Out of the playoffs
Kaw, Delaware valley teams knocked out
And then there were none.
Tonganoxie and Lansing were the Kaw Valley League's last two representatives in this year's state football playoffs.
Hayden ended Tonganoxie's season for the second consecutive year with a 41-0 victory Saturday in Tonganoxie. Also for the second straight year, Holton knocked Lansing out of the playoffs. Holton held a slim 10-7 lead at halftime, but the Wildcats erupted in the second half on their way to a 36-7 victory. Both teams, which were in the Class 4A playoffs, finished their seasons with 9-2 records.
The Kaw Valley League started the playoffs with four teams, but that number dwindled to two because they played each other in the first round -- THS defeated Bishop Ward, 18-14, and Lansing outlasted Perry-Lecompton, 31-28. Bishop-Ward ended the year at 5-5, while Perry-Lecompton finished the season 8-2.
In the Delaware Valley League, McLouth was one of the last teams still standing in the second round Saturday. But the Bulldogs also saw their season come to an end. Silver Lake defeated the Bulldogs, 21-8, in 3A and improved to 11-0. MHS ended the season at 10-1.
The DVL had four other teams advance to the playoffs -- Doniphan West, Troy, Jefferson County North and Pleasant Ridge. In 2A, Doniphan West defeated Troy in the first round, 28-21, and then lost in the second round to St. Mary's, 30-0. Also in 2A, Jefferson County North fell to Centralia, 48-6 in the first round. And in 3A, Pleasant Ridge lost to Rock Creek, 35-14. Rock Creek entered the playoffs with a 4-5 record, but pulled off the win against the Rams, whose only loss this year was to McLouth.
JCN finished its season at 4-6, while Troy was 6-4. Doniphan West went 8-3, while Pleasant Ridge finished 8-2.
The playoffs continue Friday with sectionals in 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A and 2-1A. Eight-man Divisions I and II will have substate Friday and state Nov. 19. The larger classes will have substate Nov. 18 and state Nov. 26.