View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 10/21

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: October 21, 2010 - 2:26 PM



Every year when districts start there are always a few surprises. This year was no different as week No. 1 changed a lot of teams’ outlooks and raised some fortunes along the way.

There were four teams that stood out to me after last week. There was an undefeated team that went down and now is fighting to keep its season from ending in the next two games, there was a team that came in without a win and now is in position for a possible playoff spot, a new program that doubled its win total in one week and a team that inserted itself in the discussion as one of the top teams in Missouri Class 4.

The undefeated team was Lawson and they fell meekly to Lexington in a shocking 28-0 loss to Lexington. No a team that many thought had a chance to reach the state finals is in a must-win situation this Saturday at Hogan Prep.

It was a bad loss for a couple of reasons. First it put the Cardinals in need of winning its last two games but the 28-0 score put Lawson at a -13 in the district standings. Now the Cardinals need to win and win by a large margin to negate the big loss last week.

Leavenworth is the exact opposite story. The Pioneers came in without a win this season and hadn’t won a game dating back to 2008. Not only was the 26-6 win over Wyandotte a streak breaker, it puts Leavenworth in a great position to make the playoffs.

If there is any team that can typify what the district season can mean it is the Pioneers. There season has seen some pretty bad losses but they are in a district that has another winless team in Shawnee Mission North and their opponent this week Shawnee Mission Northwest is 3-4.

On the similar not as the Pioneers is Blue Valley Southwest. The brand new school has taken its lumps in tough Eastern Kansas League and now that it is up against 4A competition the results have been very different. The Timberwolves dominated St. James 42-26 and now have a showdown with DeSoto and a win could all but put Southwest in the playoffs in their first year.

Another team that is opening some eyes is Center. All season the Yellowjackets have put up impressive wins and this week they beat Grain Valley to send a message across Class 4. When the season began most people would have made Grain Valley and Harrisonville as favorites to come out of that district but now Center is in the driver’s seat with at big game this week at Harrisionville.

If the Yellowjackets can grab a win at Harrisonville they could secure a district title and ensure a trip to the playoffs for the first time in more than eight years.

Districts are about teams turning their seasons around and a few surprises along the way. The first week definitely had a little of everything.