Monday, October 15, 2018


OWO vs. SME (Series tied 0-0)
* The Owls and Lancers will meet for the very first time in team history. The Lancers, while meeting the Owls in week-8, did the same many seasons ago in 1997 against the Firebirds in week-1. The Owls, Firebirds, and Lancers ties to opening games is something that is rare depending on the school and when it opens as a Varsity program.

The Owls will be building on this great learning experience and preparation for a week-9 game in the 5A East bracket.

SMN vs. LVP @ SMN (SMN leads the series 17-11)
* The Indians, and Pioneers will meet for the first time ever as non-conference foes in Fall Football. Although these two have had struggles against others within the league, the Pioneers are 6-4 in their last 10 games since the 2007 season. There will be no doubt, non-conference game or not, Zach Rampy will have his student-athletes ready to come out against the Pioneers.

GET vs. SMW @ GET (Series tied 0-0)
* The Vikings and Trailblazers will be playing for the very first time. This will be a second time this season Coach Tim Callaghan will be 0-0 against another Sunflower opponent. While the Vikings will be on the road for this game, it should be a great match up of Football wits for Ryan Cornelson to exercise his playbook as both programs will be fighting for 6A East seedings.

For the Vikings, playing a strong game and with the hopes of stealing a win from the Trailblazers can be done.

OEH vs. OSF @ CBAC (Series tied 15-15)
* Solid ground. If it is CBAC or ODAC, these two have been fighting from the first whistle when their series first began in 1992. Having never missed a season playing against each other, this is one of the best off the radar games played of the Olathe #233. While it goes un-noticed by many, these two schools have been going back and fourth since 2008. Both teams have been streaky in the win and loss column going 3-0 and 0-4, and but never in a format of W-L-W-L-W in any kind. The Falcons are 7-2 and have won four straight from 2013 to 2016. Olathe East came out with the win in 2017, and will again look to move the series record above 500.

LFS vs. LAW @ LFS (LFS leads the series 13-8)
* Outside of Olathe North vs. Olathe South, the Lawrence vs. Chesty Lions City Rivalry is perhaps one of the best to close out the regular season. Both teams have experience and great coaching that will push the teams to reach their best potential to come out with the win.

There is much to be said about this rivalry, and you can read up more from Lawrence Journal World's own Bobby Nightengale who now is a Cincinnati Reds beat writer. His run-down of the Lawrence history is stories these two schools share is what makes the Sunflower League a great one each and every season.

ONE vs. ONW @ ODAC (ONE leads the series 12-2)
* Since 2004, the Eagles have dominated from the start the Ravens program begin. In their last 10 games, the Eagles are 9-1 with both teams going through multiple-coaching changes. Under Coach Aaron Hafner, the Ravens will look to stop the Eagles, as this will never be an easy game. This at one time was considered a rivalry early on in the 2000's but had never materialized.

SMS vs. SNW @ SMS (SNW leads the series 25-24) 
* In which will be the schools 50th game against each other. Unfortunately, these two have fallen on hard times against SM East, North, and West since the 2010 season. While Bo Black is 2-1, Brett Oberzan is 1-2 against the Cougars since they both took over in 2015. These two will have to fight hard in this final week to maintain spots in the upper eight seeds to begin playoff week which begins soon.

Both programs have improved immensely over the course of the year which is a great sign for the league in the seasons ahead.

Monday, October 8, 2018


SNW vs. GET @ SMN (Series tied 0-0)
* For the first time in NW Cougars and Trailblazers history these two will meet. Although this could be the first of many meetings, it also is a first for former Hays Indians Head Coach Ryan Cornelson, to take on Bo Black, who succeeded him in 2014. This has only happened two other time's in Sunflower Football history a following year, with Chip Sherman of Olathe NW taking on Dustin Delaney at SM East in week-3 of 2013. The other being Gene Weir facing Bud Wheeler with Olathe South opening in 1981 vs. who was his Assistant Coach and taking over the Eagles from 1981 to 2002.

These are rare to happen where both Head Coaches who have started their teaching/coaching careers in the western side of the state meet in the northeast part of Johnson County five years later. That being said, Ryan Cornelson departed for the Hutchinson SaltHawks, and Bo Black to SM Northwest after leaving Hays, KS. In other news, Randy Dreiling is at St. Thomas Aquinas to cover all ground east of Hutchinson, KS who are all now in northeast Johnson County.

NWC Bo Black currently sits at 99 all-time wins, and 72 losses and looking for Win #100.

OSF vs. OWO @ ODAC (Series tied 0-0)
* The Falcons and Owls will meet in their very first intra-district match up, and will follow with many to come. With this being their first game, there will be a feeling period of play as the Olathe Football pool which at one time was only Olathe North and South has maxed out its reach geographically in the city.

OEH vs. Pittsburg @ ODAC (Series tied 0-0)
* The Hawks and Purple Dragons will meet for the first time in their history. While it seems odd for a non-conference game, the Purple Dragons are no strangers to playing against Johnson County and Wyandotte Football teams. Since 2010, they are 10-16 combined against the two counties as a whole.

Do not take the Purple Dragons lightly, as they are a very good program led by Tom Nickelson is 48-21 since taking over in 2011 to 2017. The Purple Dragons are 4-4 in 8 playoff games, and is 10-13 against the Johnson County high schools, all of which have been District games in seasons past. Those were against the Blue Valley Schools.

The BV North Mustangs lost a close game to the Purple Dragons 34-31 back in a non-conference week-3 match up on the road. For Pittsburg, this will be their first ever time playing at ODAC.

SMW vs. SMN @ SMS (SMW leads the series 33-21)
* At one time decades ago, the roost was ruled by Larry Taylor of SM North, and Dick Purdy, who began the Vikings run in to greatness, and was further built on by Harold Wambsgans, and Tim Callaghan of this modern era. The Vikings have dominated the series since Tim Callaghan took over in 2003. While he lost his first game in that 2-7 season, the Vikings have since won 11 in a row since 2004.

This could be a great game for the Indians if they can come out strong, but expect a good fight in the trenches by the Vikings from the first snap. A strong start from both will be all one team needs to keep up the momentum of the game. The Vikings will hope to snap a 16 game losing streak.

SME vs. LFS @ SMN (LFS leads the series 8-6)
* In perhaps one of the best regular season games to be played, the Firebirds and Lancers will again meet at SM North. The Lancers have struggled at SM North to defeat the Firebirds in their recent home games losing in 2013 (17-10) and 2015 (32-20). In an odd turn of scheduling events, and unbalanced scheduling, both have not faced each other during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

This game will also be a new challenge for Bob Lisher taking on Justin Hoover in a great meeting of coaching minds that know the game inside and out.

Look for the Firebirds offense to test the Lancers defense early on, as this is the biggest home game of the season prior to closing out the season on the road at Olathe West.

LAW vs. ONE @ LAW (ONE leads the series 20-14)
* In recent times, the Chesty Lions have struggled against the Olathe North Eagles. While these two have played consistently and throughout seasons and not seeing breaks, the move to get to (.500) is not far away.

Steve Rampy will have his Chesty Lions ready to go against a revamped Eagles that went from 3-6 to 7-4 which is a great improvement. Steve Rampy is 2-4 all-time against the old-school Gene Weir Eagles, but now finds himself against a strong Eagles team under Chris McCartney. The Eagles will be out to prove themselves and seeking out a good seed in these final regular season weeks.

ONW vs. SMS @ CBAC (ONW leads the series 8-0)
* The Ravens and Raiders, will be meeting for their ninth all-time meeting. Any year, is a good year to end a streak. In 2017 the Raiders ended a 20 game losing streak against the Vikings, and can do so again this week against the Ravens and Coach Hafner.

This could be a big game for both teams as the Raiders look to end this losing streak against the Raven's and continue their momentum carried on from the beginning of the season.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Mid-Season Form and Second- Half Predictions

Mid-Season Form

The first five weeks of Sunflower football have passed and each team has been able to show what it's capable of against a wide range of competition. Surprise teams like Gardner-Edgerton (5-0) and Shawnee Mission Northwest (4-1) have set themselves up at the top rung of the league's standings while the likes of Olathe East (1-4) and Lawrence (1-4) have struggled to finish out games after 5-5 seasons in 2017.  The next few sections will cover some of the interesting bits from the first half of the season.

  • 5A Olathe West had about as rough of an introduction to the SFL as any school entering its first season. The Owls opened the year against Free State with Gardner waiting in Week 2. The team managed to learn from those experience and was eventually rewarded with the school's first varsity win, a 40-14 shellacking of win-less SM West (0-5). The regular season won't get easier with Olathe South (3-2) and SM East (4-1) waiting at the end, but a Week 6 bout against fellow 5A school Turner should provide another good opportunity to taste victory.

  • This may just be a personal assumption, but it feels like kickers have become a little more relevant compared to other seasons in recent memory. Most stats come from so there may be so discrepancies or missing data, but so far SFL teams have actually attempted around 10 field goals combined with mixed results. SM South Will Huggins (Jr.) has had the most success in the field goal department, connecting on three kicks out of four total. His leg power was put on display in Week 4 as he drilled in a kick from 50 yards out in a 24-54 loss to Olathe South.

  • Kansas still has a ways to go before it can hope to compete against high-end schools out of state, but Olathe North (4-1) has continued its trend of searching for interstate matchups to fill up some of its open weeks with a road trip to a scary good Columbine (6-0) team. Things didn't go so well as the Eagles were stomped 48-12 in Colorado, but the story still brought intrigue as a pair of unbeaten teams went up against each other. Here's hoping more teams broaden their horizons now that teams have more choice in who they play. 

Second-Half Predictions

Fortunately for some teams, the new playoff format has no requirement to actually enter the tournament with all teams getting a spot. Despite this, teams still have plenty incentive to either keep up momentum or salvage a couple wins to avoid the juggernauts in the first round. As much as teams and fans hope for the best, not everybody can win-out and get a good seed. Here's a few thoughts on where certain teams are trending.

  • Shawnee Mission South - Trending: DOWN - Despite a somewhat historic 3-0 start (The Raiders haven't started 3-0 since the '89 season), the Raiders have come back to earth to some extent after losses to both Olathe South (3-2) and SM East (4-1). A winning record is still completely possible with Lawrence (1-4) and ONW (0-5) still on the schedule, but to see this team going deep into the playoffs as a bit of a reach. The team's already matched last year's win-total so anything past this is still progress though.

  • Shawnee Mission North - Trending: UP - Even with a match-up with league-leading Gardner looming, things should still be looking up for the Indians if they can keep things together after that tough draw. SMN is the one Sunflower team lucky enough to still have 5A Leavenworth (1-4) on their schedule while also getting to beat up SM West (0-5) before that. North will need to capitalize on these final games if they want to get a good chance at a strong playoff start.

  • Olathe East - Trending: EVEN - Obviously a 1-4 start is not where anybody wanted the Hawks to be heading into the last portion of the season, but things have a chance of rebounding if things go well. East gets SM West up next and will play somewhat of a wild card in Pittsburg High (5-0), a 4A team that has struggled against smaller teams and has only dominated one exceedingly good team early in the season. It's a stretch, but another two wins is not out of the question and a 3-5 record is WAY better than 1-7 when it comes to seeding in the 6A East.

  • SM Northwest - Trending: Always UP -  The sky is the limit for this Cougar team that hasn't had a start this good since they went 5-1 in 2008. Olathe Northwest could always surprise everyone and Gardner will be a big deal in Week 7, but if this team can get out with at least one win and maybe even clean up, I'd lean more toward this team coming out on top against SM South in the regular season finale.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Sunflower-Week-6-2018 Preview

OEH vs. SMW @ CBAC (OEH leads the series 13-9)
* The Hawks and Vikings will meet again in a tightly contested match up. This will continue to be a great game as the teams are 5-5 against each other in their last 10 meetings. Maintaining the clock and turnovers will be key for both young squads of athletes. While the Vikings were winless in their 2017 campaign, this will be a much different outlook.

OWO vs. Turner @ CBAC (Series tied 0-0)
* Entering week-6, the Owls will meet Julian Parks and his Turner Golden Bears in a non-conference game. This will be a first for both as well, as the Golden Bears have never played at CBAC stadium before. These two could meet again in the 5A East playoffs down the road depending on where in the bracket they end up after week-8.

GET vs. SMN @ GET (GET leads 1-0)
* DYK that the Shawnee-Mission Indians faced the Gardner Football team in 1922? Gardner came away with the 8-0 win and the Indians led by A.L. Berry in their first season. It was again a known series a few years later in the mid-1920's but due to poor reporting of scores at the time, many games go unaccounted for throughout the earliest of times in the Kansas City metro-area.

Today, the modern day Trailblazers, and Indians, are no longer, "miles, and miles away" due to local driveway's and byways. Should these two continue to meet down the road, this could build a great series of High School Football from one of the northernmost High Schools to southern most in Johnson County.

LFS vs. OSF @ LSF (OSF leads the series 10-8)
* The Falcons lead the series all-time but only by a handful of games as the Firebirds have 7been playing catch up winning in 2016 and 2017. This game will also be their third meeting in a row, as they did not play from 2013 to 2015.

ONE vs. SME @ ODAC (ONE leads the series 0-0)
* Since 2013, the Lancers are 6-1 against the Olathe North Eagles. With Chris McCartney now in his fourth year at the helm, taking on Justin Hoover, and a new-look Lancers will hope to return to ODAC and come away with a win, any school in the Sunflower League to get a win on the road at ODAC is a tough accomplishment. This could be a great game, and possibly very high scoring depending on who shows up to come out on top of a great league game.

SMS vs. LAW @ SMS (LAW leads the series 30-10)
* In a great match up of the Raiders, and Chesty Lions, the two look to meet again after not playing in 2016 and 2017. From 2010 to 2015 the Raiders have lost five straight and struggling against most every Sunflower program. Should the Raiders come out ready to play, the Chesty Lions could have a game on their hands with the Raiders

SNW vs. ONW @ SMN (ONW leads the series 6-4)
* In which will be their 11th game all-time, the Cougars, and Ravens will meet at SM North District stadium. the Raven's when on the road at SM North have always played very well. In fact, it is one of the better places they play outside of CBAC and are consistently successful year in and year out. From 2013 to 2015 the Ravens won three straight against the NW Cougars, yet did not see each other in 2016 and 2017.

The Cougars are looking to fire on all cylinders as they bid for a top eight seed in the 6A East bracket.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Sunflower Week-5-2018

SME vs. SMS @ SMN (SMS leads the series 30-19-1)
* When SM South opened in 1966, the Raiders took many SM East athletes in to their new halls south of 95th and Mission Road. For literally two decades, the Raiders and Lancers found themselves in District play in week-9 fueling perhaps one of the best intra-district Football rivalries to this date. After a two year absences on the schedule, and a streak of 50 straight games ruined 24 months ago, this rivalry will once again reign true with local bragging rights as important as a game against Rockhurst.

Justin Hoover, will take SME, who are 9-1 against SM South in their last 10 games since 2007. While much of the Lancers talent has graduated in recent seasons, the Raiders will need to find a way to minimize turnovers, and find a way to get past the Lancers defense and secondary. That will not be easy as Brett Oberzan and his staff are rebuilding a roster that was once depleted in 2016.

LFS vs. SSC @ LFS (Series tied 0-0)
* The Free State Firebirds will play Sedalia Smith-Cotton for the first time ever in its 22  year year history. Like others you have noticed on the 2018 schedule in Lansing, Leavenworth, and Manhattan, it will be seen again in weeks 7 and 8. The love of unbalanced scheduling will haunt the SFL again in 2019.

SMW vs. OWO @ SMS (Series tied 0-0)
* For the first time since the 2004 Football season, the Vikings will see a new team on the schedule with the Owls. As this is now week-5, the Owls will be looking to solidify ground the best way they can looking for seeding in the 5A East bracket. Although it is still early to talk about it, will be important in the weeks to come. A late season win can push confidence forward in a good way if the Owls fall in line with a quality seeding of play.

The Vikings however are looking to end a 13 game losing streak that started in week-10 of the 2016 season.

SMN vs. OEH @ SMN (OEH leads the series 15-5)
* Olathe East will travel to SM North to face the Indians in which could be another tough stretch for SM North. The Eagles have dominated the series in recent history winning 10 straight games and ending games quickly as they have started in recent meetings. The last time these two met was in the 2015 season.

OSF vs. ONE @ ODAC (ONE leads the series 25-5)
* In the greatest rivalry of rivalries the Eagles and Falcons will meet for the 31st time after a season hiatus that they did not meet in 2017. The Falcons under Craig Lewis will look to end a five game losing streak dating back to 2012. Their last win came in 2010 in a week-11 playoff game led by former Head Coach Jeff Gourley.

For those that know this Olathe City rivalry dating back to its earliest of days it started in 1981 with Bud Wheeler leaving the Olathe Eagles to open South, and Gene Weir taking over the Eagles in which many county and city wide would say the "rest is history."

LAW vs. SNW @ LAW (LAW leads the series 21-14)
* The new look Chesty Lions under Steve Rampy will host the NW Cougars in which should be a very good game. Although both teams have lost a lot of talented kids this past Fall, look for NW to continue to keep building on their previous work. The Chesty Lions are 4-6 in their last 10 meetings against the Cougars since Bo Black has taken over.

The Cougars are coming off a tough loss to the Lancers, while the Chesty Lions got their first win for Steve Rampy.

ONW vs. GET @ CBAC (GET leads the series 3-0)
* The Trailblazers have a small, yet dominate 3 game advantage over the Ravens in their small history. Most all of these games all came under the old schedule format as a District game. This will be a good test for the Ravens to come away with a win a home against a young Trailblazers program.

The Trailblazers look to continue their early success entering the Sunflower League in which the same occurred in 2010 as the EKL was taken by storm as well with quality success on the field of play.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Sunflower Preview Week-4-2018

ONW vs. LAW @ CBAC (LAW leads the series 5-3)
* The Chesty Lions enter week-4 with a narrow series lead over ONW.

This will be a fun game for both sides, as the two will be leading with new Head Coaches, again meeting league wide with the Sunflower changing Coaches. The Chesty Lions will look to meet again after not playing each other in 2016 and 2017.

ONE vs. Columbine, CO (Series tied 0-0)
* In a non-conference match up the Eagles will head to Colorado to face the Columbine High School Rebels. For the Eagles, this will be one of their longest road games in the history of the program. Locally, only Rockhurst and a small handful of other schools have traveled farther distances to play.

This game will be tough to gauge, as only in recent times have the Eagles truly played out-of-state competition. The Eagles managed to take out Rogers-Heritage on the road to start the 2014-15 season, but lost when it came time for them to host (RH ended up forfeiting the game later in the year).  Columbine has seen a similar amount of success as the Eagles in their area, consistently earning 10-win seasons since the turn of the decade. Both teams will enter the game undefeated and have seemed to not be fully tested by their previous competition.

LFS vs. SMW @ LFS (SMW leads the series 12-11)
* In a great match up of Bob Lisher, and Tim Callaghan, the Vikings lead the series by one game.

These two not only meet consistently in the regular season but many times in the 6A-East playoffs (of old) since 2008. While their 2017 week-1 game ended with a bad Vikings loss, a strong rebounding game by a young Vikings offense could prove to be a difference maker in the game. Like SM West, the Firebirds will bring an ample amount of Varsity experience in to this game in hoping to strike quickly for points on the scoreboard.

Three weeks in, the Vikings are still looking to tap in to the win column, falling behind winless Blue Valley North at the 13th spot in the west bracket/standings.

OWO vs. SMN @ CBAC (Series tied 0-0)
* In yet another first, the Owls and Indians will meet in Olathe West's inaugural season at the varsity level. This match-up will show two programs on polar opposites when it comes to tradition. The Indians are in their 97th season of Indians Football history within Johnson County while the Owls are still finding its feet in their first.

Both teams have struggled to find their first wins of the season, with SM North failing to muster a strong showing against three of the top teams of the league so far. West has found similar problems, but the team showed promise in a 27-37 loss to rival Olathe East last week. There are currently four win-less teams in the Sunflower League, at least one of those teams will escape this coming Friday.

GET vs. OEH @ GET (OEH leads the series 1-0)
* The Trailblazers, and Hawks will meet for only the second time ever in their small history.

While geographically very close to each other, they last met in a week-10 playoff game defeating the Trialblazers 19-7 in 2013, and will now meet again in their first ever conference game. These two, including Olathe South can and will build on their game history in seasons to come with the Trailblazers addition to the Sunflower League.

SMS vs. OSF @ SMS (OSF leads the series 10-8)
* Rare... How rare? While these two have meet 18 times since 1989, both programs have been off of each others radar from 2014 to 2017 (4 seasons). The Falcons are 9-1 in their last 10 against the struggling Raiders who have been and continue to rebuild their identity.

This game for the Raiders can be very beneficial as much as it was for the Cougars in the previous week pulling off a late win in overtime.

Currently on a three game win streak, playing a tough Falcons squad will prove to be a real test on the gridiron including SM East the following week.

SNW vs. SME @ SMN (SNW leads the series 25-22)
* In a change of pace, the Cougars will face the Lancers, as SME has been a thorn in the Cougars side since arriving in 2009. Entering in to this game, the Cougars have lost 11 straight dating back to the arrival of former Head Coaches Chip Sherman (5-0), and Dustin Delaney (6-0).

Justin Hoover will want to see his Lancers off to a quick start as they have in recent memory lauded points on the scoreboard in less than three minutes of time on the 1Q game clock. This has been a common denominator of the lopsided play with a very experienced Lancer offensive line and a strong QB presence in SR Andy Maddux.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Sunflower Preview Week-3-2018

SMS vs. LAN @ SMS (Series tied 0-0)
* In a non-conference week-3 game, the Raiders will take on the Lansing Lions for the first time in team history. During the 2016 and 2017 seasons, the SM North Indians completed a 2-0 sweep of the Lions in a home-and-home series.

Taking on the Lions will not be an easy task for the Raiders, as, Lions Head Coach Dylan Brown is no stranger to the Sunflower League. Taking on the Sunflower League is a powerful move forward for the Lions who are wanting to become a force in the 5A east, and will want to play well against fellow Sunflower League programs even if as a non-conference game.

SME vs. ONW @ SMN (SME leads the series 7-2)
* For the third week in a row, one new Head Coach will meet another new Head Coach. This time, with Justin Hoover, and the Ravens Aaron Hafner, a new regime has taken place in both Football programs.

The Lancers have led this series against the Raven's from the beginning in 2004, only to concede two games to the Ravens in 2007 and 2009. In the prior meeting of these two, the Lancers defeated the Ravens in a week-10 playoff game with SME coming away 42-17. This should be a great test for the ONW moving forward and an opportunity to have a great game night.

SMW vs. ONE @ SMS (ONE leads the series 16-4)
* In what could be a great game with talent on both sides of the ball, the Vikings and Eagles will host a great game at SM South. While the Eagles have ODAC, the Vikings have been known to call SM South stadium a place of dominance as their home field as well.

While the Vikings were winless at home for the first time ever in their history in 2017, they hope to change that against the Eagles and Chris McCartney. Arland Bruce III will be a tough stop for the Vikings defense in order to build on this early season of play. It will be up to the Vikings defense to play a great game and work to get the ball from Arland Bruce III who has gone about his business well on the field of play, as it is noticed by many.

SMN vs. LFS @ SMN (LFS leads the series 7-1)
* The Firebirds and Indians will meet for only their ninth time in series history. Nine times! (If you recognize the Ferris Bueller reference!)

Playing on the road for the Firebirds at SM North is one of their best road stadiums to play in. In their last few years, defeating SM East, North, and Northwest has been a relatively easy task to accomplish. Look for the Indians to defend their home turf in what could be a tough match up and changing the course of history against the Firebirds.

Zack Rampy's young Indians have a tough task ahead, but will continue to improved putting up 27 points last week against the ONE defense.

OEH vs. OWO @ CBAC (Series tied 0-0)
* Coach Jesse Owen, and TJ O'Neill will meet for the very first time in what will start a series that will take place for seasons to come. With no game history, there is no better place to start than here in week-3. Best of luck to both the Hawks and Owls!

OSF vs. SNW @ ODAC (OSF leads the series 14-9)
* In a relatively close series, the Falcons and Cougars are no strangers to each other in Sunflower League play. Olathe South leads the series 6-4 in their last 10 meetings and could possibly reel off another win for the Falcons.

Last season the Falcons won in week-9 round 1 playoff game 30-21. Prior to that 2017 playoff game, both had not seen each other in the 2014 to 2016 seasons.

LAW vs. GET @ LAW (Series tied 0-0)
* Similar to the Hawks and Owls, these two will play in their very first Sunflower League game against each other. The Chesty Lions as to the Trailblazers will seek out a first meeting of Coaching minds as well with Steve Rampy and Ryan Cornelson in what could be a great game early on!