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Week 3 recap: Statements and one big upset headline Wichita's Friday night football

Wichita eagle logo Wichita eagle 9/19/2020 By Hayden Barber, The Wichita Eagle

A few undefeated teams bit the dust Friday night.

Hutchinson beat Maize South. Derby beat Bishop Carroll. Cheney beat Garden Plain.

Here is a recap of all of those games and many from from across the Wichita area in Week 3 of the 2020 Kansas high school football season.

Maize South at Hutchinson: Salthawks look vintage

Hutchinson coach Mike Vernon has his signature win, and the Salthawks have their most shocking victory at least since an overtime playoff win against Junction City in 2016.

Maize South entered Friday night winners of its past 15 regular season games. The Mavericks saw that streak end as Hutch defended its home field with a 34-33 win. Salthawk senior running back Alec McCuan ran for a career-high 292 yards and three touchdowns, according to The Hutchinson News. He carried the ball 33 times and averaged 8.8 yards per carry.

Hutch senior quarterback Myles Thompson started his high school career at Valley Center. After a transfer to Buhler and subsequent move to Hutch, he scored the game-winning touchdown Friday night. He crossed the plane from 1 yard out with 1:48 to go, and the Salthawks’ defense held the Mavericks who set a school record for points through the first two weeks.

Hutch entered Week 3 still undefeated but only barely after a 21-20 road win against Garden City in Week 2 and a 21-13 road win against Valley Center in the season-opener. Maize South was without question going to be the strongest team the Salthawks had faced.

With the win, Hutch is 3-0 for the first time since 2016 under then-coach Ryan Cornelsen who is now at Gardner-Edgerton. The Salthawks went 9-2 that season and since then have gone 12-18.

Derby at Bishop Carroll: Defending champs are back

The Panthers beat Bishop Carroll on the road 35-21. It was their fifth win in five tries against one of the best programs in all of Kansas.

“We needed this,” Liston said. “It feels great. Especially after two shaky weeks that we had, it feels good to come out here and see everything is clicking again.”

Liston scored twice in the win.

As one of the senior leaders on the team, one of the 19 Derby Panthers with just one regular season loss since their freshman season, he said Friday’s win carried a ton of importance.

Leading into what has become arguably the most anticipated annual game of the Wichita high school football season against Carroll, Derby had provided more questions than answers through two weeks.

Coming into the 2020 season, Derby hadn’t lost a game, regular season or playoffs, since the 2017 state championship game. The Panthers hadn’t lost in the regular season since Week 2 of that year to Goddard.

A loss Friday would have made Derby 1-2 for the first time since 2011.

Mill Valley, the defending Class 5A champion, blew Derby out 45-14 in the season-opener. And Newton, who hasn’t had a winning season since 2009, hung around with the Panthers.

Coach Brandon Clark, who is in his 15th year at Derby, said he wasn’t sure whether his team needed a victory Friday, but it needed something else.

“We needed what we had in the locker room before the game,” Clark said. “We needed what we had at halftime. We needed what we had on our sideline.

“And that was passion. Now they know how to play with passion.”

This past week of practice featured heightened intensity, Liston said. Senior quarterback Lem Wash, who accounted for four touchdowns in the win, said his team hasn’t hit the promised land yet, but a win over Carroll was a step in the right direction.

After Friday’s final score, Derby has beaten Carroll 183-85 through five years. The Panthers now hit what looks to be a more manageable segment of their schedule against Salina South, Hutchinson and Campus - three teams Derby hasn’t lost to in the past three seasons.

“For us, this was a statement,” Wash said. “This game showed us that we are the real deal. We are the Derby Panthers. We aren’t satisfied with only winning by 12.”

Cheney at Garden Plain: Lots of Bartlett

By Taylor Eldridge,

Recognizing the significance of what he had just achieved was a little difficult for Cheney senior Logan Bartlett.

First off, it was hard to keep track of everything he had just done to help Cheney secure a 44-7 victory over Garden Plain, which is the largest victory for the Cardinals over the Owls in the seven decades the series spans. Cheney improved to 3-0 in a battle of undefeated teams.

There were the three touchdown catches on offense. Then there were the three interceptions on defense. And don’t forget the five extra points and 28-yard field goal he kicked.

“When you’re on a roll, you don’t really think much about it,” Bartlett said after it was all over. “When it’s over, then you look back and realize it was a lot of fun, but you’re not really thinking about it like that during the game.”

There will be a lot of fun to reflect back on for Bartlett after Friday’s performance.

Like the interception he grabbed in his own end zone when Cheney was trailing 7-3 that prevented Garden Plain from extending its lead. Two plays later, Harrison Voth connected with Marcus Peinter for a 70-yard touchdown to give Cheney a lead it never relinquished.

Then there were the pair of touchdown catches he caught in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. Both times a Garden Plain defender was next to Bartlett, only to watch helplessly as the Cheney senior created separation at the final moment to haul in the pass.

“Basically what I try to do is be the first one to the ball,” said Bartlett, who finished with four catches for 96 yards. “And then I just get my two hands on it before they can.”

But perhaps Bartlett’s best catch of the night came in the fourth quarter when Voth heaved a prayer to the back of the end zone targeting Bartlett, who had a Garden Plain defender in front of him. The ball went through both of their hands, struck Bartlett in the face mask and bounced into his hands for his third touchdown of the game.

“Geez, Logan had an amazing game,” said Voth, who racked up 340 passing yards. “I have receivers who can catch all of my bad balls. When you have receivers like that, you can put the ball almost anywhere.”

Voth is short-changing himself there. According to Cheney coach Shelby Wehrman, Voth’s improvement from his sophomore to junior season at quarterback is the biggest reason why Cheney is averaging 45.3 points per game during its 3-0 start.

Cheney spreads the field with an array of talented receivers like Bartlett, a 6-foot-4 target in Luke Grace (seven catches, 78 yards, one touchdown), Peinter and Dayton Higgs, which opens up the running game for Quincy Thomas (150 rushing yards). Cheney’s offensive line is led by seniors Landen Ayres, Peyton Hays, Braden Black and Blake Molyneux.

“Harrison has gotten so much better reading the game,” Wehrman said. “You saw a couple of passes tonight where he threw into traffic, but we saw that a lot more last year. He’s just making the right reads and seeing the holes in the defense now.

Garden Plain controlled the first 20 minutes of the game, holding a 7-3 lead thanks to a 60-yard touchdown catch and run by Colby Haukap. But that was the extent of the Owls’ offense, which struggled to establish its power running game.

“Cheney is a good football team and they’ve got a two-headed attack,” Garden Plain coach Dan Adelhardt said. “If we don’t move the football, it’s tough. We can live going 2nd-and-7, but we can’t live with going 2nd- and 3rd-and-12. We’re just not built that way.”

Meanwhile, second-and-long wasn’t a problem for Cheney’s offense.

If it ever did get backed up, Voth was there to rescue the Cardinals with his arm.

“It’s just a lot of fun playing with these guys,” Voth said. “There’s really no pressure on me. I’m learning to read the defense more and I’m understanding the offense more too. I just have fun out there.”

That fun led to Cheney’s most dominant victory over Garden Plain in what had been a lopsided rivalry. Garden Plain had won 17 of the last 19 meetings and is 41-9 against Cheney since 1970.

But with a potent offense, Cheney was able to shatter that expectation on Friday.

“I was kind of in disbelief,” Wehrman said. “I didn’t expect to get behind Garden Plain’s secondary as much as we did, but that’s credit to Harrison and our receivers. Those guys went out there and executed it. I feel like I have the easy part sometimes just calling the plays.”

Eisenhower at Andover Central: New stadium christened with a win

Since Andover Central’s first season of football in 2002, the Jaguars have had to get on a bus and go across town to its rival high school for its “home” games.

Andover and Central shared the district stadium until 2020. Friday, the Jaguars opened their new home with a 45-31 win against Eisenhower to stay undefeated at 2-0.

Friday was Central’s first game since Week 1, Sept. 4 on the road against Newton. The Jaguars decided to cancel their Week 2 game at Buhler after one player tested positive for COVID-19.

Two weeks since stumbling out of the blocks following a state runner-up season in 2019, Central looked a bit better against a tough AVCTL II foe. The sequence of the night came just before halftime as junior linebacker Ashton Barkdull forced a fumble and recovered to give the ball back to the offense. A few plays later, senior quarterback Chase White loaded up a dime to senior transfer receiver Davin Simms.

Central is 2-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2007-08.

Newton at Maize: Railers are 0-3 but push state’s bests

In three weeks, Newton has faced a defending state champion, returning state runner-up and two-time state semifinalist. The Railers are 0-3 but have lost those games by a combined 26 points. Last season against Derby and Maize alone, Newton lost by a combined 93.

Newton lost 34-27 Friday at Maize, which reached the final four in Class 5A last season. The Railers had the ball with 1:26 to play with a chance to score and convert a 2-point conversion to win, but Maize senior cornerback Cayden Hughbanks snared an interception to end it.

Maize senior running back Josh Sanders scored the game-winning touchdown, a 38-yard run with 7:14 to play. It was one of his two touchdowns, adding to a rushing score from sophomore quarterback Avery Johnson and one through the air to senior receiver Jacob Hanna. Junior kicker Cole Segraves also hit two critical field goals.

Maize is 3-0 for the third straight season, the first time that has happened since 2000-02. Newton, despite the valiant efforts over the past three weeks, is 0-3 for the first time since 2016 - coach Chris Jaax’s first season.

Rose Hill at Collegiate: Spartans come from behind

Just as Collegiate started to separate itself as a Class 3A contender in the Wichita area alongside league rival Andale, the Spartans were almost tripped up by a team they have historically dominated.

Collegiate beat Rose Hill 34-31 in overtime Friday. It was the Spartans’ ninth straight win in this series, and 11th victory in 12 all-time meetings.

Rose Hill had the first possession of overtime, and sophomore kicker Teagan Cobb drilled a 30-yard field goal. With his team facing its first loss to Rose Hill since 2011, Collegiate senior running back Jacob Chugg plowed into the end zone from 3 yards out.

With the win, Collegiate has started 3-0 for the second straight season, coinciding with coach Troy Black’s takeover in 2019. The Spartans haven’t achieved that feat since 2009-10, when they went a combined 23-2 and won a state championship under coach Bill Messamore.

Rose Hill drops to 0-3 but has now played the three best teams in AVCTL IV: Andale, Clearwater and Collegiate — all of whom remain undefeated.

Emporia at Kapaun Mt. Carmel: KMC is soaring

In the first quarter, Kapaun didn’t allow a first down and scored on every drive.

The Crusaders beat Emporia 56-13 Thursday. They went 18 minutes without letting Emporia gain 10 yards and had pitched a 49-point shutout by halftime.

Weston Schartz is in his third game at Kapaun and he has already equaled last year’s win total. When he was hired at Kapaun, he said it was like getting hired as the coach at the University of Michigan.

“It has lived up to everything and more,” Schartz said. “It’s everything a coach would want.”

Emporia is set for a tough season. The Spartans lost a lot of seniors from 2019 and got thumped by 40 in their season-opener against a Class 3A opponent. But there is plenty of other evidence to prove Schartz’s turnaround at Kapaun, even putting Thursday aside.

In Week 1, Kapaun drove almost three hours west to Dodge City where the Red Demons were coming off their best season since 2010. Kapaun won 42-0 and had the backups in by halftime.

In Week 2, the Crusaders went to the west side of Wichita to face Bishop Carroll. Kapaun hadn’t beaten its Holy War rival since 1999. Schartz was in his 13th season of his first stint at West. Kapaun played Carroll to its closest game since 2009 when the teams were featured on ESPNU and Blake Bell was the Carroll quarterback.

Kapaun was 15 yards from beating Carroll before senior quarterback Andrew Gimino fumbled and Carroll recovered and killed off the rest of the clock.

Gimino said he was looking forward to that game his whole life, and it was hard to swallow how close the end of the losing streak was. But he said in conversations with Schartz and the other coaches, realized the season isn’t over.

“Coach is really hard on us, and that’s good,” he said. “We need someone to push us. We have a really good group of seniors, so we decided to just go all in from the start, and it’s really paying off.”

Schartz took over for Dan Adelhardt who Kapaun let go after a 2-7 season in 2019. Adelhardt was hired at Garden Plain and has already seen greener grass as his Owls are off to a 2-0 start.

When Schartz took over, he said he just tried to get the players to buy into what he was preaching. He knew he had the athletes to win games, he said, but he needed their commitment, and he has earned it, Gimino said.

The Crusaders’ early season success has come as a surprise to some across the Wichita area following a rough 2019. Schartz said what his team is accomplishing was never in doubt.

“I’m not surprised at all,” he said. “Their defense was pretty good all year last year; they just couldn’t move the ball much. But it’s Kapaun. I’m surprised we didn’t beat Carroll.”

Schartz came to Kapaun with 37 years of City League experience at West and Northwest and 195 wins, the second most in league history. When he was hired, he told The Eagle it would be his final job before retirement.

He said he has loved every ounce of the job so far.

“They have given a coach everything he needs to succeed,” Schartz said.

The rest of Kapaun’s schedule is lenient to say the least. The Crusaders face Great Bend next week. The Panthers lost to Maize South by 56 in their season-opener. Hays is Kapaun’s best remaining opponent, and the Indians went 4-6 last season.

Schartz said it might be easy for some teams to look past some of the games on the remainder of the schedule, but not at Kapaun in 2020.

“I tell them, ‘Every week is Carroll week,’ ” he said. “When you’re 2-7 the year before, you better not overlook anybody. People say that might but wrong, but reminding them that they went 2-7 last year, it works for me, and it works for them.

“They don’t want to be 2-7. It was embarrassing for them.”

Heights at West: Late Pioneer push not enough

Heights seemed well on its way to a 13th straight win over West, but the Pioneers made a game of it.

The Falcons led 10-0 at halftime, but after a third quarter touchdown by West, Heights had to hold on for dear life through the final several minutes. The Falcons start the season 1-0 thanks to their a 17-7 victory at Friends University on West’s senior night.

West hasn’t beaten Heights since 2001, when the Pioneers recorded their only win over the Falcons in the 21st century. Friday’s game was the first meeting between the programs since 2015 because of the City League’s rotating schedule.


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