|6A - EAST STANDINGS||2016 - Future|
Once the 2016 Fall Football season begins, a new look to the 6A Playoffs will take place.
Although you do not see the Leavenworth Pioneers (5A-East), and Free State Firebirds (6A-West), they will be in similar standings due to their respective enrollment placements from the KSHSAA.
This is quite different than what many of us are all used to seeing, but the Sunflower League itself will still maintain a standings or "table" for all of it's games during the season.
At the conclusion of the game #8, all 16 schools will be reseeded #1 to #16 as the District Football Titles are no longer in existence to move on to the playoffs. Regardless of how the Sunflower League standings play out with each school playing as many as seven (7) league games, while some will play six (6) this official bracketing will determine where your school will fall in to place. This will all be due to Point Differential and all tie-breakers mentioned.
Since 2010, many of these schools have all crossed paths at one time or another during regular season or district play. Of course it is different, but change can be good. This has nothing to do with Sunflower League or Eastern Kansas (EKL) competing against each other, while they have all met in District play or regular season. All four (4) Blue Valley schools at one time or another have met all five (5) SMSD Football teams.
The five SMSD #512 schools will not face any of the four (4) Blue Valley's until week #9 or later to move further on to the playoffs. 10 of the 16 Sunflower schools still have a great chance again come 2016 to represent the 6A East in the 6A State Final game. For all current 10 Sunflower League schools in this table, Gardner-Edgerton if they are to meet will continue to be a non-conference game until they make a permanent move out of the EKL.
If you are wondering why this change has happened, many of the High School Representatives (Athletic Director's and Administrator's) across the State felt that it was time for a change within the playoff system. Week #9 of the Football playoffs, is similar to that of post-season Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, or Softball in all team sports is game #21 for that High School student-athlete. The two schools that will meet in the 6A State Final will play in the 13th game, and meet two days after the Thanksgiving holiday.