If you were doing something over the long Thanksgiving break like eating turkey and hanging with friends and family, you may have missed some of the outstanding football action that occurred around the country. Kansas high school State championships were contested, it was rivalry week in college football and a number of compelling pro games were on the schedule.
If you were doing something over the long Thanksgiving break like eating turkey and hanging with friends and family, you may have missed some of the outstanding football action that occurred around the country. Kansas high school State championships were contested, it was rivalry week in college football and a number of compelling pro games were on the schedule. The Tribune sports staff has compiled a summary of some of the more important gridiron goings-on, in case you missed it. Sorry if the game/event you were interested in does not appear here. We can’t include everything. After all, we were on holiday, too! First of all, the winners of the KSHSAA football State championships: 6A Derby defeats Shawnee Mission East 28-21. 5A Blue Valley Stilwell defeats Salina South 27-26. 4A Buhler defeats Coffeyville 31-14 3A Silver Lake defeats Beloit 82-38 2-1A Centralia defeats LaCrosse 61-0 Osborne ( with assistant coach former Prattan Cullen Riner) and Baileyville won 8-man titles last week. The Tribune congratulates all the State winners. For the record, the Tribune correctly predicted 3 out the 5 State winners this weekend— roughly the same percentage that could have been achieved by drawing names out of a hat. Maybe we’ll try that next year! In college football, it was rivalry week as a number of contests around the nation featured grudge matches between long-time arch-enemies. In the match-up closest to home, K-State handled KU easily at Lawrence 31-10. We doubt that anyone was shocked at the outcome. In what had to be the most electrifying conclusion to a game ever, or at least in the top 1/4%, Auburn upended Alabama 34-28 in the Iron Bowl. On the game’s final play, Auburn’s Chris Davis fielded a desperation, last-second 57-yard field goal attempt by Alabama in the end zone and returned it over 100 yards for the winning score after time had run out. Alabama had played poorly, and not been coached well by Nick Saban. They didn’t deserve the BSC 3-peat based upon the way they played Saturday, and now it looks like they won’t be getting it. Sorry, KU fans, but Missouri is prospering after the transfer to the SEC. Currently ranked #5, they defeated Johnny Manziel (that is to say Texas A & M) 28-21 and earned the right to play in the SEC championship game. #14 LSU downed Arkansas 31-27 and #12 Oregon edged Oregon State 36-35, both ranked teams narrowly averting defeat at the hands of their rival. #2 Ohio State escaped a loss to Michigan when the Wolverines choked on a 2-pt. conversion attempt that would have given them the game. 42-41 Buckeyes. That probably sets us up for another gruesome spectacle where a Big 10 team gets mauled in the BSC championship game. Florida State 37, hapless Florida 7. (Anyone see “C’mon, man!” where the two Florida players were blocking each other? Hysterical.) Washington 27, Washington State 17. # 7 Stanford 27, Notre Dame 20. #20 Duke (DUKE? Ranked in FOOTBALL?) 27, North Carolina 25. Yes, there were lots of good rivalry games in college football this weekend. In pro football, Thanksgiving Day featured some decent games. It was nice to see the Lions win on Turkey Day for a change, downing the Packers 40-10. Is it just us, or do the Packers stink with the “Discount D-a-a-a-ble Check guy” on the bench? Cowboys 31-24 over Raiders. Ravens 22, Steelers 20. Pretty good games. In what was maybe the most anticipated Sunday game, the Broncos prevailed in their rematch with the suddenly defenseless Chiefs, 35-28. It’s nice to see the Chiefs offense come to life. It’d be even better if their defense could stop somebody now. If the defense doesn’t remember how to play, we predict the Chiefs will finish 10-6 and lose in the first round of playoffs. Of course, if they do remember how to play, they’ll probably go 11-5 and lose in the first round of playoffs, so maybe it’s not that big a deal. The Tribune sports staff hopes everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. In addition to food, friends and family, the weekend also featured some pretty good football action.