Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Week-9/Round-1 of 6A East Playoffs Preview

All Class Brackets can be found on: for up to date Final scores.

1 Blue Valley (8-0) vs 16 SM South (0-8) @ Blue Valley
8 Olathe East (3-5) vs 9 Olathe South (3-5) @ Olathe East/ODAC
4 BV North (5-3) vs 13 BV Northwest (2-6) @ BV North/BVDAC
5 SM West (5-3) vs 12 Wyandotte (2-5) @ SM South Stadium

2 SM East (7-1) vx 15 SM Northwest (1-7) @ SM North Stadium (10-27-16)
7 Olathe NW (3-5) vs 10 G-E Trailblazers (3-5) @ Olathe Northwest/CBAC
3 Lawrence (5-3) vs 14 BV West (2-6) @ Lawrence
6 SM North (4-4) vs 11 Olathe North (3-5) @ SM North

6 Free State (6-2) vs 11 Wichita South (4-4) @ Free State

6 ST Aquinas (5-3) vs 11 Leavenworth (1-7) @ ST Aquinas

Series Roundups Week-9

1 Blue Valley Tigers vs 16 SM South Raiders (Blue Valley leads the series 1-0)

Two years ago in 2014 the Tigers and Raiders met for the very first time. That time also happened to be in Round 1 of the 6A playoffs after the Raiders won two of their final three games in District play to advance.

This game will take everything for the Raiders to get some points against a dominant powerhouse in the Tigers.

8 Olathe East Hawks vs 9 Olathe South Falcons (Series tied 13-13)

These two Olathe foes have been meeting every season since 1992 when Olathe East opened.

Since the start of this decade, the Falcons have held the upper hand going 5-2 in 7 games played, and a playoff win during the 2011 State Football title run. 2014 and 15 have gone the Falcons way bringing the series to a .500 overall record.

4 BV North Mustangs vs 13 BV Northwest Huskies (BVNW leads the series 15-8)

For the first time in the history of this District series, the Mustangs and Huskies will rematch from week-1 play.

These two have met like OE and OS every season on the gridiron since 1994. Since the start of 2010, the Huskies have come away with a 4-2 record and a streak of four straight wins from 2011 to 2014.

Look for the Mustangs to continue to stay hot, while the Huskies look for an upset against a very up and coming program.

5 SM West Vikings vs 12 Wyandotte Bulldogs (Wyandotte leads the series 6-1)

Dating back to the opening of SM West in 1962 the Bulldogs met SMSD #3 for the very first time.

From 1962 to 1967 the Bulldogs won six straight games in dominate form with SM West first year Head Coach Ross Correll going 0-5. In 1967, the Football revolution of the Vikings took place with the hiring of Dick Purdy. During the 1968 season the Vikings won 14-0 after ending a six game losing streak and finishing 1-1 all-time before Wyandotte was removed from the schedule.

Although these two have not played in 48 years, this should be a great game and the Bulldogs will see quite a versatile Football program in Tim Callaghan's Vikings. It will take everything for the Bulldogs defense to stop a distraught Vikings who lost to the Lancers last week.

2 SM East Lancers vs 15 SM Northwest Cougars (SMNW leads the series 25-20)

This is a rematch of week-2 at the beginning of the Sunflower season.

Coming in to this game, the Cougars finished the season with a win over the Raiders, and lost two consecutive games over the Indians and Eagles. This will be a tough task ahead for the Cougars looking to upset a strong Lancers offense who shutout the West Vikings last week.

With this rematch taking place, anything goes now that District play is out of the picture. This is a time that upsets can happen, and seasons can come to an abrupt end.

7 Olathe NW Ravens vs 10 G-E Trailblazers (G-E leads the series 2-0)

The Ravens and Trailblazers will meet for only the third time in this young match up.

Three years ago both met in week-9 during the 2012 and 2013 District games to close out their regular seasons. Olathe Northwest has a chance to make some good happen against a down Trailblazers Football team over the last couple years. This

3 Lawrence Chesty Lions vs 14 BV West Jaguars (Series tied 1-1)

In this young series of play, the Chesty Lions and Jaguars are looking to make some noise in the playoffs.

These two programs are no strangers to each other, having met in a home and home series in 2014 and '15. During the 2015 meeting in Lawrence, the Chesty Lions came away with a dominating win.  

6 SM North Indians vs 11 Olathe North Eagles (Olathe North leads the series 23-1)

For the 25th time the Indians and Eagles will be meeting in Sunflower League play.

While the Eagles have notably dominated the series, and the Indians last win came in 2003 under former Head Coach Sam Brown, much has changed with both programs. In a rare season, the Olathe 4 are all down for the first time in the history of the school district.

SR Indians QB Will Schneider will have a chance to turn the tables at home on the Eagles. Not having to travel to ODAC has caused problems for all SMSD Football teams in the playoffs. Could this be an advantage? Time will tell, the Eagles are 2-2 in road games this season.

6 Free State Firebirds vs 11 Wichita South (First meeting, Series tied 0-0)

This will be the very first meeting between the Firebirds and Titans.

While most of NE Johnson County does not know much about the Titans, they have played to a strong 500 season finishing at 4-4. Their biggest defeat of the season was against Wichita East in which they put up 60 points in which W-E had no chance from the beginning.

Playing a Wichita school for the Sunflower League teams has not come since Gene Weir was in his first Coaching tenure with the Olathe North Eagles. Head Coach Bob Lisher can continue to build on the great Firebirds playoff runs they have had and come out strong on the west side of the 6A bracket.

3 ST Aquinas Saints vs 14 Leavenworth Pioneers (STA leads the series 1-0)

This will be the second ever meeting for the Saints and Pioneers. Both teams previously met in the 2014 playoffs with the Saints coming away with the victory.

While the series is new to the student-athletes, Leavenworth's Mark Littrell is 0-3 in all-time meetings against Randy Dreiling. Those two meetings came in 6A State Championship play, where his Falcons lost in '04 and '07. While the Pioneers only win came against SM South five weeks ago, ending their four game losing streak would be ideal against ST Aquinas.

Nine seasons later these two reunite on the gridiron in far different circumstances meeting in the first round of playoffs instead. The Saints have lost two straight coming in to this game against the BVSW T-Wolves, and Blue Valley Tigers (#1 seed).

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