Sideline Pass: Jim Bradford 9/12
By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Senior Writer
Sometimes we are all guilty. Sometimes we all jump on one bandwagon and forget about that wagon that has been rolling along already — whether for a long time or for just a few years.
I say we because I was as guilty as the next. I hedged a bit when discussing the Leavenworth and Shawnee Mission East game last week. I thought Leavenworth had the edge. I thought they were ready to step into the spotlight. They still may be, but after a 34-0 smackdown at the hands of the Lancers, we know one thing after week one: East is not ready to go quietly into the night.
Just because they lost their renaissance man (head coach Chip Sherman, who left for Olathe Northwest after last season) they are not ready to lapse back into the night. Dustin Delaney just might have the Lancers ready to have something to say about the Sunflower League race.
Sherman led the historically middle of the pack team to four straight state playoffs, a league title in 2010 and a playoff win in 2011.
I guess we can’t sleep on the Lancers, making the Sunflower League even more wide open than we had originally thought.
Another team left for the scrap heap in week one was Blue Valley.
Lots had anointed Gardner-Edgerton one of the team’s to beat in the East Kansas League and in the Class 6A playoff race. I mean, who would disagree? Lead by the 2,000-yard man Traevohn Wrench at running back and Jared Hobby at quarterback, the Blazers are still surely a team to fear, but week one was more about Blue Valley than it was about Gardner-Edgerton.
Again, how dare we think that the Tigers should be tossed on the ol’ scrap heap. The 2010 Class 5A state champ and perennial stud has something to say after an impressive 28-0 pasting of Gardner-Edgerton. It was more than just a shutout win. It was a complete domination of a good Gardner-Edgerton team. The Tigers held Wrench to just 73 yards rushing and were in control from the opening kickoff.
Leavenworth and Gardner-Edgerton are still going to be making some noise this year. To write them off after tough opening week shutout losses is not a good idea for anyone.
We can learn a lot from the first game of the season, but we can’t be too quick to place anyone on a pedestal or bury anyone because of one bad game, but man, it sure is tough not to move Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission East up a bit in those rankings. They just might be for real.
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