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Friday Fever - Week 10 Playoff Preview Class 3A and 2A
By Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports

It's must win to move on and advance and here is a look at local teams still alive and their playoff matchups for Friday, November 6th in Classes 3A and 2A.

Games with live and free broadcast on our MSC Sports Radio Network include: 

Perry Lecompton at Hayden on KNZA 103.9 FM
Silver Lake at Nemaha Central on KMZA 92.1 FM
MH-MA at Rossville on KAIR 93.7 FM       
Baldwin at Holton on Holton channel          


Perry Lecompton (8-1) at Hayden (7-1) on KNZA 103. FM

It's a rematch from week seven when both these state ranked teams were scoreless until the final two minutes of the game. Hayden kicked a field-goal then recovered the ensuing kickoff and got the only touchdown on the game trying to run the clock out in the final seconds for a 10-0 final. For Hayden, it avenged a pair of losses to Perry last year.

Hayden is led by Desmond Purnell with 762 yards rushing and 466 receiving, while Will Devader has added 396 and Johnny Holloway has passed for exactly 1,000 this season. The Wildcats lone loss this year came in week two against Topeka Seaman 28-22. Hayden beat Sabetha 42-6 last week to advance.

All of the Perry Lecompton wins this year have been by at least two scores, including a 35-22 win at Rock Creek to start the playoffs last week. The Kaws will again by without their star QB Billy Welch who was lost for the season in week three this year and combined for pass for nearly 450 yards in the two PL wins against Hayden in 2019. Thad Metcalfe shifted from runningback to take the reigns of the Kaw offense and has 869 yards passing to go along with 815 rushing yards and 25 total touchdowns. Reichen Rush has burst on the scene to run for 787 and Parker Stone leads a strong senior receiving core with 435 yards on 20 catches.

The winner of this game will face Girard (4-5) or Prairie View (7-1).

Baldwin (3-4) at Holton (7-1) on the Holton Channel at MSC Sports

Despite sitting out week eight, Holton has really hit their stride and scored 40 -plus points in five straight wins. Last week they posted 62 in a route of Santa Fe Trail third time to top 60 points during the win streak. The Cats only loss was by 14 to Perry Lecompton in week three this year. Canon Karn had 171 yards and five touchdowns last Friday and now leads the Wildcats with 970 yards on the ground and 15 touchdowns. Holton averages 366 yards per game rushing with Addison Hundley and Konnor Tannahill combined for another 970 yards and 12 scores. The Cats defense also has 19 takeaways.

Baldwin started this year 0-4, then after missing tough district games against Hayden and Perry, has won three straight, including a 40-12 triump last Saturday versus Jeff West. That was the Bulldogs first playoff win since 2013. Gardner Edgerton transfer, Adam Callahan, has 625 yards rushing and leads the team in tackles while Quinton Johns has thrown for 624.

Holton is 3-0 against Baldwin with the last meeting a 9-8 decision in 2017.  The winner faces the winner of Frontenac (5-4) and Burlington (8-1).

Marysville (4-4) at Southeast of Salina (8-0)

Since an 0-3 start, Marysville has won four of their last five games including a 45-21 upset last week against Colby. The Bulldogs are very balanced rushing for 186 yards and passing for 109 per game. Ayden Price has thrown for 824 yards and eight touchdowns, while Patrick Smith has run for 526 yards and seven scores to led the team that had only two starters returning this year.

SE of Salina has allowed just 46 points this year, the fewest in Class 3A. Jaxson Gebhardt has thrown for 969 yards and 10 touchdowns and run for 794 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Trojans are looking for their first 10-win season since 2006. These teams have not met on the football field with the winner advancing in the west side of the 3A bracket to play Cheney (9-0) or Wichita Collegiate (8-1).



MH-MA (8-0) at Rossville (9-0) on KAIR 93.7 FM

It's a battle of unbeatens tonight as #1 ranked Rossville host the #5 ranked Ravens from Atchison. Both these teams have dominated their competition as Rossville beat Rock Creek 58-57 to start the year and beat Silver Lake by 15, but got all their other wins by at least 36 points. MH-MA has all but three wins by at least 35 points with their closest contest a 28-14 win against Riverside and only led Mission Valley 28-26 entering the fourth quarter before a 56-32 win last week. Rossville beat these two teams by a combined 109-6 score.

Andrew Schwinn ran for 327 yards and six touchdowns in the win over Mission Valley and has 1,809 yards and 27 touchdowns this season while Drew Caudle has thrown for 1,123 for the Ravens. Torrey Horak, has ran for 1,123 yards and 24 touchdowns and thrown for 856 yards and 16 scores for Rossville.

Rossville has beat MH-MA the last two years including a 42-7 final last season. The winner of this game faces Colgan (6-2) or Wellsville (4-4).

Silver Lake (6-1) at Nemaha Central (6-2) on KMZA 92.1 FM

The Thunder continue their 2A state title defense by meeting Silver Lake for the first time since the teams trading upset wins during the playoffs in 2016 and 2017. Nemaha Central has won five straight since a 1-2 start and beat Pleasant Ridge 50-6 last week. NC has given up 22 total points during their five-game win streak. The Eagles topped Republic County 63-6 and have a lone loss to rival Rossville 50-35 in week seven. 

Both teams are led by dual-threat quarterbacks having great seasons. Daigan Kruger has passed for 1,478 yards and 23 touchdowwns while also leading Lake on the ground with 495 yards and 11 scores in his first season starting as a junior. He had seven TDs last week. Meanwhile, Zak Kramer in his first year at QB has thrown for 1,226 yards and also leads the Thunder with 765 yards rushing with 23 total touchdowns. Nemaha WR Tyler Gerety has 33 catches for 678 yards and 6 TDs, while Silver Lake’s Gannon Remer has 432 yards and 8 TDs receiving and another 281 yards and 5 TDs rushing.

The winner of this game faces Osage City (9-1) who has already advanced by way of forfeit against Fredonia. Besides Osage, Beloit and Hoisington have also already advanced to the next quarterfinal round because of Covid related forfeit wins on the west side of the 2A Bracket.

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