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  • Teams on the rise at half

  • After five weeks completed in the high school football season, as teams play their first games in October and head toward district play, our six Crawford County teams have combined for an overall record of 20-10 (.667 winning percentage) and five of the six teams have winning records with the sixth team on a two-game winning streak.

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  • After five weeks completed in the high school football season, as teams play their first games in October and head toward district play, our six Crawford County teams have combined for an overall record of 20-10 (.667 winning percentage) and five of the six teams have winning records with the sixth team on a two-game winning streak.
    Defense, Defense, Defense
    The Girard Trojans (4-1) have been outstanding defensively this season, allowing 28 points in five games for an average of 5.6 points per game — lowest number of points allowed by any team in the Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee, Southeast Kansas and Three Rivers leagues.
    Their last two wins have been shutouts over Southeast (42-0) and St. Mary’s Colgan (29-0), and no team has scored more than 14 points against Girard (Columbus scored 14 in Week 3, taking advantage of costly Girard turnovers).
    Avoiding Baxter Springs and Erie on the schedule, unlike other CNC schools, Girard’s first five opponents have a combined record of 16-9 (.640 winning percentage). Girard lost its season opener 8-0 to Caney Valley and the Bullpups’ only loss came against defending Class 3A state champion and undefeated Conway Springs (33-8) in Week 2. Girard handed Southeast its first loss of the season in Week 4.
    Riverton managed six points against Girard and the Rams averaged nearly 34.8 points their other four games. Southeast averaged 37.8 and Colgan 34.5 against their other four opponents, both were shutout by Girard.
    Girard and Galena meet Friday night in a battle of 4-1 teams, both teams renowned for physical, hard-hitting football.
    The Bulldogs lead the CNC in scoring offense with 212 points and rank second behind Girard in scoring defense with 62 points allowed. With a 19-16 loss to Columbus, Galena left Girard as the lone undefeated team in CNC play.
    Girard running backs Taylor Lewis and Anthony Scholes gashed Colgan for nearly 350 yards last Friday and Galena offers four ball carriers with at least 200 rushing yards — senior Tyler VanCleave (387), senior Jacob Helton (258), senior Trenton Little (237) and sophomore Logan Johnson (233).
    Opponents see purple in the end zone
    Pittsburg leads the Southeast Kansas League with 214 points scored (42.8 average) after its 69-6 throttling of winless Parsons last Friday. Those 69 points are tied for the sixth-highest single-game total by a SEK team since 1962 (thanks go to Scott Nuzum for that statistic).
    Sophomore running back Alex Barnes scored four TDs on Friday night and increased his season total to 88 points or 14 TDs and two conversions. He leads the SEK in scoring.
    Barnes scored three against Labette County (28 run, 66 run, 7 run), four against Independence (2 run, 4 run, 72 run, 75 run), one against Fort Scott (4 run), two against Chanute (95 kickoff return, 4 run) and four against Parsons (2 run, 60 run, 16 run, 17 run) — 13 of his 14 TDs have been on the ground and five TDs have traveled at least 60 yards, including his 95-yard kickoff return. His TDs have totaled 452 yards or 1,356 feet.
    Page 2 of 3 - Pittsburg (4-1) meets Coffeyville (4-1) Friday night in Coffeyville, a matchup offering the league’s highest-scoring team and the league’s stingiest defense to score on in a Coffeyville team allowing 52 points after five games.
    Southeast, Northeast heading up
    The Southeast Lancers (4-1) have already matched their combined win total from 2010 (3 wins) and 2011 (1 win) and with a road win Friday night against the Erie Red Devils, Southeast will reach five wins for the first time since a 5-5 campaign in 2008.
    Southeast ranks third in the CNC in scoring offense and fifth in scoring defense — despite a 42-0 shutout loss to steamroller Girard in Week 4. The Lancers rebounded with a 44-30 road win over the Oswego Indians.
    Senior quarterback Josh Thompson, a converted running back new to QB his junior season, leads Southeast with 362 rushing yards and seven TDs on 75 carries and throws for nearly 200 yards per contest, totaling 953 yards, seven TDs and five interceptions on 61 of 130 passing after five games.
    Senior receiver Daniel Peak averages 6.2 catches, 19.3 yards per catch and 119.6 yards per game, leading Southeast with 31 catches for 598 yards and five TDs. Peak adds in a pair of rushing scores. Sophomore receiver Ryan Rakestraw adds 15 catches for 251 yards and one TD.
    The Northeast Vikings (3-2) not only won their first Three Rivers League game of the season Friday night against Jayhawk-Linn (22-14), but won their first-ever Three Rivers football game since joining the league in 2010.
    Northeast owns a lead in Three Rivers and Class 2-1A District 4 play or at least the Vikings and the state-ranked Lyndon Tigers both are 1-0 in district.
    Junior quarterback J.T. Richardson leads Northeast with 708 rushing yards and 10 TDs on 98 carries and he’s passed for 501 yards and two scores. Defensively, sophomore linebacker Antonio Slingluff leads with 55 tackles and junior defensive back Nick Younge has four interceptions after five games.
    The Vikings’ first five opponents have a combined 9-16 record (.360 winning percentage) and if you take out 4-1 Galena and 4-1 Humboldt from the equation, Jayhawk-Linn, Eureka and Fredonia combine for 1-14. Bluestem comes into Nicoletti Field on Friday night with a 1-4 record.
    Frontenac, Colgan headed in opposite directions
    After an 0-3 start, the Frontenac Raiders have won two straight games and the Colgan Panthers have dropped two straight after starting out 3-0.
    Colgan lost two straight for the first time since the last game of 1998 (Uniontown) and the 1999 season opener (Girard). The 29-0 loss to Girard last Friday was the first time Colgan had been blanked since a 20-0 loss to Olpe in the 2008 state playoffs.
    Before a Week 9 district and league showdown with Girard, Frontenac plays Baxter Springs, Parsons and Independence — teams which have combined for a 0-15 record and which have been outscored by their opponents a combined 698-77.
    Page 3 of 3 - Frontenac hosts Baxter Springs and Parsons. The Raiders started their season 0-3 last year and rode a five-game winning streak into the Class 3A state playoffs.
    Meanwhile, Colgan started heading into the meat of its schedule with Frontenac and Girard. Colgan faces this week a Columbus team on a two-game winning streak and district opponents Galena, Riverton and Southeast all have winning records.

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