By CONOR NICHOLL
Sports in Kansas will have in-depth previews on all nine classes, six-man to 6A, in the next three weeks. All per-game football statistics and per-game rankings from Conor Nicholl, SIK, along with databases from KPreps and Prep Power Index.
Eight-Man, Division I: Plenty of points and parity
Last year’s Little River’s playoff run encapsulated several themes that will likely shape the 2022 Eight-Man, Division I season: high-scoring offenses, close games, veteran backfields and health of key players.
In the Round of 16, the Redskins trailed by 14 points after the first quarter, though came back to defeat Burlingame, 42-26. Burlingame had played well down the stretch, and then had two key starters injured in the first half.
LR received more than 100 yards of total offense apiece from its junior trio of Rylan Konen, Braxton Lafferty and Braden Young. Burlingame’s dual threat quarterback Colby Middleton accounted for 127 yards of offense. Then-freshman Dane Winters delivered 11 tackles in a young Burlingame secondary.
For the quarterfinals, LR trailed all game until midway through the fourth quarter in a 38-32 road win against Madison. Lafferty finished with 147 yards of offense and three scores. Madison standout running back Bryson Turner caught a 71-yard touchdown pass.
In the semifinals, Little River beat rival Canton-Galva, 76-68, the second-highest playoff game in Kansas annals. LR coach Kevin Ayers, 190-44 in his career, had never coached in a game like the semifinal. Konen suffered an ankle injury, while Lafferty nursed a knee problem entering the state title versus Meade. This summer, Ayers and C-G coach Shelby Hoppes both agreed that each team was completely exhausted after the semifinal.
“Our boys, our coaching staff, we all put everything we had into that game,” Ayers told SIK in July. “And it was such an emotional roller-coaster that we just did not emotionally recover and definitely didn’t physically recover with all the injuries that we sustained there.”
In the final, Meade held off Little River, 22-14. The 13-0 Buffs set a school record for wins and enjoyed the biggest year-over-year improvement of any eight-man program in the last 15 seasons. LR reached Meade’s seven-yard line in the final seconds and couldn’t score. Meade controlled the line of scrimmage. Konen and Lafferty both played hurt. Lafferty missed a sizable chunk of the second half. Ayers called the game “completely frustrating” and said LR’s play “was typically not us.”
The loss has motivated Little River throughout this summer. LR, the 2020 Division I champion, returns its key skill players, including Konen, Lafferty, Young and end Grant Stephens. Ayers is 4-2 all-time in state championship games, and Kansas’ lone coach to ever win eight-man titles at three different schools.
“It definitely has been a motivator, because it’s one of those things, it just sticks with you, and you don’t want that feeling again,” he said. “And you are going to do everything you can to make sure you don’t have that feeling again.”
Overall, Division I teams averaged 34.9 points per game. Nine averaged at least 50.4 points a contest, while 12 scored at least 48 points per game, per SIK research and Prep Power Index archives.
That dozen included Leoti-Wichita County (class-best 55.8 points per game), Madison (53.3), Chase County (52), Hill City (51.8), WaKeeney-Trego (51.6), Hoxie (50.4), Meade (48.9) and LR (48.9).
It’s the highest scoring average and most teams tallying 50 points a contest in Division I in at least the last four years.
Eight of 12 return an electrifying dual threat quarterback and/or a standout running back: Wichita County’s Ehrik Hermosillo, Madison’s Turner, Chase County’s Mitch Budke, Hill City’s backfield of Aiden Amrein, Kaleb Atkins and Jaden Nuss, WaKeeney’s Owen Day and James Kriegh, and LR’s trio.
Hoxie brings back its top three receivers, including eight-man’s top returning pass-catcher with senior Brady Jones (45 catches, 17 receiving TDs). Meade junior Brock Keith, who has won four team championships in three sports: cross country, football and track in his career. Keith finished with 24 catches for 580 yards and five TDs.
Meade senior Grayden Stapleton delivered 34 catches for 664 yards and 12 TDs. Senior Brayden Norris also returns after 128 tackles, 11 for loss.
The returning talent tilts toward the skill players with other squads, too, including Burlingame’s Middleton, West Elk sophomore running back Creyo Koop and Macksville quarterback Ryan Kuckelman. Goessel, a back-to-back state quarterfinalist, has its backfield of Grant Bryant and Jake Wiens. Those squads all averaged at least 39.4 points a contest.
Additionally, South Sumner is the new co-op agreement between Caldwell and South Haven. The teams have played together in junior high for more than a decade. Longtime successful Caldwell coach Sean Blosser will coach South Sumner, nicknamed the Outlaws. Caldwell was second in Division II with 50.4 points per game.
South Sumner will have key players from both Caldwell and South Haven and will be a strong Division I contender. South Sumner returns dual threat senior quarterback Keiondre Smith, a first team all-state Division II pick and 300-meter hurdle 1A track champion. Smith has a Southwestern College football offer.
“What (Smith) can do with his movement and what he sees and what he does on the field is pretty special,” Blosser said. “Try not to overcomplicate it and just let him play is really the big goal, and sometimes we struggle with that as coaches, but…just give him the opportunity to get into space, along with our other athletes and make plays.”
Junior Jackson Risley returns after 113 tackles, three INTs and two sacks.
“He’s a hard-hat kind of kid,” Blosser said. “He’s going to do his job. He’s not going to speak much. He’s going to be there and do everything he can to help his team. He’s the prototypical football player.”
Eight-Man, Division I could challenge state records
The high-octane offenses and returning skill players could put state records in jeopardy this fall.
Currently, the gold standard for dual threat offense comes from 2010 Hill City quarterback Reggie Jordan and 2019 Thunder Ridge back Reece Struckhoff. Jordan tallied a state record 346 points, while Struckhoff set the mark with 54 touchdowns scored. Jordan delivered 3,606 yards of total offense and accounted for 60 touchdowns between passing and receiving.
Last season, Amrein finished second in Kansas among eight-man players with 3,247 yards of total offense, according to MaxPreps. He delivered 1,689 passing and 1,558 rushing. Hermosillo was just behind with 3,221 yards – in just nine games. He finished with 1,771 passing and 1,450 rushing.
Since Brant Douglas took over Wichita County four years ago, the Indians are 34-9 with a 2019 state semifinal and ’20 state runner-up. In that span, WC leads all eight-man football with 54.3 points per game in that stretch.
Smith was fifth in eight-man total offense with 2,926 yards in just 10 games. Smith rushed for 2,027 and passed for 899. Budke contributed 1,975 rushing and 40 rushing scores, along with 579 passing and nine TDs, per Hudl boxscores.
Kuckelman finished with 2,144 total yards, including 1,464 rushing.
Kriegh contributed 1,795 all-purpose yards in nine games.
Turner and Lafferty paced all non-quarterbacks in eight-man in total yards. Turner and Pawnee Heights’ Alec Carlson might be Kansas’ best athletes. Turner delivered 90 carries for 1,523 yards and 29 rushing scores. His 16.9 yards per carry is the highest in recent Kansas history.
Turner caught 27 passes for 674 yards for 14 scores. Turner is the back-to-back 1A state 100-meter champion. He ran 10.71 seconds and broke the 1A state record that had stood since 1995. Turner captured the 200 and was third in the long and triple jump.
Lafferty finished with 2,104 total yards. He collected 1,435 rushing, along with 358 passing and 311 rushing. Konen delivered 1,846 yards, including at least 890 rushing and passing. Middleton, in nine games, finished with 1,818 total yards and 1,171 on the ground. Lafferty and Konen’s fathers are Ayers’ assistant coaches.
“The football IQ for both those guys is just tremendously high, and they have a really good understanding of not only football, but of what we are trying to do,” Ayers said.
Like LR last season, 2022 is likely marked by high-scoring, close games. Multiple teams strongly believe they can win a state title – and have tough memories with how ’21 ended. Seven Division I playoff games were one-score margins.
Canton-Galva and Kinsley dropped down to Division II. Defending champion Meade graduated first team all-state players with QB Torren Haynes, RB Korben Clawson and four-year starting lineman Cullen Lumry. Coach Bryan Luetters took the head football job at nearby Liberal. The class is so deep that Meade is unlikely to open in the top-five preseason rankings.
Little River, Leoti-Wichita County, Hill City, South Sumner and District 2 are the likely favorites. Meade, Hoxie, WaKeeney-Trego, La Crosse, Goessel, Macksville, Clifton-Clyde and Meade are also in the conversation.
West Elk and Sedan are the District 1 front-runners, while South Sumner is the clear District 3 leader.
“It’s a little bit of a wide-open thing, I think,” Ayers said. “We lost some really good kids. Madison lost some really good kids. Canton dropped down. Chase County is a team that was really young, and they have got some really dynamic players, so I think they will be in the mix, and then there’s always those two or three teams that kind of are the sleepers and come out of nowhere, and so you fully expect that to happen as well.”
Lyndon and Ell-Saline move down to eight-man after consistent winning seasons in 11-man. E-S is part of District 5 that includes Clifton-Clyde and Lincoln. C-C coach Russ Steinbrock is 137-71. C-C’s Maison Slater picked off a Kansas-best 12 passes, a school and career record. Key end Seth LeClair returns, too.
Hill City and Hoxie are the headliners for District 6, while Trego, Macksville and La Crosse lead a wide-open District 7. In District 8, Wichita County and Meade should pace the pack.
“One that is sticking out to me that I think a lot of people are sleeping on is Hoxie,” Hill City coach Travis Desbien said. “A team so close to us (32 miles). Just the amount of good athletes that they have. I know they are kind of in a pinch like us as far as linemen and bodies to put on the line, but goodness, I don’t know if there’s another team in the state that has 10 guys that are quality athletes that could …step on the field, and they don’t lose anything going from maybe their fifth at best athlete to probably their tenth-best athlete.”
District 2 has five teams: Chase County (8-2), Burlingame (6-3), Madison (10-1) and a pair of eight-man newcomers, Lyndon and Cair Paravel, will likely compete for four playoff spots. Lyndon moves down after a 6-4 year in 1A. Cair Paravel went 11-0 and won the Kansas Christian state title before it moves into KSHSAA football for the first time. Lyndon has 6-foot-8, 250-pound junior Kaedin Massey, who did well at multiple camps this summer.
Similar to the ’21 playoffs, Chase County coach Brody Vandegrift and Burlingame coach Jeff Slater believe injuries could be a key separator.
“Staying healthy will be key,” Slater said.
CC has nine seniors, returns seven offensive and all eight defensive starters. Burlingame, which has eight straight winning seasons under Slater, returns 47 percent of its tackles, including 76 from Winters.
“There’s no week off,” Vandegrift said. “And when you look at our district, I would almost dare somebody to tell me of a tougher district in the east. With Madison, Burlingame, Lyndon, it’s one of those where you are going to talk rankings later in the season, because a lot of those teams in our district are going to be ranked.”
District 2 and Chase County: “Something I’ve never seen before”
Vandegrift, a former assistant at Victoria, is in his seventh year at Chase County. When Vandegrift first came to CC, he served as an assistant to Derick Budke, also Chase County’s longtime wrestling coach. In ’16, Vandegrift took over as head coach, and Budke became the offensive coordinator. CC went to its spread, read-option offense in Vandegrift’s second season, which really transitioned the program.
“We use that spread offense to live and die by, and I think that’s really what has helped us tremendously as a staff and as a team,” Vandegrift said.
Chase County calls themselves the “West Coast offense.” The basis is a lot of read option and trap game. CC has a special read period every practice.
“Those two things combined together have really made us a diverse offense,” Vandegrift said. “With our ability to have two plays in one.”
Chase County transitioned to eight-man and has posted 4-5, 8-3 and 8-2 marks the last three seasons. 2020 marked the best playoff advancement since a ’90 state runner up showing, which is the best in school annals.
Derick has three boys: Cael, who is currently playing at Emporia State; Mitch and Luke. As a freshman, Mitch started on defense. Cael, built like a fullback, was the starting quarterback. At times, Mitch served as a change-of-pace quarterback in the Bulldogs’ spread, read-option offense. He stepped in as the main quarterback in 2020, delivered a huge sophomore season with 2,033 yards of total offense, 37 scores and 133 tackles.
Last season, Budke delivered 199 carries for 1,975 yards and 40 rushing scores, per SIK research and Hudl research. Budke completed 26 of 46 passes for 579 yards and nine TDs.
Defensively, he delivered 137 tackles at linebacker; Vandegrift believes Budke is a stronger defensive player. Budke, Cal Kohlmeier, Brock Griffin and Gavyn Francis were third in the 2A 400 relay at state track last spring.
“It kind of goes back to those old days of the (coach Roger) Barta era,” Vandegrift said. “When Smith Center went out on the field, they knew that it was there’s to win, and somebody had to take it from them.”
Budke, Kohlmeier and Griffin are the team captains this year. Luke and Mitch Budke and Kohlmeier all qualified for the 3-2-1A state wrestling meet. Vandegrift’s son is nine and participates in youth football and wrestling. Before the state tournament, Mitch Budke finished up a workout. Then, little kids came into the wrestling room. Mitch first took off his shoes, sat down and helped the little kids put their shoes on.
“He’s a great leader on and off the field, but he’s a better person,” Vandegrift said.
Vandegrift calls Budke “one of the most intellectual people that you will ever meet.” Budke is a straight A student who enjoys math and physics. One day, he showed up to practice reading Jules Verne’s 19th-century classic “2,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” After games, Vandegrift said Budke and teammates will play “Roblox” on the way home. Vandegrift noted Budke’s empathy and kindness.
“Something I’ve never seen before,” Vandegrift said of Budke’s all-around character and talent.
Griffin, a junior, finished with 417 rushing yards and 11 scores. He has started at running back and linebacker since his freshman year. Kohlmeier tallied 698 offensive yards and 12 offensive scores. He delivered 67 tackles, nine TFLs and six sacks.
Kohlmeier will likely graduate as Chase County’s all-time sack leader. He transferred to Chase County in 2020 from nearby Emporia when CC remained in-person during COVID. Vandegrift labeled Kohlmeier and Francis “a phenomenal athlete.” Francis is the team’s most experienced offensive lineman.
Junior Colin Monihen (6-3, 150) will play wide receiver and defensive back. Junior Emiliano Zuniga was center last fall and will play some defense, too, this year.
“He will have a huge season,” Vandegrift said. “I expect a lot out of him. He’s kind of my anchor on the offensive line. Very smart, talented kid.”
Senior Jerrick Payton will push for a starting role on the line. Other key players include senior slot back/free safety Dominic Cauthers, senior end Aidan Eidman (6-3, 170) and sophomore Luke Budke.
Chase County led Madison in the second quarter last season, though permitted 454 rushing yards and lost 66-50 against its rival. Chase County struggled with tackling.
“That’s where we were young was our secondary,” Vandegrift said.
CC has lost four straight to Madison under Vandegrift. The last win versus Madison came in 1997. CC has not played Burlingame since ’19. Chase County has lost five in a row to Lyndon dating back to ’08. Plus, Chase County opens with a key non-district game versus Frankfort.
“It never gets easy,” Vandegrift said.
The rest of District 2 is likely highly competitive.
Madison has Kansas’ longest current regular season winning streak. The Bulldogs have not lost a regular season/Week 9 bracket game since the 2017 finale. Madison is 41-4 in the last four seasons with veteran coach Alex McMillian. Madison graduated quarterback Casey Helm, headed to Princeton track and the Kansas Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year. Madison returns solid junior tight end/defensive end Lane Darbro. McMillian told SIK that Madison will experiment some with Darbro at fullback.
Gavin Isch started at cornerback and played some at tight end. He will move to linebacker.
“Looking for them both to step up this year,” McMillian said.
Hayden Helm, Casey’s brother, is expected to take over at quarterback. Madison led Division I in scoring defense with 9.1 points per game.
Besides Middleton, Burlingame returns senior Matthew Heckman, who had 12 catches for 192 yards and three scores. Plus, the Bearcats return Dane Winters (WR/DB), Roman Bayless (WR/DB), Timmy Roberts (TE/DE), and Parker Haid (C/DE). Winters, Haid and Roberts all started as freshmen last season.
“Hoping for a big jump this year to sophomore season,” Slater said.
Cair Paravel graduated quarterback Carter Brian and wide receiver Noah Hastert, who signed with Washburn and Pittsburg State football, respectively. CP returns junior Jachin Bonura, who delivered 43 catches for 812 yards and 12 TDs. Juniors Simon Everhart and Evan Will combined for 42 catches and 12 receiving TDs.
Historically teams take a victory bump when they move to eight-man football. Lyndon posted winning seasons in 11 of the past 12 seasons, including a 2020 state semifinal showing. The Tigers return more than 85 percent of its rushing yards, including junior Jalen Massey, who delivered 150 carries for 789 yards and seven scores. Junior Casten Wirth delivered 42 stops.
Little River: Skill players return, three all-state linemen graduate
Little River graduated its three outstanding linemen with Kaden Schafer, Carter Holloway and Kyle Bruce. All three earned all-state honors, an extreme rarity in eight-man football. Ayers believes senior Toby Jesseph will step into a key role on the line. Ayers said Jesseph “has really come on here physically.” Jesseph has played some linebacker. Little River is 19-0 at home since Ayers took over as head coach, eight-man’s longest current home winning streak.
“He has put on some good weight, and really smart kid, so super excited about him,” Ayers said.
Junior Carter Stansbury and sophomore Ruxton Birdsong have worked on the offensive line. Senior Grant Stephens played offensive guard as a sophomore and switched to tight end in ’21. Ayers noted Stephens “does a lot of dirty work that a lot of people don’t see.” Stephens can block well up front and has the speed and ability to hit a big gain off play action.
“Going into that senior year, guys just realize this is their last go, and Toby has really embraced that,” Ayers said. “He has really stepped forward as a leader for us, too, which is really nice to see.”
Caston Cox has transferred in from Lyons, too.
Little River opens on the road against Canton-Galva in a marquee conference non-district game. LR defeated C-G twice last season in high-scoring, one-score wins. Little River and Goessel (8-3) should pace District 4. Goessel had no player above 201 pounds last season. Jake Wiens delivered 122 carries for 1,227 yards and 20 rushing scores. Bryant rushed for 712 yards and 10 scores and passed for 542 yards.
“We have quality kids, there’s no doubt about that” – South Sumner starts new era as the Outlaws
South Sumner has received plenty of praise for its unique purple and black Outlaws’ mascot. Caldwell is the Bluejays, and South Haven the Cardinals. The eyes of the outlaw feature one blue jay eye and one cardinal eye.
The process to pick the nickname had about 10 kids from each building. They compiled a list of different choices, and let the kids vote. Blosser noted the Outlaw nickname harkens back to the cattleman/Wild West nature of the Kansas-Oklahoma border.
“South Central Kansas has a lot of history with that,” Blosser said.
Blosser called the logo “awesome.” He worked with Aimee Webster, the Caldwell High School art teacher. She designed the logo. The Outlaws co-oped this spring in baseball and softball. For football, Caldwell and South Haven, separated by 12 miles on US-81, will both have two regular season home games. South Sumner could have the most numbers under Blosser, 72-39 in 11 seasons.
“Pretty unique, and it’s pretty special,” Blosser said.
Blosser was extremely pleased with the summer. That included 21 for high school and 14-15 in junior high boys for camp. As of late July, Blosser told SIK that standout junior lineman Matrix Eames (6-foot-3, 246) was expected to not play this season. However, Blosser noted South Sumner should have significant depth with five to six players up front.
“We have a core group of guys right now with work ethics that are real high,” Blosser said. “So we are excited.”
Junior tailback Alex Smith played in four games for South Haven during an injury-plagued season. Smith served as SH’s quarterback with 27 of 66 for 500 yards with eight touchdowns against eight interceptions. He rushed for 52 yards and two scores.
“I think he will be a big difference maker and playmaker,” Blosser said.
South Haven also brings over sophomore Colby Irey into the backfield. Irey delivered a great summer.
“There was a lot of talent there,” Blosser said of SH.
Sophomore Alex Shore and senior Cole Wiens, formerly at SH, could play some at receiver. Junior Cole Theurer and sophomore Tanner Kelly will be factors on the line.
Junior Miles Newell (6-1, 260) is from Caldwell; Blosser said he’s “been a workhorse all summer.”
“We have a lot of work to find out that eight, because we are going to have more competition than what we have had in the past, which is a good thing for our team,” Blosser said.
South Haven enjoyed longtime success under David Hughes until he retired after the 2013 season. Since then, SH has eight straight sub-.500 falls. Caldwell is 45-16 in the last six years. The teams have combined for one all-time finals berth, an ’07 South Haven runner-up. That team lost to Wallace County, then led by Kevin Ayers.
“Opportunity to build a team that we are going to be very proud of,” Blosser said. “We are also in uncharted territory where we have to learn how to deal with adversity.”
Hill City: Depth in the backfield, returns Conner Dinkel
Hill City has clear strengths and areas for improvement. HC has probably Division I’s best backfield with Amrein at quarterback, while senior Kaleb Atkins and junior Jaden Nuss will play running back/hybrid roles. Amrein threw for 32 touchdowns and rushed for 24 en route to breaking several passing school records.
Atkins finished with 110 carries for 834 yards and 13 scores. Nuss delivered 54 carries for 478 yards and nine TDs. Atkins caught the last-second game-winning touchdown pass in a road win versus WaKeeney-Trego that clinched HC’s first all-time district title. He tallied 44 catches for 558 yards and eight scores. Desbien believes Atkins and Nuss will always be on the field together in HC’s spread offense.
“He can run the ball, but he’s also probably one of the most gifted pass-catchers that I have been lucky enough to coach, too, so it gives me a lot of flexibility as far as getting other guys on the field, too,” Desbien said.
Hill City returns outstanding senior Conner Dinkel, an all-league pick at some level every year and an all-state selection in 2021. He will also start on the offensive line and at middle linebacker in the Ringnecks’ two-front defense. Dinkel earned HC’s player of the game honor in the state semifinal loss to Meade. The 5-foot-9, 187-pound Dinkel has 296 tackles in 29 career games. Desbien is unsure who will fill in at the other line positions. HC lost key size at multiple positions and leadership with Cody Presley.
“Throughout the season, we are going to have to develop leaders to make a run like that,” Desbien said. “That’s one thing we are missing right now, but certainly I think we have the talent to. Things are just going to have to play out well for us.”
Like Vandegrift, Slater and others, Desbien echoed a similar refrain. Hill City has Division II powers Osborne and Thunder Ridge in Weeks 1 and 3, respectively, and plays WaKeeney in a Week 2 non-district league game.
“Stay really, really healthy,” he said.
Leoti-Wichita County: Loaded at multiple positions
Wichita County took massive graduation losses after the 2020 state runner-up, though posted a solid 6-3 season last fall. WC split with Hoxie, lost to WaKeeney and Meade, and eclipsed 50 points in seven games. This year, Wichita County is more experienced at many positions.
In nine games, Hermosillo completed 64 percent of his passes with 24 scores against nine interceptions. He rushed for 25 TDs. Junior Wyatt Gardner will be the “Z” position in a hybrid role. He had 30 rushes for 132 yards and three scores. Gardner caught 22 passes for 263 yards and five TDs.
Senior Romeo Terriquez delivered 38 catches for 473 yards and seven TDs. As well, Khris Hermosillo posted a strong freshman season on both sides and will play the “H” position. Hermosillo delivered eight catches for 71 yards and a TD.
Overall, WC returns all its passing yards, 62 percent of rushing yards and 49 percent of receiving yards. Leoti should also improve on 18 turnovers and a plus-four turnover margin.
Defensively, senior Cordell Brown paced the Indians with a team-best 76 tackles, 14 for loss. Khris Hermosillo led with 15 TFLs and was second with five sacks. Brown and Christopher Michel are both returning two-way starters. Michel and Brown start on offensive guard. Michel and Khris Hermosillo at defensive end, and Brown at linebacker.
Webster closing on 100 career victories at La Crosse
La Crosse finished 8-3, won eight straight, and lost to Hill City in the state quarterfinals. The Leopards graduated four-year starting running back Colby Stull, one of eight-man’s all-time most productive rushers on a per-game basis. Coach Jon Webster opens his 13th season as head coach at his alma mater with a 96-42 record. La Crosse averaged 48.3 points a game, No. 12 in the classification.
Stull rushed for 1,721 yards and 24 scores. Junior Caden Morgan is back as another dual threat quarterback. He passed for 732 yards with a 16/5 TD/INT ratio and rushed for 424 yards and six scores. Junior Gage Burk is a strong player on both sides of the ball, including 11 TDs on 55 offensive touches. Morgan finished with 67 tackles, Burk eight TFLs.
Top-15 Scoring Offense (out of 48)
Leoti-Wichita County 55.8
Chase County 52.0
Hill City 51.8
Little River 48.9
La Crosse 48.3
West Elk 44.0
Marmaton Valley 43.6
Doniphan West 42.9
Top-15 Scoring Defense
Little River 18.8
West Elk 22.9
Chase County 24.2
Hodgeman County 25.7
Hill City 26.7
Yates Center 27.8