Eli Underwood's musings on high school football in the Sunflower League
I guess I'll be the first one for the year!Im going with these teams as the winners in there matchupsONLAWSMELFSONWSMWThis is going to be a great year, can't wait for the Chesty Lions to take the field....great matchup in week one
And I thought I would be first to get my picks in. Oh we'll here's to a great season. Good luck to all the boys. May you always play to your full potential and stay injury free. First the easy picks. I gotSME over LEV in a battle of new coaches. SME switches to a run based game and LEV switches to the spread. LFS over SMN. This one will get ugly earlyONW over SMNW. I think this will be a blowout as wellSMW over SMS. Although I expect SMS to be improved, they are still a ways away from competing with the top of the leagueNow the tough picksON over O E. I think North has more talent and the coaching edge but this is a rivalry game so who knowsOS over LAW. Who knows what to expect from these two teams. All I know is I expect a great gameThere you go. Lets get this thing started!
TheImpaler's week 1 picks:LAW (0-0) @ OS (0-0) Braden Smith, no Brad Strauss. And the Falcs seeking some definite revenge for a bitter loss last year. Enough said....OS 27 LAW 13SMN (0-0) @ LFS (0-0) Rough way to start for the Indians, easy tune up for the 'Birds. LFS 55 SMN 0SME (0-0) @ LV (0-0) Interesting first week game, two teams picked anywhere from 5th to 11th in some of the picks. These two teams did not play last year and the Pioneers would like nothing better than to beat an upper division team from last year. The Lancs graduated a lot of guys and Randall is back for LV. The game is also in Leavenworth. So we all pick the pioneers right? Nope, I'm going with East. SME 28 LV 24OE (0-0) @ ON (0-0) Another big week one tilt. I think most of the people on this blog like the Eagles in this one (and so do I) but it's never wise to underestimate the Hawks and Coach M. I think this one will be close. The Hawks don't want to get into a shootout. ON 28 OE 27SMNW (0-0) @ ONW (0-0) In the tangled web that is SFL scheduling, these two teams seem to play every year somehow. The Ravens blew out a rapidly fading Coug team last year and as the Cougs attempt to break in a new QB I think they will struggle on the road in this one. ONW 35 SMNW 17SMW (0-0 @ SMS (0-0) I see no way the Raiders can stay with the Vikings in this game but it will be good experience for them as the year goes along to play this level of competition in week one. A good tune up game for the black and gold. SMW 37 SMS 13
Law @ OS- South wins at home. Too many unknowns for Law.SMN@LFS - Free State by a lotOE @ ON - North is back and makes a statement with the first game of the year.SMNW @ ONW- ONW pulls away in the second halfSME @ LV - upset alert. Whoever has the ball last. Wishbone eats up the clock. Pioneers in a close one.SMW @ SMS - Defending champs pick up where they left off. Easy win.
My game picks for this week are:ON vs. OE: 28-21SME vs. LEV: 35-17ONW vs. SMNW: 24-14SMW vs. SMS: 42-24LFS vs SMN: 56-7LAW vs. OS: 21-14Hope every team starts off fighting!
OSLFS ON ONWSME SMW
I'm a little late on LHS vs. O South but I'll pick the rest.O NorthLeavenworthFree StateO NorthwestSM WestGood luck to all the players and coaches this week!
My bad fella's I got busy at work and forgot about the Thursday night game. PicksOlathe North VS. Olathe East- Both teams are soft on the offensive line but have strong specialty players. These two crusty old Coaches will have to roll with the changes and open up their offenses. Weir will but Myers won't. ON 27 OE 14SME Vs Leav Two new coaches to their programs. I love the Flexbone offense. Leav doesnt have the horses up front to go with Randall. SME 31 Leav 24LFS vs SMN I'm going with North in the upset here. NOT!!!! Its sad you cant even joke about a SMN win.LFS 56 SMN 0ONW vs SMNW I think ONW could be the sleeper team of the year. SMNW will improve but how much? Both teams will be rusty. ONW 20 SMNW 13SMW VS SMS This game should be closer than all of you think. Rivalry game with athletes on both sides. Both teams will be pumped big time. I'm tempted to pick upset special here. Better not this early. SMW 27 SMS 24.I would have chosen OS over LAW but missed it.
forgot about the OS v LAW game until on my way to work this morning...great way to get it going!Anyway, as for the rest...ONW big over SMNWLFS bigger over SMNSME is a close one over LVSMW by 2 scores over SMSOE over ON...only because it appears to be too close to call at this point in the season and most are picking ON.Good luck to all the guys playing this year...should be a great year in the SFL!and good luck to all the prognosticators here as well.
I only "predict" Free State to win every week. Combined, the Frosh and Sophs went 2-0 this week to the tune of 84-6. Comfortable win for the 'Birds this week with lots of reps for the next generation in the second half. Go 'Birds!
All right I'm going to assume that since prepskc says SMNW 21 ONW 14 FINAL that the cougs pulled it out...doesn't make any real difference as every single picker picked ONW...so if ONW actually won, we're all one game better than this:Handle This Week Season Points4cornerstones 5-1 58timestatechamp 5-1 5AdamSullivan 5-1 5MahValley 5-1 5Slugger 5-1 5TheImpaler 5-1 5WhatDoIKnow 5-1 5EagleSenior 4-2 4MoveTheChains 4-2 4Seth 4-2 4WhosYourDaddy 4-1 4SMEaster1214 3-2 3WiiNotFit 3-2 3
ONW won 21-14 over smnw in 2nd O/T.That would make myself and I am guessing the other 5-1 guys 6-0 and some of the others 1 win better.P.S. I was in attendance at this game until the end.
The reason I missed the Thursday game was to give you guys a head start and even the playing field. Sorry fellas that will be the last time. See you next week.
Not a bad start for 5-1!
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