Eli Underwood's musings on high school football in the Sunflower League
Slugger Picks Week 4So many tough games to pick this week. This week will separate the men from the boys.LV @ SMNW - LV trying to keep pace with the rest of the league. Maybe the leagues best rusher against one of the top rush def. I think LV pulls it out. LV in a close, low scoring game.SMS @ OS - Both teams trying to keep their conf hopes alive. Should be a great game. Can OS match SMS physicallity? Can SMS erase the demons of years past? It hurts me to say this, but I think SMS will pull this one out. SMS in a close one.SME @ ON - Another great game on tap. I always have trouble picking against Gene Weir in the close games. I'm staying with the Eagles. ON in another close game.OE @ SMN - finally an easy game to pick. SMN in a laugher....Just kidding. OE gets back to even in a runaway.ONW @ LAW - Despite the intimidating def front line of ONW, LAW finally gets in the win column.And finally SMW @ LFS - I've been high on SMW and low on LFS so far this year. With the way SMW has struggled, it's finally going to catch up to them. LFS will pull this one out. Play hard, play smart, one heart beep.
LV over SMNW--close one. SMNW ready for a win and deserves one but too much Jason Randall in this one.SMW over LFS--defending state champs play like state champs. SM South over OS---SMS stingy defense and just enough points.ON over SME---ON ready and able to contain wishbone. Triplett with a big game.OE over SMN---hang in there SMN.LAW over ONW---law refuse to go 0-4.
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LFSLEVOSSMEOELAWRENCE HIGH CHESTY LIONS!
Great matchups this week
Can you post the updated standings. Thanks for keeping these each week!
Since I'm now joining the ranks of commenting, I'm going to try this out too!! Here goes:SMNWOSON (I'm on the Venus bus)SMN (I just can't pick OE... can't)ONW (this is going to be good game but have to bet on my kid who will not ever be named)LFS (LFS is a tough place to play, think they may be the ones to topple SMW)
FS. No bulletin board material from this post. Go 'Birds!
Leav vs SMNW - I have to give NW the edge here only because Leav lost almost every close game they should have won last season. SMNW 20 Leav 17SMW vs LFS- Free State wins this one even though both teams are not as dominant as everyone thought early on. LFS 27 SMW 20SMS vs Olathe South- Have to give SMS the edge based on their previous two games. Could go either way but SMS 17 OS 14.SME vs ON- I'm going with North here because I was so high on them to begin the season. Could come back to bite. ON 24 SME 21LAW vs ONW - Who knows? Throw the records out the window. Both teams played tough last week against undefeated teams. Both coaches are top notch. SME 20 Law 19OE VS SMN- The only good to come out of this game is we may get to see OE's Junior QB Chase Miller. He may be OE's best pocket passer since Derrick Miller. No relation. OE 49 SMN 7
TheImpaler's week 3 picks: Last week (6-0), Season (16-2)Looks like a wild wild week!ONW (1-2) @ LAW (0-3) I think Lawrence is the better team here but Verdini pretty well shredded their pass defense, if SMW had been able to hold on to the ball they would have beaten the Lions 35-13 at least. ONW may not be Verdini but they could rack up some passsing yards against LAW. If Anderson and Green for the Lions have some sort of read option I think they'd be a good counter balance. They need to play ball control like they did against West. I'm going to go with the home team in a squeaker. LAW 26 ONW 24SMW (3-0) @ LFS (3-0) Vikings take their 14 game winning streak down K-10 to face the last team to beat them. I think West is physically the better team, Verdini the better passer, Maloney the best athlete on the field, Chambers and Pembridge the best lineman in the game but I'm going to have to be a Debbie Downer here and say I've seen just too many mistakes from the Vikes in the first three weeks. You're not going to be able to put the ball on the ground six times against the 'Birds. LFS 24 SMW 21LV (1-2) @ SMNW (0-3) A really important game for both teams. Coug offense came alive a little bit last week and the 'Neers put up a good fight against the Falcons. Cougs have the better defense and kicking game, again I'm going home team. SMNW 27 LV 21OE (1-2) @ SMN (0-3) Again, the best way to get over a tough loss is to play the Indians. Pumpkin heads roll. OE 49 SMN 17SME (3-0) @ ON (2-1) An intriguing game, two teams that have struck up a pretty hot rivalry in recent years.. Most weeks this would be the game of the week if the game of the year weren't also this week. As expected the Eagles got back on track last week and the Lancers struggled past a mediocre Raven squad. They're going to have to play better to beat the Eagles. This could be a wild one. ON 42 SME 41SMS (2-1) @ OS (2-1) Another good show down. Raiders seem to get better each week and Falcons really struggled last week in a game that shouldn't have been that hard. I've got to take one road team. SMS 28 OS 24Standings are posted at the end of each weeks picks as soon as the games are final, 8time. Check the end of last weeks thread for standings heading into this week. I'll have new ones up Friday by 11 pm. The exception will be the weekend of Oct. 10-13 when I'll be out of town and won't have them up until Monday.
I meant ONW over Lawrence 20-19. Not SME over Lawrence.
Shoot! I missed the Thursday game again! No 6-0 again but I'll try for 5-0. Some phenomenal match ups this week so it will be very tough.SMS @ OS - I really like both teams but I think SMS has shown more this season and is a more complete team. SMS close.SME @ ON - Holy smokes great match up, SME has been taking the league by storm with their new flexbone offense which they run very well. However, ON has probably the best run defense in the league with weapons on offense to match. ON by 2 scores.OE @ SMN - OE is the best 1-2 team in the league and I think they are better than some of the 2-1 teams. Praying for SMN. OE in rout. ONW @ LHS - Everyone seems to think the Lions are starting to click after a close game against SMW last week. Let's not forget that SMW put the ball on the ground 6 times, 3 inside their own 10 yard line, that game shouldn't have been close for chesty. I do believe they are making progress and will take the win today. LHS takes it.Good luck to all the players and coaches this week!
Wiinotfit you can't go 5-0 either if you only pick four games! You missed LFS-SMW....just a minor game...
Not a good week for the pickers! Pubhouse and Mahvalley win the week at 5-1, MahValley leads for the season.Handle Week Pts SeasonMahValley 5-1 5 21TheImpaler 4-2 4 204cornerstones 4-2 4 20Slugger 3-3 3 19AdamSullivan 2-4 2 19PubhouseNation 5-1 5 188timestatechamp 2-4 2 18WiiNotFit 2-2 2 18WhatDoIKnow 1-4 1 18WhosYourDaddy 2-4 2 17SMEaster1214 0-0 0 14MoveTheChains 2-4 2 12GrantNicholson 3-3 3 11EagleSenior 0-0 0 11OlatheEastFan 0-0 0 4RavensMama 3-3 3 3SFLblogfan 2-4 2 2
Wow rookie mistake on my part. Given I would've taken FS though ;)
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