Prep Football: Week 9
Thursday’s games
All games at 7 p.m.
Class 4A, District 10
Hesston (5-3) at Abilene (7-1)
Hesston downed Chapman 50-13 last week while Abilene downed Topeka Hayden 21-20. If Abilene and Hayden both win this week, Abilene will be the district winner while Hayden will enter the playoffs as the runner-up. If Hesston wins and Chapman wins, Hesston would be the district winner, and Abilene will get the runner-up berth. If Abilene and Chapman both win, Abilene would get the district winner berth, and Hayden would get the runner-up spot. Hesston’s Clint Janzen has 226 passing yards and 371 rushing yards. Kyle Perry has 383 rushing yards. Alex Wray has 233 rushing yards. Abilene quarterback Nick Rice had 465 passing yards while Curry Sexton has 741 rushing yards.
Class 3A, District 9
Hillsboro (6-2) at Marion (5-3)
Hillsboro downed Herington 24-12 last week while Southeast of Saline downed Marion 16-0. Hillsboro clinches the district title with a win. Otherwise this one gets messy. If Marion wins and Herington beats Southeast of Saline, Marion would be the district champion, and Hillsboro gets the runner-up playoff berth. If Hillsboro and Southeast of Saline both win, Hillsboro gets the title and Southeast gets the runner-up spot. If Hillsboro and Herington both win, the 13-point rule takes effect. (Herington’s only shot would be a 13-point win over Southeast coupled with a 13-point loss for Marion.)
Class 3A, District 10
Halstead (4-4)
at Hutchinson Trinity (8-0)
Sedgwick (6-2)
at Remington (6-2)
Hutchinson Trinity clinched the district title last week with a 54-0 win over Sedgwick while Remington downed Halstead 14-6, eliminating the Dragons. The Sedgwick-Remington winner gets the district runner-up spot. Halstead is led by Simon McKee with 642 passing yards and Tanner Strohl with 631 rushing yards. Trinity is led by Derek Racette with 1,634 passing yards and 475 rushing yards. Tanner Engweiler has 529 rushing yards. Sedgwick’s Trent Stucky has 614 passing yards and 859 rushing yards. Wade Hansen has 1,244 rushing yards.
Class 2-1A, District 5
Moundridge (2-6)
at Chase County (5-3)
Moundridge clinched a playoff spot with a 54-6 win over Peabody-Burns last week while Chase County dropped a non-district game to Lyndon 26-20. The winner gets the district title playoff berth. The loser gets the runner-up berth. This is the final week of play of Class 2-1A in a 16-district format. Next year, there will be eight districts of six to seven teams each. Moundridge had several key injured players return in the past two weeks. The Wildcats are led by Trey Unrau with 526 yards rushing in six games, Lance Loganbill with 435 yards rushing in seven games and Caleb Critchfield with 379 yards rushing in four games. Shelby Sparks has 306 yards rushing. Moundridge has just 153 passing yards this season. Chase County is led by quarterback Shawn Talkington with 365 passing yards and 249 rushing yards. Jesse Cole has 554 rushing yards.
Eight-Man I, District 4
Pretty Prairie (8-0)
at Goessel (7-1)
Goessel clinched a playoff berth last week with a 52-36 win over Canton-Galva. Pretty Prairie downed Little River 44-14 to clinch a playoff spot. The winner gets a district title and a first-round home playoff game. The loser goes on the road Tuesday. Goessel’s Neal Brubacker has 437 passing yards, followed by Tyler Schmidt with 315. Cameron Stultz has 530 rushing yards, followed by Johnathan Berkholz with 371. Pretty Prairie is led by Hunter Pittman with 598 passing yards and 345 rushing yards. Daniel Krehbiel has 988 rushing yards.
Eight-Man II, District 3
St. Paul (5-2) at Centre (6-1)
Centre downed White City 52-6 last week while St. Paul downed Elk Valley 60-0. Centre clinches the district title with a win. Centre also clinches a playoff spot with a win and a Waverly loss to White City. If Centre loses and Waverly wins, Centre still can clinch the district title if the Cougars lose by five points or less and Waverly’s win over White City is by no more than five points.
Eight-Man I, District 5
Chase (4-4) at Burrton (1-7)
Burrton was eliminated  from playoff contention last week with a 46-0 loss to South Barber. Chase downed Attica 46-0 to stay in the race. Chase needs a win coupled with a Cunningham win over South Barber to allow the 21-point rule tie-breaker to come into effect. Tyler Bruton leads the Chargers with 201 passing yards, followed by Jaxson Pohlman with 113. Bruton has 845 rushing yards, followed by Daniel Nevarez with 488 yards.