9. Olathe Northwest Ravens
The Olathe Northwest Ravens, under fifth year Head Coach Chip Sherman, will have a daunting task of taking on the Goddard Lions at CBAC for week-1. The Lions are coming off a wild second place finish to the Mill Valley Jaguars in the 5A State Final just a year ago in a one point-overtime loss.
With the tough road ahead, the Raven's could do some damage with the transfer of Seth Zegunis (formerly of BV Northwest) could make in impact in the Raven's lineup. While play has yet to be seen come a test against the Goddard Lions, the Raven's could like to add more wins from their 3-6 2016 season. Chip Sherman is 10-8 vs. all 2017 opponents.
10. SM North Indians
In a historic 2016 run, the SM North Indians led by fourth year Head Coach Ben Bartlett are spiked for another similar scenario. That said, it will take a lot of work for the Indians to achieve with the loss of SR QB Will Schneider and multiple other weapons he had on his offense propelling the Indians to two playoff wins.
With two home games to start of the season, the Indians will have a great chance to finish 4-4 prior to their week-9 game. Seeding of course will depend, as did 2016 how the Indians will do in 2017.
11. Leavenworth Pioneers
The Leavenworth Pioneers are entering their final season of play in the Sunflower League after 37 years of play. Prior to the 1981 season, the Pioneers spent an eternity in the Centennial League.
Mark Littrell's talent pool is strong no doubt, but will continue to face it's Sunflower struggles despite their 2015 success. Week-1 will provide a great kickoff to the Pioneers' season with local foe and rival the Lansing Lions. Look for the Pioneers to even the series at 2-2 with this being their fourth-ever meeting between the schools.
12. SM South Raiders
The Raiders of SM South are in some uncharted territory after last seasons first ever winless season in school history.
3rd year Head Coach Brett Oberzan is looking to turn around a program that is facing a possible 17th straight losing season in program history. With last season's choices made by a Senior class that were some unfortunate decisions, their are many student-athlete's who are looking to reverse that identity, and return Raiders Football to greatness of years past.