|Olathe South quarterback Frankie Seurer will play |
a key role in how well Olathe South is able to control
the ball and keep the Blue Valley Northwest offense
off the field. Photo courtesy the Kansas City Star.
Blue Valley West has been anything but impressive on the season. Their three wins have come against a winless Blue Valley North, a one-win Blue Valley Southwest, and a blowout non-conference game against Christian High School in St. Louis. However, don't expect Jeff Meyers and his Hawks to take the Jaguars lightly. With Blue Valley Northwest and Olathe South remaining on the schedule, a slip up here by the Hawks could prove fatal for their playoff hopes.
SM East (3-3) at Blue Valley North (0-6) at BVDAC
By all means SM East has the personnel to handle Blue Valley North and push their own record to 4-3. The coaching familiarity is the main question mark at this point in time. Blue Valley North's head coach, John McCall, was head coach at Olathe North from 2003-2004, winning a 6A championship in 2003. He knows the Sunflower League's style well, and his son, Bryan McCall, is a coordinator at Olathe North and may have a few tips for his pops on how to contain the Lancers.
SM North (1-5) at SM Northwest (1-5) at SM North District Stadium
The Hula Bowl, for the first time in awhile, looks like it could be a pretty evenly matched game. SM North has lost four straight games after a week on victory, while SM Northwest has been just as bad, having only won one game, which came on a last-second field goal. Both units would love a victory over their arch-rival, and a 1-0 start to district play. And just for the record, SM North hasn't beat SM Northwest since 2001, accumulating seven straight losses in the nine seasons since then.
SM South (1-5) at SM West (3-3) at SM South District Stadium
Technically, this is a matchup between two members of former Olathe North head coach Gene Wier's coaching tree. SM West head coach Tim Callaghan was an assistant under Wier from the mid-90s through the early part of the 2000s, and SM South head coach Ryan Lonergan was an assistant at Olathe North under Weir in 2002. While neither team has had a tremendous season, both will be employing similar styles of play and it should be fun to watch.
Game of the Week
Lawrence Free State (4-2) at Olathe Northwest (3-3) (Thursday Night Game) at CBAC
I like what both teams bring to the table in this game, and for that reason I've chosen it as the Game of the Week. A win here is absolutely crucial. The other two teams in the district include Lawrence and Olathe North, two of the Sunflower League's best. The loser of this game will have to defeat both of those teams to make the playoffs, which will be a tall order. The winner on the other hand will only have to win one of their remaining two games.