Thursday, September 22, 2011

Week Four Game Previews

Lawrence High's Erick Mayo will try to help
the Chesty Lions get back on track when
they visit Leavenworth Friday night.  Photo
courtesy the Lawrence Journal World.
Lawrence (1-2) at Leavenworth (0-3) at Leavenworth

Lawrence is better than their 1-2 record shows, but they've played a tough schedule so far and they finally get what should be a "gimme" win against Leavenworth.  Leavenworth as an overall unit has played and looked much better than previous years, but they still lack the continuity to do much damage in the league. 

SM Northwest (1-2) at Lawrence Free State (2-1) at Lawrence Free State

This game is traditionally a pretty fun matchup on the offensive side of the ball.  Free State appears to have chosen Kyle McFarland to be their starting quarterback for the rest of the season and that will only help the team with consistency.  SM Northwest made a last-second field goal to upend Olathe Northwest last week and that may have been what the Cougars needed to start rolling as a team.

Olathe East (2-1) at Olathe Northwest (2-1) at CBAC

While their records are even on paper, I think most would give Olathe East a solid edge in this game.  The Hawks have won two straight after their opening week loss at Olathe North.  Olathe Northwest fell for the first time last week against SM Northwest after surrendering a 14-point halftime lead.  Call it the battle for CBAC if you want, but Olathe East is 7-0 all-time against Olathe Northwest.

Olathe North (3-0) at SM South (0-3) at SM South District Stadium

Olathe North has played as well as any team in the league and they looked primed for win number four as they head to play SM South.  All three of the Raiders games have come down to the final possession, and in all cases they've lost--unfortunately for SM South, it won't get any easier this week.

SM West (1-2) at SM North (1-2) at SM North District Stadium

SM West is starving for a a strong victory and this will be a good chance to capture that.  The Vikings were wiped out in weeks one and three, and barely held off SM Northwest in week two.  This could be a game that sets the tone for the rest of their season.  SM North will try to even their record after dropping their last two games by a combined score of 87-14.

Game of the Week
Olathe South (3-0) at SM East (2-1) (Saturday Afternoon Game) at SM South District Stadium

These teams last faced off in the Regional round of the 2010 playoffs where Olathe South ended SM East's season by a score of 28-24.  I'm sure the Lancers are using that as motivation in this game, but they'll have to have to have more than just motivation to get past Olathe South.  The Falcons have played extremely well through three weeks and their running game is not fun to face, as they're average 277 rushing yards and just under four rushing touchdowns per game.


Adam Sullivan said...

Lawrence 49 Leavenworth 7
SM Northwest 24 Free State 28
Olathe East 35 Olathe NW 17
Olathe North 49 SM South 14
SM West 35 SM North 21
Olathe South 31 SM East 21

EagleSenior said...

LAW 42-14 LV
LFS 21-14 SMNW
OE 42-20 ONW
SMW 42-10 SMN
OS 24-21 SME

Todd Haley said...

Lawrence 49 Leavenworth 7
SMNW 14 LFS 10
OE 35 ONW 7
ON 49 SMS 7
SMN 21 SMW 19
SME 35 OS 38

Viking Dad said...

law 45 lv 14
sm nw 21 frs 20
ol east 24 ol nw 3
ol n 52 sms 3
smw 35 smn 21
ola s 18 sme 10

TheImpaler said...

TheImpaler's Week 4 picks:
Last Week (5-1) Season (16-2)

The big games seem to be winding down now, only OS-SME is of real importance this week. Looking ahead OS-ON, OS-OE, SME-LAW and SMW-SME and only a hadnful of other meaningful games left. the BV teams appear to be no threat as BVW was creamed by BVHS this week. BVNW and BVN look pretty bad.

OS(3-0) @ SME(2-1) (Sat) Obviously the game of the week. Hard game to pick with no common opponents yet. Are the Falcons for real? They beat LAW worse than OE did and OE beat SME. On the other hand, the Lancers did a great job taking care of biz last week against SMN. I like the Lancers in a squeaker here, I think they are the more complete team. SME 31 OS 28

LAW (1-2) @ LV (0-3) Finally a break for the Lions, they should get by the Pioneers with no problems before returning to real competition next week against SME. LAW 30 LV 13

SMNW (1-2) @ LFS (2-1) Another difficult pick. The Cougs finally finished a comeback last week to be sure that the SM teams did not get completely swept by the Olathe teams this year. Free State has really struggled. You have to think the Cougs are the better team here but on the road it may be tough. Firebirds needed a miracle comeback to beat SMS last week and I think SMNW is much better than SMS. I go with SM district pride here. SMNW 21 LFS 20

OE (2-1) @ ONW (2-1) Although these teams have the same record, this is a total mismatch. I'm afraid it's another year of being the 4th best team in Olathe for the Ravens. OE 33 ONW 16

ON (3-0) @ SMS (0-3) Raiders let me down last week and blew off a game they should have won. This is not a game they should win. No chance here whatsoever against the Eagles who now look to have only O South standing between them and 9-0. ON 49 SMS 21

SMW (1-2) @ SMN (1-2) Vikings actually had a number of positives in the blowout loss to ON last week. I look for coach C's team to start pulling it together here. I may have overrated the Indians this year, they were unable to put up any fight against SME. SMW 31 SMN 10

Eaglelover1 said...

this was an easy week to pick