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Hayden wary of Coffeyville despite record
2013 state runner-up has Cats’
full attention entering clash
By Rick Peterson

rick.peterson@cjonline.com

On paper, Friday’s 7 p.m.
Hayden-Coffeyville Class
4A Division I playoff game
at Hayden looks like a mismatch.
Hayden is 8-1 and rolled
to the District 6 championship while Coffeyville
is  just 3-6 and went 1-2 in
District 5 and  got into the
playoffs by way of a tiebreaker over two other
schools.
But Hayden coach Bill
Arnold has been quick to

point out to his Wildcats
that Coffeyville was the
runner-up in 4A just a season ago and still returns
some talented players from
that team.
“They’ve got a record
that’s very deceiving,” Arnold said. “They’ve played
some good competition this
year, and they’re very big,
probably one of the biggest
teams up front that we’ve
seen all year long, and a lot
of speed in the backfield. I
think the strength of their

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Jeff West, Santa Fe Trail show
perseverance to make playoffs
By Brent Maycock

brent.maycock@cjonline.com

September 2014 file photograph/THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL

Hayden quarterback Jacob Head, left, has passed for
1,281 yards and thrown 20 touchdowns this season.

OVERBROOK — Coming into the 2014 season,
Jefferson West coach Steve
Johnson truly believed
the Tigers had more than
enough pieces to qualify
for the playoffs for the
third straight year.
Sure enough, the Tigers
made good on that belief.
A 41-27 victory over Big
Seven League rival PerryLecompton last Friday
clinched West a spot in the
Class 4A Division II play-

offs as the runner-up qualifier in District 1.
Getting to the postseason, however, was a journey that truly tested the
Tigers’ faith they would
get it done. West started
the season 1-5 before winning two straight to get to
3-5 and earned the Tigers a
trip to Santa Fe Trail (7-2)
for Friday’s playoff opener.
“We hung in there,” Johnson said. “Part of it was we
had some key injuries right
at the very beginning of the

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Kansas city Chiefs

End zone eludes WRs
file photograph/THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL

Washburn Rural’s Austin Halsey, right, and the Junior
Blues are seeking the fourth 6A title in school history.

Junior Blues set
sights on second
title in 3 seasons
Rural expecting stiff test from
Blue Valley Northwest in semis
By Rick Peterson

rick.peterson@cjonline.com

Washburn Rural boys
soccer coach Brian Hensyel knows his 17-2-0 Junior Blues have a legitimate
shot at winning the Class
6A state championship this
weekend at Hummer Sport
Park.
But Hensyel knows the
other three semifinalists,
who are a combined 486-2, also have that same
chance.
“We've seen it before,”
said Hensyel, whose Junior
Blues won the title two
seasons ago. “You're going
to have four really good
teams there, the teams who

The associated press

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, left has thrown 11 touchdown passes this season, but none to Dwayne
Bowe or any of the team’s wide receivers. Tight end Travis Kelce leads the team with four touchdown catches.

Chiefs wideouts have yet to catch touchdown pass in 2014
By Dave Skretta
The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith
took the snap from center, looked to his
right and saw Dwayne Bowe open in
the end zone.
For a second, it appeared as if one of
this season’s biggest statistical anomalies would be resolved.
Just maybe, a Kansas City Chiefs
wide receiver would catch a touchdown
pass.
With a flick of his wrist, Smith re-

leased the pass. And wouldn’t you
know it? It was batted by New York
Jets linebacker Calvin Pace, landed in
the hands of Anthony Fasano — who’d
been blocked to the ground on the play
— and all the tight end had to do was
roll over the goal line.
Another touchdown for a Chiefs tight
end. Another missed opportunity for
the wide receivers.
“Do I give them the business about
it?” Chiefs coach Andy Reid asked with

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Chiefs’ leading
receivers in 2014
*Denotes tight end
**Denotes running back
Player catches yards tds
Travis Kelce*
32
419 4
Dwayne Bowe
31
398 0
Anthony Fasano*
19
166 2
Jamaal Charles**
17
109 2
Donnie Avery
14
156 0

have kind of survived the
playoffs, and it's just who
can put together the two
best games in a very short
period of time.
“We've done that a
couple of weekends in the
past and other weekends
it hasn't gone our way, but
we'll have a shot. We know
we're good enough to win
it, but we're going to have
to play great. It's going to
be a battle.”
Washburn Rural, which
has won three 6A  titles
overall, will play Friday's
7 p.m. semifinal against
Blue Valley Northwest (152-1). The 5 p.m. game pits

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Kansas City to play
first overseas game
vs. Lions in London
Staff and wire reports
LONDON — The Kansas
City Chiefs will host their
first international game in
2015 when they play the
Detroit Lions in London's
Wembley Stadium.
The NFL announced
Thursday that three games
will be played in London
next season. In addition to
the Chiefs-Lions game on
Nov. 1, the Miami Dolphins
will host the New York
Jets, and the Jacksonville
Jaguars will host the Buffalo Bills.

“It is an honor for Kansas City to represent the
NFL on an international
stage,” Chiefs president
Mark Donovan said in a
statement. “We are excited
for the opportunity this
creates for our fans, our
city and the global growth
of the Chiefs brand.”
Being assigned the London game means Kansas
City will play only seven
regular-season games next
year at Arrowhead Stadium.

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