As a week of bad weather and multiple game times/rescheduled kickoffs took place, the games were underway.
Congrats to the SM Northwest Cougars on a great start to the season with a big win over SM East, ending a 12 game losing streak dating back to the 2009 season. The Lancers fell to 1-3, a record in which they had not started off with since the 2009 year led by former Head Coach in his first season Chip Sherman coming from Salina South via Platte County Pirates.
The Chesty Lions led by Steve Rampy, are also off to a fast start and for the first time since 2015 (10-1) have had a 4-0 start defeating an Olathe Northwest Ravens team led by Aaron Hafner in his second season. Both programs finished 2018 at 1-8. Can the Ravens pull off a win in the final four regular season games? Only time will tell with four big games to finish the regular season.
With a big log-jam in the middle of the Sunflower pack, the Falcons, Hawks, and Raiders have all been playing very well and will fight hard for the a chance to get a top-8 seed.
For a few Sunflower Football teams, this could be a first for a couple to land on the bottom side of the seeding. For now, it is too early to predict, but most certainly a possibility in the next few weeks.
Can the Raiders and Lancers climb up to the top-8? It will be hard to say for now, but a lot of hard work remains ahead to make that goal happen.
Congrats to the Blue Valley Tigers, who knocked off the Rockhurst Hawklets with a big home win. For those curious about this series, these last two years are the only times that both had ever met on the gridiron. During the 25 year run of Steve Rampy, the two never faced each other in a non-conference game.
The SJ Academy Thunder knocked off the Bishop Miege Stags as well in a big team win, also tying their series at 1-1 overall since the Thunder entered the EKL. Those same Stags, will now have a big road game just across the state line visiting Tony Severino's Hawklet's. For those interested, the Hawklets own the series outright at 21-6-1 in 28 all-time games.
Have the Mustangs, and Mill Valley Jaguars seen an end of their recent success? With four big weeks of play left before the week-9 seedings, climbing the standings will not be easy.
The meat of the schedule is now approaching, and it will be time to start working towards earning the best seed possible around the 6 to 4A west and east brackets!