Prep Football: Week 8

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Schedule subject to change with little or no notice. Contact the schools for attendance policies. Many games are being played at reduced, or sometimes no, spectator capacity.

Class 3A, District 7

Halstead (3-4) @ Wichita Trinity Academy (1-5)

The simplest calculus for Halstead to reach the Class 3A playoffs is a win coupled with a Hesston loss to Clearwater. If both Hesston and Halstead win, it will come down to average point-differential tie-breaker between the three teams.

Wichita Trinity Academy needs a Halstead loss, a Hesston loss to Clearwater and for the average point differential to go in the Knights’ favor over both teams.

Halstead fell to Wichita Collegiate 33-0 last week, while Trinity Academy fell to Hesston 54-13 last week.

Halstead’s Lakin Farmer leads the team in rushing with 1,619 yards and 16 touchdowns. Cameron Kohr and Kaden Lopez each have 200 yards rushing.

Hesston (4-3) @ Clearwater (5-2)

Hesston’s easiest route to the playoffs is a win over Clearwater coupled with a Halstead loss to Trinity Academy. Otherwise point-differential tie-breakers kick in.

Hesston topped Wichita Trinity Academy 54-13 last week, while Clearwater fell to Andale 40-21.

Hesston’s Hudson Ferralez has 477 yards passing and four touchdowns. Ryan Eilert has 1,030 passing yards with six touchdowns, but hasn’t played since Oct. 9. Nick Arnold has 429 rushing yards with six touchdowns and 142 receiving yards with a touchdown. Ben Bollinger has 574 receiving yards with four touchdowns. Brayden Schilling has 443 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Brady Cox has 310 receiving yards with a touchdown.

Class 1A, District 4

Conway Springs (6-1) @ Sedgwick (7-0)

The winner claims the district title along with a first-round bye in the Class 1A playoffs.

Sedgwick claimed a 52-21 win over Elkhart last week on the road. Conway Springs downed Stanton County 57-0.

Conway Springs’ sole loss this season came in the first week of the season against rival Garden Plain 14-13. Conway Springs has given up just eight points in its last four games, while scoring 233 points.

Conway Springs is led by Heath Hilger with 565 passing yards and 10 touchdowns along with 519 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Jonathan Wright has 504 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Cole Schulte has 337 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Elkhart (2-5) @ Remington (2-5)

The winner of this game locks up third place in the district and a first-round home playoff game. The loser will likely take fourth in the district, which also carries a first-round home game.

Remington fell to Inman 54-13 last week. Elkhart lost to Sedgwick 52-21 last week.

Elkhart is led by Lance Addington with 628 yards rushing with six touchdowns. Kage Ralstin has 223 yards passing and four touchdowns. Clayson Nave has 82 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Eight-Man I, District 5

Goessel (3-3) @ Medicine Lodge (1-5)

Canceled

This game has been canceled because of COVID-19 concerns.

Goessel’s game last week against Pretty Prairie was canceled. Medicine Lodge’s game last week against Attica-Argonia likewise was canceled.

Medicine Lodge will play the Wichita Homeschool Warriors in a non-district game.

Goessel is 2-1 in district play and currently in third place with the top four teams advancing. Goessel could get a second seed and a home game in the first round with a Moundridge win over Pretty Prairie.

Attica-Argonia’s game against Fairfield also was canceled and Attica Argonia will play a non-district game at Clifton-Clyde.

Moundridge (3-4) @ Pretty Prairie (2-4)

With a number of late cancellations of district games, the complete playoff implications of this game won’t be completely known until it’s finished.

Pretty Prairie is 2-1 in district play while Moundridge is 2-2. A Moundridge win could put the Wildcats as high as second in the district, giving the team a first-round home game. Pretty Prairie would lock up second place in the district with the win.

Eight-Man II, District 6

Peabody-Burns (4-3) @ Norwich (4-3)

With balanced records and close point differentials, this district is too close to call. A Peabody-Burns win clinches a playoff spot for the Warriors and could even lead to a district title if South Barber falls to South Haven.

The only way Peabody-Burns can be eliminated from the playoffs is a loss, a South Barber win over South Haven and a Hutchinson Central Christian win over Stafford.

Norwich can’t be eliminated from the playoffs, but a loss could send the Eagles could fall all the way to fourth in the district.

Peabody-Burns downed Caldwell 38-18 last week, while Norwich downed Stafford 68-22 last week.

Peabody-Burns is led by Philip Young with 405 passing yards and five touchdowns and 232 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Noal Reynolds has 784 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Thomas Smith has 312 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Jacob Partridge has 142 rushing yards and a touchdowns.