Through the Uprights: Mike Lavieri 11/2

Mike Lavieri

By Mike Lavieri PrepsKC columnist
Posted: November 2, 2017 - 9:08 AM

As we enter week 10 on the Kansas side, I’d like to look back on some predictions that were made in the preseason.

To recap, I said Bishop Miege Carter Putz would break the career touchdown record in Week 3. He did, and in electric fashion, with a 98-yard touchdown pass.

I also said Putz would have the career yards record by Week 10. This one is still in play, but after eight weeks, he was still 708 yards shy of Will Schneider’s record. Putz will all but break the record, but it could very well come in the state championship game.

That brings me to my next prediction I was wrong on (even though I didn’t write it in stone): Basehor-Linwood getting a crack at Bishop Miege in the semifinals. Turns out this game is happing Friday as Tonganoxie closed out a perfect regular season with a win against Basehor-Linwood to win the Kaw Valley League and the district title.

What’s still in play: Mill Valley winning a third straight Class 5A title, but this one is going to be a tall order as St. James and St. Thomas Aquinas were the strongest Class 5A teams in the KVL.

Also, Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission East meeting in the Class 6A semifinals, but Blue Valley’s path is going to be difficult.

What may not be in play is the Tigers or Lancers facing Derby in the championship game. Derby will have to get through Manhattan, Free State and I’d guess either Topeka or Garden City. It’s a pretty difficult path for the two-time defending champs.

I was a little off on Olathe South going 6-3, but they finished the first nine weeks at 4-5, but as for my “deep playoff run,” they play Blue Valley and that would mess up my entire prediction. I was also off saying they’d be the “most improved team.” That distinction belongs to Shawnee Mission Northwest, who fell to…Olathe South last week. The Cougars went from 1-8 in 2016 to 4-5 this season, while rattling off three straight wins in the middle of the year.

So now that Class 4A has joined the playoff party, I still like Bishop Miege to win the title. I’ll stick with my Class 5A pick with Mill Valley, but I’m changing up Class 6A. Give me Free State and Shawnee Mission East in the final with the Firebirds winning its first football title in program history.