Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sunflower League Preview: Week 6


Thursday, October 8th
Olathe North 56 vs SM North 6

Friday, October 9th
Lawrence vs Olathe South
Leavenworth vs SM East
Olathe East vs SM West
SM Northwest vs. Olathe Northwest
SM South vs Free State

Thursday Oct. 8
Olathe North vs SM North (@ SM North)
The Indians will have their work cut out for them at home taking on the Olathe North Eagles.

Olathe North has a history of spoiling the Indians parade when they come to SM North. During the early 2000's the Eagles spoiled what was a great Indians team that finished 9-2 in 2000, with bookend losses to the Eagles deep in the 6A playoffs. 2003 was the last Win for the Indians, while the Eagles have reeled off seven straight wins in 06-07-09-10-11-13 and 14 seasons.

* The Eagles are 20W-1L, in 21 games played since entering the SFL in 1989
* Former Indians Head Coach Sam Brown (Retired) has the only recorded win against John McCall (current Lansing Head Coach) during week-1 of the 2003 season

Friday Oct. 9
Lawrence vs Olathe South (@ Lawrence)
Friday night, the Falcons take a road trip to take on the Chesty Lions.

This is a tightly contested series, with the Falcons owning a three game lead over the Lions. Last year at ODAC, the Lions lost by two 29-27. OS is 4W-1L against the Chesty Lions since 2010.

Can the Falcons stop the Chesty Lions? This is two game road trip could be trouble following the struggles at SM West.

* Falcons lead the series 16W-13L, in 29 games played
* Frequent meetings on the schedule since moving to the Sunflower in 1989

Leavenworth vs SM East (@ Leavenworth)
This could be an interesting match up as the Lancers travel to Leavenworth to play the Pioneers.

Although the Lancers may own the series, Leavenworth has been playing great Football since the start of the decade. Don't get down by their recent Points For, numbers can be deceiving. QB Drew Sachen, and company are up for every obstacle coming their way.

The Lancers have had a relatively easy time putting the Pioneers away in their last three meetings averaging 37 PPG, while allowing only 10 PPG, with a shutout in the 2013 season.

* SM East leads the series 25W-3L, in 28 games played since 1981
* The last time SM East lost to Leavenworth was the '99 season, SM East has since won 10 in a row
* Leavenworth Head Coach Mark Littrel is 5-3 all-time vs SM East with Olathe South and Leavenworth

Olathe East vs SM West (@ CBAC)
The hot Olathe East Hawks with a three game win streak will be taking on a strong Vikings team that is coming off another Olathe win vs the Falcons last week.

Both teams have stellar defenses, with Olathe East' Deon Union and defensive backs, snagging five interceptions at home vs the NW Cougars.

Since 2010, the series is tied 2 wins a piece. Olathe East has lost two in a row against the Vikings in 12 and 14.

* Olathe East leads the series 13W-8L, in 21 games played
* First time Tim Callaghan will face Olathe East under a new Coaching regime

SM Northwest vs Olathe Northwest (@ SM North)
This time Bo Black will face the Raven's as the Cougars Head Coach unlike the 2014 season in his single season with the Hays Indians.

The 2014 match up found the Cougars in a deep hole from the start, and eventually being shutout 31-0. Bo Black has given this Cougar offense a good look as to what the future will look like, which is bright for a team that has struggled often in recent years.

Both teams boast stellar passing games which could make it rough for the defense on the field. Stay alert for sure against the Raven's.

* The Ravens lead the series 5W-4L, in 9 games played
* Olathe Northwest has won three straight since the 2012 season

SM South vs Free State (@ Free State)
The Firebirds have found their stride after starting 0-3, while the Raiders are looking for their first win of the 2015 season.

With a huge win under their belts against the Lancers, Free State's momentum against the Raiders can easily carry strong to close out the rest of the season. The Raiders meanwhile, will need to find a way to move the ball against a talented defense that shutout SM East the final two quarters of last week's game.

For Brett Oberzan, this will be a homecoming of sorts as he is in his first season with the Raiders. The Raiders are the last SFL team looking for their first win of the season.

* First year Head Coach Brett Oberzan (& Chesty Lion alumni) will face his former school in which he was an Assistant for the previous 10+ seasons

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