Prep FB roundup: Rural stays perfect with 51-15 romp past Piper

Rick Peterson


Undefeated Washburn Rural set up next week's Centennial League showdown with Manhattan with a 51-15 non-league road romp past Piper Friday night.

BrantonDeWeese2023 5Washburn Rural senior quarterback Branton DeWeese had a big passing night in the Junior Blues' 51-15 non-league romp past Piper. [File photo by Doug Walker/Special to TSN]

The Junior Blues, who improved to 3-0, will host Manhattan, also 3-0, next Friday night at Bowen-Glaze Stadium.

Manhattan, the reigning Class 6A state champion, stayed unbeaten with a 49-7 win over Hays.

Washburn Rural built a 30-15 halftime advantage over the Pirates and added three second-half touchdowns, all on TD passes from senior quarterback Branton DeWeese.

DeWeese connected with senior Titan Osburn for a pair of touchdowns and also connected with senior Rylan Armstrong for the Junior Blues final score of the night.

JamonWilson2023 1Junior running back Jamon Wilson and the Highland Park football team are 3-0 on the season after Friday's 26-13 win over KC-Sumner. [File photo/TSN]

HIGHLAND PARK 26, KC-SUMNER ACADEMY 13 -- Highland Park is off to a 3-0 start for the second straight season after Friday night's 26-13 Meadowlark Conference road victoryover winless Kansas City-Sumner Academy.

The Scots will return to action next Friday night, traveling to Kansas City-Harmon.

CAIR PARAVEL LATIN 62, MARAIS DES CYGNES VALLEY 8 -- Cair Paravel Latin won its second straight game Friday night, rolling to a 62-8 road victory over Marais des Cygnes Valley.

The game was stopped by way of the 45-point spread rule, CPLS's second straight mercy rule victory. as the Lions improved to 2-1 on the season.

The Lions will host Lyndon next Friday night at Highland Park.

SILVER LAKE 29, ST. MARYS 28 -- Silver Lake rallied from a 12-7 halftime deficit to earn a 29-28 Mid-East League decision at St. Marys.

Tanner Martin, Eli Barnes and Logan Cathcart all had big games for the Eagles, who bounced back from a Week 2 loss to Hayden.

Silver Lake, 2-1 on the season, will host Rock Creek next Friday.

DE SOTO 59, TOPEKA WEST 0 -- De Soto bounced back from a Week 2 non-league loss to Washburn Rural with a 59-0 United Kansas Conference victory over Topeka West at Hummer Sports Park.

The Chargers, 0-3 on the year, will play a UKC game at Piper next Firday.

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WU football turns to Van Dyne to lead offense in wake of Simoncic injury

Rick Peterson


Washburn University freshman quarterback Sam Van Dyne envisioned easing into his college football career while learning from Ichabod veteran Kellen Simoncic.

Sam Van DyneSam Van Dyne

But all that changed in last week's home-opener against Missouri Southern when Simoncic went down with a season-ending broken collarbone that required surgery.

And suddenly, in just the second game of his college career, the Ichabod offense was Van Dyne's to run.

"You hate to see a teammate get hurt, but Kellen went down and I'm standing right there and coach goes, 'Kellen's shoulder's messed up,' and I was like, 'Alright, I guess we're doing this,' '' said Van Dyne, a 6-3, 210-pounder out of Liberty North, Mo. "I went and got warmed up and went in and got hit, then I was good. I just had to kind of get the jitters out.''

Van Dyne, who will make his first college start in Saturday's 6 p.m. non-conference game at Lincoln, said he and the WU offense have just been working on making sure they're on the same page in the nine days since a 30-23 loss to Southern.

"It's a little different when you go from high school, where you've been running the same offense for like four or five years,'' Van Dyne said. "You're running a completely new offense, so you're still on the learning curve a little bit and it's not where it's second nature yet.

"We've got a lot young players, so really this week we've been working on getting the signals in and getting lined up properly and things like that because we had a couple of penalties last week for not being lined up properly and not running the right play, things like that.''

But Van Dyne expects to be a lot more at ease in Saturday's game at Lincoln and said he's ready to go.

"Football's football at the end of the day,'' he said. "It's 11 guys on each team and you're trying to score, they're trying to stop you. Really there's not much more to it than that. There's more than goes into it, but that's kind of how I ike to look at it.''

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