Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sunflower League Week Six Game Previews

Olathe South's Jake Seurer has passed for
609 yards, rushed for 303 yards, and combined
for 13 touchdowns. Defensively, he's notched
41 tackles and an interception. Ph. KC Star.
Game of the Week
Lawrence (3-2) at Olathe South (4-1) 
at ODAC

Falcon running back Collin Fischer was officially ruled out for the season this past week ... Fischer, who had rushed for 448 yards and 5 TDs was held out of last week's game against SM West ... he had been battling chronic shoulder injuries ... both teams have two-game winning streaks going following losses in week three ... Olathe South defeated LHS, 33-20, in week one last season ...Olathe South is tied with Olathe North for the league lead in takeaways, with 12 ... LHS running backs JD Woods and Trey Moore have combined for 1,019 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns ... Falcon quarterback Jake Seurer is completing 64% of his passes, which is the best in the league.

Leavenworth (2-3) at SM East (5-0) 
at SM North District Stadium

The Lancers are tops in the league in total offense (467 yards per game) and total defense (212 yards per game) ... SM East has also scored 31 touchdowns, which is nine more than any other team in the league ... the Lancers have won all five of the meetings between the schools the last decade ... this is Leavenworth's final game of the 2014 season against a 6A opponent ... SM East is ranked No. 6 in the Midlands Region by Prepnation.com ... Leavenworth defensive back Isaiah Ross has three interceptions this season, and 12 for his career, which is the most among active players ... a win for SM East would clinch at least a share of the Sunflower League title.

Olathe East (3-2) at SM West (1-4) at SM South District Stadium

This is just the second time during the Tim Callaghan era where SM West has been 1-4 through five games ... no team has ever been 1-5 or worse under Callaghan ... two of Olathe East's top seniors, Jalen Branson and Derek Miller, were held out of last Friday's game and their status for this week is unknown ... SM West won the last meeting between these two schools, 18-8, on Sept. 21, 2012 ... Olathe East is 45-6 in the month of October dating back to the beginning of the 2003 season.

SM Northwest (2-3) at Olathe Northwest (3-2) at CBAC

A victory for either team would put them at their respective win totals from last season ... Olathe Northwest defeated SM Northwest, 21-14, in double overtime in week one last fall ... Cougar running back Duron Lowe ranks fifth in the league in rushing yards with 449, despite the fact he only has 32 carries ... Olathe Northwest has blocked four punts and three kicks this year, tops in the league in both categories ... a SM Northwest victory be the first time the Cougars have been .500 or better in October or later since 2010.

Lawrence Free State (2-3) at SM South (1-4) at SM South District Stadium (Thursday game)

Free State has lost two games in a row while SM South is on a four-game losing streak ... Free State's opponents have gone 16-8, meaning the Firebirds have played the league's most difficult schedule on paper ...  SM South has three players who've rushed for more than 150 yards ... after passing for 128 yards in week one, Free State quarterback Bryce Torneden has thrown for just 190 yards ... these two last met on Sept. 16, 2011, where Free State won 26-21 ... SM South has three players, Zach Gerber, Dalton Lewallen and Joe Fales, who rank among the league's top ten in tackles.

SM North (0-5) at Olathe North (5-0) at ODAC (Thursday game)

These two schools have combined for 12 state titles all-time (Olathe North has eight, SM North has four) ... on Sept. 4, 2003, SM North beat Olathe North, 7-6, to snap Olathe North's 38-game winning streak (the Sunflower League record for most wins in a row) ... Olathe North has won every matchup between the schools since then ... Olathe North is tied with Olathe South for the league lead in takeaways with 12 ... SM North quarterback Will Schneider leads the league in passing yards with 1,207 and passing touchdowns with 10 ... Olathe North is ranked No. 9 in the Midlands Region by Prepnation.com ... a win for the Eagles would clinch at least a share of the Sunflower League title.

3 comments:

Free State Fan said...

FS overcomes injury woes to pull out the W... and finds a passing game? Go 'Birds!

Kevin Booker said...

FSF, I will be at the game tonight. This is the team's second trip to play at SMSD-South stadium I believe this season. They have a good chance of going 2-0 at the stadium at the current slide the Raiders have taken.

Use it to your advantage like the Firebirds did late in the 4Q of week-1.

Free State Fan said...

KB, Cheer twice as loud for me. I will not be able to be there in body, but am always there is spirit!
:o)