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Friday Night Fever: Week Six Preview & Picks
By Brandon Tadtman, Jonny Kane, Justin Fluke
Copyright: MSC Sports

2021 Pick Records


Last week: 18-4
Overall: 76-23

Last week: 18-4
Overall: 78-21

Last week: 17-5
Overall: 79-20

Games to be Broadcast

103.9 KNZA – Valley Heights at Troy
92.1 KMZA – Hanover at Frankfort
93.7 KAIR – Nemaha Central at Maur Hill
Holton Channel – Hiawatha at Holton
Sabetha Channel – Royal Valley at Sabetha

Week 6 Games

8-Man Division I

(1-4, 1-1) Washington County at (0-5, 0-2) Maranatha (D3)

Washington County was shut out by Burlingame last week 47-0. Burlingame was able to have success both on the ground and in the air with touchdowns being scored in both facets of the offense. It was the second time in three weeks that the Tigers were left off the scoreboard.

The Eagles of Maranatha dropped to 0-5 after a 62-14 loss last week at Doniphan West. The Eagles are allowing nearly 67 points per game this season including giving up 100 points in week one to Hartford.

Washington County and Maranatha have only played twice since 2006 with Washington County winning both of those games. The most recent was last season where the Tigers picked up a 68-20 win.

Jonny’s Pick: Washington County
Justin’s Pick: Washington County
Brandon’s Pick: Washington County

(2-3, 1-1, 1-1 TVL) Doniphan West at (3-1, 2-0, 1-0 TVL) Clifton Clyde (D3)

Following a 3-game losing streak, Doniphan West got back on track last week in a 62-14 thumping of Maranatha. The Mustangs outscored Maranatha 26-0 in the quarter to gain control with Trent Spiker rushing for 184 yards and three touchdowns while Braden Simmons added two rushing scores. Spiker has run for at least 100 yards in four of the five games for the Mustangs and has run for over 160 yards twice.

Clifton-Clyde continued to roll along with a 50-6 win over Valley Falls holding the Dragons to just 168 total yards of offense. The Eagles have allowed just 26 points all season with the only loss coming to Little River who is currently ranked No. 1 on Kpreps.

Jonny’s Pick: Clifton Clyde
Justin’s Pick: Clifton Clyde
Brandon’s Pick: Clifton Clyde

(3-2, 1-1) Valley Falls at (2-2, 1-1) Burlingame (D3)

Valley Falls ran into the buzz saw that is Clifton-Clyde last week and struggled defensively in a 50-6 loss. The Dragons racked up just four passing yards and 168 total yard of offense with Dylan Cervantez scoring the lone touchdown. Cervantez has ran for over 450 yards this season with seven touchdowns while Zac Evans and Samuel Drinkard have combined for 11 more scores.

Burlingame has had an up-and-down season but last week picked up a solid 47-0 victory over Washington County. The Bearcats threw for two touchdowns while rushing for three more and are led on the ground by junior Colby Middleton who is over 450 yards with six touchdowns on the year.

Valley Falls has never beaten Burlingame dating back to 2016 falling 42-26 last season.

Jonny’s Pick: Burlingame
Justin’s Pick: Burlingame
Brandon’s Pick: Burlingame

8-Man Division II

(3-2, 2-1, 2-1 TVL) Hanover at (4-1, 3-1, 4-1 TVL) Frankfort (D3 – 92.1 KMZA)

Wildcats vs. Wildcats in a crucial district contest as both teams are coming off a loss in week five. The defending 8M-II state champs in Hanover lost last week at Osborne 36-26 and have lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2011. Osborne had three passing touchdowns and racked up 344 total yards.

Frankfort took their first loss of the season last week as they took a beat down at #1 Axtell, 54-8 in a game that was ended midway through the third quarter. Ethan Armstrong ran for 85 yards and the lone score for Frankfort. Frankfort was outgained by Axtell 325-160 with Axtell running for over 200 yards and averaged nearly 17 yards per carry.

Hanover has won 15 of the last 16 meetings dating back to 2008 with Frankfort’s only win in that span coming in 2011.

Jonny’s Pick: Hanover
Justin’s Pick: Hanover
Brandon’s Pick: Hanover

(1-4, 1-3, 1-4 TVL) Blue Valley at (0-5, 0-3, 0-3 TVL) Wetmore (D3)

Blue Valley snapped a 10-game losing streak dating back to 2019 with a win last week over Linn, 52-50. It was their first win over Linn since 2013 as they had lost four straight to the Bulldogs before last week.

Wetmore still searching for their first win of the season as they lost at Onaga last week, 60-12. The Cardinal’s defense is giving up nearly 54 points per game while the offense has struggled scoring only 13.6 points per game.

Blue Valley and Wetmore have met five times since 2015 with Blue Valley holding the 3-2 advantage however the Cardinals won the game last season, 68-32.

Jonny’s Pick: Blue Valley
Justin’s Pick: Blue Valley
Brandon’s Pick: Blue Valley

(5-0, 3-0, 3-0 TVL) Axtell at (2-3, 1-2, 1-2 TVL) Linn (D3)

8M-II #1 Axtell remained perfect with a dominant performance last week against Frankfort, 54-8. A game that was ended midway through the third quarter. The Eagles had nearly 330 yards of total offense and averaged nearly 17 yards per carry as they totaled over 200 rushing yards. Quarterback Isaac Detweiler finished the game with 129 rushing yards and 124 passing yards and seven total touchdowns. Detweiler has 28 total touchdowns and just two interceptions through five games.

Linn lost a tough one last week at Blue Valley, 52-50. Linn rushed for over 280 yards in the loss and quarterback Kevin Alvarado had 262 of those yards and seven touchdowns.

This is the first meeting between Axtell and Linn since 2015. During 2004-2015 these two teams played eight times with Axtell winning seven of those eight meetings. Linn’s only win in that stretch was 2005.

Jonny’s Pick: Axtell
Justin’s Pick: Axtell
Brandon’s Pick: Axtell

(2-3) Onaga at (3-2) St. John’s Tipton (Non-District)

Onaga picked up a big win over Wetmore last week 60-12 and have won two straight since an 0-3 start. Onaga scored 38 points in the first quarter and never looked back. They ran for over 200 yards and racked up 330 yards of total offense. It’s the first time since 2019 that Onaga has won back-to-back games.

The Blujays of St. John’s Tipton have also won their last two games including last week’s 62-12 victory over Pike Valley. The game tonight against Onaga will mark their third straight home game after playing the first three games of the season on the road.

These two teams have played three times since 2019. They played twice last season including in the playoffs with St. John’s Tipton winning all three of those matchups.

Jonny’s Pick: St. John’s Tipton
Justin’s Pick: St. John’s Tipton
Brandon’s Pick: St. John’s Tipton

Class 1A

(1-3, 1-3, 0-1 TVL) Valley Heights at (3-2, 1-2, 0-1 TVL) Troy (D2 – 103.9 KNZA)

Valley Heights lost their second straight game last week at Wabaunsee, 28-12. Wabaunsee built a 21-0 halftime lead and that was enough to hold off the Mustangs in the second half. Valley Heights surrendered over 380 yards of total offense. The Mustangs lone win was a 62-7 victory over Horton in week three but in their three losses, they’ve been outscored 89-28.

Troy is looking to bounce back after a disappointing showing against Jackson Heights last week in a 38-15 loss where the Trojans rushed for negative yardage and gave up nearly 400 yards of offense. Cam Anderson did throw for 193 yards and two scores with Jerrit Norris racking up 95 yards receiving with a score.

Valley Heights is 5-9 against Troy since 2007 but won the match up last season 80-7.

Jonny’s Pick: Troy
Justin’s Pick: Troy
Brandon’s Pick: Troy

(0-5, 0-3) Horton at (4-1, 4-0) Centralia (D2)

Horton played by far their best game of the season last week but still felt short to Central Heights 33-20. The score was tied at 20 early in the fourth quarter, but the Chargers had too many mistakes down the stretch. Trey Lockwood had a hand in each of the touchdowns for the Chargers and is far and away the key for Horton to have success.

Centralia posted a strong defensive outing last week with a 20-6 win over Jefferson County North in a key district game. The Panthers have won four straight since their week one loss to Rossville. Quarterback Ethan McNally, one of our athletes of the week for his performance tallied three touchdowns in the win. The Panthers defense held JCN scoreless after the first quarter. The Panthers have a game and a half lead atop the Class 1A district two standings going into this week.

Centralia and Horton are meeting for the first time since 2005. They played in 2004 and 2005 with Centralia winning both games by a combined score of 98-7.

Jonny’s Pick: Centralia
Justin’s Pick: Centralia
Brandon’s Pick: Centralia

(3-2, 2-1) Jeff County North at (4-1, 2-1) Wabaunsee (D2)

Jeff County North had their three-game winning streak snapped with a 20-6 loss to Centralia last week. JCN’s lone score came in the first quarter and was held scoreless the rest of the way. Before the loss they had won three straight by a combined score of 116-3. JCN’s defense has been the strength this season as they are giving up just 9.4 points per game with two shutouts. The most points they’ve allowed in a game this season is 24 which was in their week one loss to Pleasant Ridge.

Wabaunsee won their second straight game after beating Valley Heights last week, 28-12. They are a team that likes to throw it and throw it often, but the defense has also been key for their success this season. Wabaunsee’s defense is giving up just 7.2 points per game. The most points they allowed in a game so far this season is 12. Their lone loss was a 10-6 defeat at the hands of Troy in week three.

Jeff County North has won the last three meetings the last three seasons including last season, 38-20.

Jonny’s Pick: Wabaunsee
Justin’s Pick: Wabaunsee
Brandon’s Pick: Jeff County North

(3-2) Jackson Heights at (5-0) Olpe (Non-District)

After a disappointing week four showing Jackson Heights got back on track last week in a dominant 38-15 win over Troy. The Cobras racked up nearly 400 yards of offense with Jason Bosley throwing for 197 yards and two scores including a 75-yard bomb to Grant Amon. Wyatt Bacon also ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns while the defense collected four sacks and six tackles for loss.

The Cobras now get a much tougher test traveling to Olpe who is ranked No. 1 in the state and coming off a 63-0 beat down of Pleasanton. The Eagles have four shutouts this season and have only allowed 12 total points through their first five games. Olpe has won 18 straight games and 28 of their last 29 dating back to 2019.

Olpe has won the last five meetings over the Cobras dating back to 2015 including a 53-0 victory last season.

Jonny’s Pick: Olpe
Justin’s Pick: Olpe
Brandon’s Pick: Olpe

Class 2A

(3-2, 1-1) Nemaha Central at (2-3, 0-2) Maur Hill (D4 – KAIR 93.7)

Nemaha Central had their three-game winning streak snapped last week with a loss to St. Mary’s, 30-12. It was a 6-0 St. Mary’s lead at halftime, and it was 14-12 going into the fourth quarter but the Bears got a rushing touchdown and a late pick-six to seal the win. It was the Thunders first loss to St. Mary’s since 2004 with Nemaha Central winning the last five meetings prior to last week.

Maur Hill lost their third straight game last week with a 42-29 loss at ACCHS. Drew Caudle compiled 327 total yards and four touchdowns in the loss. It’s the first time since 2013 that the Ravens have lost three consecutive games and that season, they lost their first five games.

Nemaha Central has won five of the last six meetings between the two with the last game played in 2019 with a Nemaha Central victory. Maur Hill’s last win against Nemaha Central was 2018.

Jonny’s Pick: Nemaha Central
Justin’s Pick: Nemaha Central
Brandon’s Pick: Nemaha Central

(4-1, 1-1) ACCHS at (0-5, 0-2) Riverside (D4)

ACCHS clinched the NEKL title for the first time in 11 seasons after defeating Maur Hill last week 42-29. Kieran Courter scored three times including an 85-yarder in the fourth quarter. Bricen Lee threw for three scores and Coltin Myers ran for two scores. The ACCHS defense is giving up just 11.2 points per game so far this season while the offense is scoring over 33 points per game.

Riverside is 9-0 against ACCHS since 2012 with the Cyclones winning last year’s match-up, 22-0.

Jonny’s Pick: ACCHS
Justin’s Pick: ACCHS
Brandon’s Pick: ACCHS

(0-5, 0-2) Mission Valley at (0-5, 0-2) Oskaloosa (D3)

Two teams looking for their first win of the season as Mission Valley travels to Oskaloosa. Mission Valley is coming off a 63-0 loss against Silver Lake. The Vikings have been outscored 229-58 so far this season.

Oskaloosa is fresh off a 62-0 loss at 2A #1 Rossville last week. The Bears haven’t scored since week two and have been outscored 231-14 so far this season however their last two games were against Silver Lake and Rossville.

Mission Valley won the match-up last season 41-14.

Jonny’s Pick: Mission Valley
Justin’s Pick: Mission Valley
Brandon’s Pick: Mission Valley

(0-3, 0-2) McLouth at (4-1, 2-0) Silver Lake (D3)

McLouth is coming off a 50-0 loss last week against Pleasant Ridge. The Bulldogs have yet to find the endzone this season and have been outscored 174-0 in their three games this season.

McLouth will get Silver Lake this week as the Eagles are one of the best teams in Class 2A. Silver Lake dominated Mission Valley last week 63-0 and they’ve outscored their last two opponents 116-0 since their lone loss to Riley County.

McLouth is 0-9 against Silver Lake since 2005 and are giving up over 54 points per game during that span.

Jonny’s Pick: Silver Lake
Justin’s Pick: Silver Lake
Brandon’s Pick: Silver Lake

(4-1, 2-0) Pleasant Ridge at (5-0, 2-0) Rossville (D3)

Pleasant Ridge has won three straight since their week two loss at ACCHS with a win last week at McLouth, 50-0. Four of their first six games have been played on the road with their final two games being played at home.

Rossville continues its dominant season as the #1 team in Class 2A as they continued the trend last week with a 62-0 win over Oskaloosa improving to 5-0. Rossville has given up just 34 points in five games and have posted three shutouts while the offense is averaging over 53 points per game.

Rossville and Pleasant Ridge have played seven times since 2010 with Rossville winning every matchup by an average score of 327-20 and posting five consecutive shutouts from 2010-2014.

Jonny’s Pick: Rossville
Justin’s Pick: Rossville
Brandon’s Pick: Rossville

Class 3A

(1-4, 0-2, 1-3 Big 7) Royal Valley at (1-4, 0-2, 1-2 Big 7) Sabetha (D4 – Sabetha Channel)

Royal Valley dropped their fourth straight game last week falling to Holton 50-0.  The Panthers ran more than 60 plays and controlled the ball but had several mistakes and couldn't stop the Wildcats. Levi Parrett ran for over 70 yards and along with Treyson Murata lead the rushing attack of the Panthers this season. Royal Valley has only attempted 12 passes this season. 

The Bluejays are looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Rock Creek last week 34-20 where they turned the ball over a state-record eight times including two interception returns for scores. Anything that could have gone wrong did go wrong and despite that, the Bluejays had it down to a one-score game in the second half. The defense forced four turnovers of their own but the offense simply couldn’t hold on to the football.

Sabetha is 11-4 against Royal Valley dating back to 2006 winning the last five meetings including a 43-14 win last season.

Jonny’s Pick: Sabetha
Justin’s Pick: Sabetha
Brandon’s Pick: Sabetha

(3-2, 1-1, 3-0 Big 7) Hiawatha at (5-0, 2-0, 4-0 Big 7) Holton (D4 – Holton Channel)

Holton remained perfect last week scoring on seven of their first eight drives while building a 35-0 lead and coasting to their win at Royal Valley. The Wildcats ran for 388 yards and opened up the option attack with quarterback Matt Lierz scoring touchdowns on three of his six carries for 132 yards. Garyson Booth added 128 yards on just eight carries and two scores and the Wildcat defense pitching their first shutout of the year.

Hiawatha bounced back from a tough district loss against Rock Creek by thumping Jeff West 45-7. Brant Barnhill ran for more than 120 yards and two scores while also tossing a touchdown while Cody Nevels found the endzone and the Redhawk defense had three interceptions. It was the third time this season that the Hawks defense held an opponent to one score or less. This week however will be the first time all year Hiawatha has faced a true run oriented, ground attack team and they have not beaten Holton in the last 20 years. The Wildcats have won the last two meetings by a combined 107-0 margin.

Jonny’s Pick: Holton
Justin’s Pick: Holton
Brandon’s Pick: Holton

(3-2, 2-0) Rock Creek at (1-4, 1-1) Jefferson West (D4)

Following a big win over Royal Valley two weeks ago the Jeff West Tigers took a step back last week falling to Hiawatha 45-7. Kaden Stones did run for 76 yards and a touchdown but threw three interceptions as the Tigers turned the ball over five times. The Tigers now get Rock Creek who has been extremely battle tested with a one score loss to Silver Lake and wins over Louisburg and Hiawatha along with a 34-20 win over Sabetha last week. The Mustangs forced eight turnovers against Sabetha last week and beat down Jeff West last season 60-12.

Jonny’s Pick: Rock Creek
Justin’s Pick: Rock Creek
Brandon’s Pick: Rock Creek

(3-2, 2-0) Perry Lecompton at (0-5, 0-2) Osawatomie (D3)

After a hard-fought victory over Bishop Ward in week four, Perry Lecompton had zero issues with Baldwin last week winning 40-0. The Kaws led 20-0 at the half with Gunnar Ball throwing for two touchdowns and running in two more while Reichan Rush added 94 yards and a score. Ball has now thrown for nearly 600 yards and 10 touchdowns to just one interception while adding 419 yards on the ground with five more scores. Reichen Rush has added 512 yards rushing and two scores averaging 102 yards per game.

Osawatomie is searching for their first win after a 38-0 loss to Hayden last week which marked the second time the Trojans have been shut out. Osawatomie does have two one-score losses this season falling to Burlington by six and to Santa Fe Trail by one.

Tonight marks the first meeting between the two schools according to Perry head coach Mike Paramore.

Jonny’s Pick: Perry Lecompton
Justin’s Pick: Perry Lecompton
Brandon’s Pick: Perry Lecompton

(1-3, 1-1, 0-2 NCKL) Marysville at (5-0, 2-0, 3-0 NCKL) Concordia (D5)

Marysville picked up their first win of the season last week over Council Grove, 57-14. It was the second straight year that Marysville beat Council Grove and in those two meetings they have outscored Council Grove 115-14.

Concordia remained undefeated with a 50-0 win last week over Clay Center. They hung up 83 points on Council Grove two weeks ago and won a four overtime thriller in week one against Wamego.

Since 2004, Marysville is 10-7 against Concordia and have won the last three including last season, 30-24. Concordia’s last win in the series was 2017.

Jonny’s Pick: Concordia
Justin’s Pick: Concordia
Brandon’s Pick: Concordia

Class 4A

(3-2, 2-1 KCA) KC Sumner at (4-1, 2-0 KCA) Atchison

Atchison won their fourth straight game last week with a 45-12 win over KC Turner. Since the loss to week one against St. Joseph Lafayette, Atchison is averaging 50 points per game while the defense is giving up only 16 points per game. Atchison’s Jesse Greenly 11th in the state in rushing yards and that includes all classifications with 884 yards.

KC Sumner has won three straight games after the starting the season 0-2 including their win last week over KC Schlagle, 44-0. They have outscored their opponents during the three-game winning streak, 111-8 with two shutouts.

Atchison is 9-1 over the last 10 meetings with KC Sumner including last season’s win 35-7. KC Sumner’s last win in the series was 2010.

Jonny’s Pick: Atchison
Justin’s Pick: Atchison
Brandon’s Pick: Atchison

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