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Eastern Kansas Football: What To Watch Week 2

Eastern Kansas Football: What To Watch Week 2

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR: WEEK 2 EDITION

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Olathe Schools

The district schools will FINALLY participate in the 2020 season this week. Get out and support those student-athletes and coaches who worked tirelessly to prove they can, and are, following safety guidelines and are ready to play. The good news: Shawnee Mission schools are not far behind.

5A-4A

ST. JAMES ACADEMY (0-0) @ ST. THOMAS AQUINAS (0-0)

(Preview and history information are written and compiled by Kevin Booker @BookerT3)

Although the Saints stand at the 5A level, and recently the Thunder moved down to 4A after the last four+ years at the 5A level as well, this match up of any magnitude has the student’s motivated and ready to play even after a Monday afternoon practice!

Both schools have strong athletic reputations, and the Football field is where it all begins.

While this may look to be a rivalry from a distance, it is anything but that of a rivalry. Since their first ever meeting in 2015, the Saints have dominated the series six wins to zero for the Thunder. In last seasons 2019 week-6 match up the Thunder nearly pulled off the defeat of the Saints only to fall 28-21. While Randy Dreiling maintains his Saints momentum from the previous year, the Thunder led by 10 year Head Coach Tom Radke is looking for his squad to knock off the heavily favored Saints.

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SIXSTARFOOTBALL.com SR’S TO WATCH:
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS – RB Tank Young, OL Danny Carroll, DE Caden Reeves, LB Cameron Penny, QB Blake Anderson, DL Jalen Marshall, K/P Charlie Weinrich, DB Will Gavin

ST. JAMES ACADEMY – S Jack Gossman, DB Tyler Claiborne

4A-3A

3A-#4 COLUMBUS (1-0) @ COFFEYVILLE (1-0)

Both teams exited week 1 with impressive wins, both teams enter week 2 set to prove themselves as the “real deal”. Columbus was pitted in a scoreless battle 2 and a half quarters in their match against Frontenac. A pair of pick 6’s tipped the game into the Titans favor. Meanwhile, Coffeyville’s athletic ability was on full display last week against Augusta. QB Aaron Rutherford threw for 213 yards with 2 touchdowns while RB Ethan Camp rushed for 136 yards.

This will be the third meeting between the pair of former SEK League members, Columbus left the league in 2011. Coffeyville won in 2018 by a score of 46-27 with the Titans picking up the win last season by a score of 53-28.

First-year head coach Deonta Wade has made it a point for the Golden Nado to finish out every game, an issued that plagued Coffeyville last year. Last week, the Nado defense let a couple of scores slip by making it final closer. Head Coach Blake Burns’ Titans come in as the 4th ranked team for the second week in a row in the latest Class 3A Eastern Kansas Sports Regional poll. Not even a win at home over a respected Frontenac team was enough to move them up the rankings.

Regardless of if it’s proving last year wasn’t a fluke, or that they’re not the same inconsistent team from a year ago, a lot of athleticism will be on display at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday night.

LIVESTREAM/VIDEO: Nado LIVE YouTube Channel
RADIO/AUDIO: 98.9FM (Coffeyville)
SIXSTARFOOTBALL.com PLAYERS TO WATCH:

COFFEYVILLE – WR Darrell Jones

COLUMBUS – RB Gabe Martin

3A-2A

GALENA (1-0) @ COLGAN (0-1)

UPDATE – The game will no longer take place on Friday night.

In their first matchup in three years, CNC League rivals Galena and St. Mary’s Colgan will meet in a pivotal early-season showdown Friday at Pittsburg’s Hutchinson Field.

The visiting Bulldogs head into the contest at 1-0 following a 40-22 season-opening victory at Commerce (Okla.). Galena is coming off a 6-4 campaign a year ago that included a trip to the regional round of the Class 3A playoffs.

This will be Colgan’s second straight home game following a 20-12 loss to Girard last Thursday. The Panthers, who went 7-4 and advanced to the sectional round of the Class 1A playoffs, will be trying to avoid an 0-2 start to the season.

Galena and Colgan haven’t met in football since 2017 when the Bulldogs opened the season with a 16-0 home win over the Panthers. Galena has won the last three meetings in the series.

LIVESTREAM/VIDEO: ESPN 100.7 YouTube Channel
RADIO/AUDIO: ESPN 100.7FM (Pittsburg)

8-MAN

LITTLE RIVER (1-0) @ CLIFTON-CLYDE (1-0)

This will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs, since Clifton-Clyde unified in 1980. Clifton-Clyde is 25-4 in the last 3 seasons while Little River is 23-7. These two programs are the embodiment of 8-Man football: lots of offense and hard-hitting defense.

Clifton-Clyde recorded eight different players involved in scoring last week in their shut out win and five players that recorded defensive sacks. If you can make the trip out to Clifton-Clyde, or are in the area, this will be the game to attend. The game has been dubbed Military Appreciation night as well:

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