1 Blue Valley (11-0) vs 2 SM East (10-1) @ Blue Valley - 7pm
1 Derby (11-0) vs 6 Free State (9-2) @ Derby - 7pm
Series Roundups Week-12
Blue Valley (11-0) vs SM Eeast (10-1) – SM East leads the series 3-1
The last time these two met, former Blue Valley Tigers Coaching legend Steve Rampy (AC/Offensive Coordinator at Pitt State Gorillas) and current SM South Raiders Principal Todd Dain was roaming the sidelines for the Lancers in his second season as Head Coach in 2001.
After a coaching change was made in the Spring of 2000 at SM East, the Lancers went the route of a young Head Coach after nearly three decades or more of Coaches who had been together since the mid 1970s when their own careers began. Todd Dain, not new to SM East came over from Jon Krug's West Vikings Coaching staff and immediate changes were made. The Football culture became fresh, updated, and a path was clear to the expectations of Lancer Football more than a decade ago. Former Lancers Head Coaches John Stonner (AC at SM West), Chip Sherman (HC at Olathe Northwest), and Dustin Delaney brought the Lancers Football program in to it's zenith and beyond.
16 seasons later, that path is still followed, with adjustments made accordingly, the same with the Blue Valley Tigers, and former Blue Valley Tiger student-athlete, Eric Driskell, returning to the classroom and becoming an Assistant taking over for his mentor the great Steve Rampy.
The Blue Valley Tigers, are no strangers to post-season success. With multiple 5A State Titles in hand, winning football is a mantra early on ingrained in to the youngest of Freshman Football players until the day they walk out four years later young men leading a Varsity program.
This will be a true dog-fight from start to finish as both programs carry playoff experience and smart clock management when it comes to taking care of the ball, on both offense and defense in stopping the run or pass. With both teams playing well beyond anyone's expectations, look for a great game at Blue Valley Stadium. The venue alone, outside of Football is a great tailgating location and on of the best in our area! Get out to the stadium early!
Derby (11-0) vs Free State (9-2) - Derby leads the series 1-0 Derby and Free State met for the first time in 2015 in the 6A State Semi-final.
The Panthers came away victorious with a 35-14 final score putting away any chance a Sunflower League team would return to the 6A State Final last season. That same week in 2015 the Olathe North Eagles lost to the same Blue Valley Tigers who have returned to the same semi-final this 2016 season.
Derby is continuing its hot-streak of play and has won 21 straight games. The Panthers last loss was on the road taking on the Mill Valley Jaguars in week-3 of the 2015 season 27-20. There is not a 6 or 5A Football team of those 21 games that has been able to slow the Panthers down.