Mill Valley traveled to Stilwell to take on Blue Valley in the second round of the Kansas Class 5A Playoffs. Linebacker Henry McGrew led the Tigers with 13 tackles and a sack, while the Illinois commit also got on the scoreboard with a rushing touchdown. The ground game was the story of the night for Eric Driskell’s squad, as Blue Valley rolled up 339 rushing yards, led by Chance Nelson’s 142 yards and a score. The Tigers shutout Mill Valley 38-0, setting up an Eastern Kansas League showdown with Blue Valley West in the State Semifinal.
In Class 6A, Shawnee Mission East looked to continue their run to the State Championship game at Olathe East, and the Hawks were ready. Running back Jalen Branson had 143 rushing yards and a touchdown on just 13 carries, highlighted by a 62-yard sprint to the end zone. The Lancers got 196 yards from their backfield, led by Ryan Carter’s 82 yards and a TD. SME Quarterback Gunnar Englund only attempted five passes, but he made them count, with two of his three completions crossing the goalline. Shawnee Mission East moves on, edging Olathe East 20-13, and is now a game away from playing for the school’s first-ever State Championship.
Elsewhere in 6A, Olathe North headed to Douglas county to face Lawrence Free State. After falling to the Eagles in their only loss of the regular season, the Firebirds looked to Kansas commit Joe Dineen to lead them. Dineen accounted for all three of his squad's TDs, throwing for 291 yards and two scores, with 72 yards and a TD running the football. Keith Loneker caught both TD passes, and had 144 receiving yards on the night. But the story was the Olathe North defense, led by four-star linebacker and TCU commit Jimmie Swain. The Eagles forced six turnovers and limited the explosive Free State offense to just one big play, as Olathe North holds on to win 22-18.
Monday night, Winnetonka took the field at Fort Osage to face the Indians in a Missouri Class 5 playoff matchup. Sophomore QB Skylar Thompson was again impressive for Fort O, completing almost 58% of his passes for 142 yards and two TDs. Ezra Voifi continued to make his case for the Simone Award, with 31 carries for 127 yards and two scores on the ground, with another 48 yards and a TD through the air. The standout RB also helped limit Winnetonka to just 63 yards of total offense, chipping in with seven tackles on defense, as Fort Osage wins in dominant fashion, 42-7.
In a matchup of two Class 6 powers, Lee’s Summit traveled to Blue Springs to try and stop the Wildcats run to a second straight state title. Ian Brown out-dueled four-star QB Drew Lock, throwing for 226 yards on just five completions, with Kansas State commit Kaleb Prewett on the receiving end of three TD passes. Blue Springs RB Dalvin Warmack had 138 yards and three scores, as the Wildcats rolled, 63-21.
Saturday afternoon, Lee’s Summit West headed to Springfield to take on Kickapoo in Class 5. Titans QB Thomas Ganaden completed nearly 70% of his throws, including four TD passes. RB Brenner Clemons had 166 yards of total offense and three scores on the night, highlighted by a 75-yard TD catch from Ganaden. Nebraska commit Monte Harrison had 119 all-purpose yards and two TDs. Lee’s Summit West rolls, 51-14.