Sideline Pass: Jim Bradford 10/21
By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Senior Writer
Something happened late in the evening on Friday, Sept. 19.
Olathe South lost in double overtime to Olathe North – and they were forgotten.
They just went away.
They were no longer in the discussion.
They didn’t fit into the nicely crafted Class 6A coronation package. That night, Olathe North and Shawnee Mission East were wrapped up into that gift not to be opened until the Kansas 6A semifinals.
Well, something happened along the way.
Someone forgot to tell the Falcons that the final act was written.
That’s obviously not the case. There was plenty of football to be played – and there still is.
Sure, North and Shawnee Mission East are still undefeated and on a collision course, but after week one of district play, the team that everyone forgot about is starting to get some attention.
To be fair, though, they should have been garnering some attention all along.
What’s not to like about this team? Seriously?
After an impressive 42-20 win over Blue Valley Northwest on Friday night, Olathe South let everyone know that they shouldn’t be forgotten.
Although they may like it that way.
“That’s fine,” South quarterback Jake Seurer said with a smile. “We love it like that. No one really knows about us.”
Well, they should.
The Falcons have been pretty darn good this year.
These Falcons look less like a team coming off a pair of 5-4 seasons and more like the team that came out of nowhere late in the 2011 season to win the Class 6A state title.
They opened the season with an impressive 24-2 win at Hutchinson and then rolled over cross-town rival Olathe East 46-17 before losing their only game of the year – in double overtime – to the No. 2 team in the state.
Even more impressive is the fact that the Falcons have been battling some pretty significant injuries.
They lost starting tailback Collin Fischer to an injury a couple of weeks ago and have been forced to make some adjustments to their lineup on both sides of the ball thanks to other injuries.
All the while, they just keep on winning.
And now they get what could be their biggest test of the season when they travel to Blue Valley on Friday to take on the Tigers. In a battle of the No. 3 (Blue Valley) and No. 4 (Falcons) teams in the state, it’ll be tough for the Falcons to stay under the radar if they continue their winning ways.
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