Lamar is in the state championship game for the first time since 1963 and they seek their first championship since 1961. One of the key players on both sides of the ball is Devyn Kincaide and he joined Marty Cesario for a state championship week edition of NEXT UP.
With five consecutive state titles under their belts, the Sedgwick County Cougars have already made history. They are the first eight-man program to accomplish that feat, but they are stalking a bigger prize, a sixth straight crown. Currently, Limon (1963-68) is alone in possessing that many.
The last time Stratton/Liberty and Fleming hooked up, the contest came down to a special teams miscue. Fleming ended up getting the go-ahead score in last year's title game on a safety. The Wildcats then had to come up with a game-sealing interception on fourth down to earn their third championship in the decade, 28-27.
Another round for Limon and Strasburg as they battle in the 1A state football championship game for a third straight year. The Badgers have captured the last two matchups; beating the Indians 26-13 last year and then 13-7 in 2018. Strasburg though is also familiar with lifting the top trophy as they nabbed championships in 2016 and 2017 and Saturday marks their fifth straight appearance in the finals.
Not surprising that we have a matchup of Cherry Creek and Valor Christian for the 5A state championship on Saturday. The two clubs have combined to win eight of the last nine state titles with the lone exception coming in 2017 by Pomona. The Bruins and Eagles are a combined 15-0 on the season and together have outscored opponents by 594 points.
Championship newcomers square off for the Class 2A state championship this Friday as Eaton meets Lamar. The Reds are in the title game for the first time since 2003 while the Savages are appearing for the first time since 1963. Lamar has two state championships in school history (1955 & 1961) and the Reds one (2000).