Grace, Thomas and senior Logan Bartlett respectively.

Cheney was a touch rusty in its Week 1 win over Kingman, 38-14. The returning Class 3A state semifinalists picked up where they left off in 2019 on Friday night. The Cardinals have now won nine of their past 10 regular season games and will ride that momentum heading into the biggest game of the season in Week 3 at Garden Plain.

Maize at Campus: Eagles soar over surging Colts

Josh Sanders knows how to get a party started.

In Week 1, he scored on Maize’s first touch of the 2020 season, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown. He scored the Eagle’s opening touchdown Friday night, too, in their 41-14 road win over Campus.

Maize is now 11-2 all-time against the Colts, but there was reason to believe in Campus this season. The Colts were coming off of an impressive 37-32 road win against Salina Central in the season-opener.

Eagle sophomore quarterback Avery Johnson went to work once Maize opened the scoring. He hit senior receiver Jacob Hanna on a near 40-yard strike for his first touchdown of the season, and Johnson ran in another score with 6:30 to go in the first half. It was 27-7 by halftime.

With the win, Maize starts 2-0 for the seventh time in the past eight years.

Maize South at Salina South: Mavericks are off to a record-breaking season

Maize South is playing basketball.

The Mavericks beat Salina South 62-6 on the road Friday night. After thumping Great Bend 56-0 at home in their season-opener, the Mavericks’ 118 points are the most in school history through the first two games of a season.

The Maize South boys basketball team didn’t hit 62 points eight times last season. Friday, the Mavs scored on seven of their 10 first half possessions and scored 27 unanswered in the second quarter alone.

Friday was Maize South’s AVCTL I debut after bumping up a division and sending Salina Central down to AVCTL II. The Mavs are now 4-3 all-time against present AVCTL I teams and play Campus, who allowed 41 to Maize, at home in Week 3.

El Dorado at Augusta: Wildcats get first road win over Orioles in more than a decade

El Dorado hadn’t beaten Augusta since 2011.

The Wildcats ended that drought with a 14-7 road win. Drew Veach scored what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown with 3:57 to go in the third quarter on a 27-yard run. Veach accounted for both scores, but his teammate, Zach Wittenburg, ran 34 times for 167 yards.

El Dorado forced three fumbles and recovered all of them. The Wildcats more than doubled the Orioles’ total yardage and sent Augusta to 0-2 for the first time since 2012 when they finished 1-8.

Andover Central at Buhler: COVID-19 claims first cancellation in Wichita area

It was predicted, and now it has come to pass.

The Wichita area has seen its first canceled high school football game because of a positive COVID-19 test. Buhler was set to host Andover Central Friday night, but Andover Central confirmed the positive case of one of its players Friday afternoon.

Both schools’ administrators reached a joint decision to call off the game.

“The safety of our players is our top priority,” according to a tweet from Andover Central. “We believe canceling tonight’s game is the surest way for our players to remain healthy and have the opportunity to play in the future.”

Ahead of this fall 2020 season in Kansas, Bill Faflick, Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) executive director, said during an executive board meeting he anticipated not every football program would play a full schedule.

Andover Central beat Buhler 31-14 in last year‘s Class 4A state quarterfinals. Friday’s rematch was eagerly awaited.

Buhler is now seeking a Week 2 opponent to play Saturday or Monday.


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