After the dust has settled from the final regular season games, the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers and the Frontenac Raiders are the lone Crawford County schools in the Kansas state football playoffs.

After the dust has settled from the final regular season games, the St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers and the Frontenac Raiders are the lone Crawford County schools in the Kansas state football playoffs.

Colgan rumbled through an undefeated regular season — 9-0, outscoring its opponents an incredible 396-33 with four shutouts — and claimed a Class 2-1A District 1 title by one game over second best Lyndon, which Colgan beat 38-13 on Oct. 21 for head coach Chuck Smith’s 300th career victory.

The Panthers find themselves hosting District 2 runner-up Jefferson County North (3-6) Friday at Hutchinson Field.
Despite losing its regular season finale 36-24 to Immaculata, Jefferson County won a tiebreaker over Valley Falls and Immaculata for a playoff spot.

The Chargers from Winchester have wins over Troy (28-14), Valley Falls (16-0) and Oskaloosa (58-26), finishing seventh in the 13-team Delaware Valley League, which features Riverside, Doniphan West, Atchison County and McLouth. Mark McMillan coaches Jefferson County North.

Three 8-1 teams are on the Colgan half of the bracket — potential next round opponent Doniphan West and potential semifinal opponents Lyndon and Riverside, although Riverside hosts Lyndon on Friday.

Lyndon back Nick Walsh has 1,236 yards and 21 TDs on 137 carries, including 187 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries against Colgan.

Senior running back Timmy Miller leads the Cyclones of Riverside with 1,042 yards and 17 touchdowns on 131 carries. Senior quarterback Derek Nold has thrown for 680 yards and 11 TDs on 38 of 75 passing.

On the other side of the bracket are defending state champion Meade (9-0), LaCrosse (9-0), Plainville (8-1) and Stanton County (8-1).

The Buffaloes of Meade have stampeded their way through nine games, outscoring their opponents 471-78 with impressive wins over Canadian, Texas (24-18) and Stanton County (34-16).

Trevin Wiens leads Meade with 1,083 yards and 19 TDs on 103 carries, with 697 yards and nine TDs from Jett Little and 617 yards and 11 TDs from Chris Hardaway. Hardaway has also thrown for nine touchdowns.

LaCrosse and Plainville met in the final game of the regular season both undefeated and LaCrosse came out with a 14-8 win.

Senior quarterback Tayler Stull leads the Leopards of LaCrosse with 17 touchdowns and has 886 yards on 91 carries. Junior running back Levi Morss has a team-high 972 yards and 15 TDs on 113 carries.

The Cardinals of Plainville are led by junior running backs Trevor Axelson and Harrison Gilliland — Axelson 1,045 yards and nine TDs on 91 carries and Gilliland 746 yards and 12 TDs on 78 carries.

With its 9-6 loss to Erie on Thursday night, Frontenac lost its winning streak, a Class 3A District 3 title and the right to host a state playoff game. Plus, rather than facing District 4 runner-up Central Heights, the Raiders now play undefeated Wellsville in Wellsville on Tuesday.

The Eagles of Wellsville have defeated their opponents 421-101, scoring at least 32 points in all nine games and over 40 points seven games.

Senior running back Jesse Lamay presents a formidable challenge for any defense — the 5-foot-9, 175-pound back has 1,315 yards and 15 scores on 175 carries. He’s gained over 100 yards in a game seven times with 201 yards against Osawatomie a season high.

Junior running back Shane Hillman contributes 864 yards and nine TDs on 89 carries and senior wide receiver Nolan Rush helps give Wellsville a balanced offense with 30 catches for 661 yards and 13 TDs, averaging nearly one touchdown every two catches.

On defense, senior Logan O’Dea leads Wellsville with 104 tackles, averaging 11.6 stops per contest. He’s made at least 10 tackles in six straight games, including 17 against Council Grove and 16 against Central Heights.
Rush has intercepted eight passes for the Eagles. By comparison, Frontenac junior Bryce Burdette leads the Raiders with 10 catches.