RE/MAX Big 3 Games of the Week

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: September 7, 2015 - 9:10 PM

Blue Valley at Blue Valley West
7 p.m. Friday at the Blue Valley D.A.C.

One of the better modern rivalries in the Metro takes place early in the season for the second straight year.

The Tigers rolled through their opener led by quarterback Colton McCumber who ran for more than 200 yards in a 62-27 thrashing of Shawnee Mission Northwest. Blue Valley showed that its offense could be in midseason form heading into their second game of the year.

West traveled to Lawrence and fell 35-14 to a team some think can make a run at the Class 6A title. The Jaguars got down early and were never able to catch up to the Lions.

No matter what happened the week before games between these two are usually close. This could come down to West’s ability to stop McCumber and the rest of a high-powered Tigers offense.

Blue Valley Northwest at Mill Valley
7 p.m. Friday at Mill Valley Stadium

The Jaguars will hit their brand new turf field coming off maybe their biggest regular season win in school history. They will also carry the No. 1 ranking in Class 5A.

Mill Valley’s 38-20 win at St. Thomas Aquinas is only game but it was a statement. The Jaguars are now challenged with backing up that statement against a Blue Valley Northwest squad that is always tough. The Huskies struggled last week losing 57-14 at Bishop Miege so you would expect them to bounce back with a better effort in their second game.

The Jaguars offense looks to be one of the better units in the Metro and if Logan Koch and Christian Jegen go off it could be another big win for Mill Valley.

Shawnee Mission North at Shawnee Mission Northwest
7 p.m. Friday at Shawnee Mission North District Stadium

The Indians come off a week one victory over Shawnee Mission South while Northwest is licking its wounds after a big loss at Blue Valley.

North’s win was its first over a fellow Shawnee Mission school since 2008 and the improving Indians will look to make it two in-a-row Friday night.

The game could come down to Northwest’s ability to slow down the Indians offense. They have an outstanding quarterback in Will Schneider along with several talented receivers. Northwest got torched on the ground so the Indians might look to do some damage there as well.

Northwest did score points on Blue Valley so the Cougars offense could move the ball against North. If they are able to establish a solid offense it could be the key to keeping the Indians playmakers on the sideline.

Staley at Liberty North
7 p.m. Thursday at William Jewell College

Staley looks like a team ready for another run at a state title while North is coming off maybe its biggest regular season win in school history.

The Falcons are flying high at 3-0 with a starting defense that has yet to allow a point this season. Staley’s latest victim was William Chrisman. The Bears scored a few times late but were never a part of the game.

The Eagles finally found a way to get past Kearney after losing five straight times including the last two years in the final minute. North’s defense played well again holding Kearney to just 10 points while the offense found a way to score 21 and grind out the win.

This could be a low scoring affair with both defenses playing outstanding all season. If North were to get this win it would be two big ones in a row and make them one of the top teams in Class 5. Staley has to be careful and not get caught looking forward to a big matchup with Fort Osage the following week.

Lee’s Summit at Lee’s Summit North
7 p.m. Friday at the Bronco Activities Center

Lee’s Summit North is off to a 3-0 start for just the third time in school history and now host rival Lee’s Summit in both teams’ first conference game of the season.

The Broncos defense has led the way all year long and will be tested by an improving Tigers offense that has been playing well all season.

Lee’s Summit’s defense is much improved this year and only last week’s 28-14 loss to Class 5 No. 1 Fort Osage is a blemish on its record.

The offense that doesn’t turn the ball over and can put together drives will be the team that comes out on top.

Wellington-Napoleon at Lexington
7 p.m. Friday at Gil Rector Stadium

These two schools only sit a few miles apart but meet for the second time in the last two-years. Before that it had been a long time since the pair had ever played.

Wellington is rolling along and is currently one of the top-ranked teams in Class 1. Lexington is also 3-0 with big wins on its resume as well.

The Tigers offense has been rolling along with a new found balance that has made the usual passing attack that more dangerous. Lexington’s defense will need to win the line of scrimmage to slow down the Wellington-Napoleon attack.

The Minutemen have allowed just 19 points with all of those coming in a 20-19 win over Trenton. Lexington tossed shutouts against Tipton and Northeast. This will be a good test and if the Minutemen get a win it could be a preview of better things to come along with a possible deep postseason run for Lexington.