Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Week-11/Sectional 6A East Playoffs Preview

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

Week-11 Bracket 

1 Blue Valley (10-0) vs 4 BV North (7-3) @ Blue Valley

2 SM East (9-1) vs 6 SM North (6-4) @ SM North Stadium

1 Derby (10-0) vs 4 Hutchinson (9-1) @ Derby 

6 Free State (8-2) vs Washburn Rural (7-3) @ Free State

Series Roundups Week-11


Blue Valley (10-0) vs BV North (7-3) – Blue Valley leads the series 20-9

The Mustangs under Andy Sims have been revitalized as a Football program in his three years on the job. 

Last season the Mustangs ended the Tigers string of 10 straight wins that suffered through three different Coaching changes. Stability is in for the long haul as the Mustangs have a chance to upset the Blue Valley Tigers on the road. 

This is the first rematch ever in the history of both programs at any time during their 29 games played. 

Eric Driskell's Tigers are 6-1 since taking over for Steve Rampy. 

SM East (9-1) vs SM North (6-4) – SM North leads the series 22-30-1

These two long-time friends will meet in their very first playoff game in their 53rd all-time series history.

Just five weeks ago the Lancers put up 77 points running away for their ninth straight win against the Indians. The last Indians win came in 2007.

While the Indians are playing great in perhaps the toughest part of the East bracket, stopping the Lancers will be a tough task to be done. Can the Indians defense hold the Lancers? Gardner-Edgerton nearly did only to lose in the final seconds of the game. Ben Bartlett’s Indians are up to the task with the biggest roadblock in front of them, the SM East Shark defense.   


Derby (10-0) vs Hutchinson (9-1) – Derby leads the series 29-22-1

Some of the Best of the West... Describes these two great Football teams.

Derby’s Brandon Clark has been steamrolling the 6A west for better part of this decade with only a few trip ups here and there. Playing Hutchinson is no easy task any time they are on the schedule. Since 2010, the two have met nine times with the Panthers coming away victorious four of the last five games. During both playoff meetings, the SaltHawks came out on top in 2012, and 2014 to end the Panthers season. For a third time in seven seasons they will meet again in another epic rematch.

Hutch’s Ryan Cornelson will have a tough task on his hands but this is what the playoffs are for. The SaltHawks can make some noise, and bracket-bust some more come Friday night.  

Free State (8-2) vs Washburn Rural (7-3) – Free State leads the series 7-0

Looking back on this series, the JR Blues have not faired well in their meetings with the Firebirds.

Throughout the early 2000s these two played multiple times in week 9 of District play. With out much luck the JR Blues have had a tough go both home and away against the Firebirds.  

Having had a handful of Coaching changes since Free State opened in 1997, the JR Blues will need to step up their play from the beginning. One asset the Firebirds will use to their full advantage is QB Dallas Crittendon, who transferred from Hayden. His knowledge will help carry the Firebirds, as he will be the only Firebird on the field with prior game history against the JR Blues. 

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