2018 Kansas High School Football Rankings-Final

Another exciting season of high school football in Kansas has come to a close and here are my final rankings for 2018.  The biggest note to remember on these rankings, I won’t always have the state runner-up as the second ranked team in each class.  Sometimes the East/West formula doesn’t show where the true power is.  I just ask that you keep that in mind when reading these.  Thanks to everyone for following along this season.

Super 10
1. Derby (13-0)
2. St. Thomas Aquinas (12-0)
3. Bishop Miege (11-2)
4. Wichita Northwest (12-1)
5. Blue Valley North (9-4)
6. Manhattan (10-2)
7. Maize (10-2)
8. Bishop Carroll (8-3)
9. Olathe North (9-3)
10. Sabetha (13-0)

6A
1. Derby (13-0)
2. Blue Valley North (9-4)
3. Manhattan (10-2)
4. Free State (10-1)
5. Olathe North (9-3)

5A
1. St. Thomas Aquinas (12-0)
2. Wichita Northwest (12-1)
3. Maize (10-2)
4. Bishop Carroll (8-3)
5. Mill Valley (7-4)

4A
1. Bishop Miege (11-2)
2. Goddard (10-3)
3. McPherson (11-1)
4. Louisburg (10-1)
5. Pittsburg (8-2)

3A
1. Sabetha (13-0)
2. Pratt (12-1)
3. Andale (11-1)
4. Scott City (10-1)
5. Galena (11-1)

2A
1. Phillipsburg (13-0)
2. Conway Springs (10-1)
3. Riley County (10-3)
4. Silver Lake (10-1)
5. Humboldt (11-1)

1A
1. Smith Center (12-1)
2. Plainville (9-3)
3. Ell-Saline (7-3)
4. Olpe (12-1)
5. Centralia (8-3)

8-Man DI
1. Central Plains (13-0)
2. St. Francis (10-1)
3. Hoxie (9-2)
4. Clifton-Clyde (9-1)
5. Solomon (11-2)

8-Man DII
1. Hanover (13-0)
2. Osborne (11-2)
3. Axtell (10-2)
4. Dighton (9-3)
5. South Barber (9-1-1)

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2018 Kansas High School Football Rankings-Week 9/Postseason

The regular season has come to a close for 2018 as we now head into Week 9 Cross-District matchups.  Here are my updated rankings for this week.  You’ll notice that the “Big Game” feature will be removed.  Every game is big from here on on out.

Super 10
1. Derby (8-0)
2. Wichita Northwest (8-0)
3. St. Thomas Aquinas (7-0)
4. Free State (8-0)
5. Bishop Miege (6-2)
6. Bishop Carroll (6-2)
7. Gardner-Edgerton (8-0)
8. Topeka High (7-1)
9. Maize (7-1)
10. Andale (8-0)

6A
1. Derby (8-0)
2. Free State (8-0)
3. Gardner-Edgerton (8-0)
4. Topeka High (7-1)
5. Shawnee Mission East (6-2)

Notes:  No changes in 6A this week.  #1 Derby won 35-21 at 5A #4 Maize.  #2 Free State beat city rival Lawrence 28-13.  #3 Gardner-Edgerton beat Shawnee Mission West 35-14.  #4 Topeka won 56-20 at Topeka West.  #5 Shawnee Mission East cruised to a 38-7 win at Olathe West.

5A
1. Wichita Northwest (8-0)
2. St. Thomas Aquinas (7-0)
3. Bishop Carroll (6-2)
4. Maize (7-1)
5. Great Bend (6-2)

Notes: 5A stays the same this week.  #1 Wichita Northwest won 61-12 at Wichita Southeast.  #2 St. Thomas Aquinas was idle.  #3 Bishop Carroll cruised to a 52-6 home win over Wichita South.  #4 Maize lost to 6A #1 Derby but stays in the same spot.  #5 Great Bend crushed Garden City 49-6.

4A
1. Bishop Miege (6-2)
2. McPherson (8-0)
3. Pittsburg (7-1)
4. Louisburg (8-0)
5. Paola (7-1)

Notes: #1 Bishop Miege picked up a 55-14 home win over Blue Valley Northwest.  #2 McPherson cruised to a 56-12 win at home over Circle.  Pittsburg moves up to #3 after a 49-35 win over 5A DeSoto.  Louisburg moves from #5 to #4 after at 25-7 win at then #3 Paola.  Paola moves to #5.

3A
1. Andale (8-0)
2. Sabetha (8-0)
3. Scott City (8-0)
4. Pratt (8-0)
5. Galena (8-0)

Notes: 3A has no changes this week.  #1 Andale won 35-13 at Cheney.  #2 Sabetha picked up a 47-0 shutout at Royal Valley.  #3 Scott City won 43-20 at Concordia.  #4 Pratt cruised 49-14 at Nickerson.  #5 Galena rolled to a 52-14 win at Parsons.

2A
1. Phillipsburg (8-0)
2. Conway Springs (8-0)
3. Silver Lake (8-0)
4. Hutchinson-Trinity (7-1)
5. Humboldt (8-0)

Notes: #1 Phillipsburg crushed Minneapolis 61-6.  #2 Conway Springs picked up a 28-7 home win over rival Garden Plain.  #3 Silver Lake won by forfeit over Oskaloosa.  #4 Hutchinson-Trinity beat then #5 Chaparral 26-22 in Hutch.  Chaparral drops from the poll.  Humboldt is in at #5 after a 54-12 win over Southeast-Cherokee.

1A
1. Smith Center (7-1)
2. Elkhart (7-0)
3. Olpe (8-0)
4. Centralia (6-2)
5. Ell-Saline (6-2)

Notes: No changes this week in 1A.  #1 Smith Center survived a scare from #5 Ell-Saline, scoring a touchdown and two-point conversion with 25 seconds remaining to win 15-8.  Bot teams stay in the same spot.  #2 Elkhart was idle.  #3 Olpe won 28-6 at Hillsboro.  #4 Centralia won over Valley Heights 49-22.

8-Man DI
1. Central Plains (8-0)
2. Clifton-Clyde (8-0)
3. St. Francis (8-0)
4. Madison (8-0)
5. Hoxie (7-1)

Notes: #1 Central Plains shut out Macksville on the road 46-0.  Clifton-Clyde is up to #2 after a 46-0 shutout win at Lincoln.  St. Francis moves up to #3 with a dominant 58-8 win over Rawlins County.  Madison is up to #4 with a 56-8 win over Chase County.  Hoxie is back in at #5 after a 74-28 win over Trego.  Previous #2 Hodgeman County falls from the poll after a 28-26 loss at Ness City.

8-Man DII
1. Hanover (8-0)
2. South Barber (7-0-1)
3. Osborne (7-1)
4. Axtell (7-1)
5. Rock Hills (7-1)

Notes: No changes in 8-Man DII this week.  #1 Hanover picked up a 46-0 shutout win over Frankfort.  #2 South Barber got a 58-0 shutout at Pretty Prairie.  #3 Osborne rolled to a 58-12 win over Thunder Ridge.  #4 Axtell won 74-28 at Doniphan West.  #5 Rock Hills got a 34-12 home win over St. John’s/Tipton.

2018 Kansas High School Football Rankings-Week 8

Week 7 provided some fireworks in the state of Kansas.  Here are my rankings as we head into the final week of the regular season.

Super 10
1. Derby (7-0)
2. Wichita Northwest (7-0)
3. St. Thomas Aquinas (7-0)
4. Free State (7-0)
5. Bishop Miege (5-2)
6. Bishop Carroll (5-2)
7. Gardner-Edgerton (7-0)
8. Maize (7-0)
9. Topeka High (6-1)
10. Andale (7-0)

6A
1. Derby (7-0)
2. Free State (7-0)
3. Gardner-Edgerton (7-0)
4. Topeka High (6-1)
5. Shawnee Mission East (5-2)

Notes:  #1 Derby cruised to a 48-13 win over Campus.  #2 Free State edged then #4 Shawnee Mission East 36-30.  SM East moves to #5.  #3 Gardner-Edgerton won 49-27 at Shawnee Mission Northwest.  Topeka moves up to #4 with a 27-26 win at Emporia.  Big game in Week 8: #1 Derby is at 5A #4 Maize on Friday night.

5A
1. Wichita Northwest (7-0)
2. St. Thomas Aquinas (7-0)
3. Bishop Carroll (5-2)
4. Maize (7-0)
5. Great Bend (5-2)

Notes: #1 Wichita Northwest beat Wichita Heights 65-26.  #2 St. Thomas Aquinas beat 4A #1 Bishop Miege 41-21, ending a 30-game winning streak for the Stags against Kansas schools.  #3 Bishop Carroll beat Wichita North 39-19.  #4 Maize won 48-26 over then #5 Salina Central.  Salina Central falls out of the poll.  Great Bend enters the poll at #5 after a 35-6 win at Liberal.  Big game in Week 8: #4 Maize hosts 6A #1 Derby on Friday night.

4A
1. Bishop Miege (5-2)
2. McPherson (7-0)
3. Paola (7-0)
4. Pittsburg (6-1)
5. Louisburg (7-0)

Notes: #1 Bishop Miege lost to 5A #2 St. Thomas Aquinas 41-21.  It ended a 30-game winning streak for Miege over Kansas schools.  I’m the same kind of stubborn with Miege in 4A as I am with Smith Center in 1A and won’t move the Stags from the top spot until they lose to someone within their own class.  #2 McPherson rolled past Rose Hill 57-7.  #3 Paola picked up a 35-0 shutout win over Eudora.  Pittsburg is up to #4 after a 28-21 win at 6A Olathe East.  Louisburg enters the poll at #5 after a 25-0 win over Ottawa.  Goddard falls from #4 out of the poll after a 23-22 double overtime loss at Maize South.  Big game in Week 8: #3 Paola hosts #5 Louisburg in a matchup of unbeatens on Friday.

3A
1. Andale (7-0)
2. Sabetha (7-0)
3. Scott City (7-0)
4. Pratt (7-0)
5. Galena (7-0)

Notes: #1 Andale crushed Clearwater 55-6. #2 Sabetha picked up a 56-0 shutout against Wamego.  #3 Scott City beat previously unbeaten Colby 35-12.  #4 Pratt gave up points in a game for just the second time this season, but still rolled to a 51-15 win over Holcomb.  Galena moves into the poll for the first time with a 38-0 shutout of Columbus.  Perry-Lecompton drops from #5 out of the poll after a 20-0 loss to Topeka-Hayden.  Big game in Week 8: #5 Galena is on the road at Parsons (6-1) Friday night.

2A
1. Phillipsburg (7-0)
2. Conway Springs (7-0)
3. Silver Lake (7-0)
4. Hutchinson-Trinity (6-1)
5. Chaparral (6-1)

Notes: 2A stays the same this week.  #1 Phillipsburg picked up a statement win, cruising past Hoisington 51-21.  #2 Conway Springs also made a statement with a 53-23 win at then #4 Chaparral.  Chaparral drops to #5.  #3 Silver Lake handed Osage City their first loss, beating the Indians 48-26.  Hutchinson-Trinity moves up to #5 after a 24-6 win at Remington.  #5 Hutchinson-Trinity got a 52-0 shutout of Wichita Independent.  Big game in Week 8: #5 Chaparral is at #4 Hutchinson-Trinity on Friday night.

1A
1. Smith Center (6-1)
2. Elkhart (7-0)
3. Olpe (7-0)
4. Centralia (5-2)
5. Ell-Saline (6-1)

Notes: No changes this week in 1A.  #1 Smith Center crushed Republic County 57-8.  #2 Elkhart won 51-8 at Stanton County.  #3 Olpe beat Marion 54-0.  #4 Centralia cruised past Wabaunsee 52-14.  #5 Ell-Saline beat Sacred Heart 14-9.  Big game in Week 8: #5 Ell-Saline hosts #1 Smith Center in the 1A District 5 championship.

8-Man DI
1. Central Plains (7-0)
2. Hodgeman County (7-0)
3. Clifton-Clyde (7-0)
4. St. Francis (7-0)
5. Madison (7-0)

Notes: #1 Central Plains shut out Moundridge 52-0.  #2 Hodgeman County crushed Spearville 54-8.  #3 Clifton-Clyde ran past Washington County 52-6.  #4 St. Francis beat Trego 64-14.  Madison moves in at #5 after a 26-24 win at then #5 Burlingame.  The Bearcats fall out of the poll.  Big game in Week 8: All five teams are heavy favorites this week.

8-Man DII
1. Hanover (7-0)
2. South Barber (6-0-1)
3. Osborne (6-1)
4. Axtell (6-1)
5. Rock Hills (6-1)

Notes: No changes in 8-Man DII this week.  #1 Hanover got back to their dominating ways, beating Wetmore 52-6.  #2 South Barber crushed Burrton 70-8.  #3 Osborne cruised to a 68-0 shutout over a short-handed Northern Valley team.  #4 Axtell bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 76-28 domination of previously unbeaten Frankfort.  #5 Rock Hills beat Pike Valley 50-6.  Big game in Week 8: #1 Hanover looks to wrap up their fifth consecutive undefeated regular season when they host Frankfort (6-1) on Friday night.

2018 Kansas High School Football Rankings-Week 7

Weather played a big part in Week 6 in the state, but only one game was not finished.  Here are my rankings after an exciting Friday night and heading into the second to last week of the regular season.

Super 10
1. Bishop Miege (5-1)
2. Derby (6-0)
3. Wichita Northwest (6-0)
4. Free State (6-0)
5. St. Thomas Aquinas (6-0)
6. Bishop Carroll (4-2)
7. Gardner-Edgerton (6-0)
8. Shawnee Mission East (5-1)
9. Maize (6-0)
10. Andale (6-0)

6A
1. Derby (6-0)
2. Free State (6-0)
3. Gardner-Edgerton (6-0)
4. Shawnee Mission East (5-1)
5. Topeka High (5-1)

Notes:  #1 Derby picked up a 63-0 shutout win over Hutchinson.  #2 Free State cruised to a 54-13 win over Olathe South.  Gardner-Edgerton moves up to #3 after a 48-20 win over Shawnee Mission North.  Shawnee Mission East is back in the poll at #4 after a 35-28 win over then #3 Olathe North.  The Eagles fall from the poll.  Topeka High is also back in after a 63-38 win over Washburn Rural.  Manhattan falls out of the poll from #5 after a 9-7 loss to Junction City.  Big game in Week 7: #2 Free State is at #4 Shawnee Mission East on Friday.

5A
1. Wichita Northwest (6-0)
2. St. Thomas Aquinas (6-0)
3. Bishop Carroll (4-2)
4. Maize (6-0)
5. Salina Central (5-1)

Notes: #1 Wichita Northwest rolled Garden City 61-15.  #2 St. Thomas Aquinas cruised past St. James 42-13.  #3 Bishop Carroll won 28-14 in the Holy War over Kapaun-Mt. Carmel.  #4 Maize beat Salina South 42-7.  Salina Central is in the poll at #5 after a 33-19 win over Newton.  DeSoto fell out of the poll from #5 after just a week in, losing to Basehor-Linwood 35-27.  Big games in Week 7: #2 St. Thomas Aquinas hosts 4A #1 Bishop Miege (5-1) on Friday night and #4 Maize hosts #5 Salina Central on Friday.

4A
1. Bishop Miege (5-1)
2. McPherson (6-0)
3. Paola (6-0)
4. Goddard (5-1)
5. Pittsburg (5-1)

Notes: #1 Bishop Miege had another battle, but beat 6A Blue Valley 29-15.  McPherson moves up to #2 after a 63-6 win over Augusta.  Paola is now #3 with a 41-12 win over KC-Piper.  Goddard is up to #4 after a 40-27 win over Valley Center.  Pittsburg drops from #2 to #5 after losing 35-13 to 5A Mill Valley.  Big game in Week 7: #1 Bishop Miege is at 5A #2 St. Thomas Aquinas (6-0) on Friday night.

3A
1. Andale (6-0)
2. Sabetha (6-0)
3. Scott City (6-0)
4. Pratt (6-0)
5. Perry-Lecompton (5-1)

Notes: No changes in 3A this week.  #1 Andale solidified the top spot with a 55-0 shutout win over Wichita Collegiate. #2 Sabetha picked up a 31-0 shutout of Big 7 rival Holton.  #3 Scott City cruised to a 55-12 win at Beloit.  #4 Pratt registered their fifth shutout in six games, beating Hugoton 42-0.  #5 Perry-Lecompton won 24-13 over Jefferson West.  Big games in Week 7: #3 Scott City hosts Colby (6-0) and #5 Perry-Lecompton is at Topeka-Hayden (4-2) on Friday night.

2A
1. Phillipsburg (6-0)
2. Conway Springs (6-0)
3. Silver Lake (6-0)
4. Chaparral (6-0)
5. Hutchinson-Trinity (5-1)

Notes: 2A stays the same this week.  #1 Phillipsburg cruised to a 48-3 win over Ellsworth.  #2 Conway Springs rolled over Remington 68-20.  #3 Silver Lake beat West Franklin 55-15.  #4 Chaparral won 30-21 over Garden Plain.  #5 Hutchinson-Trinity got a 52-0 shutout of Wichita Independent.  Big games in Week 7: #1 Phillipsburg hosts Hoisington (5-1) and #2 Conway Springs is at #4 Chaparral on Friday night.

1A
1. Smith Center (5-1)
2. Elkhart (6-0)
3. Olpe (6-0)
4. Centralia (4-2)
5. Ell-Saline (5-1)

Notes: No changes this week in 1A.  #1 Smith Center registered a 55-0 shutout against Sacred Heart.  #2 Elkhart picked up a 40-0 shutout of Syracuse.  #3 Olpe crushed Bluestem 67-6.  #4 Centralia blasted Northern Heights 59-7.  #5 Ell-Saline cruised to a 55-14 win over Republic County.  Big game in Week 7: All five teams will be favorites this week.

8-Man DI
1. Central Plains (6-0)
2. Hodgeman County (6-0)
3. Clifton-Clyde (6-0)
4. St. Francis (6-0)
5. Burlingame (6-0)

Notes: 8-Man DI stays the same for Week 7.  #1 Central Plains shut out Pratt-Skyline 56-0.  #2 Hodgeman County beat Kinsley 59-14.  #3 Clifton-Clyde rolled to a 54-0 shutout of Stockton.  #4 St. Francis beat Leoti 44-6.  #5 Burlingame picked up a nice 54-42 win over Maranatha Academy.  Big game in Week 7: #5 Burlingame hosts Madison (6-0) on Friday night.

8-Man DII
1. Hanover (6-0)
2. South Barber (5-0-1)
3. Osborne (5-1)
4. Axtell (5-1)
5. Rock Hills (5-1)

Notes: No changes in 8-Man DII this week.  #1 Hanover was handed their biggest challenge in five years in the regular season, but picked up 50-42 win over #4 Axtell.  Both teams stay in the same spot.  #2 South Barber played a 36-36 tie with Otis-Bison in a game that was called due to weather.  #3 Osborne got their first shutout of the season, beating Wilson 52-0.  #5 Rock Hills picked up a 48-0 shutout win over Southern Cloud.  Big game in Week 7: In another big TVL matchup, #4 Axtell is at Frankfort (6-0).

2018 Kansas High School Football Rankings-Week 6

District season is heating up in the state of Kansas as we have finished Week 5 in 2018.  Here are my rankings heading into the sixth week of the regular season.

Super 10
1. Bishop Miege (4-1)
2. Derby (5-0)
3. Wichita Northwest (5-0)
4. Free State (5-0)
5. St. Thomas Aquinas (5-0)
6. Olathe North (4-1)
7. Bishop Carroll (3-2)
8. Gardner-Edgerton (5-0)
9. Manhattan (5-0)
10. Andale (5-0)

6A
1. Derby (5-0)
2. Free State (5-0)
3. Olathe North (4-1)
4. Gardner-Edgerton (5-0)
5. Manhattan (5-0)

Notes: No changes in the 6A top five this week.  #1 Derby cruised to a 60-7 win over Salina South.  #2 Free State registered a 51-0 shutout over Smith-Cotton of Sedalia, MO.  #3 Olathe North won 35-14 at Olathe South.  #4 Gardner-Edgerton rolled to a 35-6 win at Olathe Northwest.  #5 Manhattan beat Emporia 41-14. Big game in Week 6: #3 Olathe North hosts Shawnee Mission East (4-1) on Friday night.

5A
1. Wichita Northwest (5-0)
2. St. Thomas Aquinas (5-0)
3. Bishop Carroll (3-2)
4. Maize (5-0)
5. DeSoto (5-0)

Notes: #1 Wichita Northwest beat then #4 Kapaun-Mt. Carmel 55-26.  Kapaun-Mt. Carmel drops from the poll.  #2 St. Thomas Aquinas rolled to a 53-7 win at Blue Valley West.  #3 Bishop Carroll was challenged, but picked up a 36-33 road win against Great Bend.  Maize moves up to #4 after a 27-2 win at then 4A #2 Goddard.  DeSoto is now #5 after a 38-12 home win over Spring Hill. Big game in Week 6: #3 Bishop Carroll is at Kapaun-Mt. Carmel in the 2018 edition of the Holy War on Friday night.

4A
1. Bishop Miege (4-1)
2. Pittsburg (5-0)
3. McPherson (5-0)
4. Paola (5-0)
5. Goddard (4-1)

Notes: #1 Bishop Miege lost, but they stay in the same spot as it was an out of state loss.  The Stags fell to Rockhurst 14-13.  The Hawklets are highly ranked in Class 6 in Missouri.  Pittsburg moves to #2 after a 41-6 win at Ulysses on Saturday. McPherson is up to #3 with a 46-7 win at Buhler.  Paola is now #5 after a 42-0 shutout at home over Baldwin.  Goddard falls from #2 to #5 after a 27-2 loss to then 5A #5 Maize.  Big game in Week 6: #1 Bishop Miege looks to get back on the winning track at 6A Blue Valley (3-2).

3A
1. Andale (5-0)
2. Sabetha (5-0)
3. Scott City (5-0)
4. Pratt (5-0)
5. Perry-Lecompton (4-1)

Notes: No changes in 3A this week.  #1 Andale crushed Wichita Trinity with a 56-0 shutout. #2 Sabetha cruised to a 49-7 win at Hiawatha. #3 Scott City was scored on for the first time this season but still rolled to a 56-7 win over Russell.  #4 Pratt picked up another shutout, winning 42-0 at Kingman.  #5 Perry-Lecompton won 28-6 at Santa Fe Trail. Big game in Week 6: #1 Andale hosts Wichita Collegiate (4-1) on Friday night.

2A
1. Phillipsburg (5-0)
2. Conway Springs (5-0)
3. Silver Lake (5-0)
4. Chaparral (5-0)
5. Hutchinson-Trinity (4-1)

Notes: #1 Phillipsburg rolled to a 45-0 home shutout over TMP-Marian.  #2 Conway Springs crushed Wichita Independent 62-14.  #3 Silver Lake blasted Central Heights 75-0.  Chaparral moves up to #4 after a 48-22 win at Remington.  Hutchinson-Trinity moves in at #5 after a 20-7 win over then #4 Garden Plain.  The Owls fall out of the poll. Big game in Week 6: #4 Chaparral hosts Garden Plain (4-1).

1A
1. Smith Center (4-1)
2. Elkhart (5-0)
3. Olpe (5-0)
4. Centralia (3-2)
5. Ell-Saline (4-1)

Notes: #1 Smith Center picked up a 42-0 shutout win over Oakley.  #2 Elkhart rolled to a 47-6 win at Meade.  #3 Olpe cruised to a 48-6 victory at Uniontown.  The Cobras fall from the poll.  #4 Centralia was challenged, but pulled away for a 36-22 win over Troy.  Ell-Saline is back in at #5 after a 50-20 win over Inman.  Pittsburg-Colgan falls from #5 out of the poll after a 22-20 loss at Abilene.  Big games in Week 6: All five teams will be favorites this week.

8-Man DI
1. Central Plains (5-0)
2. Hodgeman County (5-0)
3. Clifton-Clyde (5-0)
4. St. Francis (5-0)
5. Burlingame (5-0)

Notes: Central Plains moves up to #1 after a 46-0 shutout of St. John.  Hodgeman County is now #2 after a 56-6 win over South Gray.  Clifton-Clyde is now #3 after an impressive 54-30 home win over Victoria.  St. Francis is in for the first time after a 64-30 win over previous #1 Hoxie.  Hoxie falls out of the poll.  #5 Burlingame beat Valley Falls 58-8.  Big game in Week 6: #5 Burlingame is at Maranatha Academy (4-1) in district play on Friday night.

8-Man DII
1. Hanover (5-0)
2. South Barber (5-0)
3. Osborne (4-1)
4. Axtell (5-0)
5. Rock Hills (4-1)

Notes: No changes in 8-Man DII this week.  #1 Hanover picked up their 30th straight win with a 66-0 home shutout of Onaga.  #2 South Barber cruised to a 54-8 win at Norwich.  #3 Osborne ran past Logan/Palco 54-6.  #4 Axtell rolled to a 60-0 shutout of Wetmore.  #5 Rock Hills won 56-12 at Tescott.  Big game in Week 6: In a big TVL showdown, #1 Hanover is at #4 Axtell on Friday night.

2018 Kansas High School Football Rankings-Week 5

Believe it or not, the high school football regular season is now halfway finished in the state of Kansas.  Here are my updated rankings in the middle of the season.

Super 10
1. Bishop Miege (4-0)
2. Derby (4-0)
3. Wichita Northwest (4-0)
4. Free State (4-0)
5. St. Thomas Aquinas (4-0)
6. Olathe North (3-1)
7. Bishop Carroll (2-2)
8. Gardner-Edgerton (4-0)
9. Manhattan (4-0)
10. Andale (4-0)

6A
1. Derby (4-0)
2. Free State (4-0)
3. Olathe North (3-1)
4. Gardner-Edgerton (4-0)
5. Manhattan (4-0)

Notes: #1 Derby picked up a 24-6 win at then 5A #2 Bishop Carroll.  Free State moves to #2 after a 35-14 win over Shawnee Mission West.  Despite a 48-12 loss to Columbine (CO), I’m only dropping Olathe North one spot since it was an out of state loss.  #4 Gardner-Edgerton won over Olathe East 27-21.  #5 Manhattan rolled to a 44-7 win over previously unbeaten Washburn Rural in Topeka. Big game in Week 5: Tough to find one this week as all five teams will be favorites.

5A
1. Wichita Northwest (4-0)
2. St. Thomas Aquinas (4-0)
3. Bishop Carroll (2-2)
4. Kapaun-Mt. Carmel (4-0)
5. Maize (4-0)

Notes: #1 Wichita Northwest won 56-32 at Wichita West.  St. Thomas Aquinas moves up to #2 after a 24-13 win over then #5 Mill Valley.  Mill Valley drops from the poll.  Bishop Carroll lost to 6A #1 Derby 24-6, but despite their 2-2 record I’m dropping them to #3.  Both of their losses are to #1 teams after a one-point loss in the first week to Wichita Northwest.  #4 Kapaun-Mt. Carmel won 33-26 at Andover.  Maize moves in at #5 after a 45-0 shutout of Newton. Big game in Week 5: #1 Wichita Northwest hosts #4 Kapaun-Mt. Carmel Friday night.

4A
1. Bishop Miege (4-0)
2. Goddard (4-0)
3. Pittsburg (4-0)
4. McPherson (4-0)
5. Paola (4-0)

Notes: The 4A top five stays the same this week. #1 Bishop Miege cruised to a 45-0 shutout at St. James Academy. #2 Goddard won 12-3 in their city rivalry game at Goddard-Eisenhower. #3 Pittsburg slipped past Fort Scott 17-14. #4 McPherson crushed Abilene 62-6. #5 Paola picked up a 35-0 shutout at Spring Hill.  Big game in Week 5: #2 Goddard hosts 5A #5 Maize on Friday night.

3A
1. Andale (4-0)
2. Sabetha (4-0)
3. Scott City (4-0)
4. Pratt (4-0)
5. Perry-Lecompton (3-1)

Notes: No changes in 3A this week.  #1 Andale blasted Haven in a 65-0 shutout. #2 Sabetha handled Marysville 36-12 in a rematch of the 2017 3A state title game. #3 Scott City still has yet to allow a point this season, shutting out Ulysses 47-0.  #4 Pratt shut out Larned, 55-0.  #5 Perry-Lecompton beat Wellsville 52-18. Big game in Week 5: Tough to find a game where any of the top five teams could fall this week.

2A
1. Phillipsburg (4-0)
2. Conway Springs (4-0)
3. Silver Lake (4-0)
4. Garden Plain (4-0)
5. Chaparral (4-0)

Notes: 2A stays the same heading into Week 5.  #1 Phillipsburg rolled to a 56-20 win at Norton.  #2 Conway Springs won 22-8 over Hutchinson-Trinity.  #3 Silver Lake crushed McLouth 56-6.  #4 Garden Plain won 42-12 at Remington.  #5 Chaparral beat Wichita Independent 62-14. Big game in Week 5: All five teams will be heavy favorites in 2A this week as well.

1A
1. Smith Center (3-1)
2. Elkhart (4-0)
3. Olpe (4-0)
4. Centralia (2-2)
5. Pittsburg-Colgan (3-1)

Notes: #1 Smith Center won 21-10 at then #5 Plainville.  The Cardinals fall from the poll.  Elkhart moves up to #2 after a 54-0 shutout win at Clayton (NM).  Olpe enters the poll at #3 after a 20-18 win over then #3 Jackson Heights.  The Cobras fall from the poll.  Centralia is back in at #4 after a 20-0 shutout victory over then #2 Pittsburg-Colgan.  The Panthers fall to #5.  Big games in Week 5: #4 Centralia hosts 3-1 Troy in a Twin Valley League matchup.

8-Man DI
1. Hoxie (4-0)
2. Central Plains (4-0)
3. Hodgeman County (4-0)
4. Clifton-Clyde (4-0)
5. Burlingame (4-0)

Notes: 8-Man DI stays the same this week.  #1 Hoxie won 36-20 over previously unbeaten Leoti.  #2 Central Plains handed Little River their first loss with a 46-0 shutout.  #3 Hodgeman County won 62-12 over then unbeaten Kiowa County.  #4 Clifton-Clyde cruised to a 64-14 road win against Hill City.  #5 Burlingame won 72-26 at Chase County. Big games in Week 5: #1 Hoxie faces another unbeaten at 4-0 St. Francis.  #4 Clifton-Clyde faces their toughest test of the season so far when they host 3-1 Victoria on Friday night.

8-Man DII
1. Hanover (4-0)
2. South Barber (4-0)
3. Osborne (3-1)
4. Axtell (4-0)
5. Rock Hills (3-1)

Notes: #1 Hanover runs their win streak to 29 as they got a victory by way of a Blue Valley-Randolph forfeit.  #2 South Barber rolled to a 54-8 road win at South Haven.  #3 Osborne won 60-14 at Sylvan-Lucas.  #4 Axtell cruised past Pike Valley 54-6.  #5 Rock Hills got back on the winning track with a 54-8 win over Linn.  Big game in Week 5: All five teams should be heavy favorites again this week.

2018 Kansas High School Football Rankings-Week 4

Week 3 of the high school football season is in the books, and here are my top teams in Kansas heading into the fourth week.

Super 10
1. Bishop Miege (3-0)
2. Derby (3-0)
3. Wichita Northwest (3-0)
4. Olathe North (3-0)
5. Bishop Carroll (2-1)
6. Free State (3-0)
7. St. Thomas Aquinas (3-0)
8. Gardner-Edgerton (3-0)
9. Goddard (3-0)
10. Andale (3-0)

6A
1. Derby (3-0)
2. Olathe North (3-0)
3. Free State (3-0)
4. Gardner-Edgerton (3-0)
5. Manhattan (3-0)

Notes: No changes in 6A this week. #1 Derby rolled to a 55-7 win over Newton. #2 Olathe North won 51-14 at Shawnee Mission West. #3 Free State registered a 62-0 shutout at Shawnee Mission North. #4 Gardner-Edgerton picked up a 33-13 win at Lawrence. #5 Manhattan cruised to a 49-7 win at Topeka-Seaman. Big game in Week 4: #1 Derby is at 5A #2 Bishop Carroll on Friday night.

5A
1. Wichita Northwest (3-0)
2. Bishop Carroll (2-1)
3. St. Thomas Aquinas (3-0)
4. Kapaun-Mt. Carmel (3-0)
5. Mill Valley (2-1)

Notes: #1 Wichita Northwest picked up a 56-34 home win over Great Bend. #2 Bishop Carroll won 49-20 at Wichita West. St. Thomas Aquinas moves up to #3 after a 49-14 win at Blue Valley Northwest. Kapaun-Mt. Carmel is now #4 after a 31-0 shutout of Wichita East. Mill Valley falls from #3 to #5 after losing to 4A #1 Bishop Miege 40-7. Big game in Week 4: #5 Mill Valley is at #3 St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday night.

4A
1. Bishop Miege (3-0)
2. Goddard (3-0)
3. Pittsburg (3-0)
4. McPherson (3-0)
5. Paola (3-0)

Notes: The 4A top five stays the same this week. #1 Bishop Miege rolled to a 40-7 win over then #3 in 5A Mill Valley. #2 Goddard slipped past Andover Central 17-16. #3 Pittsburg won a tight one over Blue Valley North at home 34-31. #4 McPherson cruised to a 56-8 win at El Dorado. #5 Paola won 59-13 over Ottawa. Big game in Week 4: All five teams should be favored, but #2 Goddard takes on city rival Goddard-Eisenhower (1-2) on Friday night.

3A
1. Andale (3-0)
2. Sabetha (3-0)
3. Scott City (3-0)
4. Pratt (3-0)
5. Perry-Lecompton (2-1)

Notes: #1 Andale crushed Rose Hill with a 62-0 shutout. #2 Sabetha outlasted Perry-Lecompton 35-33. Despite the loss, I move Perry-Lecompton in at #5. #3 Scott City rolled to a 61-0 shutout of Goodland. #4 Pratt shut out then #5 Hesston, 55-0. Hesston drops from the poll. Big game in Week 4: #5 Perry-Lecompton hosts Wellsville (2-1) to begin district play on Friday night.

2A
1. Phillipsburg (3-0)
2. Conway Springs (3-0)
3. Silver Lake (3-0)
4. Garden Plain (3-0)
5. Chaparral (3-0)

Notes: #1 Phillipsburg cruised to a 42-14 win over 1A #1 Smith Center. #2 Conway Springs beat Kingman 38-21. #3 Silver Lake handled then #4 Riley County 31-12. Riley County drops from the poll. Garden Plain moves up to #4 with a 56-14 win over Wichita Trinity. Chaparral is now #5 after a 42-14 win at Cheney. Big game in Week 4: Tough to find one that will be competitive, but #1 Phillipsburg has an MCL rivalry showdown at Norton (1-2) to start district action.

1A
1. Smith Center (2-1)
2. Pittsburg-Colgan (3-0)
3. Jackson Heights (3-0)
4. Elkhart (3-0)
5. Plainville (2-1)

Notes: No changes in 1A this week. #1 Smith Center lost to 2A #1 Phillipsburg 42-14. I’m stubborn with the Redmen and refuse to move them from the top spot here until they lose to someone from their own classification. #2 Pittsburg-Colgan beat Baxter Springs 47-8. #3 Jackson Heights picked up a 14-0 shutout at Maur Hill/Mt. Academy. Elkhart cruised to a 68-28 win over Sublette. #5 Plainville got back on the winning track with a 46-6 win over TMP-Marian. Big games in Week 4: #1 Smith Center is on the road at #5 Plainville and #3 Jackson Heights hosts Olpe (3-0).

8-Man DI
1. Hoxie (3-0)
2. Central Plains (3-0)
3. Hodgeman County (3-0)
4. Clifton-Clyde (3-0)
5. Burlingame (3-0)

Notes: #1 Hoxie picked up a 54-0 shutout at Quinter. #2 Central Plains crushed Kinsley 72-0. Victoria falls out from that spot. #3 Hodgeman County beat then #5 South Central 28-14. South Central drops from the poll. #4 Clifton-Clyde rolled to a 66-14 win at Wilson. Burlingame moves into the poll at #5 after a 54-6 win over Marais des Cygnes Valley. Big games in Week 4: An interesting week in district play that features three matchups and six undefeated teams. #1 Hoxie hosts Leoti (3-0). #2 Central Plains is at Little River (3-0). #3 Hodgeman County hosts Kiowa County (3-0).

8-Man DII
1. Hanover (3-0)
2. South Barber (3-0)
3. Osborne (2-1)
4. Axtell (3-0)
5. Rock Hills (2-1)

Notes: #1 Hanover cruised to their 28th straight win with a 68-0 shutout of then #2 Rock Hills. With the injuries for the Grizzlies, I keep them in the top five and move them to #5. South Barber moves up to #2 with a 70-68 win over Central Christian. Osborne is up to #3 after a 68-22 home win over Stockton. Axtell moves to #4 with a 48-0 shutout of Onaga. Big game in Week 4: All five teams should be heavy favorites in this week’s games.