• Roger Sims, Journal Staff

Blu-Jay, Jayhawk football teams begin playoffs this week

Two seniors, Jayhawk quarterback Dylan Nickelson, left, and Blu-Jay running back Karsen McKee will be key to their respective teams moving forward in the playoffs. (Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

Football teams from both Pleasanton and Jayhawk-Linn high schools begin the playoff round this week after both teams crushed their opponents last week.

On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Jayhawks (7-1) will play Northeast Vikings of Arma (3-5) at home. The Jayhawks beat the Vikings 62-6 in the first game of the season.

The ‘Hawks blanked the Erie Red Devils 40-0 last Friday, Oct. 21. Jayhawk quarterback Dylan Nickelson threw for 234 yards and the backfield gained 124 yards for 358 yards of total offense. The defense was equally impressive, holding the Red Devils to only 64 total yards on the night.

If the Jayhawks win Thursday’s game, they will face the winner of Thursday’s St. Mary’s Colgan (7-1) and Central Heights (3-5) game next week. The ‘Hawks beat Central Heights 58-13 in early October.

On Friday, the Pleasanton Blu-Jays (6-2) travel to Erie to take on the Red Devils (3-5).

The Blu-Jays shutout the Northern Heights Wildcats, 62-0, at home last Friday. If the Blu-Jays win on Friday, they will face the winner of the Olpe (6-2) and Uniontown (1-7) match-up this week.

Pleasanton beat Uniontown in the first game of the season, 24-22. They lost to Olpe, 27-0, on Sept. 23.

If both the Blu-Jays and Jayhawks survive early playoff games, the teams could meet for the second time this year in the substate game on Nov. 18. The Jayhawks won the earlier hard-fought game, 20-6.

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