Week #9 has provided us some in's and out's for who the next schools to be crowned 6-5-4A State Champions could be.
On the big stage, the Olathe North Eagles won their 50th playoff game since entering the Sunflower League in the Fall of 1989 (50-14) in all games.
Other news and notes are the moving on of the SM Northwest Cougars, and Olathe East Hawks, both dominating their portion of the bracket with ease. This is great to see as another first timer in Blue Valley West has also risen in the EKL standings and in this fourth year of the new playoff bracket, is now a top 8 see when they were previously 9 to 16 from 2016 to 2018.
Although the SM East Lancers season ending on a down note at 2-7, overall this has been the most successful decade of Lancer Football in their 62 years of history on the gridiron. The big school in small Prairie Village, KS boasted a 84-27 in 111 games played and a 16-9 post-season record of which had never been considered. At the conclusion of the 2000 to 2009 era, the Lancers were a mere 3-10 in all post-season playoff games from 1985 to 2009, and -57 games under .500 of their overall record. Thank you again to the SM East Lancers for a great decade of Lancer Football. In the season
In the EKL, there is a large contingent of schools moving in to week-10 play. The biggest is the SW T-Wolves as they defeated a strong 6-2 Washington Wildcats who dominated the KCAL for the season. This 2-7 T-Wolves will be moving on in surprising fashion. Can they keep up the momentum of play? TBD.
The Blue Valley Tigers, BV North Mustangs, Bishop Miege Stags, and ST Aquinas Saints, will continue to build on their playoff resume's as well. Notably on the 5A side, shout Aquinas return to the 5A final, a possible rematch could be waiting with the very fast Wichita Northwest Grizzlies of the City League in Wichita.
The Blue Valley Tigers will face former EKL foe in the Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers, while BV North will face the Olathe East Hawks in a great battle.
Congrats and thank you again to all of the Senior's and Teams who have played in week-9! Thank you for representing your High School, District, and the east side of the bracket this 2019 season.