Monday, February 15, 2016

Suburban Teams at a Glance: Grandview Bulldogs

Grandview Bulldogs
2015 Record: 6-5
Best Win: Week 8: 32-12 vs. Platte County (8-4)
Worst Loss: Week 9: 0-49 vs. Kearney (14-1)
Points/Game: 28.7ppg
Points Allowed/Game: 25.8ppg

Sunflower League Opponent:

SM Northwest Cougars


To say the Bulldogs are losing a TON of talent would be an understatement. This team has move on without a quarterback,  their leading rusher, and their top three receivers. On the flip side, the offense wasn't very eye-popping last year despite the high PPG rate which can be misleading. The offense benefited greatly by taking on plenty of lesser teams and managed to score big in those weeks while managing to score some in blowouts against upper-tier schools.

Grandview is in that grey area where the loss of so many starters and contributors can't be determined as either a good or bad thing. The team was average overall, but they weren't so bad to suggest the next generation is a sure bet to do better all of a sudden. SM Northwest will still be rebuilding in hopes of making progress, but this game may be a test of perseverance after a tough loss.

2015 Schedule/Results

@ Ruskin (0-10)                   58-6
@ Oak Park (1-9)                38-0
 Grain Valley (3-7)                 22-35
@ Belton (8-4)                      26-42
 Liberty North (8-3)                0-28
@ Raytown South (4-7)       49-20
@ Winnetonka (1-9)            20-14
Platte County (8-4)              32-12
Kearney (14-1)                       0-42
Warrensburg (3-7)               65-36
Center (10-2)                          6-49

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Suburban Teams of Note: Blue Springs South Jaguars

Blue Springs South Jaguars
2015 Record: 14-0
Best Win: Week 14: 37-28 vs. Christian Brothers (13-1)
Worst Loss: n/a
Points/Game: 38.4ppg
Points Allowed/Game: 15.9ppg

Sunflower League Opponent:

Olathe North Fighting Eagles


Talk about a monster. The Blue Springs South Jaguars are similar in many ways to the Olathe North Eagles, their Week 4 (3 for Kansas) opponent for 2016.The Jaguars endured growing pains with 5-6 and 6-5 records before blowing through every team in their path on the road to a state championship and undefeated season. Olathe North experienced the same situation by improving each season from a dismal 3-7 record in 2012 to three consecutive sub-state births.

Another similarity is the immense loss of talent to graduation. The Jaguars offense rode on the backs of SR QB Noah Nigro (1772 yds., 27 TD's, 6 INT's) and SR RB Adam Cofield (1373 yds., 16 TD's) for the entire season and will now be losing them along with their top three wide receivers. 

All is not lost though, while the top three rushers will be leaving, future SR RB Jerome Hawkins

(419 yds., 9 TD's) showed a knack for scoring and should fit nicely into the role vacated by Cofield. Even if the spot at QB isn't filled with experience (Players behind Nigro totaled 16 attempts combined), it would be surprising to see the offense completely stagnate. 

The defense will be missing almost all of its pass rush, but SS Cale Connors returns after stepping up as the team's ball hawk with 8 interceptions. With Olathe North trying to install a new QB without the proven skill seen in Matt Wright, passing might not be an option against this secondary.

2015 Schedule/Results

Park Hill (11-2)                   14-7
@ Liberty North (8-3)        38-6
@ Blue Springs (6-7)          27-24
Raymore-Peculiar (6-5)     28-0
@ Rockhurst (4-6)              37-27
Raytown (4-7)                     51-16
Lees Summit West (6-6)    27-21
Lees Summit North (5-5)   39-7
@ Lees Summit (3-7)         49-21
Troy-Buchanan (1-10)        56-0
Jefferson City (11-3)          48-21
Howell (12-1)                      46-28
Kirkwood (10-2)                 41-17
Christian Brothers (13-1)  37-28