KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Thanksgiving weekend always means State Championship Saturday in the high school ranks.
In the Kansas Class 6A final in Topeka, perennial power Hutchinson faced the little engine that could, Shawnee Mission West. The SMW Vikings flew under the radar much of the season, but kept finding ways to win, and Saturday it was Brett Sterbach leading a potent rushing attack.
Sterbach ran for 273 yards and a score while Andre Maloney ran for a touchdown and notched an interception. Shawnee Mission West won the state championship, beating Hutchinson 19-14.
Bishop Miege's Cinderella run through the 5A playoffs ended with a beating at the hands of undefeated Bishop Carroll. This team from Wichita is a buzz saw, rolling Miege 60-21.
Montel Cozart threw two touchdowns in the losing effort. The Stags had a remarkable postseason run - they entered the playoffs with a losing record and made it all the way to championship game,
finishing 7-6 on the season.
The Eudora Cardinals had to settle for second place for the second straight year. The Cards were shutout by undefeated Holton 21-0 in the 4A final in Salina. Eudora finished another great season with a 12-2 record.