Playoff preview: Pioneers, Bobcats, Lions face tough tests in second round

Jason Brown
Shown is Leavenworth linebacker Trenton Harper (No. 15)

The second round of the Kansas high school football playoffs kicks off Friday night with Leavenworth (4-3) in the 5A bracket as well as Lansing (5-3) and Basehor-Linwood (6-3) in the 4A bracket. The Pioneers will face United Kansas Conference champions De Soto in a rematch of the two team’s 35-28 game earlier in the season that went in the Wildcats’ favor. Leavenworth is coming off a 62-15 defeat of Topeka West in the first round that saw sophomore quarterback Eddie McLaughlin run for four touchdowns and throw for another. Senior running back Keenan Brown caught a touchdown and ran for three more.

Here are previews of the three playoff games happening around Leavenworth County:

Leavenworth (4-3) at De Soto (7-1)

  • Where: De Soto High School
  • When: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last week: 62-15 win vs. Topeka West

Basehor-Linwood (6-3) vs. Eudora (3-6)

  • Where: Basehor-Linwood High School
  • When: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last week: 35-16 win vs. Atchison

Stat leaders

  • Isaac Stanton (QB): 64.3 completion %, 2,210 yards, 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
  • Jordan Brown (WR): 55 receptions, 871 yards and 15 touchdowns
  • Zack Sisemore (RB): 229 carries, 1,382 yards and 17 touchdowns

Lansing (5-3) vs. Tonganoxie (8-1)

  • Where: Tonganoxie High School
  • When: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Last week: 48-6 win vs. Field Kindley

Stat leaders

  • Caden Crawford (QB/LB): 53.8 completion %, 1,065 yards, 12 touchdowns, seven rushing touchdowns, and 51 tackles
  • Dylan Ward (LB): Team-leading 87 total tackles, 52 solo and five tackles for loss
  • Malik Benson (WR): 27 receptions, 686 yards and 10 touchdowns