Kansas 4A boasts a loaded bracket
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Last year Bishop Miege rolled to the Class 4A title. The Stags brought home a 4A trophy that hasn’t made too many trips to the Metro in the last 20 years. Only Paola’s 1994 state title is the only other Metro championship in the Class 4A level.
This year there are several teams who look like they have a legitimate chance of keeping the title in the Metro. With undefeated teams like Louisburg and Basehor-Linwood to go along with one-loss Baldwin and Sumner squads.
The strength of the Kaw Valley League and Frontier League has been on display all season long. In all the two conferences qualified seven of the 16 teams in the East side of the Kansas Bracket.
Louisburg’s perfect season has been impressive. Each week the Wildcats defense has been dominant and it was on display in its final game of the season against Paola. Louisburg won that game 21-3 and have held eight of their nine opponents to seven points or less. The last time a scored scored more than seven was in week No. 6 when Baldwin was defeated 42-26. The Wildcats open with a 6-3 Anderson County squad and look to have a good run in the playoffs first two rounds.
Basehor-Linwood is an equally impressive 9-0. The Bobcats draw explosive Sumner in the first round and it could be in line for a showdown with Baldwin in the second round. On the other half of the bracket Piper, DeSoto and Eudora make for a very balanced set of games. Piper opens with Perry-Lecompton while DeSoto and Eudora meet for the second time this season. Eudora won the first game 22-7 in week No. 4.
Other teams to beware of are Sumner, Paola and Blue Valley Southwest. Sumner dominated the Kansas City Kansas League all season and went 8-0 before Piper held them to just 14 points in a 19-14 loss to end the regular season. Paola is at 6-3 but is in a quarter of the bracket that features a decent Fort Scott team but no other teams from the Metro. Blue Valley Southwest may not be much of a threat to make a deep run in the playoffs, but the first-year program has won two of its last three games and is probably the only 4A team in the playoffs with a win over a Class 6A team.
Only two Metro teams are in the Class 3A bracket. Central Heights is 3-6 and opens its playoffs at 2-7 Cherokee Southeast and finds itself as a favorite with a losing record. Wellsville is 8-1and is on the other side of the Eastern bracket from Central Heights. Wellsville has had a great season led junior tailback Jesse Lemay and could be a threat to go deep in the playoffs. Wellsville opens the playoffs by hosting Frotenac today.
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