With the closing of week-2 in the 6-5-4A East brackets of the 2019 season, it is definitely a new light shed on the early outcomes of the season.
It goes without any saying early on to congratulate the SM West Vikings on ending their 20 game losing streak to the SM South Raiders with a 21-7 victory. Only SM North holds the current record at 25 games which stands as a District #512, and Sunflower record broken during the Ben Bartlett era.
The Vikings can rebound this season, and will continue to thrive for the same prepping for a week-3 matchup against a powerful Olathe North Eagles. This win for Tim Callaghan's Vikings, ties him with recently retired Chesty Lions Football Coach: Dirk Wedd.
In other workings around the Sunflower League, the Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers are continuing to thrive under the direction of Ryan Cornelson and are 12-1 overall in his brief 13 total games also entering in to week-3. Stopping the Trailblazers offense will not be easy as we have taken note on last years run of gridiron success. With the Chesty Lions off to an early, and fast start, the Trailblazers will have their work cut out for them, after a fantastic showing on the road against the SM East Lancers, where the Chesty Lions, ended a six game losing streak to SM East.
Off the radar, the SM Northwest Cougars are quietly making their way up the table for a top-4 or 8 seed within the 6A east bracket. One thing to pay attention to will be their consistency as in 2018, they started out 1-3, and finished 3-1. The Cougars, led by Ty Black can be a force to be reckoned with if they can maintain their offensive dominance and maintain leads through the end of the regular season.
The middle to lower pack of the Sunflower League is up for grabs as the SM East Lancers, North Indians, Northwest Ravens and Olathe West Owls have fallen to 0-2, 0-2 overall.
Quietly the Olathe North Eagles are 3-0, while the local High School pressers have been quick to obtain Blue Valley North as a top four 6A team.
Meanwhile, the EKL is already on a fast pace of play.
First off, the Stags, Saints, and Thunder, all going 5-1 after the first two weeks. Their Points For, speak for themselves, as the BVSD stands at 3-7.
Congratulations to the NW Huskies, led by Clint Rider, who ended a 13 game losing streak, longest in team history.
As week-3 practice begins, the Thunder from the beginning will look to rebound from last year's 2-8 record, in hopes of having a strong showing against the surprise BV West Jaguars.
Have a great week of practice and stay healthy!