Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sunflower Football Preview: Week 8

Districts Week #2

21 SM Northwest vs BV North 45
62 SM North vs Harmon 14
31 Lawrence vs Olathe North 28
31 Free State vs Manhattan 14
46 Leavenworth vs Washington 0
7 Olathe East vs Olathe Northwest 24
16 Olathe South vs Blue Valley 49
70 SM East vs Wyandotte 14
0 SM South vs SM West

Thursday Oct. 22

SM Northwest vs BV North (@ BVDAC) 
The BV North Mustangs enter this series with a 4-0 lead, and looking to make it five all-time. In perhaps one of the hardest Districts to play, the Mustangs will look to steal the District outright from the Vikings who they face in week-9.

During their most recent meeting in 2014, the Mustangs won by 10, a 45-35 score.

BV North leads the series 4-0.

SM North vs Harmon (@ SM NORTH) 
In only their second ever meeting, the Indians and Hawks meet on a Thursday evening to start week-2 of District play. Look to see QB Will Schneider and his Indians get their third win of the season, while the Hawks too, are looking to get win number three as well.

Should the Harmon Hawks play to their potential or better, this would be a huge upset if the Indians were to lose.

SM North leads the series 1-0.

Friday Oct. 23

Lawrence vs Olathe North (@ LAWRENCE) 
In perhaps to biggest battle of them all prior to closing out the regular season/District, the Chesty Lions will host the Olathe North Eagles to decide the Sunflower Champion.

While Olathe North is no stranger to big games late in the season, it will take a quick strike offensively by the Chesty Lions to hold down the Eagles. During their 2014 game, a 27-0 final quieted the Lawrence faithful. This could be a very high scoring match up, and probably a "Game of the Week" for sure. The Eagles are 7-3 vs the Lions in their last 10 games.

Olathe North leads the series 19W-15L, in 34 games played.

Free State vs Manhattan (@ FREE STATE) 
As the 2014 regular season came to an end and Free State started meeting the West side of the state for District match ups, a run in with the Manhattan Indians came calling for the first time in school history.

Joe Schartz' Indians have been strong his leadership going 14-4 in District play since taking over in 2009. This could be a great game if the Indians are able to stop a strong Firebirds offense which is on a four game winning streak. This will be a game to keep an eye on throughout Friday.

Free State leads the series 1-0. 

Leavenworth vs Washington (@ WASHINGTON)  
In only their second meeting, the much experienced Pioneers led by Mark Littrell, will take on first year Washington Head Coach Maurice Mack (Simone Award Winner 2001 - Olathe North.) Do not be deceived by the Pioneers record at (1-6).

While the Wildcats are in a learning under Coach Mack, this will be a turning point for the Pioneers to get a second win under their belts. This game should be a great match up for both teams, while the Wildcats are working to get points on the scoreboard, and the Pioneers polish up their game and working their way in to a future week-10 game.

DYK - Maurice Mack was 3-0 in District play vs Mark Littrell and his former OS Falcons from 2000-2002 as a Student-athlete under Gene Weir.

Leavenworth leads the series 1-0.

Olathe East vs Olathe Northwest (@ CBAC)  
Entering their 13th all-time game played, the Hawks look regain what the Raven's took away from them in 2014.

With a dominate force since the beginning of this series since 2004, the Hawks have unstoppable since the arrival of Chip Sherman in 2013. Last seasons week-8 win for the Ravens 34-7 trouncing on the road was the confidence that has carried over in to this current season of play. The Raven's air game could be something to take advantage of for the Hawks with Deon Union's great plays on defense in previous games. The deciding factor will be possession and clock management.

Olathe East leads the series 11W-1L, 12 games played.

Olathe South vs Blue Valley (@ ODAC) 
The Blue Valley Tigers are taking on a struggling Falcons Football squad reeling from previous losses in which graduation of former athletes has hit this team hard.

Blue Valley's offense will come out firing quickly as they are averaging just under 40 PPG, and playing very good on the road at 3-0. It will take some great work for the Falcons to come away with an "upset" of sorts.

Blue Valley leads the series 3-0. 

SM East vs Wyandotte (@ SM NORTH) 
With a home game in the works for the Lancers after a dominate road win at Art Lawrence Stadium last week, the Lancers are looking to take care of the Wyandotte Bulldogs.

During their 2014 meeting on the road, the Lancers won convincingly 56-12. This win of the Lancers also happened to be their #250th all-time Varsity win for the school.

SM East leads the series 37W-10L, in 47 games played.

SM South vs SM West (@ SM SOUTH) 
The Vikings are playing at their best right now, with only a hiccup loss to the Lancers a few weeks back.

With Adam Rellihan and crew leading the ship, the Raiders defense will have their work cut out for them in containing the Viking offense. The Raiders will have to play at the top of their game and cut down on the fumbles that have plagued them all season long. West has won the last 10 in a row against the Raiders dating back to the 2005 season, and Tim Callaghan is 12-0 all-time in wins over the Raiders.
SM West leads the series 34-20-1, in 55 games played. 

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