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Friday Night Fever - Sectional Playoff Round Preview
By Jake Spalding & 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 13th in Classes 3A, 2A, 1A and 8MII

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

Perry Lecompton at Prairie View on KNZA 103.9 FM
Nemaha Central at Osage City on KMZA 92.1 FM
Holton at Frontenac on Holton channel          


Perry Lecompton (9-1) at Prairie View (8-1) on KNZA 103. FM

It's a state quarterfinal rematch from a year ago when Perry Lecompton beat Prairie View 30-6 in route to a runner-up finish in Class 3A. Both teams have just one loss this year as Perry fell to Hayden 10-0 in week seven but avenged that loss with a 20-7 road win in Topeka last Friday. Prairie View was undfeated coming into this game last year, but this season has a week five loss against Burlington 22-16. The Buffalos slipped past Girard last week by a 13-12 score.

PV has only five seniors on their roster and only a couple that start. Yet, the dynamic backfield of Otis Jacobs and Bodi Isenhower have helped produc 32 points and 252 yards rushing per game. The Buffs have completed only 18 passes all year but quarterback Damien Kline has added 453 yards rushing and the Prairie View defense has yielded only 11 points per game.

The Perry Lecompton defense has been a strength and consistent all year allowing a mere nine points an outing while the Kaws are balanced on offense with 153 yards passing to go along with 240 rushing per game. Thad Metcalfe carried the ball 37 times last week for 128 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 57 more. In the process, the senior went over 2,500 rushing and 1,000 passing yards in his Perry career, not to mention another 500 receiving yards with 270 points scored and 256 career tackles.

The Kaws roster has 12 seniors that are all starters and huge contributors on the 2020 team. Perry will again be without several players including a few starters this week because of quarantine. Prairie View will also be without their second leading tackler on defense for the same reason. The winner of this game advances to sub state with a semifinal next week against Holton or Frontenac.   

Holton (8-1) at Frontenac (6-4) on the Holton Channel at MSC Sports

Holton has not skipped a beat since being shut out in the second half against Perry Lecompton all the way back in week three. Since that time, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents 321-81 en route to their current six game winning streak including a dominant 49-8 win over Baldwin a week ago. Holton saw senior running back Canon Karn go over 1,000 yards on the season after posting 75 yards and his team leading 16th touchdown. Fellow senior Addison Hundley went over the century mark once again leading the team in yards with 109 including his 7th score of the year. The Wildcat defense stood tall to the task once again, forcing multiple turnovers for the fifth straight game while holding Baldwin scoreless and under 100 yards of total offense in the first half.

Frontenac is a team that proves that you throw records out when post-season gets here. Under 9th year coach Mark Smith, the Raiders are back to where they expect to be, deep into the playoffs. Behind Junior dual-threat quarterback Collin McCartney, Frontenac brings a balanced attack to the field. McCartney will tuck and run as often as needed, which is why he is the leading rusher for the Raiders with 639 yards and twelve touchdowns. Through the air, Frontenac targets their top three guys in Tight End Landon Dean (21 rec, 212yds 1TD), Wide Receiver Ty Gates (14 rec, 185yds 2TD) and Running Back Mario Menghini (25 rec, 557yds 5TD). The Raiders will try and spread the Wildcat defense out and take advantage of open gaps in the defense. Only scoring 22 points per game, Frontenac knows they will need to eat up some clock every offensive drive they have. Defensively, Frontenac runs a 4-2-5 scheme with leading tackler being Linebacker Justice Compton who has registered 80 tackles on the year including 7 for a loss. The Raiders currently ride a three game winning streak while only allowing a total of 19 points in those three games.

These two teams are not unfamiliar with each other, especially in this time of the year. Holton and Frontenac have played three times since 2015, all in the playoffs. The Wildcats are 2-1 beating the Raiders in Pittsburg 22-7 in 2015 and in Holton 32-28 in 2016. However, Frontenac got the best of Holton in 2017 beating the Wildcats on their home turf, in the same sectional round as this week, 55-21. The winner of this match-up will move on to Sub-State championship game against either Perry-Lecompton or Prairie View.


Nemaha Central (7-2) at Osage City (9-1) on KMZA 92.1 FM

The Thunder continue their 2A state title defense by hitting the road down to Osage City to take on an Indians team that is having their best season since 2017, where they were knocked out of the playoffs by eventual state champion Sabetha. Nemaha Central has now won six straight with their most recent possibly their most impressive. The Thunder took care of Silver Lake a week ago 40-30 behind a massive game from Junior quarterback Zac Kramer who tallied 184 yards rushing and a couple scores in the game. The defense continues to step up in big time situations, holding Silver Lake to just nine points in the second half while the Thunder offense continued to roll hanging nineteen in the second half. Big time players make big time plays and big time programs step up when opportunity is knocking. Nemaha Central lost a lot from their state title run a year ago, but just as coach Warren Seitz has done time and time again, the Thunder are just two games away from another State Championship game. This game against Osage City will be the toughest yet for the Thunder this post-season, but isn't that the point of the playoffs? The further you go, the tougher the competition.

Osage City will bring a challenge to a Thunder defense that has not been challenged much lately. Sophomore dual threat quarterback Landon Boss has been impressive in 2020. Throwing for just under 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns to just six interceptions, with his favorite target being Senior Gunnar Fort (23 rec 465 yards 11TD). Boss also leads the team in rushing with 931 yards on the season and 11 rushing touchdowns, he has more than double the yardage of any other player for the Indians. Osage City is offensively averaging 45 points per game this year while allowing an astounding just ten points per game. Currently, the Indians are riding a nine game winning streak with their only loss of the season coming to rival Lyndon in week one. 

The winner of this game faces either Rossville or St. Mary's Colgan in the Sub State Championship game next week. 


Lyndon (8-2) at Centralia (7-1)

It's another regular season rematch for Centralia as they beat Wabaunsee for the second time this year last week and now face Lyndon, whom they beat in week seven 48-17. Same as last year, the defending state 1A Champion Panthers haven't lost since week one against Rossville. Centralia has won all their games by at least 18 points. 

Devon Feldkamp rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns in the first meeting against Lyndon and has rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns this season, while Ian Haverkamp has added 997 yards and 17 scores. Both backs benefit from a talented and experienced offensive line, led by Austin Holthaus.

Lyndon’s only other loss this year was against top ranked Olpe.  The Tigers also have a solid 22-15 victory over Class 2A quarterfinalist Osage City.

Lyndon averages nearly 44 points per game behind an offense led by junior quarterback Darian Massey who has passed for 1,004 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. Senior Luke Detwiler leads the Lyndon ground game with 784 yards and 12 scores.

The winner of this game faces #1 Olpe (10-0) next week as the Eagles advance due to a covid related forefeit from Uniontown.


Colony-Crest (10-0) at Hanover (8-0)

It's a battle of undefeated teams tonight although Hanover has played two fewer games this fall. Colony Crest was winless two years ago but went 6-4 last season and this season have a ton of experienced seniors that have produced 311 yards per game, the majority of which come on the ground rushing. Leading Colony Crest is Jacquez Coleman who has rushed for 1,158 yards and 17 touchdowns. 

Hanover beat Twin Valley League foe Axtell last week 52-6 for the second time this season as Colin Jueneman ran for three scores and returned an interception for another score. Jacob Jueneman is a dynamic quarterback for the Wildcats while Emmitt Jueneman has also been a weapon. Hanover's closest game this season was a 40-20 triump against Clifton Clyde while Colony Crest has won all their games this year by at least 30 points.

These teams met in 2012 with Hanover posting an 80-30 win in the second round of the playoffs. The winner advances to face the winner of our next game between

Lebo (10-0) at Frankfort (6-1)

Frankfort did what they have done the previous few years when facing off against Beloit-St. Johns, win. Knocking off the Blue Jays 54-43 a week ago and advancing to face Lebo.

Frankfort still has not lost since an eight-point-setback against TVL foe Washington County to start this season. Gavin Cornelison accounted for over 280 yards and four touchdowns in the win over BSJ and has now ran for 688 yards and 10 TDs and thrown for 649 yards and 13 TDs. Ethan Armstrong has 710 yards rushing with 14 times crossing the goal line to pay dirt. Defensively Aiden Gerstner leads the way with 46 stops on the year and assisting with a tenacious defense that has forced 10 takeaways this year.

Lebo is an offensive juggernaut led by dual threat quarterback Devan McEwen who has thrown for over 1,100 yards this year with twenty seven touchdowns to just five interceptions. McEwen also leads the team in rushing with just under 650 yards on the season while finding the end zone fifteen times. Runningback Kyle Reese is a good change of pace back for the Wolves collecting over 500 yards and thirteen touchdowns on the year. 

This will be the first meeting since 2009 when a 9-0 Lebo was upset by the 7-2 Wildcats 46-44. Frankfort is having their best season ever since switching to 8-Man Division II, and they look to continue that season by ending Lebo's on Friday night.

The winner of this game gets Colony-Crest (10-0) or Hanover (8-0) in Sub State next week.

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