Note: This file will be updated throughout Friday night as final scores roll in.
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Northwest 23, Bishop Carroll 22 -- Northwest’s Carson Arndt converted a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give the Grizzlies a season-opening victory over Carroll. The Golden Eagles led for the majority of the game after Dalton Nichols returned the opening kick-off for a touchdown. Carroll took a 22-14 lead in the third quarter on a Cade Becker pass to Mason Baalman, while Northwest countered with a 46-yard touchdown run by Breece Hall to cut the deficit to 22-20.
Heights 35, Maize South 21 -- Maize South tied the score at 14 midway through the third quarter, but Heights regained the lead on a Ryan McDougle touchdown run. Quarterback K’Vonte Baker iced the game late with a pair of touchdown runs, including a 99-yard scamper to push Heights’ lead to two touchdowns.
Newton 34, Buhler 26 -- These two programs have been on polar opposites the last four years, as Buhler has been a combined 37-9 and Newton has been a combined 7-29. But that didn’t matter to the Railers, who registered one of the most surprising wins of the night. Newton jumped on Buhler for a 27-0 lead, which included a 60-yard punt return by Isaiah Presley and an 24-yard interception return by Matt Seirer. But Buhler would make things interesting, trimming Newton’s lead to 34-26 with 7:22 remaining after Austin Gentry returned an interception 88 yards for a score and then scored a receiving touchdown. But Newton held on for the win, thanks to three rushing touchdowns from quarterback Colton Davis.
Garden Plain 15, Cheney 12 -- Cheney took a 12-7 lead with 4:48 remaining on an 85-yard interception return by Riley Petz, only for the Owls to rally back to score on a 1-yard touchdown run with 48 seconds left in the game to steal the victory.
Wellington 32, Collegiate 0 -- Wellington earned its first victory over Collegiate in program history in dominant fashion, shutting out a Spartans’ program that has averaged nine wins per season in the last decade. Wellington receiver De’Andre Washington had more than 200 receiving yards, including touchdown catches of 83 and 80 yards.
Derby 49, Garden City 6 -- Derby returned the opening kick-off for a touchdown and didn’t relent in the first half, building a 42-0 advantage over the vistors by halftime. Quarterback Grant Adler was effective with two passing touchdowns and a 66-yard rushing touchdown. Running back Tre Washington scored three rushing touchdowns to lead the Panthers on the ground. Derby’s defense did not allow points until halfway through the fourth quarter.
Campus 47, Dodge City 9 -- Campus built a 21-3 halftime advantage on the road and then dominated the second half to bring home the victory. Campus receiver Tyler Kahmann finished with three receiving touchdowns and a fumble return for a touchdown. Kahmann’s back-to-back big plays, a long touchdown catch and his fumble return, broke the game open in the third quarter to open up a 34-3 lead for Campus.
Salina Central 44, Eisenhower 7 -- The Mustangs ended an 18-game losing streak by defeating an Eisenhower team that is expected to contend for a league title. Eisenhower briefly took the lead, 7-6 on a 34-yard touchdown pass to Ethan Stewart, but Salina Central grabbed back momentum with a 47-yard punt return for a touchdown and never looked back.
Andale 42, Mulvane 14 -- Andale took a 28-0 lead on the strong running from Sawyer Simon, who also ripped off a 59-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to put the Indians up 35-7. Mason Fairchild added the final touchdown to provide the result, as Andale registered an important league victory in the first week.
Maize 49, Valley Center 0 -- It didn’t take long for Maize to get on the scoreboard en route to its blowout victory. Scott Adams scored the opening touchdown, then Caleb Grill found Deriq Doty for a 19-yard passing touchdown and Caden Cox scored a rushing touchdown for a 21-0 lead after the first quarter. Grill added another passing touchdown, this one a 36-yard strike to Preven Christon, and Adams added a second rushing touchdown to lead the Eagles to a dominant Week 1 performance.
Goddard 32, Wichita East 8 -- The 4A Lions were dominant in a win over 6A East. Goddard led 15-0 after the first quarter following a momentum-swinging flea flicker play where quarterback Kyler Semrad connected on a 48-yard touchdown pass to Joe Gray. Running back Ben Bannister added two rushing touchdowns and Semrad threw for another touchdown in the third quarter to lead the Lions. East scored its touchdown as time expired on a run from Tavi Agnew.
McPherson 21, Salina South 0 -- Senior running back Jace Kinnamon put the Bullpups on top in the first quarter with a 51-yard touchdown run and McPherson’s defense did the rest to grind out a win at home. After McPherson took a 6-0 lead into halftime, Jake Feil scored on a 36-yard touchdown run and quarterback Kyler Hoppes connected with Aaron Powell for a 19-yard score for McPherson in the second half.
Andover Central 13, Augusta 3 -- Neither team could muster much offense, but the Jaguars scored a touchdown in the second quarter and clung to the lead the rest of the game.
Great Bend 35, Andover 12 -- Andover’s explosive offense never clicked in a season-opening home loss to Great Bend. Kicker David Kemp provided two first-half field goals, including a 54-yard boot right before halftime. But Great Bend built on its 14-6 halftime lead and the Trojans could never threatnen.
Arkansas City 7, Winfield 3 -- Tyree Watkins scored the game’s only touchdown halfway through the third quarter, as the Bulldogs held on to win the Cowley Cup.
Clearwater 22, Rose Hill 18 -- Clearwater steadily built a 22-0 lead before having to withstand a furious Rose Hill comeback in the second half. The Rockets scored their final touchdown with 19 seconds remaining, but failed to recover the on-side kick.
El Dorado 36, Independence 8 -- Independence tied the game midway through the first quarter, 6-6, but it was all El Dorado after that. The Wildcats scored five more touchdowns the rest of the night to register the season-opening win.
Chanute 31, Circle 8 -- Circle was shut out for the majority of the game, as Chanute built a 31-0 lead in the fourth quarter.
Hesston 42, Hillsboro 36 -- Hesston led by two touchdowns at multiple points throughout the game, but had to withstand a nervous final minute to survive Hillsboro’s comeback attempt. Hillsboro scored to trim Hesston’s lead to 34-28 with 3:40 remaining in the fourth quarter. After Hesston answered with a touchdown of its own, Hillsboro scored again to trim the deficit to 42-36 with 32 seconds left but could not recover the on-side kick.
Halstead 22, Nickerson 7 -- Scott Grider’s 60-yard punt return for a touchdown swung the game in Halstead’s favor after entering the fourth quarter trailing Nickerson 7-6. Grider’s heroics put Halstead up 14-7, then he scored again later in the fourth quarter to seal the victory for the Dragons.
Pratt 34, Hoisington 0 -- It was all Travis Theis in the season-opening win for the Greenbacks. The senior running back opened the game’s scoring with a 79-yard touchdown run, then followed it up with scoring runs of 29, 14, and 37 yards.