Sideline Pass: Jim Bradford 10/10

Jim Bradford

By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 10, 2013 - 1:47 PM

So, we are past the midway point of the 2013 high school football season and the one thing we know is that we don’t know a thing.
Of course, that stands to reason. Folks have been saying that about us media folks for quite a while now any way.
But five weeks into the 2013 season has done very little to answer those questions from the preseason. In fact, it’s probably raised more than we have even come close to answering.
Let’s stop and thing about this for a second.
Week No. 1 saw Blue Valley shut out Gardner-Edgerton. Week No. 2 saw Olathe North lose to Shawnee Mission South for the first time in 20 years and a young Bishop Miege team throttle Blue Valley on the Tigers’ own turf.
Week No. 3 saw Shawnee Mission East use a wing and a prayer to knock off Olathe Northwest, bouncing back for an improbable win thanks to scoring two touchdowns in the final 1:30, including a Hail Mary with the clock reading nothing but zeros.
Week No. 4 might have been the biggest bunch of head scratchers as Blue Valley Northwest knocked off one of the Class 5A favorite’s, Blue Valley West in a Thursday night matchup. One night later, Gardner-Edgerton survived at home despite 566 yards through the air from Miege’s Ryan Willis, including 278 of those yards going into receiver Michael Murphy’s hands.
Lawrence-Free State put the hammer down on Shawnee Mission West that same night to wrestle control of the Sunflower League. Or did they?
Six days later, Olathe North punished Free State and knocked them from their perch atop the league and the No. 1 ranking in the state.
The next night, as week No. 5 continued, Shawnee Mission East controlled the line of scrimmage and the scoreboard for three quarters against Shawnee Mission South, only to see the Raiders score two late touchdowns to send their matchup to overtime before East pulled it out — again.
And that’s not everything. That’s just scratching the surface. That’s just a handful of the head scratchers on the Kansas side of the state line.
So, five weeks in and we don’t know anything.
Well, maybe we do know something. Maybe, just maybe, this Shawnee Mission East team that everyone was writing off when Chip Sherman hit the road and landed at Olathe Northwest, is not in as bad of shape as everyone originally thought.
They enter this week’s monumental matchup with Free State as the lone undefeated team in the Sunflower League and one of just two Class 6A teams without a loss — Topeka is the other.
So maybe we do know something after all.