Kansas high school football teams play their final regular season games tonight and Friday night, with playoff berths and district titles at stake.

Kansas high school football teams play their final regular season games tonight and Friday night, with playoff berths and district titles at stake.

In Class 4A District 7, all four teams enter tonight with identical 1-1 district records after Independence beat Girard 28-27 in overtime and Parsons beat Chanute 34-13 last Friday night.

Chanute (5-3 overall, 1-1 district) hosts Girard (5-3, 1-1) and Parsons (6-2, 1-1) hosts Independence (5-3, 1-1) — two head-to-head games determine which teams make the state playoffs and which teams stay at home, as well as the district champ and district runner-up.
If Chanute beats Girard and Independence beats Parsons, Chanute earns the district title and Independence takes runner-up. If Chanute and Parsons win, Parsons wins the district and Chanute finishes second.

If Girard and Independence win, Independence wins the district. If Girard and Parsons win, Girard claims a district title.

Since former quarterback Anthony Scholes made a position switch to running back after injuring his right hand and Girard began utilizing a wishbone offense, the Trojans have often been a dominating smash mouth football team against Riverton, Erie, Parsons and Independence.

Scholes and senior running back Matt Perez prove to be an effective inside-outside combination. Sophomore quarterback Brayden Johnson has made some effective play-action throws in situations when opponents have stacked the box against the run.
Scholes leads Girard with 1,147 yards rushing and 16 TDs on 135 carries and Perez follows with 924 yards and nine TDs on 142 carries. Scholes ran for 231 yards against Parsons and six TDs against Osawatomie. Perez ran for 212 yards against Parsons and three TDs against Riverton.

The Blue Comets have lost three of their last five games — losses to Pittsburg (32-28), Coffeyville (47-29) and Parsons (34-13). Pittsburg blanked Chanute after halftime and Coffeyville scored 35 second-half points.

In Class 3A District 3, Frontenac (5-3, 2-0) and Erie (4-4, 2-0) play for a district title, as both teams have already clinched playoff spots.

The Raiders have won five straight games after starting their season 0-3 — losses against Neodesha, St. Mary’s Colgan and Galena (teams with a combined record of 20-4) followed by wins over Girard (7-6), Baxter Springs (49-28), Riverton (21-6), Southeast (56-28) and Northeast (54-0).

Frontenac junior Bryce Burdette leads in rushing with 562 yards and six TDs on 85 carries and receiving with 10 catches for 132 yards and one TD. On the defensive side of the ball, he’s tied for the team lead in tackles (48) and interceptions (4) with Brandon Swallow (tackles) and Tanner Craig (INTs).

Freshman running back Zak Hensley made an impact against Southeast and Northeast, gaining a total of 193 yards and five TDs on 14 carries, averaging 13.8 yards per carry and one touchdown every 2.8 carries.

The Raiders have been a strong pass rush defense, sacking opposing quarterbacks 47.5 times — Cody Lindbloom and John Murray each lead Frontenac with 7.5 sacks.

Southeast (0-8, 0-2) and Northeast (0-8, 0-2) are each seeking their first win of the season tonight.

The Lancers have been outscored 458-164 — despite an offense averaging 33 points over its last four games, the defense has allowed an average of 59 points over that four-game span. The Vikings have been outscored 359-78.

In Class 3A District 1, Galena (5-3, 1-1) and Riverton (5-3, 1-1) play for  the last playoff spot in a district already won by undefeated Caney Valley.

The Colgan Panthers (8-0, 4-0) host the Olpe Eagles (5-3, 3-1) tonight in a Class 2-1A District 1 clash at Hutchinson Field, with the Panthers having already clinched a playoff spot and earning Chuck Smith his 300th victory as a high school football head coach last Friday night against Lyndon.


Tonight’s games
Anderson County at Fort Scott
Baxter Springs at Coffeyville
Caney Valley at Cherryvale
Central Heights at Uniontown
Elk Valley at Altoona-Midway
Frontenac at Erie
Girard at Chanute
Independence at Parsons
Iola at Prairie View
Labette County at Columbus
Marmaton Valley at Chetopa
Northeast at Southeast
Olpe at Colgan
Pleasanton at Crest
Riverton at Galena
West Franklin at Wellsville
Yates Center at St. Paul