2013 VarsityKansas.com preseason football rankings
2012 record in parentheses
1. Derby (10-2) has its own preview.
2. SM West (12-1) is the defending 6A champ and has a veteran group of players led by WR-DB Andre Maloney, QB AJ Verdini, OL-DL Austin Chambers. SM West will need to replace Top 11 RB Bret Sterbach.
3. Hutchinson (10-3) has its own preview.
4. Gardner-Edgerton (6-4) returns nine offensive starters, including Top 11 RB Traevohn Wrench, who had 2,269 rushing yards.
5. Wichita Heights (7-3) has its own preview.
Others: BV Northwest (5-5), Lawrence Free State (10-2), Maize (5-4), Manhattan (6-4), Olathe East (6-5), Olathe North (3-7), Olathe South (5-4), Topeka (9-2), Wichita Northwest (6-4)
1. Salina South (10-2) has its own preview.
2. Bishop Carroll (13-0) has its own preview.
5. BV West (8-3) returns 12 starters, including QB Ryan Ralston and RB-DB Grant Garcia.
3. Blue Valley (6-5) is experienced and returns LB Henry McGrew, an Illinois commitment, along with OT AJ Harris, who is getting looks from major colleges.
5. Emporia (9-2) returns QB Braxton Marstall along with a strong defensive line led by DL Parker Bass (6-3, 220).
Others: Andover (8-3), Andover Central (4-6), Bishop Miege (7-6), Mill Valley (8-2), St. Thomas Aquinas (10-2), Topeka Seaman (5-5)
1. Holton (14-0) is the defending 4A champ and graduated outstanding seniors, but with experienced offensive and defensive lines, count on the Wildcats offense to continue dominating.
2. Andale (9-2) has its own preview.
3. McPherson (10-2) has its own preview.
4. Eudora (12-2) is led by QB-DB Andrew Ballock, who threw for 802 yards, ran for 1,272 rushing and at free safety had 64 tackles and eight interceptions. Thirteen starters return.
5. Buhler (8-4) has its own preview.
Others: Baldwin (7-4), Bonner Springs (3-6), Coffeyville (8-3), Fort Scott (9-1), KC Piper (10-3), Maize South (9-2), Mulvane (11-2), Paola (5-5), Tonganoxie (5-6), Topeka Hayden (4-6), Ulysses (6-4), St. James (7-2), Wichita Collegiate (9-2).
1. Silver Lake (13-1) was the 3A runner-up for the 10th time in 2012 and returns QB Dailin Kruger, who threw for more than 1,900 yards and ran for 1,100.
2. Scott City (14-0) is the defending 3A champ, and while it lost quality players such as Top 11 TE Drew Kite, count on a reloading season. Junior Trey ONeil is at QB and free safety.
3. Beloit (12-1) will rely on four-year starting QB Payton Vetter, who averaged three completions per game and threw for 840 yards. Thousand-yard RBs Bowe Behmyer and Tanner Niemczyk return.
4. Garden Plain (11-1) has its own preview.
5. Sedgwick (10-2) has its own preview.
Others: Caney Valley (10-2), Conway Springs (9-2), Hiawatha (8-3), Holcomb (9-2), Pittsburg Colgan (8-4), Rossville (11-2), Sacred Heart (9-2).
1. Centralia (12-1), winners of two of the past four 2-1A titles, will be tough to stop with RB Sam Steinlage and QB J.T. Rosine, who combined for 3,920 offensive yards and 60 touchdowns.
2. Meade (12-1) must replace 14 seniors, but TB-DB Jett Little and TE-DE Morgan Davis are players to watch.
3. La Crosse (11-1) will rely on multiple underclassmen, but senior RB-LB Lucas Moeder will be key.
4. Oakley (7-3) returns 15 starters, including junior DL Ryan Kuhn and TE Austin Baalman.
5. Lyndon (11-1) could take a hit after graduating its offensive line and RB Skylar Farwell, but five starters return, including QB Joe Walsh (1,395 passing yards, 778 rushing).
Others: Elkhart, Olpe (8-3), Oswego (4-5), Plainville (5-4), Smith Center (6-4), Sterling (4-7).
1. Madison (10-2) has its own preview.
2. Osborne (6-3) stumbled at the end of 2012, but it is loaded with talent, including RB-LB Kenton Ubelaker, RB Maverick Lerock and Jake Tiernan, who threw for 1,190 yards as a freshman.
3. Solomon (10-2) returns its backfield, including QB Colton Shirack, RB Mason DeMars and RB Mark Aylward.
4. Ness City (13-0) rolled through 2012, winning by an average of 43 points. The Eagles return one starter, WR Trevor Hawkins and will rely on RB Pedro Flores.
5. Rock Hills (11-2) finished second in 8-Man I and returns four starters, including junior Joel Broeckelman (1,343 rushing yards, 32 touchdowns).
Others: Clifton-Clyde (6-2), Hoxie (7-3), Kiowa County (6-4), Lebo (5-3), Macksville (4-5), Marais des Cygnes (6-4), Quinter (3-6), Rawlins County (7-2), St. John (8-2), Udall (7-2).
1. Baileyville (13-0), which has played in five straight title games, has seven starters back from its unbeaten 8-Man II title season. Senior Dustin Rottinghaus is a two-year starter.
2. Hanover (9-3) lost twice to Baileyville in 2012 but has 10 starters returning. Hanover is young in key spots and will need continued production from players like C-DE Ethan Fritschi, who had 13 tackles for loss.
3. Thunder Ridge (11-2), which finished second in 8-Man II, has 10 returning starters. QB-LB Garrett Krueger will be critical, especially with the graduation of Trevor Lowe, who had more than 2,400 rushing yards.
4. Wallace County (10-1) returns 11 starters but will be looking for production from RB Kyle Gfeller and FB Nate Klinge to replace Eli Kuhlman and Gavin Mote.
5. Caldwell (6-5) has its own preview.
Others: Axtell (5-4), Beloit St. Johns (8-2), Chetopa (5-4), Fowler (9-2), Northern Valley (7-2), Rolla (7-3), South Barber (7-3), Waverly (9-1)