Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sunflower League Previews: Week 7


Leavenworth vs Olathe South @ ODAC (Olathe South leads the series 18-1)

The Pioneers are making the trek to ODAC to take on a similar Falcons team at 1-5.

This marks a return for former Falcons mentor Mark Littrell to his ODAC stomping grounds where his teams in the 90s and early 00s dominated home games when fellow Sunflower opponents had a tough road game ahead of them. Many of those nights, the road teams headed to the bus due to it being such a hard environment to play at.

Should either team come away with the win, it will be a huge boost in the seeding movement, if only a game ahead. Since Mark Littrell has taken over for the Pioneers, they have been much improved in all aspects of the game.


Free State vs Olathe East @ CBAC (OE leads the series 11-7)

The Firebirds are making a trip to CBAC this week to take on the OE Hawks.

Could OE come away with a win? It will be very tough to keep up with a very talented Free State Firebirds team that are on a three game win streak. Tough defense and playing smart will be a key factor for this young Hawks program that is gradually improving under Jesse Owen.

Olathe Northwest vs Olathe North @ ODAC (ON leads the series 8-2)

This is a huge game taking place for the Olathe #233 foes.

Can Chip Sherman's Ravens come away with a win? Will the Eagles find a way to regain some ground deep in the League cellar? This game will answer many questions to see how

The Ravens have won two big games against the Eagles in their young history, and can only get better as the closing of regular season play arrives. Consistent and good play from both programs is needed more than anything as they have both struggled against the rest of the league overall.

At the conclusion of this game, players from both programs could find themselves as the first Olathe West Owls to take the field of play in the future seasons to come.

SM South vs SM West @ SM South (SMW leads the series 35-20-1)

Entering this game the Raiders will have a tough task ahead of them to take on a steaming Vikings team eager to play.

Tim Callaghan is 12-0 vs the Raiders, while the Raiders themselves have lost 19 straight games dating back to the 1997 season.

For the Raiders, coming out motivated will be key in finding a way to get points on the board against a very disciplined program. It will not be easy, but a great test for the Raiders to gain confidence in their play.

SM North vs SM Northwest @ SM North - Annual Hula Bowl (SMNW leads the series 24-20)

Fridays game marks another great rivalry as these two play in their annual Hula Bowl game at SM North.

Ben Bartlett will be leading his (3-3) Indians in to a rough home game environment in which the sister-school Cougars have owned them in their own stadium winning the last 10 in a row. For the Indians, a win against the Cougars is long over due. Having lost 12 straight overall, their last win at home against the Cougars came during the 2001 season winning 28-8.

Coach Black's Cougars on the other hand are bringing a lot of confidence in to this game after a huge win against the Raiders last week. With improvement still to be made, the Cougars can and will find themselves moving up in the seedings with the Indians should they come away with a win.

SM East vs Lawrence @ Lawrence (Lawrence leads the series 42-11)

Yes, this is accurately documented. The Chesty Lions own a 42win record over the Lancers all-time.

In modern day Sunflower League play however, the tide has quickly turned since the 2009 season with the additions of Chip Sherman (Olathe Northwest) and Dustin Delaney taking over at SM East.

The 2009 season was a turning point for the Lancers, where they have found themselves winning four of the last five meetings taking place. For the Chesty Lions, they have only scored 10 total points in their last two games against a strong SM East Shark Defense in impressive fashion. The Lancers have scored 61 Points For.

Coach Wedd will be looking for his 99th win all-time at Lawrence should the Chesty Lions alumni come away with a huge win at home.

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