Monday, October 7, 2019

Action - Reaction #5

As the middle of the schedule moves right along and the student-athletes are full throttle in game prep and game days, the shape of the post-season will now make its turn towards the final home stretch.

Congrats to the Lawrence Chesty Lions, led by Steve Rampy in a big league win over the SM Northwest Cougars, again caught up in a shootout of games and a majestic arial game played by both schools. This Chesty Lions team looks to be far improved from their first year under Steve Rampy, and the practices, and experience are paying off for his student-athletes in his summer workouts. The Cougars put up a great fight, and will continue to do so these three remaining regular season games.

For a city such as Olathe, KS, nothing can or does get bigger in a rivalry between Olathe North and South. Both have been going at in since the Fall of 1981, and the Eagles have owned the series outright since the beginning. That includes the transition over from EKL to SFL in their first season of the 1989 year as well. Olathe South has only, in their 34 total meetings won back-to-back games dating back to the 2005 and 06 seasons. The Eagles are 9-1 to close out this series of play entering 2020.

In a big rivalry game the SM East Lancers, defeated a very talented SM South Raiders on the road at SM South on Homecoming Night. While both schools face each other many times in Fall, Winter, and Spring sports, the annual Football game kicks off most matches for the other sports. With a lot of rain covering the Johnson County area, both the Lancers, and Raiders had their fair share of opportunities to score, yet turnover, INT's, fumbles, and tackling were the name of the game. With a late touchdown in the 4Q, the Lancers came away with a 14-6 win, having won their eighth straight since 2010, while not meeting during the 2016 and 17 seasons.

Congrats to the Bishop Miege Stags, winning on the road at Dasta Stadium defeating the Rockhurst Hawklets in a big cross-town rivalry game (only a handful of city blocks away.) This win for the Stags over the Hawklets brings their overall record to 7-21-1 in 29 games played. The Stags last win was during the 1972 season under Len Mohlman. Following that '72 game, the Stags held an unprecedented record of 0-11-1 from 1973 to 1984. In all, following the 1984 season, the Stags and Hawklets allowed a total of 33 school years pass before their next game during the 2018 season take place fom 1985 to 2017. The Hawklets have now lost consecutive games to EKL opponents which is the first time ever in the league's era of play, and Tony Severino's 37 seasons to have happened on a Varsity game schedule vs. Kansas opponents.

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