View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 9/14
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
We are starting to get into the meat of the schedule for most teams in the Metro. We are heading into week No. 3 on the Kansas side and No. 5 on the Missouri side. At this point, most non-conference games are over and teams are battling for league titles.
I have been on record for the last few years with the belief that football should go to eight-team districts with a seven-game district season. That would basically make districts into conferences and end a lot of the traditional league alignments.
I know there are people who agree with me and there are plenty who don’t. I know most who don’t are superintendents of smaller schools (mostly on the Missouri side) who wouldn’t know what to do if they weren’t able to play the same five teams they’ve always played, no matter if those games are still relevant or competitive.
That being said, things aren’t going to change anytime soon so we might as well enjoy the system we have now. In that system the middle weeks of the season mean conference matchups and this week we have quite a few that should be good.
All you have to do is look at this week’s RE/MAX Big 3 and you will see five of the six games are conference matchups. If these games don’t decide the conference winners, they will definitely have an impact.
Outside of the RE/MAX Big 3 there are a couple of games that stand out to me. Odessa sits at 4-0 and hosts its bitter rival in the first game of Missouri River Valley Conference West play. The Bulldogs perfect start is one of the more surprising starts to me so far this season. Odessa has gotten a little bit better each week, and last week they topped a good Holden team 36-6 with a dominant second half.
I’ll admit, I’ve been kind of expecting the Bulldogs to come back to earth a little bit. In fact, I picked them to lose last week. While I haven’t decided how I will go this week, Odessa definitely has my attention.
And while we are on the rivalry game subject, Lawrence and Free State get together this week as well. Both teams are 1-1 and while I don’t think either will win the Sunflower, this should be a good matchup. Free State could be a team that could make a state championship if it makes it through the West side of the Kansas Class 6A bracket. Lawrence has some good young talent, but they are still looking for an identity. A win here would be huge for the Lions.
Even if I’m not a fan of the current conference system, I can still enjoy the games we have. Everyone else should too.
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