Eight-Man Division I football provided some big-time matchups in Week 2: Hoxie-Osborne, Central Plains-Victoria, Spearville-South Central, Hodgeman County-Medicine Lodge, to name a few.
The headliner was Hoxie-Osborne, with the Indians entering the game ranked No. 1 in Division I and as the defending state champions. After handling Tribune 44-18 in their opener, the Indians figured to have their hands full with Osborne, ranked No. 2 in Division II and coming off an 88-point performance against Hill City in its opener.
For three quarters, it was every bit the battle it was expected to be. Hoxie built a 28-6 first-half lead before Osborne rallied to get within 28-20 in the third quarter.
From there, however, Hoxie dominated. The Indians scored four straight touchdowns and blanked the Bulldogs the rest of the way for a 52-20 victory. Jared Kennedy threw for 100 yards and two scores and Wylie Weems added 159 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Victoria, meanwhile, was looking to take down a second straight ranked opponent after knocking off Division II No. 4 Otis-Bison in Week 1. But Central Plains, No. 2 in Division I, never let the Knights find a rhythm.
The Oilers held Victoria to just 108 yards of total offense and built a 24-0 lead on their way to a 38-8 victory. Alex Hickel ran for two touchdowns for the Oilers.
Spearville started the week No. 4 and with a 23-game SPIAA League winning streak. But South Central ended the Lancers’ run with a 24-8 victory, which moved the Timberwolves into the Division I rankings at No. 5.
Hodgeman County made a case for the No. 5 spot, beating eight-man newcomer Medicine Lodge 36-24.

1. Miege (1);2-0
Stags cruise ahead of gauntlet part of schedule
2. Wichita Northwest (2);2-0
No drama necessary this week as Grizzlies ride Jones’ arm to rout
3. Derby (3);2-0
Panthers drop 55 points on Salina Central in first half
4. Free State (4);2-0
Firebirds post second straight 41-0 victory
5. Aquinas (5);2-0
Saints run for 437 yards against BV Southwest
6. Olathe North (6);2-0
North backfield tandem of Bruce, Sanchez living up to hype
7. Manhattan (7);2-0
Indians hold of Topeka High on controversial ending
8. Carroll (8);1-1
Golden Eagles avoid 0-2 start with win over Heights
9. Blue Valley (10);1-1
Tigers bounce back to beat defending 6A champs
10. Topeka High (9);1-1
Trojans seething after winning two-point conversion waved off

1. Derby (1);2-0
2. Free State (2);2-0
3. Olathe North (3);2-0
4. Manhattan (4);2-0
5. Blue Valley (NR);1-1
Others — Blue Valley North 0-2, Campus 2-0, Gardner-Edgerton 2-0, Junction City 1-1, Topeka High 1-1, Washburn Rural 2-0.
Notes — Was he in or wasn’t he? That was the question of the weekend after Topeka High’s Ky Thomas appeared to give the Trojans a 22-21 overtime win at Manhattan on Friday night. But Thomas was ruled down at the half-yard line, allowing the Indians to escape with the 21-20 win in a battle of top-five teams.

1. Wichita Northwest (1);2-0
2. Aquinas (2);2-0
3. Carroll (3);1-1
4. Mill Valley (4);2-0
5. Maize (NR);2-0
Others — DeSoto 2-0, Great Bend 2-0, Kapaun 2-0, Liberal 1-1, Seaman 2-0, St. James Academy 1-1, Wichita Heights 1-1.
Notes — No. 4 Mill Valley was staring defeat straight in the face, trailing St. James Academy 13-0 with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter. Instead, the Jaguars rallied with two late touchdowns. Quarterback Jordan Preston hit Jayce Zukowski with a 41-yard pass to set up the first score and then found him again for the game-winner on a 12-yard score in a 14-13 win.

1. Miege (1);2-0
2. McPherson (2);2-0
3. Goddard (3);2-0
4. Pittsburg (4);2-0
5. Paola (NR);2-0
Others — Basehor-Linwood 1-1, Andover Central 1-1, Fort Scott 1-1, KC Piper 2-0, Labette County 1-1, Louisburg 2-0, Wellington 1-1.
Notes — Right now, Miege looks like the class of 4A, but the Stags’ upcoming stretch is a murderer’s row. Over the next five weeks, Miege takes on Mill Valley, St. James Academy, Rockhurst (Mo.), Blue Valley and Aquinas for as tough of a stretch as any team could face.

1. Sabetha (1);2-0
2. Andale (2);2-0
3. Hesston (3);2-0
4. Scott City (4);2-0
5. Pratt (NR);2-0
Others — Caney Valley 2-0, Chapman 2-0, Frontenac 1-1, Galena 2-0, Halstead 1-1, Hayden 1-1, Holcomb 1-1, Jefferson West 2-0, Perry-Lecompton 2-0, Smoky Valley 2-0, Wellsville 2-0.
Notes — Great West Activities Conference rivals Scott City and Holcomb split their games last year with Scott City winning the regular-season tilt to take the league title and Holcomb avenging the loss in the playoff on its way to a state championship. The Beavers struck the first blow again this year, blanking Holcomb 24-0.

1. Conway Springs (1);2-0
2. Silver Lake (2);2-0
3. Phillipsburg (3);2-0
4. Garden Plain (4);2-0
5. Nemaha Central (5);1-1
Others — Chaparral 2-0, Humboldt 1-0, Hutchinson Trinity 2-0, Lakin 2-0, Maur Hill 2-0, Osage City 2-0, Riley County 2-0, Rossville 1-1, Southeast-Saline 2-0.
Notes — Played in muddy conditions which limited both offenses, the War on 24 showdown between Silver Lake and Rossville didn’t let the conditions detract from the drama. The Eagles built a 17-7 lead, but had to fight off the Bulldawgs late with Rossville missing a game-tying field goal with five minutes left as Silver Lake held on for a 17-14 win.

1. Smith Center (1);2-0
2. Colgan (2);2-0
3. Elkhart (3);2-0
4. Olpe (4);2-0
5. Ell-Saline (NR);2-0
Others — Jackson Heights 2-0, LaCrosse 1-1, Lyndon 1-1, Oakley 2-0, Plainville 1-1, Sedgwick 2-0, Troy 2-0, Valley Heights 1-1.
Notes — Colgan and Frontenac played their own rivalry game in nasty conditions with Colgan taking a 14-0 victory. Cade Simmons’ 81-yard touchdown run keyed the win, highlighting a 135-yard night on the ground a week after he went for 300 yards and five touchdowns.

1. Hoxie (1);2-0
2. Central Plains (2);2-0
3. Burlingame (3);1-0
4. Clifton-Clyde (5);2-0
5. South Central (NR);2-0
Others — Argonia-Attica 2-0, Bennington 2-0, Caldwell 2-0, Hodgeman County 2-0, Leoti 2-0, Madison 2-0, Sedan 2-0, Solomon 2-0, Spearville 1-1, St. Francis 2-0, Victoria 1-1, Udall 2-0.
Notes — Three of the top five from last week faced major challenges in Week 2 and two of the three survived. Hoxie shut down an Osborne offense that put up 88 points in its opener, rolling to a 52-20 win, while Central Plains denied Victoria its second straight win over a ranked team, winning 32-8. Spearville, meanwhile, couldn’t continue its SPIAA mastery, seeing a 23-game league win streak snapped with a 24-8 loss to South Central.

1. Hanover (1);2-0
2. Rock Hills (3);2-0
3. South Barber (4);2-0
4. Axtell (5);2-0
5. Osborne (2);1-1
Others — Centre 2-0, Frankfort 2-0, Northern Valley 2-0, Otis-Bison 1-1, Stafford 2-0, Thunder Ridge 2-0, Waverly 1-1.
Notes — Axtell’s Quinn Buessing and Hunter Koch were arguably the top pass-catch combo in eight-man football last year. This year, they’re not leaving much argument at all. In two games, Buessing has thrown for 477 yards and 13 touchdowns with Koch catching 18 passes for 289 yards and 10 TDs.