Santa Fe Trail (7-1, 2-0) at Hayden (7-1, 2-0)
The winner advances to the Class 4A state playoffs. ... Hayden, the defending 4A state champion, is currently ranked third in the 4A behind Holton and Louisburg. ... SFT has won three in a row since a 26-7 setback to Perry-Lecompton. ... Tonight's winner will play Tuesday at Concordia, which has already clinched the District 9 title.
Ottawa (8-0, 2-0) at Louisburg (8-0, 2-0)
Four unbeaten teams in 4A remain and two of them will battle for the District 5 championship. ... Ottawa, averaging 41 points a game, is 8-0 for the first time since reaching the Class 3A state final in 1970. ... Louisburg can also score, averaging 44 points a game. ... The Cyclones steamrolled through the first two district contests, bouncing Spring Hill (49-6) and Baldwin (53-18). ... The Wildcats' district victories are over Baldwin (49-13) and Spring Hill (62-24). ... Louisburg has qualified for state three years in a row, reaching the state semifinals in 1998, the state championship in '97 and the quarterfinals in '96.
Lansing (1-7 overall, 0-2 district) at Perry-Lecompton (7-1, 2-0)
Perry-Lecompton has already qualified for the Class 4A state playoffs with district victories over Jefferson West (15-6) and Atchison Maur Hill (42-14). ... The Kaws, a state qualifier for the first time since 1994, have won five in a row since losing to Kansas City Piper on Sept. 17. ... Lansing's lone win is a 31-20 decision over Tonganoxie. ... Perry will play its first-round playoff game on the road against the District 1 winner, which will likely be No. 1-ranked Holton.
Gardner-Edgerton (6-2, 2-0) at DeSoto (3-5, 1-1)
With victories over Tonganoxie (54-6) and Eudora (23-16), heavily favored Gardner-Edgerton is a win away from returning the 4A state playoffs. ... Gardner broke loose for touchdown runs of 87, 76 and 63 yards in the win over Eudora last week. ... DeSoto, coming off a 35-0 romp of Tonganoxie, can advance to the playoffs with a victory over the Trailblazers and a Tonganoxie win over Eudora.
Tonganoxie (1-7, 0-2) at Eudora (5-3, 1-1)
Eudora, which had its four-game winning streak snapped last week with a 23-16 loss to Gardner-Edgerton, is a long shot to reach the state playoffs. ... The Cardinals need a win tonight and DeSoto to knock off Gardner to have any chance. .. If there's a three-way district tie between Gardner, Eudora and DeSoto, G-E holds the edge with +20 points. Eudora is at +6 and DeSoto is at 0.
Spring Hill (3-5, 0-2) at Baldwin (3-5, 0-2)
A victory tonight would give Baldwin its highest win total since going 5-4 in 1994, the last year the Bulldogs have won a district contest. ... Baldwin has lost 14 district games in a row since winning the '94 finale.
Central Heights (3-5, 0-2) at Wellsville (1-7, 1-1)
Wellsville is a long shot to reach the 3A state playoffs. ... The Eagles need to beat Central Heights by 13 or more points and Pomona to beat Jayhawk-Linn by just one point. ... Jayhawk-Linn is in control of District 5 with wins over Wellsville and Central Heights.
McLouth (3-5, 0-2) at Oskaloosa (3-5, 0-2)
Oskaloosa has dropped five in a row since opening with three consecutive victories. ... The Bears are looking for their first district win since winning the 1996 finale. ... McLouth has dropped four of its past five, including last week's 35-0 loss to Pleasant Ridge.