View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 10/5
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Every year in the NFL you hear about parity. The idea is that the league, due to the setup of the draft and scheduling practice, pushes all teams to the 8-8 mark.
Some will tell you parity is a dirty word, that all teams having the ability to beat each other makes for bad football. On the other hand, every team having some kind of chance really makes for competitive games every week.
This year there are two conferences that seem to have the same thing going on. The Frontier League in Kansas and the Suburban Big Six on the Missouri side. Both are without an undefeated team on the season, and only one has a perfect record in the conference, and at this point, it is hard to tell which team is the best.
The Frontier League is currently led by Baldwin. The Bulldogs are 2-0 in the league but 3-2 overall. While Baldwin looks good at the top; both of their league wins have come by a total of eight points. Last week they edged Louisburg 20-19 and the week before beat Spring Hill 21-14 on the last play of the game.
Paola has the best overall record at 4-1 and only a 14-13 overtime loss to Spring Hill is keeping them from being perfect. While one point would make some crown them the kings of the Frontier, Paola’s last two wins over Louisburg and Ottawa have been by identical 20-14 scores. In fact, this week the Panthers needed a fourth-quarter comeback to get past Ottawa.
Then there is Spring Hill. This past week, on my radio show, we talked about the Spring Hill-DeSoto game and I made the comment that I didn’t know who would win, but it would come down the final play. Well, Spring Hill scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime where they would win on a two-point conversion, exactly the same way they beat Paola in Week No. 1. The Broncos are 2-3 with two one-point wins, a one-point loss to Ottawa and a 21-14 loss to Baldwin on the last play of the game.
All of this tells me that every single night any team is capable of getting a win, which means the Frontier League is one of the most competitive in the Metro.
On the Missouri side the Suburban Big Six is doing the same thing. The last few years Blue Springs has run all over the league, but this year the Wildcats stand at 4-3 on the season and 2-1 in the conference. This past week Raymore-Peculiar stepped up and beat Blue Springs 31-13 to move to 5-2 on the season and 2-1 in the conference. Ray-Pec and Blue Springs are joined by Lee’s Summit and Lee’s Summit West at 2-1 with Blue Springs South (1-2) and Lee’s Summit North (0-3) rounding out the standings.
Some would say the conference isn’t as good as years pas,t but I say just the opposite. Teams are much improved, and while there isn’t a super team like we have seen, there are several very good teams. No matter who you play in the Big Six, you have to be ready for a fight. Lee’s Summit North doesn’t have a win, but just a few weeks ago the Broncos led Lee’s Summit in the fourth quarter only to fall short.
Get ready; it’s going to be a great run to the finish in both the Frontier and Big Six. Remember parity isn’t a bad thing, especially when it comes to football.
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