View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 9/30
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
There is something about a perfect season. Going through the regular season and then the playoffs without a loss seems to set championship teams apart from one another.
That perfect season does look on the surface like the ultimate equalizer when comparing state title teams from year to year. When a team from the Kansas City Metro wins a title one year and then a competing team wins the next the questions will always be asked which team is better. Heck if a school wins multiple titles of a few year span then the players from those teams will argue with each other on which team is best.
What if a team was really good only to lose in the state title game, or if it lost even earlier in the playoffs to a team that won a state championship that season. How do you judge those teams? Many Metro schools have teams that were loaded with talent only to run into the only team better in the sectionals or quarterfinals.
The final question goes back a few years on both sides of the state line. What about those teams who were outstanding only to find themselves in the same district with the best team in the state? Those arguments can be quite heated.
The judge of greatness is time. Over time most of the good teams will be remembered and the great ones will always be talked about. Whether or not a team won a title or was perfect during the season are details that just add to the glory of that season.
This year we still have several teams that are undefeated at the half-way point. On the Missouri side there are 11 teams without a loss while nine are unblemished on the Kansas side. This week we will see at least two teams suffer their first loss. Wellington-Napolean and Concordia battle in a I-70 Conference showdown while Lawson and East Buchanan will go head-to-head in the KCI conference.
Each of those teams has designs on deep runs in the state playoffs and there is always a possibility they will see each other down the road in the playoffs. Some will not make it that far but so far they are off to perfect start.
No matter what happens from this point in the season these 20 teams have separated themselves by taking care of their business each and every week. The question remains will being perfect through four or five weeks pay dividends in week No. 12 or 13.
You don’t have to look far to see that perfect seasons don’t always mean state titles. Last year both Kearney and Bishop Miege lost twice during the regular season only to march all the way to Class 4 titles in there respective states.
So for the rest of the season we must keep our eyes on the undefeated teams but don’t forget about those squads with a loss here or there who just might be on a run to a great season of its own.
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