On the Kansas Class 2-1A level, few regular season games come equipped with as much fanfare as St. Mary’s Colgan and Lyndon tonight in Lyndon.

Both teams stand at 7-0 and 3-0 in District 1 play.

On the Kansas Class 2-1A level, few regular season games come equipped with as much fanfare as St. Mary’s Colgan and Lyndon tonight in Lyndon.
Both teams stand at 7-0 and 3-0 in District 1 play. Colgan has outscored its opponents 316-14 and Lyndon has outscored its opponents 290-53. Kansas 22 will broadcast the game statewide for all Cox Communications cable subscribers. Colgan head coach Chuck Smith looks to become the sixth high school football coach in Kansas history to win 300 games.

“It’s a real big game,” Smith said. “It’s on statewide TV and both teams are 7-0. Just because you win the game doesn’t mean you’re going to make it to the first round of state, but it means you’re in the driver’s seat. It means you control your own destiny. Boy, Lyndon’s real fortunate to have it at home because that’s a tough road trip and it should be an exciting night.

“We’ll see a great crowd and being on statewide TV, people that have never seen us are going to have a chance to see us and it’s going to add a little bit of pressure and tension. What more can a high school player ask for . . . that’s high school football at its best. We’re pretty fortunate to be in that situation.”
Viewers will have a chance to watch the Smith twins, Christian and Zach, fleet of foot running backs who have already combined for 28 touchdowns.

Christian Smith leads Colgan with 15 TDs (14 rush, 1 punt return), scoring at least two in all seven games. Four of his runs have been longer than 50 yards (57, 59, 65, 79).

Zach Smith accounts for his 13 scores with 10 runs, one touchdown catch, one punt return for touchdown and one fumble return for touchdown. Three of his runs have been longer than 50 yards (58, 61, 72).

The Panthers have not played from behind all season and have blanked Girard, Jayhawk-Linn, Oswego and Humboldt. Colgan’s first three district opponents did not find the scoreboard.

Opponents have only managed two touchdowns and a safety against Colgan — both TD passes. Frontenac scored on a 28-yard pass from Devon Keith to Bryce Burdette and Southeast scored on a 65-yard pass from Josh Thompson to Daniel Peak. Galena scored a safety on a Colgan punt blocked out of the end zone.
Lyndon, from the Flint Hills League, has wins over West Franklin (43-7), Council Grove (38-0), Northern Heights (55-6), Osage City (26-24), Olpe (20-9), Humboldt (46-0) and Jayhawk-Linn (62-7).

Senior quarterback Jordan Tillman and senior running back Nick Walsh are two offensive leaders for Lyndon.

Tillman has accounted for over 1,000 yards of total offense with 630 yards and five TDs on 32 of 62 passing and 375 yards and five TDs on 62 carries.
Walsh leads a ground game scoring 33 rushing touchdowns as a team — with 19 touchdowns and 945 yards on 106 carries.

Sophomore back Josh Owens gives Lyndon a third ground threat, running for 358 yards and five TDs on 20 carries. Owens averages 17.9 yards per carry.
Like Colgan, big plays have been a part of Lyndon’s success. Walsh and Owens each have a run over 90 yards (Walsh 95, Owens 92) and leading receiver Tyler Decker caught a 68-yard pass.

“They’re a lot like we are,” Coach Smith said. “They have a good quarterback, good running backs and they have good skill positions. And they have real big people on the line. They just have a real good team and them being 7-0 is no fluke. They’re legitimate and our kids have their work cut out for them. We better be ready to go.”
Junior linebacker Skylar Farwell leads Lyndon with 68 tackles. Big defensive lineman Dakota Jiskra (6-foot-2, 245 pounds) adds 51 tackles, with a season-high of 16 stops against Council Grove; Jiskra leads with five sacks.

To broadcast the game from Lyndon, the Kansas 22 crew rented three scissor lifts and the announcing team will be inside a rental truck because of stadium and press box limitations.

In another heavyweight clash tonight, Pittsburg (5-2, 0-1 district) takes on its second consecutive daunting road opponent, defending Class 5A state champion and currently top-ranked Blue Valley (7-0, 1-0 district).

Pittsburg lost its district opener last week to Gardner-Edgerton, 50-33. The Purple Dragons gained 418 yards of total offense, including 209 passing yards from senior quarterback Joe Wimmer. Wimmer added 98 yards and two TDs on 21 carries, continuing his solid all-around quarterback play.

Two special teams plays damaged Pittsburg after halftime. Trailing 21-14, Pittsburg went three-and-out on its first possession and then Gardner-Edgerton linebacker Jerrad McDermott returned a blocked punt 36 yards for a touchdown. On its next possession, Pittsburg again punted and Gardner-Edgerton again blocked it, leading to another Gardner-Edgerton touchdown. All of a sudden, Gardner-Edgerton led 36-14 and Pittsburg entered catch-up mode.

Having lost all 11 defensive starters from last year’s juggernaut, Blue Valley has outscored its first seven opponents 258-60 and the defense allows less than nine points per game. At this point in the season last year, the Tigers had allowed 70 points.

Senior quarterback Kyle Zimmerman and senior running back Justin Fulks have been standout players for Blue Valley.

For example, in a Eastern Kansas League clash with Bishop Miege earlier this season, Fulks rumbled for 261 yards on 31 carries and in last year’s epic Class 5A semifinal showdown with Gardner-Edgerton, Zimmerman passed for 331 yards and six TDs on 18 of 31 passing.

The Girard Trojans (5-2, 1-0 district) host the Independence Bulldogs (4-3, 0-1 district) tonight.

Since adopting a wishbone offense, with junior Anthony Scholes moving from quarterback to running back, the Trojans have won three straight games, defeating Riverton (35-25), Erie (32-0) and Parsons (42-26).

In their five wins, Girard averages 47 points per contest, including 61 against Southeast and 65 against Osawatomie in back-to-back weeks. In two losses, against Colgan and Frontenac, Girard managed only a total of six points.

After three straight losses to open the season, the Frontenac Raiders look for their fifth consecutive win tonight against Northeast (0-7, 0-1 district).
Frontenac junior all-purpose threat Bryce Burdette leads the Raiders with 481 yards and five scores on 80 carries, all numbers team highs. Burdette leads Frontenac with nine receptions and shares the team lead with 45 tackles; throw in one touchdown pass, four quarterback sacks and two interceptions.
After scoring only six points all last season, Northeast has scored 78 points.

Sophomore quarterback J.T. Richardson has gained 460 yards and two scores on 79 carries and passed for 596 yards and four scores on 43 of 95 passing. Senior back Tyler Hribar has gained 376 yards and scored four TDs on 97 carries. Senior tight end Chase Cleland leads the Vikings with 14 catches.
Southeast (0-7, 0-1 district) looks for its first win of the season tonight at home against Erie (3-4, 1-0 district).

The Lancers have averaged 34 points of offense their last three games, but have been outscored 390-134 on the season. Southeast allows 55.7 points per game with only Galena (47) not reaching at least 50 points.

Tonight’s games
Altoona-Midway at Lost Springs-Centre
Anderson County at Iola
Baxter Springs at Labette County
Caney Valley at Galena
Cherryvale at Riverton
Chetopa at Pleasanton
Coffeyville at Columbus
Colgan at Lyndon
Crest at Yates Center
Erie at Southeast
Fort Scott at Prairie View
Frontenac at Northeast
Independence at Girard
Jayhawk-Linn at Oswego
Olpe at Humboldt
Parsons at Chanute
Pittsburg at Blue Valley
St. Paul at Marmaton Valley
Uniontown at West Franklin