View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 10/16
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Every team dreams of a state championship. Ask players every year and they will talk about conference, districts and then they will say the ultimate goal is winning that state title.
The icing on the cake would be to win a state title and go undefeated at the same time. Last year four teams in the PrepsKC coverage area won state titles. Two of those teams, Maryville and Penney, didn’t suffer a loss on the way to their championships.
This year several teams have made it to week No. 7 on the Missouri side and Week No. 6 on the Kansas side without suffering a loss. In Missouri, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, Fort Osage, Pleasant Hill, Maryville, Hogan Prep Academy, Lafayette County, East Buchanan and Cass-Midway are all a perfect 6-0. In Kansas Mill Valley and Baldwin stand at 5-0.
The numbers will at least drop by one more before the end of the regular season when Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit square off. That means when the postseason starts in Missouri and Kansas there could be as many as 12 undefeated teams.
That is a big number. With 10 teams that could be undefeated that means that Metro still has the possibility of a eight state titles with undefeated winners.
The chances of having no undefeated champs is a lot better than having more than two let alone nine. That being said the rest of the state of Missouri in several classes isn’t as strong as normal. Currently teams in the PrepsKC coverage area hold down the No. 1 ranking in three classes. Blue Springs in Class 6, Maryville in Class 3 and Lee’s Summit West in Class 5 all have the top spot. Only West has a loss and Fort Osage is ranked No. 2 with its perfect 6-0 record.
In Kansas none of the undefeated teams hold down the top ranking but they are in the top five. In Kansas Class 6A the top spot has seen three different teams ranked No 1. Mill Valley and Baldwin are undefeated but still have a few spots to climb to get to the top spot.
The rankings are nice but the final story will be told when the postseason starts. All of the undefeated teams will be tested. Some will lose in the playoffs. Most likely a few will lose before the postseason. Either way getting through the first half of the season without a loss is a great start because the only way to get that undefeated championship is to win every game and that starts from day one.
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