RE/MAX Big 3 Games of the Week

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: October 29, 2013 - 12:49 PM



Basehor-Linwood at Tonganoxie
7 p.m. Thursday at Tonganoxie Stadium
The final game of the regular season is a very simple prospect for Tonganoxie. Win and the Chieftans are district champs; lose and possibly miss the playoffs.
 
For the Bobcats they need to first win and then hope to win the points battle if Jefferson West wins. If West loses and Basehor-Linwood is the district champ and Tonganoxie would be the runner up and start the postseason on the road.
 
Tonganoxie has been rolling all season long. The Chieftans have a talented senior class led and have been dominant most weeks except a week No. 4 loss at Mill Valley and last week’s 34-33 close call against Jefferson West.
 
Basehor-Linwood’s young squad has been up and down, but it is coming off its best game of the season with a dominant 37-16 win over Perry-Lecompton. The key for both teams is to remain focused on the game at hand and not worry about other contests that could affect the outcome of the districts.
 
Blue Valley West at Blue Valley
7 p.m. Friday at Blue Valley Stadium
This rivalry game is a winner take all battle for the district title. Both teams have clinched a spot in the postseason the winner of this game will win the district and earn a home game in the first round of the playoffs.
 
Last year these teams found themselves in the same spot and West rolled to a 45-21 win. This time around records would tell you the Tigers should be favored. Blue Valley stands at 6-2 with only losses to Bishop Miege and Class 6A Blue Valley Northwest.
 
West got off to a great 3-0 start but suffered a rough patch in the middle of the season. Injuries ravaged the Jaguars and they lost three straight heading into district play. West got healthy and righted the ship in districts led by the play of standout quarterback Ryan Ralston.
 
While Ralston leads the offense the defense will be challenged by Blue Valley tailback Chance Nelson. The senior has more than 1,000 yards on the season and has scored 14 touchdowns. Stopping Nelson will be a must for West if it wants to win a district title.
 
Leavenworth at Wyandotte
7 p.m. Friday at Wyandotte Stadium
The final game of the season sees both teams fighting for a playoff spot. For Leavenworth a win will almost seal the deal for the postseason while Wyandotte would need to win and get some help.
 
Leavenworth enters playing its best football of the season. The Pioneers took Lawrence Free State to the limit before falling 25-23 last week. The first week of district play Leavenworth beat Lawrence 16-8 in one of their more complete wins of the season.
 
Wyandotte has shown it can score behind quarterback Dimonic Roden-McKinzy but its defense has struggled lately. The Bulldogs have given up 172 points in the last three games including 81 in the loss to Lawrence last week. Wyandotte can score, but it will have to stop the Pioneers if it wants to win the game and have a chance to make the playoffs.
 
Raytown South at Harrisonville
7 p.m. Thursday at Harrisonville Stadium
The first round of district play matches two of the more successful programs in the Metro over the last decade.
 
Raytown South enters with just three wins but two of those have come in the last two weeks. Last week the Cardinals turned in their best performance of the season beating Platte County 35-15. Raytown South entered the season as one of the teams to watch in Class 4, but injuries and inconsistent play caused them to struggle the first six weeks of the season.
 
Harrisonville enters with a 6-3 record which is their worst regular season total since going 1-9 in 2000. The Wildcats are coming off a tough 31-29 loss to Pleasant Hill in a game they led until the final seconds.
 
Based off the regular season it would look like this No. 3 vs. No. 6 matchup would be a slam dunk in favor of Harrisonville but Raytown South is a talented team that just might be figuring it out. The Cardinals could be poised for a run but Harrisonville’s history of deep playoff runs might just end any thoughts of a Raytown South miracle end to the season.
 
Blue Springs South at Rockhurst
7 p.m. Friday at Vincent P. Dasta Stadium
Two teams that could have been left for dead a few weeks ago are suddenly playing some of their best football.
 
Rockhurst has recovered nicely from a blowout loss to Liberty in week No. 6 to win three straight games. The Hawklets’ defense has played better and the offense seems to be finding some consistency.
 
South was blown out by Blue Springs just three weeks ago but starting quarterback Chris Swingle came back the next week and the Jaguars have been a different team. First, South shutout Lee’s Summit North 27-0 and then last week stunned Liberty 35-23.
 
The return of Swingle has helped the offense but also strengthened the defense. Dalton Pogue had moved over from linebacker to fill in for Swingle but now he has returned to his normal position.
 
The first time these teams met Rockhurst won 27-6 in a game that was close throughout until a couple of late turnovers let the Hawklets earn an easier win. This should be one of the best first round games on the Missouri side as two of the top programs in Missouri Class 6 meet in an elimination game.
 
Raymore-Peculiar at Liberty
7 p.m. Friday at William Jewell College
Last week Liberty looked like a team that was poised to ride high into the Class 6 postseson before Blue Springs South stunned the Jays 35-23.
The Panthers come in off a victory over Lee’s Summit North in one of its most complete games of the season. Ray-Pec has struggled to find consistency at times, but this game is a chance to turn their season around in one game.
 
Liberty has to be careful to not look ahead to a possible rematch with Lee's Summit and not have a hangover from the loss to Blue Springs South. The Jays are still a team that beat Rockhurst and Ray-Pec earlier in the season and a return to the level of play that got them to that point should be enough to earn a trip to the next round.