Maize (7-0) at Hutchinson (6-1)
An Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division I championship is on the line Friday night at Gowans Stadium.
At 7-0 and 5-0 within the league, Maize sits atop the league standings, but Hutchinson (6-1, 4-0) can win the league outright with a win.
Like Hutchinson, Maize has been battle tested this season. The Eagles defeated Newton by a touchdown in September, and Maize is coming off back-to-back wins against Maize South and Derby by a combined five points.
In addition to Wichita Northwest, Maize is the only undefeated team remaining in all of Class 5A. Maize defeated Hutchinson last year, 55-14.
Haven (5-2) at Sterling (1-6)
Haven has already secured its first winning season since 2001, but with a win over Sterling and a Hillsboro win over Hutchinson Trinity, Haven will host a playoff game.
Haven sits in third place in Class 2A District 5 with a 3-1 district record. Hillsboro is 4-0 within the district, and Trinity is 3-1. Haven owns the tiebreaker over Trinity thanks to last week’s 20-18 win.
Sterling is 1-6 on the year. The Black Bears’ only win came on Oct. 2 in a 62-6 win over the winless Lyons.
Haven has already secured a playoff spot — the first playoff game for the Wildcats since 2012.
Hillsboro (5-2) at Hutchinson Trinity (6-1)
This game will determine the winner of Class 5A District 5.
Hutchinson Trinity suffered its first loss of the season last Friday in a thrilling 20-18 loss at Haven. Despite a superior overall record of 6-1, Trinity sits in second place in the district behind 5-2 Hillsboro, which is 4-0 in the district.
Although the Celtics were disappointed to have their undefeated season come to an end, Trinity can still win the district outright with a home win against Hillsboro on Friday.
Hillsboro began the year 1-2 with losses to Hesston and Smoky Valley by a combined seven points. Since then, the Trojans are 4-0 — all the wins coming within the district. Both teams have already secured a playoff spot, but the winner will be guaranteed a home playoff game.
Smith Center (6-1) at Inman (6-1)
Perennial power Smith Center travels to Inman in a highly anticipated matchup in Class 1A.
Each team lost a close Week 1 game and have since rebounded with six straight wins.
Smith Center lost at Norton 16-14 and has rebounded with six wins. Smith Center’s closest games were a 21-13 win over Phillipsburg and a 19-7 win at Plainville.
Since falling at Hutchinson Trinity, 26-20, in Week 1, Inman has dominated in all six of its wins, including a 35-7 against Plainville.
The winner of this game will be the champion of Class 1A District 3, while the loser will be the runner up.
Pretty Prairie (2-4) and Moundridge (3-4)
Pretty Prairie currently sits in second place in Class 8-Man Division I District 5, but the Bulldogs have not locked up a playoff spot yet.
Argonia-Attica (6-1, 3-0) has secured the district championship, while Fairfield (0-7, 0-4) is the only team in the district eliminated. That leaves four teams still alive for three district spots, including Pretty Prairie.
Pretty Prairie travels to Moundridge and the winner locks up a playoff spot. The Bulldogs are 2-4 overall but 2-1 within the district. After an 0-3 start, Pretty Prairie has won two of its last three games.
Pretty Prairie was scheduled to play Goessel last Friday, but Goessel has had its last two weeks canceled. Goessel is 2-1 within the district, while Medicine Lodge (1-4, 1-2) is also in the mix.
Moundridge is 3-4 overall and 2-2 within the district. The Wildcats have district wins over Medicine Lodge and Fairfield, and district losses to Goessel and Argonia-Attica.
Stafford (4-3) at Hutchinson Central Christian (3-4)
Hutchinson Central Christian has lost four of its last five games, but the Cougars still have a chance to reach the playoffs with a win against Stafford.
In Class 8-Man Division II District 6, two of the four playoff spots have been secured, and four teams are fighting for the final two spots.
Norwich (4-3, 4-1) and Caldwell (5-2, 4-2) have already locked up playoff spots.
South Barber will likely pick up the third playoff spot barring an upset against South Haven (1-6, 0-5). That leaves Peabody-Burns, Central Christian and Stafford fighting for that final spot. Peabody-Burns travels to district-leader Norwich, giving the winner of Central Christian and Stafford a solid chance of making the playoffs.
Augusta (3-4) at McPherson (6-1)
With a win, McPherson will be the No. 1 seed in Class 4A West, which would secure the Bullpups home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The only thing standing in the way between McPherson and a 4A West title is Augusta, who is 3-4 on the year and has won back-to-back games. In Augusta’s last two victories, the Orioles have scored at least 41 points in each game.
The Bullpups will be heavy favorites, and a win would give McPherson a 4-0 record within the AVCTL Division III.