Predictions for the Kansas high school football state semifinals by the Kansas sports writers

Billy Watson
The Hutchinson News
Southeast of Saline's Chase Poague (4) hurdles Cheney's Carson Middleton (18) in the Trojans' Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 victory at Cardinal Field.

We are down to two weeks left in the Kansas high school football season. 

This week, the Kansas sports writers from Gannett and CherryRoad Media make their picks for who will advance to the state championships next Saturday at the various sites across Kansas. Here are the writers' season records:

Chuck Cheney, Butler County Times-Gazette: 105-60

Seth Kinker, Topeka Capital-Journal: 97-68

Dylan Sherwood, Salina Journal: 106-59

Billy Watson, The Hutchinson News: 114-51

Greg Williams, Wellington Daily News: 110-55

Here are this week's picks:

The Rossville Bulldogs celebrate their 56-14 victory over Riverton to claim the Class 2A Substate title Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

6A Blue Valley West (7-4) at Blue Valley Northwest (10-1)

Chaney: Blue Valley Northwest

Kinker: Blue Valley Northwest

Sherwood: Blue Valley Northwest

Watson: Blue Valley Northwest

Williams: Blue Valley Northwest

6A Lawrence (9-2) at Derby (10-0)

Chaney: Derby

Kinker: Derby

Sherwood: Derby

Watson: Derby

Williams: Derby

5A St. Thomas Aquinas (7-4) at Mill Valley (10-1)

Chaney: Mill Valley

Kinker: St. Thomas Aquinas

Sherwood: Mill Valley

Watson: Mill Valley

Williams: Mill Valley

5A Maize (9-2) at Kapaun Mt. Carmel (10-1)

Chaney: Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Kinker: Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Sherwood: Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Watson: Kapaun Mt. Carmel

Williams: Kapaun Mt. Carmel

4A Bishop Miege (5-6) at St. James Academy (7-4)

Chaney: St. James Academy

Kinker: Bishop Miege

Sherwood: St. James Academy

Watson: St. James Academy

Williams: St. James Academy

Buhler Athletic Director Justin Seuser, right, hands the Class 4A Sectional Championship trophy to the Buhler Crusaders after they defeated Mulvane 7-0 Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 in Buhler.

4A Andover Central (10-1) at Buhler (10-1)

Chaney: Andover Central

Kinker: Andover Central

Sherwood: Buhler

Watson: Buhler

Williams: Andover Central

3A Holton (11-0) at Frontenac (9-2)

Chaney: Holton

Kinker: Holton

Sherwood: Holton

Watson: Holton

Williams: Holton

3A Andale (11-0) at Southeast of Saline (11-0)

Chaney: Andale

Kinker: Andale

Sherwood: Southeast of Saline

Watson: Andale

Williams: Andale

Silver Lake Austin Schulz (left) celebrates with  Brogan Renfro (20) after scoring a touchdown Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Silver Lake High School in Silver Lake, Kan.

2A Silver Lake (9-2) at Rossville (11-0)

Chaney: Rossville

Kinker: Rossville

Sherwood: Rossville

Watson: Silver Lake

Williams: Rossville

2A Kingman (10-1) at Beloit (8-3)

Chaney: Kingman

Kinker: Kingman 

Sherwood: Kingman

Watson: Kingman

Williams: Kingman

1A Olpe (11-0) at Centralia (9-2)

Chaney: Olpe

Kinker: Olpe

Sherwood: Olpe

Watson: Olpe

Williams: Olpe

Inman's Kyler Konrade (middle) celebrates with Tanner Heckel (left) and Jace Doerksen (right) after a touchdown to beat Conway Springs 26-13 in the sectional round of the KSHSAA playoffs.

1A Inman (11-0) vs. Sedgwick (11-0) at Newton

Chaney: Inman

Kinker: Inman

Sherwood: Inman

Watson: Inman

Williams: Inman

8man I Canton-Galva (10-1) at Little River (11-0)

Chaney: Little River

Kinker: Canton-Galva

Sherwood: Little River

Watson: Little River

Williams: Canton-Galva

8man I Hill City (10-1) at Meade (11-0)

Chaney: Meade

Kinker: Meade

Sherwood: Meade

Watson: Meade

Williams: Meade

8man II Axtell (11-0) at Thunder Ridge (11-0)

Chaney: Thunder Ridge

Kinker: Thunder Ridge

Sherwood: Axtell

Watson: Thunder Ridge

Williams: Thunder Ridge

8man II Victoria (10-1) at Wheatland-Grinnell (10-1)

Chaney: Wheatland-Grinnell

Kinker: Wheatland-Grinnell

Sherwood: Victoria

Watson: Victoria

Williams: Wheatland-Grinnell