Here is the second list of four High Schools, ranked #5 to #8 of #12 as we slowly make our way closer to our first week of games.
For those keeping track, the combined record of the week-3 opponents is: 4-7 with the Lansing Lions remaining inactive until their week-1 game vs. Leavenworth.
The Chesty Lions of Lawrence will hit the gridiron for one final time under retiring alumni, and Football Head Coach Dirk Wedd after 19 seasons of play.
For the last handful of seasons the Lions will start play on the road. There is a great chance within the first couple games, the Lions will be able to get their Head Coach his 100th career win, and join Bill Freeman, Al Woolard, and Dick Purdy, in a great cast' of legendary Football coaches in the programs history.
In an unprecedented feat of history, all within the Olathe #233, the Olathe 4 Football programs all concluded the 2016 at 3-6, 3-6, 3-6, and 4-6 totalling a 13-24 record. To date, this has never been achieved by either the SMSD, or BV-SD all within Johnson County major three school districts.
It is evident within the Olathe North Eagles history that Chris McCartney, and his student-athletes are ready to reverse fortunes after a disappointing week-9 loss to the SM North Indians and eliminated from further post-season play. Motivation will be a key factor, as they play two non-conference teams within the first three weeks of play hosting the Wichita Heights Falcons, and a huge road game against the Blue Springs South Jaguars.
3rd year Head Coach Jesse Owen is looking for his Hawks to get off on a fast start, yet take it one week at a time.
With a huge road game in week-1 vs. the Hutchinson SaltHawks, it will take a lot of work to come away with a road win. In two prior meetings the SaltHawks are 2-0 vs. the Hawks. With a great schedule ahead of them, the Hawks show promising improvements with a 6-12 record in the past two years. Will the Olathe South Falcons be a thorn in the side of the Hawks again in 2017? TBD come week-4.
The SM Northwest Cougars, under 3rd year Head Coach Bo Black face a tough task early on with both Lawrence, and SM East at home the first two weeks.
Can the Cougars reverse these trends of recent losing seasons? 2010 was their last winning season and look to get back to that way in the seasons ahead to close out this decade of play. Bo Black has the boys going in the right direction and are looking to see much improvement since his taking over in 2015.