BY DAVID JINRIGHT
Thomas More Prep-Marian played host to the Ellis Railroaders last Friday in a county matchup. TMP came into the contest with a 3-1 record, while Ellis was 0-3. Consistency on both sides of the ball showed to be the true key for the Monarchs, where they scored once each quarter offensively and put up a shutout on defense – leading to a 27-0 Monarch victory.
TMP moved to 4-1 on the season and Ellis dropped to 0-4. When asked about the final stretch of the season and the potential for a postseason, TMP Head Coach Jay Harris said they are taking it day by day.
“Right now we like to take it one game at a time with the team goal being to advance to the postseason,” Harris said. “But for now we’ll take it game to game.”
Monarch Junior, Kade Harris stood out with an all around game. With 182 all-purpose yards and 12 tackles on defense, Coach Harris highlighted Kade as a “spark to the team” when he performs like that. TMP will take on Southwestern Heights (1-4) this Friday, while Ellis will host Smith Center (5-0) on Monday October 11.
Across Ellis County, Victoria picked up yet another victory this weekend when they beat Central Plains 56-6. The Knights moved to 4-1 on the season and take on Wilson (1-4) next week. Trego stayed undefeated this weekend after a 30-point victory over Rawlins County. Trego will take their winning streak on the road next week as they travel to Decatur Community (3-2).
Moving up a level, Fort Hays State showed up and showed out this weekend for homecoming. The now 3-2 Tigers faced the then 12/15 ranked and MIAA leading University of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers.
Trailing 21-0 halftime, the hometown Tigers outscored the Lopers 42-14 in the second half on their way to an upset over their old RMAC rivals. This weekend the Tigers will travel to Yager Stadium in Topeka, where they will take on the Washburn Ichabods. The Ichabods also 3-2 coming off of a tough loss at Emporia State.
The Wildcats from Kansas State University played host to the 6th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on K-State Athletics Hall of Fame Weekend. K-State fought valiantly, but to no avail. The Sooners walked out of Manhattan with a 37-31 victory. The Wildcats have a bye week this week, but return to action October 16, where they will host Iowa State.
Kansas dropped their football record to 1-4 this past weekend when they traveled to Ames, Iowa to take on the Iowa State Cyclones. The Jayhawks lost by a tally of 59-7 and dropped to 10th in the 10 team Big 12 conference. The Jayhawks will also have a bye week this week, but return to Lawrence on October 16 for a homecoming matchup with Texas Tech.