The Smith Center Redmen and Plainville Cardinals will clash again with a state title game appearance on the line.
The Mid-Continent League rivals will meet for the fourth straight year in the state semifinals, with the Redmen (11-0) playing host to the Cardinals (10-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in Smith Center.
Plainville won the sub-state title game against Smith Center in 2016, but the Redmen have ended the Cardinals’ seasons the last two years en route to back-to-back state titles.
Smith Center, which enters on a 20-game win streak, earned a 40-14 win at home against Plainville in the fourth week of the season, but the Cardinals were without standout running back/linebacker Jared Casey, who missed two games with a hand injury.
Plainville’s Jordan Finnesy has thrown for 1,074 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 900 yards. Casey has 1,209 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground and leads the team in tackles with 96.
Smith Center’s stout offensive line paves the way for the Redmen’s patented wishbone offense. Jaden Atwood has rushed for 1,521 yards and 14 touchdowns while Colton Shoemaker has 830 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback Trenton Colby has thrown for 684 yards while rushing for 561.
In the other 1A semifinal, Jackson Heights (9-2) will play at Centralia (10-1). The 1A championship game will be played at Fort Hays State’s Lewis Field Stadium at 1 p.m. Nov. 30.
HOISINGTON AT NORTON
After a thrilling 34-32 win over Conway Springs last week, Norton will look to knock off unbeaten Hoisington in the Class 2A semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday in Norton.
The Bluejays (8-3) will look to avenge a 38-7 loss to Hoisington (11-0) in district play.
Hoisington senior Wyatt Pedigo has enjoyed a monster season, rushing for 2,252 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Norton quarterback Kade Melvin has thrown for 1,645 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 1,118 yards and 18 scores. Senior Luke Wahlmeier has 1,019 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.
In the other 2A semifinal, Nemaha Central (9-2) will meet Riley County (9-2). The Class 2A state championship game will be held at Salina USD 305 District Stadium at 1 p.m. Nov. 30.
Leoti-Wichita County at St. Francis
Outside of a two-point win against Hoxie in Week 4, St. Francis (11-0) has blown out every opponent this season.
The Indians, who will play host to Wichita County at 7 p.m. Friday in the Eight-Man Division I semifinals, rolled to a 50-0 win against Hodgeman County in last week’s quarterfinal.
St. Francis has outscored its opponents 532-42 on the season.
Wichita County (10-1) advanced to the semifinals with a 74-38 win over Little River last week.
The other semifinal is between unbeatens Madison and Canton-Galva in Madison. The Eight-Man Division I championship is game set for 11 a.m. on Nov. 30 at Fischer Field in Newton.
Hutchinson-Central Christian at Osborne
Osborne, state champions in 2013 and ’16, will look to make its second straight appearance in the Eight-Man Division II title game. The Bulldogs (11-0) will face Hutchinson-Central Christian (10-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in Osborne.
Osborne earned a 28-20 win at Kiowa-South Barber last week, while Central Christian held off a furious rally from Thunder Ridge, pulling out a 64-60 win. Osborne beat Thunder Ridge 40-34 in district play.
The Bulldogs are playing without star running back Darrien Holloway, who suffered a season-ending foot injury in the second week of the playoffs against Sylvan-Lucas.
Osborne senior quarterback Steele Wolters has rushed 746 yards and 16 scores while throwing for 496 yards. Senior Evan Garman has a team-high 122 tackles.
The winner will meet the winner between three-time defending state champion Hanover (10-1) and Axtell (10-1) in the title game, which will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 30 in Newton.