Football: Friday’s must-watch games
Andale (1-1) at Collegiate (2-2)
Andale, ranked third in Class 4A-II, opened its season with a 16-0 loss at Buhler, which is ranked second in Class 4A-I. Andale bounced back with a 29-8 win over McPherson, which had beaten Salina South in the opener. Three players — Tristen Dagenais, Trevor Meyer and Cameron Richter — combined for more than 300 rushing yards.
Collegiate, ranked fourth in Class 3A, has cruised to a 75-0 win over Rose Hill and 77-0 against Circle. The Spartans’ starters have played nearly two of the eight quarters. Collegiate has 14 seniors, nine more than 2014’s season, including quarterback Austin Waddell, who is 7-of-7 passing for 100 yards.
Augusta (2-0) at McPherson (1-1)
Augusta battled turnovers in a 40-6 win over El Dorado on Sunday, a game that was delayed by 43 hours due to a social-media threat before Friday’s game. But running back Raef Hilt scored four rushing touchdowns.
McPherson, which had opened the season with a 14-7 win over Salina South, then ranked third in 5A, had turnover issues at Andale and lost 29-8. Running back Noah Jirgens has 358 rushing yards on 65 carries.
Derby (2-0) at Mill Valley (2-0)
Derby, ranked second in 6A, has won its games by a combined 96-40. More impressive is how the Panthers responded with 35 unanswered points after trailing Maize 20-7 at the half on Sept. 4. Quarterback Brady Rust has 301 passing and 301 rushing yards.
Mill Valley, ranked first in 5A, opened its season with a stunning 38-20 win over St. Thomas Aquinas, the favorite to win the 5A title. Mill Valley, who is coached by former Derby assistant — and cousin of Derby coach Brandon Clark — followed with a 40-7 win over BV Northwest.
Garden Plain (2-0) at Conway Springs (2-0)
This is one of the best football rivalries. In the past 14 meetings, including postseason, they have split. Even in regular-season games only, Conway Springs has a 7-6 edge in the last 13 seasons.
Conway Springs won the past two games 25-7 and 27-8 as Garden Plain finished 4-5 in 2014 and 2013. Conway Springs’ Aaron May and Matthew Lange each have nine tackles and Lange has five for loss.
Garden Plain beat Cheney and Belle Plaine by a combined score of 86-15, while Conway Springs beat Bluestem and Medicine Lodge 87-15.
Kapaun (1-1) at Carroll (2-0)
Carroll, ranked second in Class 5A, has dominated this rivalry, winning the last 16 times, including 49-7 in 2014 and 42-10 in 2013. While the Eagles’ season-opening loss to Northwest was their first City League loss since 2011, quarterback Jake Allen has been consistent with 32-of-39 passing for 375 yards.
Kapaun quarterback Brock Monty, who leads the City League with 557 passing yards, threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns in a loss to Northwest on Sept. 11. He has more than 1,000 passing yards the past two seasons. The Crusaders are ranked fourth in 5A.