Monday, November 21, 2016

Week-13 Championship Weekend 6A Final

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West vs East
1 Blue Valley Tigers (11-0) vs 1 Derby Panthers (11-0) @ Emporia 1:00 Kick 
*** 18th & Merchant, Emporia, KS 66801 ***

Series Roundups Week-12

West vs East

1 Blue Valley-EKL (12-0) vs 1 Derby-AVCTL (12-0) – Derby leads the series 1-0

The Blue Valley Tigers, and Derby Panthers will rematch for the 6A State Title this Saturday at Welch Stadium, and home of the Emporia State Hornets Football team.

It's not too often a rematch happens but it is always possible. The Olathe North Eagles, and Manhattan Indians met in 2000 and 2001with the Eagles sweeping both Titles those seasons. It happened again to the Olathe North Eagles, and Wichita Heights Falcons in 2009 and 2010. This time the series was tied at 1 State Final for each program.

To see a Sunflower League team represent the East has been quite honor. In 2015 and 2016 that torch has been carried by a strong, and very talented Blue Valley Tigers who have dominated all aspects of the regular season, and playoff play. In their Sub state game hosting the Lancers, it was by far one of the most exiting of finishes in recent history (this decade) many of us have been part of since the season started.

Blue Valley did to SM East, what SM East did to Olathe North to end their season in 2014 en route to a 6A State Title over the Hutchinson SaltHawks in OT and in the final possession with no time left on the clock.

This should be a great rematch for both programs, as the Panthers have won 22 straight games, and the Tigers at 12 straight entering Saturday's game.

For Derby, the path to State started out strong in week-9 with #16 Wichita North, #8 Wichita Northwest, #4 Hutchinson, and #6 Free State (SFL) all at home. With all four playoff games, the Panthers averaged 14 PA a game in which the Panthers alone averaged 54 Points For. It will take a lot for the Tigers to stop a high powered offense,

The Tigers of Stilwell, KS road to the final consisted of a great home slate of games starting out with #16 SM South, #9 Olathe South, #4 BV North, and #2 SM East. Each opponent managed only 20 PA the Tigers, in which it is very tough to win on the road at Blue Valley Stadium. Perhaps, one of the hardest road games to play outside of ODAC (Olathe North & South) home field. As for the Tigers offensive output, the team averaged 43 Points For. The Lancers of SM East gave their best competition prior to meeting Derby.

Best of luck to the Blue Valley Tigers of Stilwell, KS as we look forward to a great game Saturday afternoon!

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