RE/MAX Big 3 Games of the Week

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: October 20, 2015 - 11:11 AM

Atchison at Basehor-Linwood
7 p.m. Friday at Basehor-Linwood Stadium

Atchison puts its undefeated record on the line with a shot to take a stranglehold in the district as well. Basehor-Linwood enters at 4-3 with those losses coming against a very good Bonner Springs and competitive Frontier League teams Baldwin and Eudora.

The Redmen have been dynamic all season long as they rolled through the KCAL. They kept that momentum going with a 42-30 win at Tonganoxie. Now they take another step up in competition to face the Bobcats.

Basehor-Linwood and its power running game have been very good at times this year and it will need to eat up some clock this week. Atchison can score quickly so the longer drives that bear fruit at the end will benefit the Bobcats.

The winner will have a 2-0 mark and a tiebreaker over two teams so this game is huge.

Bonner Springs at Mill Valley
7 p.m. Friday at Mill Valley Stadium

For the second week in a row Mill Valley faces an undefeated team. The Jaguars dispatched St. James and now they face the high flying Braves.

These teams have great offenses and defenses that can be stingy as well. The team that is able to make the most stops and limits turnover should win.

A win by Mill Valley almost certainly puts the Jaguars in the playoffs and sends Bonner Springs into a must win situation next week against St. James. A win by Bonner Springs could put the district into a three-way tie if St. James can pull off the win next week.

This is one of the most competitive districts in the Metro and this game is key to the postseason for all of the teams involved.

Olathe North at Lawrence
7 p.m. Friday at Lawrence Stadium

The de facto district title is on the line as the Eagles travel to take on the Lions. Each team is 1-0 in district play with big wins so the winner has the inside track on a district title and a high seed in the playoffs.

Olathe North has been scoring in bunches and features a standout running back in Vinson Shabazz. Lawrence has been scoring in bunches and features a standout running back in JD Woods.

Ok so they are very similar. The question will be which defense steps up and makes plays. The Lions have an opportunistic bunch that may be playing its best defense of the year while North counters with a stingy group.

This could easily be one of the best games in the Sunflower League all year.

Grain Valley at Raytown South
7 p.m. Friday at Raytown South Stadium

It took two years but Grain Valley coach David Allie will meet his old team in a win or go home first round district game.

Allie left before last season to take over the Eagles and assistant Nick Adkins took over the Cardinals. There is a lot of familiarity between the teams in terms of coaches and styles and with how their seasons have unfolded.

They each have identical 3-6 records and have struggled to find consistency all season. While there have been struggles there have been bright spots. Raytown South has a win over rival Raytown while Grain Valley has a win over Grandview.

This game should come down to turnovers and consistent play. The team that limits the turnovers and can be consistent on offense will win and move on to the next round.

Lee’s Summit North at Lee’s Summit West
7 p.m. Friday at Lee’s Summit West Stadium

This is a rematch of a game won 13-9 by North in week No. 5. After that game both teams stood at 4-1 but since that time each has suffered through a three-game losing streak.

North’s five wins are the most in more than a decade while West finds itself one game away from its second straight year of losing in the first round of the postseason.

The first game turned on defense on a night when weather caused a long delay. North’s defense made a big pick six late in the game to win the contest as West’s offense struggled to find its footing.

The Titans have still struggled with offense at times while the Broncos defense that led it through the first six games has been touched up the last few weeks.

The team that can right the ship and get back to the early to midseason form will still be playing next week.

Rockhurst at Raymore-Peculiar
7 p.m. Friday at Raymore-Peculiar Stadium

For the first time in four years the Hawklets find themselves as the lower seed on the road in the first round of the postseason. Ray-Pec finds itself with a chance to get its first-ever win over Rockhurst.

The Hawklets have beaten the Panthers the first three times they played from 2010-2012. The first two-years were in the old three-team district regular season and the third was in the second round of the district tournament in 2012.

While Rockhurst has history on its side, Ray-Pec comes in as the hotter team. The Panthers have won two-straight games including a come from behind win at Lee’s Summit West last week that helped them earn the No. 3 seed.

This game could turn on how well Rockhurst and standout running back AJ Taylor get the Hawklets offense going. If Rockhurst can sustain drives it could be a good night for the Hawklets. If Ray-Pec’s defense can answer the bell its offense could find some holes in a Rockhurst defense that allowed 55 points in a loss last week at Jefferson City.