RE/MAX Big 3 Week 7

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: September 26, 2017 - 9:58 AM

Lee’s Summit West at Fort Osage
7 p.m. Friday at Indians Stadium

One team is highly ranked in Class 6 (Lee’s Summit West) while the other is highly ranked in Class 5 (Fort Osage) so what we are saying here is these are two pretty good teams that should make a whale of the ballgame.

West heads to Fort Osage coming off maybe its best win of the season. The Titans defeated Park Hill 31-27 and have now won four in a row after a week No. 2 loss to Blue Springs. West’s offense has been explosive since that game and its defense held Park Hill in check just enough for the win.

The Indians bounced back from their only loss of the year two weeks ago to Staley with an impressive 48-20 win over North Kansas City. Fort Osage’s starting defense was stellar once again allowing just one score before coming out of the game in the fourth quarter.

This game could boil down to whether Fort’s impressive defense can do what it did at Staley. The Indians held the Falcons to 22 points which is the only time they have been held under 41 all season. If Fort can hold Lee’s Summit West to 22 it might have enough to add a signature win to its already impressive 2017 resume.

Maryville at Smithville
7 p.m. Friday at Warriors Stadium

The Midland Empire Conference championship could be on the line as the Spoofhounds head south to take on the Warriors.

Smithville has been perfect on the season so far and really hasn’t faced any competition. The Warriors have allowed only 40 points including three shutout wins. The offense has been powerful scoring at least 33 points in every game and in four of the wins Smithville has scored 42 or more points.

Maryville has been the dominant team in the league the last six years winning the title outright from 2012-2016 after sharing the crown with Smithville and Savannah in 2011. The Spoofhounds have cruised through their schedule except for a 24-0 loss at Chillicothe in week No. 3.

For the first time in a long time Smithville comes in as the favorite. The Warriors look like the stronger team but Maryville won’t let go of the title lightly. If Maryville wins it sets up the possibility of a shared title with Smithville, St. Joseph Lafayette or Chillicothe. A win by Smithville would put the Warriors in the driver’s seat needing only a win over Chillicothe next week to likely wrap the championship.

Raytown at Kearney
7 p.m. Friday at Bulldog Stadium

One of the best offenses in the Metro travels to one of the best defenses. Kearney has been one stingiest teams in the city allowing just 27 total points in its last five games. Raytown comes in averaging 37 points a game including scoring more than 40 points in three of its four wins.

The Bluejays bounced back from back to back losses after opening the season with three straight wins. Raytown scored early and often last week in a 50-12 win over Ruskin. The Bluejays scored 45 on Truman, 49 on Grain Valley and even 35 in a 55-35 loss to Liberty.

That Raytown offense will be tested by a Kearney defense that has stifled teams all season long. The Bulldogs have tightened up after allowing 440 yards in a season-opening 20-15 loss to Fort Osage. Kearney is allowing an average of 130 yards per game in the five-game winning streak since that loss.

One factor that could tip the game in Kearney’s favor is the emergence of its offense. The Bulldogs had struggled to score until last week’s 44-point outburst at Belton. If Kearney’s offense is waking up it could be tough for Raytown to score enough to win.

Blue Valley at St. James Academy
7 p.m. Friday at Bishop Miege

A showdown between two teams looking to stay in the Eastern Kansas League title hunt sees the 4-0 Thunder host the 3-1 Tigers.

St. James has taken care of its business this season with four straight wins. It’s one of the best starts in school history but that start will be tested by a Blue Valley team that has righted the ship after a week No. 1 blowout loss at Bishop Miege.

The Tigers took care of Mill Valley last week after beating Blue Valley North in a thriller in week two. Blue Valley’s defense really stepped up last week in 49-9 win over Mill Valley. That defense will be facing a St. James offense that exploded out of the gate with 83 points in its first two games. That unit has only scored 17 in each of the last two games but it was enough to win the games.

This is a statement game for the Thunder. A win over Blue Valley would be one of the biggest regular season victories in school history and keep it in the hunt for an EKL title. For Blue Valley, it would be another quality win as it builds its resume for the postseason.

Lawrence Free State at Olathe South
7 p.m. Thursday at O.D.A.C.

Next up in the can anyone stop Lawrence Free State is Olathe South. The Falcons will try to stop a team that has plowed through its Kansas portion of its schedule and thrown in a 21-16 over then Class 6 No. 1 Park Hill in week three.

Olathe South opened the season as a team to watch. They played Shawnee Mission East well in the first week and then backed that up with a win over Olathe Northwest. Then the wheels have come off a bit with losses to Lee’s Summit and Olathe East.

Free State’s offense can score but it has been their defense that has been outstanding. The Firebirds have allowed just 31 points in four games while averaging 42 points a game.

For Olathe South, its young but talented defense has kept it from getting blown out in the three losses but the offense hasn’t had that breakout game just yet with only one game with three touchdowns and that came in the 21-7 win over Northwest. The Falcons offense must take a big step forward to keep that Free State squad off the field.

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

The Saints travel to Mill Valley for their seventh meeting since the start of the 2013 season. The Jaguars own a 4-2 edge in the series including three straight playoff wins over Aquinas.

This year it looks like the Saints are the team to beat sporting a 3-1 record with only a loss to Bishop Miege two weeks ago as a blemish on their ledger. Outside of the Miege game Aquinas has been dominant averaging 37 points on offense while allowing just 14.

Mill Valley bounced back from its season-opening loss to St. James with big wins over Blue Valley Northwest and Blue Valley Southwest. In the game against Southwest quarterback Brody Flaming went wild with more than 400 yards of total offense and seven total TDs. The Jaguars will need a big night out of Flaming against the tough Saints defense.

Aquinas strength has been the multiple weapons in its flexbone offense led by quarterback Will Swanson. He has been effective running the ball and making big plays in the passing game even if the Saints only throw it three or times a game.

A loss by Mill Valley could have it staring at three or four in a row with games against Bishop Miege and Blue Valley North coming up next. The same stretch saw the Jaguars lose four in a row last year only to rebound with five straight to win the Class 5A title for the second straight year.