Surprise? Elation? How so?
The answer is yes. The SM Northwest Cougars are 3-0, joining the Olathe North Eagles, and Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers early on for a three-way tie early on after three weeks of play. The Cougars offense is shining well under QB Ty Black, and will definitely be ready to have it out against the Lancers next week at SM North. This game for SM East will be a tough one as the Cougars are looking to end a big losing streak dating back to the 2009 season, at 12 games.
For your Lawrence Chesty Lions, this is perhaps one of the best turnarounds 6-4A schools from 1-8 to 3-0, at any given time from 2000 to 2019. Steve Rampy, has turned this program around, even with minimal rebuilding/retooling taking place, and changing the mindset of a team. While we all wish it to happen overnight, it was done in two summers.
A similar liking can be said for the Firebirds as well, who are off to a hot start under Kevin Stewart only three games in. Only time will tell, what type of play will take place in the weeks ahead, and how Free State and Lawrence will be looking to both be top 8 seeds in the 6A west.
It can't go without being said, the big strides have been made over the last two years at SM South, and Olathe East. Change, adaption has been tough, but all of these student-athletes have persevered extremely well knowing they have to fill a spot of a graduated teammate from a season ago. The Coaching staffs notices it and are able to see the benefits of their play early on.
On the EKL side, the Bishop Miege Stags, and ST Aquinas Saints are again running wild and strong at the top of the table.
Meanwhile and off the radar, the Blue Valley West Jaguars are a surprising 2-1 and near the top of the standings with some work to be done to further their goal of getting a top-8 seed in the 6A east.
BV North, Northwest and Southwest, will have their work cut out for them, and with hopes to improve in the weeks ahead.