Game day! High school football opens tonight. Check out schedule, top matches

By Joanna Chadwick

Schedule is below

It’s only fitting that the 2021 football season will open on Thursday with Bishop Carroll playing at Northwest.

This is an outstanding rivalry, of course, between schools separated by about a mile on Tyler Road.

And then there’s the stellar football both are well-known for.

Northwest has played in three straight Class 5A title games, while Bishop Carroll won 5A titles in 2012, 2014 and 2017.

Carroll is retooling its defense after losing key players to graduation, so Andrew Bye, who is 6-foot, 215 pounds, moved to linebacker. He will provide plenty of communication and football smarts that will be key for a young defense.

Tate Blasi is a standout junior for Carroll, and will be a key part of the offense.

The Grizzlies are young defensively, too, with three returning starters, including Nate Carter, who is 6-2, 245.

Northwest’s offensive line is loaded with seniors Kevyan Stalling, Diego Guettierez, James Gilbertson and juniors Jacob Lamb and Alex Herrera.

That line will protect an excellent backfield. There’s quarterback Geremiah Moore, who has offers from Army and Navy, and running back LJ Phillips, who has speed and toughness and joins a long line of top-notch running backs at Northwest.

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Some of the other games to watch include Garden Plain and Conway Springs, always an excellent rivalry, and Goddard vs. Buhler.

East, whose top defensive player is Tobi Osunsanmi, opens against Hays. The Indians are led by Jaren Kanak (6-2, 210), who committed to Clemson where he will likely play linebacker. He ran a 10.37 in the 100 meters in the spring.

A notable absence is Derby, which couldn’t find a game.

Derby was scheduled to play Newcastle, but the Oklahoma school canceled, despite being in the second year of a two-year contract.

The Panthers contacted 32 schools in eight states, all in hopes of finding an opponent, but had no luck.

Derby has won three straight Class 6A titles, including six of the past eight seasons.

 

Thursday

Bishop Carroll 37, Northwest 27

Friday

Arkansas City vs. Winfield

Augusta vs. Coffeyville

Beloit St. John’s-Tipton vs. Sylvan-Lucas

Bluestem vs. Humboldt

Burlingame vs. Madison

Central-Burden vs. South Haven

Chanute vs. Circle

Chaparral vs. Trinity Academy

Cheney vs. Kingman

Clay Center vs. Abilene

Clearwater vs. Belle Plaine

Dodge City vs. West

East vs. Hays

Eisenhower vs. Heights

El Dorado vs. Independence

Flinthills vs. Cedar Vale-Dexter

Garden Plain vs. Conway Springs

Goddard vs. Buhler

Goessel vs. Canton-Galva

Hesston vs. Haven

Hoisington vs. Pratt

Hutchinson Trinity vs. Inman

Kapaun vs. Wichita South

Larned vs. Lyons

Maize vs. Andover

Maize South vs. Great Bend

Marion vs. Ell-Saline

McPherson vs. Salina South

Minneapolis vs. SE-Saline

Moundridge vs. Chase County

Mulvane vs. Collegiate

Newton vs. Andover Central

Nickerson vs. Hillsboro

North vs. Southeast

Norwich vs. Attica-Argonia

Oxford vs. Caldwell

Peabody-Burns vs. Little River

Pratt Skyline vs. South Barber

Pretty Prairie vs. Hutchinson Central Christian

Remington vs. Douglass

Republic County vs. Beloit (canceled)

Rose Hill vs. Andale

Salina Central vs. Campus

Sedgwick vs. Sterling

Smoky Valley vs. Halstead

Triplains-Brewster vs. Medicine Lodge

Udall vs. West Elk

Valley Center vs. Hutchinson