Week Eleven in Kansas City saw the state playoffs in Kansas and Missouri crank up to full-speed. Scout breaks down the best from the top recruits and the other names to know.
The first round of the Class 6A playoffs provided the first upset of the postseason, as 8-1 Gardner Edgerton played host to 6-3 Olathe East. With the state’s best running back in four-star prospect Traevohn Wrench, many saw the Blazers as a heavy favorite in the 3-6 matchup in the East Regional. The Kansas commit ran for 129 yards on 26 carries, but was shutout of the end zone. The Hawks controlled the pace with their ground game, as Jordan Brown and Jalen Branson combined for 213 yards and two rushing touchdowns, highlighted by Branson’s 66-yard scoring run early in the first quarter. A late safety by the East defense of Gardner quarterback Jared Hobby capped a huge night for the Hawks, as Olathe East shocks Gardner, 19-7.
Elsewhere in Class 5A playoff action, Blue Valley traveled to Topeka to take on Shawnee Heights. The Tigers took it to the Thunderbirds, as RB Chance Nelson carried the ball 23 times for 180 yards and three TDs on the ground. QB Logan Brettell completed almost 70% of his passes for three TDs, en route to 224 yards of total offense. Illinois commit Henry McGrew led the Tiger defense with nine tackles, as Blue Valley downed Shawnee Heights, 42-14.
Bishop Miege hosted Lansing in another 5A postseason matchup, and it was more of the same for the Stags and junior QB Ryan Willis. The three-star prospect has returned to form after missing time during district play, with 232 yards and four TDs Friday night against the Lions. Wide receiver McKinley Johnson caught three Willis passes for 92 yards and a TD. Bradley Ivey had five tackles and two tackles for loss as Miege rolls, 52-14.
Belton traveled to Lee’s Summit West on Wednesday night, and the Titans proved why they are considered one of the most talented squads in Missouri. QB Thomas Ganaden completed nearly 78% of his passes on the night, good for 151 yards and two scores. Four-star WR and Nebraska commit Monte Harrison was everywhere for West, with four receptions for 129 yards and two TDs, a carry for 29 yards, and a 66-yard punt return for a score. Lee’s Summit West wins going away, 56-0.
In another mid-week playoff tilt, Fort Osage hosted North Kansas City. Sophomore quarterback Skylar Thompson was very efficient, completing 7 of 9 for 109 yards and two TDs, while RB Ezra Vaoifi raced for 187 yards and a pair of scores on the ground. Jesse McBee added a 75-yard kickoff return for a TD, as the Indians take down the Hornets 49-7.
Blue Springs was looking for their twenty-first consecutive win Friday night as they hosted rival Blue Springs South in the second round of the Missouri Class 6 playoffs. Four-star RB Dalvin Warmack was the story for the Wildcats, as the Kansas State commit raced for 210 yards and four TDs. Standout WR Darius Shepherd chipped in with nine catches for 117 yards and two TDs, while another K-State commit, Kaleb Prewett, logged six tackles and an interception to lead the defense. Blue Springs is again dominant, rolling past the Jaguars 40-0.