By Mark Schremmer
Globe Staff Writer
We’ve just turned the calendar to November, and only a handful of southeast Kansas teams remain in the state’s high school football playoffs.
In Class 4A, the SEK League’s Chanute Blue Comets and Coffeyville Golden Tornado and the CNC’s Girard Trojans have advanced to the second round. Meanwhile, the CNC’s St. Mary’s-Colgan Panthers have made it to the second round of the 3A playoffs.
Girard (9-1) will travel to face Chanute (6-4) for a 7 p.m. Saturday kickoff. Coffeyville (8-2) will be on the road against Louisburg (6-4) at 7 p.m. Saturday. Colgan (7-3) hosts Humboldt (8-2) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hutchinson Field.
I will precede the Colgan and Humboldt game in Saturday’s Joplin Globe, but here’s a quick look at the other area Kansas playoff games.
Girard at Chanute
It will be a bit of a thunder vs. lightning matchup when the Trojans and Blue Comets collide in the second round of the 4A playoffs.
Girard uses its wishbone offense to rush for more than 300 yards per game. Chanute likes to put the ball in the air with all-state quarterback Brock Gilmore.
The Trojans are coming off a 34-7 home win against the Columbus Titans on Tuesday. With leading rusher Anthony Scholes out with an injury, Girard quarterback Brayden Johnson ran for 79 yards and a touchdown and running back Caleb Egbert ran for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Girard scored four consecutive touchdowns after Columbus tied the game at 7 in the first quarter.
Chanute held on for a 13-7 win at Paola on Tuesday.
The two teams have faced only two like opponents this year in Parsons and Independence. Girard and Chanute each won both games by lopsided margins.
The game serves as one of the more interesting matchups in this round of the 4A playoffs.
Chanute’s balance and homefield advantage may be the deciding factors.
Schremmer says: Chanute 21, Girard 14
The Coffeyville Golden Tornado boast some of the more electrifying players in the state, and the Louisburg Wildcats seem to be playing their best football at the right time.
Coffeyville is scoring more than 40 points a game and is led by running back Wesley Collins and wide receiver James Newton.
Collins has rushed 1,308 yards and 19 touchdowns with an 8.28 average per rush. The Coffeyville senior has rushed for more than 100 yards six times this season and in each of the past five games.
Newton, the defending 4A state 100 meters champion, is a force to reckon with. The junior has caught only 21 balls, but he has 650 yards and nine touchdowns for a 30.95 average. Newton also has ran the ball 10 times for 181 yards and three TDs and seven touchdowns on returns.
Louisburg is coming a 17-0 win against a previously unbeaten Fort Scott team. The Wildcats have won three of their last four games after starting the season 3-3.
If Coffeyville can stay disciplined and limit mistakes, it could keep playing for another week.
Schremmer says: Coffeyville 28, Louisburg 14