Let me first start off by saying that this season’s week one of coverage is a bit bitter-sweet.
It’s difficult to get overly excited when there’s a significant portion of the Eastern 6A, 5A, and 4A coaches, student-athletes, and parents that are forced to watch from afar.
To those who aren’t able to participate in week one, know that our hearts go out to you, and hopefully things turn around so that in a short time we’re all excited for high school football’s return.
Covering 166 teams in the east half of Kansas is no easy task. Selecting the games to watch in week one may be just as difficult.
With that being said, good luck to all the teams that are competing. Please practice not only social distancing and safety guidelines from the schools, but pratice patience with school officials as they are doing the best they can given the ever changing nature of the world we live in right now.
Don’t forget you can see the full slate of week 1 games in eastern Kansas by clicking here.
P.S.S. text in your quarter scores and final scores this season to the Eastern Kansas Sports Text Line 620-325-9531
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: WEEK 1 EDITION
6A-5A – Derby @ Mill Valley
Let’s be honest, there will not be a more watched, refreshed for score updates game this Friday night than defending 6A state champion Derby traveling to 5A state champion Mill Valley. The Jaguars are opening their brand new facilities against arguably the most dominant high school football team in Kansas. Both are powerhouses in their respective classifications. Check out this graphic from Spectrum Sports KC, who will have the broadcast Friday night, on the dominance of these two high school football teams.
The good news is that if you or someone you know has Spectrum Sports KC, you can watch it.
LIVESTREAM/VIDEO: Spectrum Sports KC
SIXSTARFOOTBALL.com SR’S TO WATCH:
MILL VALLEY – OL Ethan Kremer, OL Sam Hecht, K Chris Tennant, LB Kolten Jegen, FB/WR Ty Reishus, DE Cole Knappen, QB Cooper Marsh, DB Taggert Baker, OL Robert Drvin, RB Quin Wittenauer, WR Jacob Hartman, S Trey Worcester
DERBY – QB Lem Wash, WR Reid Liston, S Amare Ramirez
4A – #5 Tonganoxie @ #4 Basehor-Linwood
Basehor-Linwood lost one of the best passers in the state last year to graduation. What will the Bobcats offense look like? Junior running back Zack Sisemore hopes to calm those fears by stepping up into the offensive leader role in 2020. The Bobcats also return Ethan Huber and Jordan Brown, so they have the pieces to continue the offensive power, if they can gel together. Tonganoxie’s defense surrendered the most points in the regular season to Basehor-Linwood’s offense, but picked up the win 49-28. The Chieftains defense averaged just over 10 points per game in the regular season a year ago. The Bobcats lead the series 5-4 over the Chieftains.
BASEHOR-LINWOOD – QB Isaac Stanton
3A – #1 Frontenac @ #4 Columbus
Columbus caught many by surprise last season, but by the time these two CNC league teams met in week 8 at Frontenac, the Raiders were prepared and shut out the Titans 23-0. Opening the 2020 season in Columbus against Frontenac, this game is a must watch for anyone looking for a game. Frontenac’s focus this year is eliminating turnovers while Columbus is hoping that the “big moments” won’t overtake them. Even with attendance restrictions, fans all across Kansas can watch the game between the #1 and #4 3A regionally ranked teams in the east. KODE Sports out of Pittsburg-Joplin recognizes this game as their “Game of the Week”.
KODE Game of the Week: Frontenac vs Columbus— KODE Sports (@KODESports) September 2, 2020
Season opener for Kansas high schools, and we start with how the CNC title race ended a season ago 🏈#KODEGameNight@TitansColumbus | @FHSRaiders pic.twitter.com/Xegm7qbmyZ
2A & 1A – #1 (1A) Centralia @ #4 (2A) Rossville
2019 1A state champion Centrailia, #1 ranked team in 1A in the EKS Regional Football Coaches Poll, travels to Rossville, who is ranked #4 in the 2A EKS Regional Coaches Poll. Rossville returns plenty of experience in juniors and seniors. Quarterback Torrey Horak and receiver Bo Reeves should be an electric duo to watch in not just this game but all season long. Centralia’s only loss in their championship season came from Rossville. With that only blemish from a championship season, there’s plenty of motivation for both teams going into this match-up.
8M – #2 Madison @ #5 Burlingame
(Preview by Michael Dieker)
Two Lyon County League Rivals square off to begin 2020 as Madison travels to Burlingame. Madison fell just short of the state title game a year ago, running through their first 11 opponents before falling to Canton-Galva in sub-state. The Bulldogs only graduated three from a year ago and appear poised for another deep run. Burlingame missed the playoffs a year ago at 5-4 after seeing many key players succumbed to injuries. The Bearcats welcome back 18 upperclassmen, only losing one starter on each side of the ball. Madison leads the series 12-2 since 2004, the first year when Burlingame started playing 8-man. Madison won last year’s meeting 56-6 after many injuries to Burlingame team piled up. Burlingame has the speed to keep pace with Madison, but the Bulldogs have the experience of playing as one unit.
RADIO/AUDIO: COUNTRY 101.7FM KVOE-FM
SIXSTARFOOTBALL.com SR’S TO WATCH:
MADISON – DE Hunter Engle