Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Week-10/Regional of 6A East Playoff Preview

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

Week-10 Bracket 

1 Blue Valley (9-0) vs 9 Olathe South (4-5) @ Blue Valley
4 BV North (6-3) vs 5 SM West (6-3) @ BV North/BVDAC

2 SM East (8-1) vs 10 G-E Trailblazers (4-5) @ SM North Stadium
3 Lawrence (6-3) vs 6 SM North (5-4) @ Lawrence

3 Garden City Buffaloes (9-0) vs 6 Free State (7-2) @ Garden City

Series Roundups Week-10


1 Blue Valley Tigers vs 9 Olathe South Falcons (Blue Valley leads the series 4-0, 7-5 all-time including EKL games 1981 to 1988)

For the Olathe South Falcons, this will not be an easy task marching in to Blue Valley Tigers Stadium. From the outset, this will be a tough game for the Falcons to pull an upset.

The Tigers are 4-0 in their meetings with the Falcons all coming in District play week-8. In most recent time these two played in 08, 09, 14, and 15 seasons. For the Falcons to come away with a win, it will take everything in the Falcons defense to stop one of the top offenses in the 6A East bracket. Playing well in these last three weeks has been a huge boost 

4 BV North Mustangs vs 5 SM West Vikings (SMW leads the series tied 8-4)

While these two may play in different leagues, locally they are no strangers to each other.

In their 12 games, each has been in either a week-8 or -9 District game of seasons past dating back to the 1989 season. Since 2010, the Mustangs are 1-3 in 4 District games played, with only the 2015 season making it into the 6A State playoffs.

Tim Callaghan's Vikings will have a big task on their hands with the Mustangs having won five in a row, and on a hot streak while the Vikings rebounded from a big loss to the Lancers with a strong defeat of the Wyandotte Bulldogs. 

2 SM East Lancers vs 10 Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers (SME leads the series 2-0)

The Lancers and Trailblazers will reunite for the playoffs after playing in a home and home series during the 2014 and 15 seasons. 

With a chance to move on to the Quarter-finals, the Trailblazers have made drastic improvements after two down seasons in the EKL. With a tough task on their hands, the Trailblazers will have to muster a strong offensive output against the Lancers Shark Defense. It will not be easy to score against, as the Trailblazers themselves have given up 85 points against in both meetings against the Lancers. Scoring from the start will be key in gaining momentum to pull away with a win for either team. 

3 Lawrence Chesty Lions vs 6 SM North Indians (Lawrence leads the series 50-20-3)

The Chesty Lions will have a tough chore ahead of them with the Indians on a hot streak defeating the Eagles of Olathe North this past Friday.

With all of the momentum swinging the Indians way, the Chesty Lions will need to find an offensive spurt and create some turnovers from the Indians throughout the game. QB Will Schneider of SM North continues to carry his leadership role in the most crucial of times deep in to this playoff run that has not happened since the 2000 season. Ironically, both playoff opponents were the Eagles, and Chesty Lions. 


3 Garden City Buffaloes vs 6 Free State Firebirds (First meeting, series tied 0-0)

For the first time in Sunflower League history, the Firebirds will travel to Garden City to take on a red hot undefeated Buffaloes Football team. As good as the Firebirds have been playing the last six weeks, they will have one of the toughest road playoff games of the season ahead of them.

The Buffaloes are led by 7th year Head Coach Brian Hill, who is 45-23 overall, 19-9 in the Western Athletic Conference, and 3-3 in the playoffs. This will be a first hosting a Sunflower League Football team west of Topeka.

Bob Lisher's Firebirds will look to end the Buffaloes season with Dallas Crittendon's leadership at QB that could make it very tough to defend. The playoff experience of the Firebirds will be key to ending Garden City's momentum in the west bracket. Derby and Manhattan also field 9-0 records with teams looking to knock them out.  

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