The Kansas high school football regular season wraps up tonight and Friday night with district games determining the fates of several local teams.


The Kansas high school football regular season wraps up tonight and Friday night with district games determining the fates of several local teams.

The undefeated St. Mary’s Colgan Panthers (8-0) and the undefeated Olpe Eagles (8-0) headline Friday night with the Class 2-1A District 1 title at stake.

Four of Olpe’s eight victories have been games decided by less than 10 points. In District 1 play, Olpe defeated Lyndon 32-7, Jayhawk Linn 54-0, Oswego 14-6 and Humboldt 55-12.

Colgan scores almost 49 points per game, outscoring its opponents 390-35. Opponents have averaged less than 5 points per game against Colgan’s formidable defense and Humboldt’s 14 points in Week 7 are the most allowed by the Panthers.

Big plays on every side of the ball (offense, defense, special teams) have propelled Colgan to its undefeated record. A Colgan player has the potential to score a touchdown every play from any distance. Junior place-kicker Austin Barone gives Colgan an extra scoring threat in field goal range.

Class 3A — District 1
Riverton and Galena enter their District 1 clash tonight at the top of the CNC League standings. The Rams have a perfect 5-0 league record and the second place Bulldogs have a 4-1 league record.

Colgan defeated Galena in Week 4, 45-0. This was Colgan’s final CNC game and Riverton did not play Colgan. The Panthers — undefeated in league — do not qualify for the league championship because of a six-team district that required Colgan to play five district games and four league games.

In District 1 play, Riverton enters tonight’s game 2-0 and Galena comes in 1-1 and tied with Caney Valley, who beat Galena 36-21 last week and plays winless-in-district Cherryvale tonight.

Riverton sophomore quarterback Greyson Spriggs leads the Rams with his arm and his legs. Spriggs threw for 147 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-6 victory over Frontenac and ran for 180 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries as Riverton beat Southeast, 42-6.

Like Riverton, a sophomore quarterback leads the Galena Bulldogs, Tyler Vancleave. On two occasions, Vancleave passed for over 200 yards, including last week’s loss at Caney. Against the Bullpups, Vancleave completed 10 of 17 passes for 262 yards and three scores. He threw for 266 yards against Southeast.

Class 3A — District 3
This is the district where all four teams entered district play with no wins. In two weeks of district play, Erie picked up two victories, Southeast beat Frontenac and Frontenac defeated Northeast.

Erie occupies the most advantageous position and a victory over Frontenac tonight guarantees an outright district title and gives the Red Devils an undefeated district mark.

If Southeast defeats winless Northeast, Southeast claims the No. 2 spot. If Southeast and Frontenac win tonight, Frontenac must beat Erie by more than 20 points to unseat Erie from the No. 2 position.

Class 4A — District 7

The 6-2 Chanute Blue Comets are on a four-game winning streak entering tonight’s contest with the 4-4 Girard Trojans at Frank Jameson Field.

During these four wins, two in district play, Chanute scored 62 points against three opponents (Iola, Coffeyville and Parsons) and spoiled Independence’s chances of sharing the SEK League championship with Pittsburg.

Senior running back Eric Bowman, a transfer from Girard High, returns tonight as one of the leaders of Chanute’s lethal offense.

With 20 touchdowns, Bowman trails Independence’s Matt Bromley in the SEK scoring race and Bromley scored three touchdowns last week against Girard, including a 77-yard run.

Girard must play for pride on “Senior Night” after Parsons and Independence won convincingly in consecutive weeks, eliminating Girard from playoff contention.

Junior Matt Perez surpassed 1,000 yards rushing last week and his success running the football has been a barometer for Girard.

All four Trojan losses have coincided with opponents (Colgan, Riverton, Parsons and Independence) holding Perez under 100 yards.

Class 5A — District 4

Pittsburg (5-3) enters its final game Friday night, with St. Thomas Aquinas, on a two-game losing streak after clinching the SEK in Fort Scott.

The Purple Dragons’ two losses have come against undefeated Gardner-Edgerton (49-14) and undefeated Blue Valley-Stilwell (49-7). Paola defeated Pittsburg earlier in the season, 34-14.

Opponents have found success running on the Purple Dragon defense. Paola’s Skylar Hawkins ran for 257 yards in Week 3, Chanute’s Jared McComb scored three touchdowns in Week 4, Labette County’s Hunter Seibert broke a 74-yard touchdown run in Week 5, Gardner-Edgerton’s Bubba Starling ran for 126 yards and three touchdowns in Week 7 and Blue Valley’s Justin Fulks gained 192 yards against Pittsburg last week.

However, Aquinas relies more on its passing offense. The Saints average 245 yards passing per game and run for 176 yards per game.

Aquinas (5-3 overall) enters Friday night’s match-up on a three-game losing streak. Their past three opponents — Webb City, Blue Valley and Gardner-Edgerton — have a combined record of 25-0.

The Purple Dragons have been outscored in district play, 98-21, with rushing touchdowns from junior running back Marcus Striplin and senior quarterback Jordan Elliott, as well as one touchdown pass from Elliott to Striplin.