With a winding down of the last regular season of this decade of play and post-season, this should be a great ride for all High Schools across the state of Kansas and around the country.
That said, it is go time!
Friday night's games will mark some of the last time many High School student-athletes play Football ever again. Some will continue playing Football collegiately at the next level. Thank you all for playing the game that you love so much from Kindergarten to your Senior year. Although your playing days are over, do not forget to thank those Teacher-Coaches, Administrators, Office Staff, etc who led you along the way, took you home if you did not have a car, a little talk in the hallway during passing-periods prior to a game day only a few hours away, and taking care of your academics.
For the Sunflower and EKL, it will be a tail to see what happens against the west side of the brackets. As of late, this decade alone, the incredible work done by the Derby Panthers Football program a program to be proud of. Derby, has now taken the role of previous Dynasty schools as Lawrence, Olathe North, and Hutch in the largest of classes.
Can or will the domination continue? TBD on those results, as that trickles down to the 5 and 4A brackets as well. You can always count on Hayden, Bishop Miege, and others to stack the box, and a great run by the Wichita Northwest Grizzlies last year, only to fall to the ST Aquinas Saints in the 5A Final.
Thank you again, to all of the great student-athletes across the state of Kansas!