View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 11/3
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Ok, so now every team left standing on both sides of the state line is in win or end your season mode. Missouri has been there the last few weeks but now Kansas joins the party.
If what we’ve seen on the Missouri side to start the postseason carries over to the Kansas side, it is going to be another great postseason in the Metro. While there haven’t been any top seeds fall in the Missouri district tournaments, we’ve seen a few road teams come home with victories in the more balanced districts.
My first takeaway is there are no super teams. It’s been easy the last few seasons to just pencil in the name of a team or two all the way to the dome in Missouri and the state championship games in Kansas. This year we are seeing the depth of football in the Metro and that is a good thing.
Some people will say that no dominant team means that football in Kansas City is down. All you have to do is peruse the statewide message boards (especially in Missouri) and you will hear talk of how Class 6 and 5 are full of mediocre teams and that the championships will be moving east this year.
I’m not here to do predictions, but I’m pretty sure where the Class 5 and 6 trophies will be when the season is done. In fact, outside of Class 1, I’m pretty sure all of the champs will come from the west side of the state.
In Kansas we are seeing some great depth in Class 6A. Shawnee Mission East, Olathe North and Blue Valley all look, not just like contenders, but favorites even though only one of them can make it to the championship game. If you look on the other side of the bracket, one of the two favorites will look very familiar. Lawrence Free State is playing its best football, and along with Derby, could be the team waiting for the winner of the East side of the bracket.
Class 5A looks a little more wide open with a group of teams that have some questions to go along with some solid results. Leavenworth makes the postseason in 5A as district champ, and we will see if playing in the Sunflower League all season and then dropping down to 5A is the path to success. The same almost can be said for Mill Valley that began the year with a 1-4 mark against an upgraded schedule, only to win its last four and look like a team that is finally ready to take the next step.
Then there is St. Thomas Aquinas who has three losses to teams that are a combined 25-2. The Saints have made a quick turnaround under Coach Randy Dreiling and could be ready to take a big step forward this postseason.
Mill Valley, Aquinas and Leavenworth look like favorites, but I’m sure Bonner Springs, Pittsburg and Shawnee Heights will have something to say about it.
Ok I will amend my statement about super teams now that we are talking about Kansas 4A-I. Miege has handled every team it has played so far no matter what class they play in. The Stags have the look of a team that won’t be beat, but they will still have to play the games.
Either way it’s going to be a fun final few weeks.
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