1. Maize South beats Andover Central in matchup of 4-0 teams – Maize South, ranked third in Class 5A, moved to 5-0 and stayed perfect against Andover Central in school history with a 24-17 victory. Andover Central is 4-1 and ranked fourth in Class 4A. AC led 10-3 early before Maize South made another comeback, a hallmark of this season. The Mavericks have consistently had strong defenses under coach Brent Pfeifer, the only coach in program annals. Maize South has won every game by 18 points or fewer, including three one-score games. Trevion Mitchell, one of the state’s best defensive backs, had a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Drew Wolf and Harper Kennedy each picked off a pair of passes, including a pick-six for Kennedy. Maize South is 8-0 all-time versus AC.
2. Halstead stays perfect – In District 5, Halstead, ranked ninth in Class 3A, improved to 5-0 with a 46-6 win versus county rival Hesston. The Swathers dropped to 4-1. Halstead has averaged 44.4 points per game behind its run-heavy look. Halstead led 8-0 after the first quarter and 16-6 at halftime. Then, the Dragons scored 22 unanswered points in the third quarter as Hesston committed turnovers on its first two second half possessions. Lakin Farmer had a pick-six, and Scott Grider tallied four touchdowns.
3. McPherson, Bishop Carroll, Hoisington, Maize with quality wins – Multiple highly ranked teams had solid opponents on Friday – and all of them won in various ways. McPherson, ranked No. 2 in 4A, beat rival Buhler, 21-14. The Bullpups are 5-0, Buhler stands at 4-1. Jakob Feil rushed for two touchdowns, and Kaleb Hoppes picked off a late pass. Bishop Carroll, ranked sixth in Class 5A, trailed Great Bend, 14-7, but scored 21 unanswered points for a 28-14 victory.
Hoisington, ranked first in 2A, easily defeated Ellsworth, 49-7, in a matchup of undefeated squads. Wyatt Pedigo had nine carries for 85 yards and two scores, all in the first half, and had a pick-six in the second half. As well, Maize, ranked fourth in 5A, moved to 5-0 with a 42-0 victory versus Goddard.
4. Clifton-Clyde wins at Victoria – One of the state’s rare matchups this week where a top-5 team lost to a team outside of the top-5 occurred in Victoria. Clifton-Clyde had opened 4-0 against a soft schedule, particularly the first three weeks. However, the Eagles have collected quality wins the last two weeks versus Hill City and Victoria. C-C’s single wing quarterback Aiden Rudolph provided the final points with a 40-yard touchdown run on fourth down in the final 90 seconds for a 28-14 lead. Rudolph rushed for three touchdowns on a night that was played in wind and a consistent mist that turned the field to mud. C-C had just one pass completion on a physical night. Victoria (4-1) is ranked fifth in Division I.
5. St. Francis holds off Hoxie with wild finish – In Eight-Man, Division I, No. 2 St. Francis held off rival Hoxie, 30-28, and avoided the upset. In a wild finish, St. Francis had a goal line stand and took over with 12 seconds left. However, SF ran three plays and elected not to punt. Hoxie sacked St. Francis on fourth down, and had one more play. The Indians ran a jet sweep around the edge and appeared to have the opening, but Dylan Weimer fumbled. …. Also in Class 2A, Rossville gave Southeast of Saline its first loss with a 43-7 victory. The game was moved to Kansas Wesleyan and played on Saturday because of field conditions. SES (4-1) is ranked fourth in 2A, and Rossville stands seventh.