Week Nine Matchups
All game times 7 pm unless otherwise noted
Olathe South (4-4) at Olathe North (8-0)
The Falcons are eliminated from playoff contention, but don't expect them to lay down and die. A Sunflower League title is on the line for Olathe North, and Olathe South would love nothing more than to spoil that for their rivals to the north.
Lawrence Free State (6-2) at Olathe Northwest (4-4)
Olathe Northwest looked very impressive against winless Leavenworth and Lawrence teams, but tonight will truly gauge whether or not the team is really playing that well. Free State has been equally impressive against those two teams in district play, but we know the Firebirds are for real.
Olathe East (5-3) at SM South (3-5)
Olathe East still hasn't secured a playoff berth, but can do so tonight with a five point victory or a Blue Valley North loss (both seem likely at this point in time). For the Raiders on the other hand tonight will be about closing out a season that displayed many positives for the program.
Leavenworth (0-8) at Lawrence (0-8)
It's fitting that the "Toilet Bowl" of the Sunflower League slate comes in the last week of the season. There is really no sugar coating here--both teams have had quite disappointing seasons despite playing hard, week in and week out.
SM North (2-6) at SM Northwest (4-4)
This year's Hula Bowl has a different feel to it. Both teams had moments to celebrate earlier in the season, but now, in week nine, neither team can qualify for the playoffs. For what it's worth, the fact that both teams are eliminated from the playoffs may add a little spice the tonight's game.
SM West 28, SM East 12 (Thursday Night Game) (All Star Video Sports Highlights)
SM East had several big surges throughout the game, but ultimately the Vikings were able to hold their composure and collect the W. SM West's Will Livingston had touchdown runs of 6, 47, and 90 yards, the last of which crushed any hopes the Lancers had at mounting a fourth quarter comeback. SM West, now 8-1, was eight points from an undefeated regular season, while SM East made a huge turnaround after starting 0-3. Both teams will be making appearances in the 6A state playoffs starting next week.