View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 9/25

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: September 27, 2016 - 4:23 PM



A week after the dust has settled let’s look back on the good and bad of the Sunflower-Suburban Showdown.

Ok, so Kansas went 0-10, 0-11 if you throw in the Shawnee Mission East-Rockhurst game so yes it was a little one-sided. Even with those results the future of cross state line games can be bright.

This first two-year cycle it was the Sunflower and Suburban. As the process began the Eastern Kansas League was invited but declined. That would have given even more options and matchups.

So it is what it is for the first two years and it went Missouri’s way in the first. Several of those games will probably go the other way next year so it will look a lot better in the end.

So what happens from here? Well there are a few options. First the EKL needs to get involved. I’m not sure what the holdup was but I know of several coaches who along with their schools seemed excited to be a part of it. From there some others threw up the road block.

Who? I don’t know. Only they know who they are or more accurate only their other schools in the EKL know who they are. All I can tell you is this. The EKL missed out on a great week of football. It was a fantastic opportunity to play a different team and be a part of a great event that highlighted the strength of football in Kansas City.

I know the coaches aren’t shying away from the competition. They are always looking for ways to get better. So it must be the principals and superintendents. If so it’s time for a change of heart. Don’t be scared of playing a different group of schools. Get out of your comfort level.

The choice is right there for the EKL members. Either stick with the status quo or change to make football at their own schools and throughout the entire KC Metro better.

Pretty easy choice if you ask me.