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Kade Scott and Pawnee Heights Continue To Break Barriers
By Garrett Ross
When it comes to sports, our society has been programmed to measure success by the number of championships won and records recorded, but what if there weren’t any records to go by?
Six-man football has long been viewed from people not familiar with the game as “not real football”. However, in Texas, the game has record holders and even a Hall of Fame.
Kansas is one of the few states that currently plays six-man football, but when you search the record books, only eleven-man and eight-man records are on file. Pawnee Heights and the other Kansas teams who play the game of six-man football aren’t a part of KSHSSA, which is equivalent to the UIL in Texas.
According to KSHSSA regulations the schools participating in six-man football can’t become affiliated with the organization until they have at least 24 teams playing the game. Next fall there will be 11 teams competing in six-man, which will set up a North and South division.
Kansas previously had six-man programs in the 1940’s and 1950’s, before eventually settling on eleven-man and eight-man programs. During 2016 six-man football made a comeback and has crowned their first two state champions in Weskan(2016) and Pawnee Heights(2017).
Kade Scott is a Junior at Pawnee Heights high school in Rozel Kansas. While Scott has only played two seasons of football, he has produced some very impressive numbers. The downside to what Scott has been able to accomplish, is that his numbers aren’t recognized by the lore of KSHSSA record books.
186 carries 2537 yrs. Rushing 40 TD’s
136 carries 1827 yrs. Rushing 41 TD’s
The Tigers went undefeated in 2017, capping the season off with a dominating 62-12 victory over the Cheylin Cougars. Scott finished the game with 202 rushing yards on 17 carries for 5 touchdowns, he also was 2 for 2 on passing attempts for 63 yards, while hauling in 2 receptions for 51 yards a 1 touchdown.
“Kade is a special player, if players aren’t on time for workouts he is on the phone tracking them down,” Coach Chambers explained “I open the weight room up at 6:00am and Kade is the first one there and the last to leave, he even picks other players up on his way in.”
Coach Chambers is in his second season as Pawnee Heights and while at his previous school they competed against Pawnee Heights in track.
“I saw Kade when he was a freshman in track and I knew that he was a tremendous athlete,” Chambers said “I’ve played a little college football at Oklahoma State and I know what it takes to compete at that level and Kade has it.”
The Tigers came into the 2017 season with high expectations, after having a full year of football under their belts, but they weren’t expecting to go 9-0.
“The mindset of our team is to be the best, then you have to beat the best,” said Chambers
This mindset was tested in the semifinals, as Pawnee Heights was set to play defending state champions Weskan. The Tigers had cruised past the Coyotes earlier in the season, but Weskan wasn’t going down without a fight this time.
“We had our best week of practice all season entering the game with Weskan,” explained Chambers “We were down 34-14 entering the second quarter and we were able to tie the game at 34 entering halftime.”
Pawnee would go on to prevail over Weskan 53-47 in overtime and once again Kade Scott led the charge. Scott had 32 carries for 293 yards and 6 touchdowns against the Coyotes and he also tacked on 15 tackles.
Coach Chambers has been sending highlight film out to college recruiters in attempt to help Scott get a chance at college football. Scott stands 6’1, 191 lbs and has all the necessary intangibles that can’t be coached.
Rozel, Kansas is already home to one football legend in TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson, whose brother Greg lives across the street from Pawnee Heights practice field and is a regular on campus.
Kade Scott is looking to become the next football legend out of Rozel and with a senior season still left to play and a coach that knows how to push him in the direction of collegiate football, the sky’s the limit.
Slocum Routs Aquilla On Their Pursuit To State
By Garrett Ross
Slocum (20-8) earned a first round bye, so when the Lady Mustangs took the floor against Aquilla (20-8) Friday night, they were fresh and ready to roll in the Class 1A Division 2 Area Round matchup.
Aquilla was riding high off their impressive bi-district victory, but the Lady Cougars were just outmatched against an experienced Slocum squad, as they fell 62-27 in Fairfield.
The Lady Mustangs outscored the Lady Cougars 20-7 in the first quarter, behind a balanced offensive attack. Slocum was able to get scores from all five starters, while placing a clamp on the Aquilla offense.
The second quarter was almost a carbon copy of the first, as the Lady Mustangs had five players put points on the board, while only allowing 7 points to the Lady Cougars. Slocum went into halftime with a 37-14 lead and were nowhere near finished.
Slocum proved to be even more dominant on the defensive end during the third quarter, as they only surrendered 4 points to Aquilla. The Lady Mustangs were beginning to rotate players late in the third quarter, with a 46-14 lead at the five minute mark.
Both teams scored 9 points a piece in the fourth quarter, which was a game high for points scored in a quarter for Aquilla and a game low for Slocum.
Slocum will face the winner of the Jonesboro vs Centerville game, with a time and location TBD.
Aquilla Advances Past Oglesby For The Girls 1A Bi-District Championship
By Garrett Ross
The last time the Aquilla Lady Cougars and the Oglesby Lady Tigers met on the hardwood was in November, and the Cougars won that game by 20 points.
Tuesday night in McGregor the Cougars proved to be the more dominant team once again, as they cruised past the Tigers 45-31 winning the Class 1A Region 2 bi-district championship.
“Our goal this season was to make the playoffs, because the last time we had was in 2011,” Aquilla head coach Benja Standford said. “This group is young, I only have one senior, so we needed this to establish confidence going forward.”
The Cougars found early success attacking the rim inside of the paint, but after an adjustment from Oglesby head coach Brian Aycock the Cougars were forced to find other ways to get buckets.
“We started out the game in man, but switched to a 2-1-2 zone,” Aycock explained. “Once we made the adjustment, we were fine.”
Aquilla maintained a lead throughout the first half, while Oglesby made multiple attempts to capture it. The Cougars led 10-5 at the end of the first quarter and able to enter halftime with a 26-15 lead.
The second half was much of the same, as Oglesby wasn’t able to execute on fast break opportunities and the Aquilla defensive pressure forced the Tigers into multiple turnovers.
“It was very important for us to capitalize on those turnovers,” said Standford. “We had to make those layups to maintain our lead.”
The game might not have gone in the favor of Oglesby in the end, but Coach Aycock knows the future is bright for his young squad.
“I’m proud of the way our girls played, we competed hard and were aggressive, while never giving up,” said Aycock. “I started two freshman and one sophomore tonight, so that’s going to pay big dividends for us in the future.”
Aquilla(20-7) will face Slocum(19-8) in the area round of the playoffs, at 6:00 PM Friday, 2/16, in Fairfield.