Week Five in Kansas City saw big numbers again on both sides of the state line, but the biggest came from The Sunflower State. A pair of Eastern Kansas League squads combined for over 100 points and nearly 1,300 yards of offense on a wild Friday night in the metro. Scout.com breaks down the biggest numbers from Kansas City.
Week Five brought more highlights from Kansas City, with the area’s best prospects continuing to put up big numbers as September drew to a close.
In a rematch of last year’s Class 6A state semifinal, defending State Champion Shawnee Mission West put their undefeated record on the line at Lawrence Free State. Firebirds quarterback and Kansas commit Joe Dineen threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, chipping in with 236 yards of total offense. Dineen connected with wide receiver Khadre Lane on a 26-yard completion, beating another Kansas commit, Andre Maloney, for the score just before halftime. Free State forces three Viking turnovers in the second half and knocks off the top team in the state, defeating West 35-14.
In another of the week’s marquee matchups, 3-0 Bishop Miege travelled to Eastern Kansas League rival Gardner Edgerton. In a game that saw both teams combine for 1,299 yards and 107 points, the biggest stars did not disappoint. 2015 QB Ryan Willis completed 62% of his passes, going 39 of 63 for 567 yards and six touchdowns for the Stags. Willis had three different targets go over 100 yards, led by Michael Murphy’s record-setting 18 receptions for 274 yards and 3 TDs. Blazers running back and Kansas commit Traevohn Wrench raced for 336 yards and four TDs, including an 80-yard score on the game’s first offensive play. Gardner holds serve at home, defeating the stags 55-51 in one of the best games of year so far in Kansas.
Five-star prospect Braden Smith was a key contributor on both sides of the ball as Olathe South hosted Shawnee Mission South. Playing the offensive guard position, Smith paved the way for a big effort from RB Kyhiem Matthews, as the sophomore gained 174 yards on 20 carries, highlighted by an 82-yard TD run. Smith also turned in a strong effort from his nose tackle spot, logging five tackles from the defensive line. Shawnee Mission South DB prospect Rakeim Abdul led the Raiders with 142 yards and a TD. Olathe South beats Shawnee Mission South, 21-7.
After snapping a three-game losing streak last week against Kansas Class 6A power Hutchinson, Rockhurst looked to make it two in a row as they hosted blue Springs South. 2015 RB Kiah Kintchen led the way for the Hawklets, with 88 yards and two TDs on just 11 carries. Sophomore A.J. Taylor showed flashes running the football and in the return game, with 100 all-purpose yards on just seven touched. Linebacker Luke Arbanas’ 7 tackles led a strong defensive effort, as Rockhurst took down the Jaguars, 27-6.
Defending Class 6 State Champion Blue Springs entered Friday night’s matchup with Liberty 4-0, riding a 14-game winning streak, with 378 days since their last loss. All-everything RB Dalvin Warmack just keeps rolling, as the Kansas State commit ran for 188 yards and four TDs against the Blue Jays. 2015 QB Ian Brown threw for 238 yards, connecting with receiver Darius Shepherd 10 times for 164 and a TD. Liberty junior Devon Bryant had 138 yards and a score on just 11 carries, but it wasn’t enough, as Blue Springs defeated the Blue Jays, 38-21.
A week after falling to Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit West showed no ill effects against cross-town rival Lee’s Summit North. The Titans’ ground game was the story, as Royce Boehm’s squad rushed for 319 yards on the night. Senior RB DeMarcus Edwards averaged nearly 10 yards per carry, picking up 126 yards and TD on just 13 carries. His backfield mate, 2015 prospect Ryan Williams, added 55 yards and a TD, while senior receiver and Nebraska commit Monte Harrison chipped in with 49 rushing yards and a TD of his own. Lee’s Summit West gets back to their winning ways, 35-3 over the Broncos.
Raymore-Peculiar took the field at Lee’s Summit Friday night with the unenviable task of stopping 2015 QB Drew Lock. The four-star prospect was 22 of 33 for 306 and 2 TDs. Senior WR Levi Fountain caught 7 of those passes for 196 receiving yards and a pair of scores for the Tigers. Ray-Pec RB Steve Brown found plenty of room to run against the Lee’s Summit defense, rushing for 139 yards and a TD, while Iowa State commit Scotty Schaffner snagged five passes for 71 yards and a score through the air. The Tigers proved to be too much, as Lee’s Summit moves to 5-0, defeating Ray-Pec 44-38.