RE/MAX Big 3 Games of the Week

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: October 7, 2015 - 9:43 PM

Lexington at Lafayette County
7 p.m. Friday at Lafayette County Stadium

Simply put this is for the Missouri River Valley East crown. Both teams are 7-0 and have been methodically mowing down the competition to get to this game.

Lafayette County is the four-time defending conference champ and hasn’t lost a regular season game since the first week of the 2011 season. The Huskers have been dominant all season and will host a Lexington team that is off to its best start in years.

The towns are 11 miles apart and the rivalry goes back years. This is old school football at its best and it should be a great game.

Don’t be there late. Each team likes to run the ball and be physical so long drives where the ball is rarely in the air is the theme of the night.

Liberty North at Fort Osage
7 p.m. Friday at Fort Osage Stadium

Fort Osage hasn’t lost a regular season game in three years and this could be the last test for this season. Liberty North enters with two losses on the season to Staley and Blue Springs South who have a combined 13-1 record on the year.

The strength of the Indians this season has been its offense while North counters with a stingy defense. This should be the battle of the game. If the Eagles can force some quick possessions, it would allow its offense more chances to find some consistency.

The challenge for North all season has been the offense but if it can get right against a strong Fort Osage defense maybe the Eagles can pull the upset.

Odessa at Harrisonville
7 p.m. Friday at Harrisonville Stadium

The Missouri River Valley Conference West title is on the line as two undefeated teams meet up.

Odessa is off to its best start in years at 7-0 and has a chance to earn its first conference title in more than a decade. The Bulldogs know that a win over a Class 4 Harrisonville will also go a long way to securing a top seed in its district in Class 3.

Harrisonville finds its postseason positioning very similar. The Wildcats sit with the top seed in their Class 4 district and a win over a seven-win team could help lock down that top spot.

On the field this game will be decided by the defense that slows down two of the more prolific rushing attacks in the Metro. If you hold your opponent in check you should be able to win this game.

DeSoto at Louisburg
7 p.m. Friday at Louisburg Stadium

The Frontier League title picture will clear up a little as these two 4-1 teams collide.

DeSoto is have one of its best season in years while Louisburg is trying to bounce back from an uncharacteristic three-win season from a year ago.

Both teams want to run the ball and play tough physical defense. DeSoto is a physical team that tries to impose its will on offense with a tough running game and fly to the ball on defense. Only a loss at St. James Academy has slowed this team.

Louisburg counters with an impressive resume of its own. Louisburg’s only loss was two weeks ago 11-10 at Paola. A win here makes it a three-way race with DeSoto and Paola a loss would put DeSoto in the driver’s seat for the Frontier League title.

Piper at Turner
7 p.m. Friday at Turner Stadium

With district play just a week away Piper and Turner head into their contest looking for some momentum.

Piper has struggled to a 1-4 start but the Pirates have been known to turn things on late in the season and make deep runs in the postseason. While some key contributors to the Pirates success the last many still remain so this could be the week Piper starts to turn its season around.

Standing in Piper’s way is a Turner team that is 2-3 and starting to find its footing after a few years of struggling. The Golden Bears may only have two wins but they have only been blown out once. This could be their chance to get a win over a KCK rival for the first time in a long time.

This game could come down to some basics. The team that can limit mistakes and force the other team into mistakes of its own should bring home the winner.

St. Thomas Aquinas at Blue Valley
7 p.m. Friday at Blue Valley Stadium

Old rivals meet up fighting to stay in the EKL title race. Blue Valley is looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season while Aquinas is trying to keep from suffering its third loss of the season.

Blue Valley’s offense has been outstanding all season. The Tigers are a tough running team that can beat you with several different players. Aquinas will be challenged with a Blue Valley offense that can have three different players put up big numbers.

Blue Valley has struggled stopping the pass at times this year so Aquinas’ option run focused attack should be right up their alley. That being said the option will make the Tigers be assignment sound and the depth of Aquinas will challenge Blue Valley as well.

It should be another great EKL game in a league that has produced some great games already this season.