Before we get to this week’s “Games to Watch”, we would like to recognize the efforts of all Activities Directors across the state of Kansas. Keeping up with not only the health and safety of their student-athletes, but also making sure that they’re finding events to fill last minute has been a daunting task. Phone calls, e-mails, social media use. It’s non-stop. So to those AD’s who have given the extra effort to find an event for their student-athletes, thank you for finding a way to let them play.
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Rankings are based on the latest Eastern Kansas Sports regional rankings.
4A #1 BISHOP MIEGE (0-0) @ 5A ST. THOMAS AQUINAS (2-0)
(Preview and history information are written and compiled by Kevin Booker @BookerT3)
In perhaps one of the biggest rivalries within the confines of Johnson County, and the eastern side of any Kansas High School football bracket, the Stags, and Saints will meet for the 34th time this Friday night. The Saints lead the series 18W-16L-33 games played all-time.
If you are curious about their week-2 rivalry, week-3 takes the cake. This series started in 1989, and has been going strong since. While both programs have had their share of Coaching changes, the rivalry itself brings both programs together no matter how intense of a game.
Stags Head Coach Jon Holmes ’02, is 6-3 in 9 meetings dating back to his start in 2012, and is 4-2 in six meetings against Randy Dreiling. There are not too many, if at all Head Coaches past and present within the AVCTL-KS that can boast a record like that vs. Dreiling’s old SaltHawks era of dominance.
Scoring in a match up like this can get out of control and keep the scoreboard operator busy from the first snap.
9-25 @ Raytown – First meeting all-time, and game #350 all-time for the Saints since their first Varsity season in the Fall of 1988.
10-2 CBC-STL – First meeting vs. CBC-STL
10-9 Lawrence – First meeting vs. the Lawrence Chesty Lions of the SFL
10-16 @ Omaha-Westside NE – First meeting
10-23 @ Bishop Carroll – WBC leads the series 2-0
In an unfortunate finish for the 5A East Football representative Saints, the 2014, and 2017 5A State Final resulted in losses to the mighty Carroll Eagles led by retired Head Coach Alan Schuckman, and current Head Coach Dusty Trail.
Can those week-13 losses take a turn with a rare and odd week-8 meeting? Absolutely! This will not be easy, as the Eagles, similar to the Saints maintain stellar home records vs. road opponents. It will be a tough call, and the Saints will have to work hard to come out firing and fast. This is not your average road game for the Saints, similar to the previous week on the road in NE.
SIXSTARFOOTBALL.com SR’S TO WATCH:
BISHOP MIEGE: QB Tim Dorsey, TE Mack Moeller, LB Jack Kincaid, WR Trey Ausler, DB Justin Fountain, OL Hayden Thilges, WR Noah Ferguson, OL Nathan Smith
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: RB Tank Young, OL Danny Carroll (North Dakota), DE Caden Reeves (Southern Illinois), LB Cameron Penny, QB Blake Anderson
3A #1 PERRY-LECOMPTON (2-0) @ #3 HOLTON (2-0)
This is the rubber match between the 3A east powerhouses. Both teams hold a win over the other in the last 3 years. Perry-Lecompton defeated Holton 46-0 in 2018 while the Wildcats edged out the Kaws 14-7 last season.
Kaws quarterback William Welch has recorded 399 yards passing, six touchdowns and no interceptions through the first two games of the season. Balanced with the feet of runningback Thad Metcalfe’s 272 yards rushing and six touchdowns, Perry-Lecompton’s offense strike’s the perfect harmony of air and ground attack.
For Holton, their offense has relied on the combination of seniors in Canon Karn and Konner Tannahill. Last week the duo combined for the most touchdowns in 3A east teams.
Defensively, Perry-Lecompton has the slight edge. Kaws Linebacker Ryley Besler leads both teams in sacks with 3, compared to the Wildcats 1. Holton counters that with 3 team interceptions, from Zeller, Lierz, and Karn.
Schedule wise, Perry-Lecompton has had little trouble through the first two games of the season. Outscoring their opponents 101-13. Holton rallied in the 4th quarter to score on a 20 yard Lierz field goal over Nemaha Central in the opening game of the season.
If the game is close and a back-and-forth battle, that opening game experience of the jitters, excitement of a close game could just be enough to push Holton over the top.
PERRY-LECOMPTON: RB Thad Metcalfe, DL Sean Urban, LB Ryley Besler
HOLTON: DL Konnor Tannahill
2A #4 ST. MARY’S COLGAN (1-1) @ 3A FRONTENAC (0-2)
With the start of district play right around the corner, CNC rivals Pitsburg-St. Mary’s Colgan and Frontenac looked to build some momentum as they face each other Friday in a key CNC League showdown.
Coming off a 7-4 campaign a year ago, which included a trip to the Class 1A sectional round, Colgan heads into the contest with a 1-1 overall record following a 38-24 victory over St. Michael the Archangel (Mo.). That was a last-minute addition to the schedule after its matchup with CNC foe Galena was cancelled due to COVID-19. The Panthers are currently 0-1 in league play following a 20-12 home loss to Girard in the season opener.
Frontenac is looking to avoid a second straight home loss after dropping a 34-13 decision to Coweta (Okla.) a week ago. The Raiders are 0-2 on the season after previously falling at Columbus 25-6 in the season opener, dropping to 0-1 in the CNC. FHS is coming off a 10-1 season in which it advanced to the sectional round of the Class 3A playoffs.
The series between Colgan and Frontenac has been fairly even in recent years, with the teams splitting their last eight meetings. A year ago, the Raiders captured a 41-12 victory over the Panthers in Pittsburg.
1A #3 LYNDON (2-0) @ #1 OLPE (2-0)
Lyndon travels to Olpe this week with each team coming into week three with unblemished records in a matchup that will play a pivotal role in deciding the Southeast 1A district.
Lyndon defeated Pleasanton last week 78-0, and Osage City 22-15 in week one.
Olpe has put up 61 points in back to back contests to open up the season. Olpe soared past Ellinwood 61-0 in week 1 and defeated Central Heights 61-14 a week ago.
The 34th overall matchup between the two programs, rivals from the now-dissolved 11-man Lyon County League, Olpe holds the advantage 23-10, winning the last 4 in the series.
This is the first meeting between the two teams since 2017 where Olpe outlasted Lyndon to win their district 41-33 after 5 overtimes.
Luke Detweiler leads the Tigers with seven touchdowns so far on the season. The versatile back runs behind an experienced line led by All-State Lineman Beau Baker.
The Eagles have wasted no time in replacing the output of eight seniors that graduated a year ago. Damon Redeker has led the Olpe attack at quarterback, along with Chris Olsson and Kyndon Robert rounding out a potent rushing attack.
The matchup can be heard on KVOE Country 101.7 FM.
RADIO/AUDIO: 101.7FM KVOE (Game of the Week)
8M #1 CANTON-GALVA (2-0) @ #5 WASHINGTON COUNTY (2-0)
Washington County has held its own against the likes of Frankfort and Bennington in the last couple of weeks. However, this week they will face the undisputed number 1 team in 8M-I in Canton-Galva.
Washington County has faced issues in turning the ball over, allowing late scores, and if the Tigers hope to keep pace with the Canton-Galva on Friday night, they will have to play perfect.
Canton-Galva meanwhile continues to steamroll over opponents. The Eagles are without a doubt one of the most sound teams, 8-Man or 11-Man. If you’ve never watched Canton-Galva play, I highly recommend checking out Canton-Galva Broadcasting’s YouTube channel.
They are quick. They are versatile. They are a team to watch. Canton-Galva has scored 116 points while giving up just 6. Washington has collected 80 points through two weeks, but given up 52.
According to KansasFootballHistory.com, this is the first meeting between the two teams. Canton-Galva rides into the contest with a 15-game winning streak. It is the longest active streak in the state of Kansas along with Andale, according to KPREPS and Conor Nicholls.