RE/MAX Big 3 Games of the Week

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: October 1, 2015 - 5:54 AM

Blue Valley North at Blue Valley
7 p.m. Friday at Blue Valley High School Stadium

This is an old rivalry between the first two Blue Valley high schools that has suffered the last few seasons. Blue Valley North has found wins hard to come by in general and the Mustangs haven’t beaten Blue Valley in more than a decade.

This year North enters with a 3-1 record with only a loss to St. Thomas Aquinas in Week No. 2. Blue Valley is a sterling 4-0 with wins over Blue Valley West and Bishop Miege on its resume.

Both teams have proven they can score a lot of points they just are doing it different ways. Blue Valley has a punishing ground game that features multiple ball carriers doing damage each week. The North defense will be tested up front all night by this power running attack.

The Mustangs counter with a passing game led by quarterback Joey Dolan that can get chunks of yardage. If North can keep from getting multiple scores behind the Mustangs just might be able to turn the game into a shootout.

Staley at Mill Valley
7 p.m. Friday at Mill Valley Stadium

This cross-state matchup pits the No. 1 ranked team in Kansas Class 5A hosting the No. 3 ranked team in Missouri Class 5.

Mill Valley has been very impressive in its four win run to start the season. The Jaguars have notched wins over two ranked teams in St. Thomas Aquinas and Derby. The competition level has been good and the results even better.

Staley is 5-1 with its only loss coming in overtime to the No. 1 ranked team in Missouri Class 5 Fort Osage. The Falcons have topped Liberty North, Blue Springs and Raymore-Peculiar along the way.

The big challenge for Mill Valley is stopping a Falcons rushing attack that has been consistent all season long. The Jaguars can’t let Staley have long drives. The Mill Valley offense will be going against a talented front seven that could be one of the best in the Metro.

While the Staley defense is stout it will be challenged with stopping dual threat quarterback Logan Koch and dynamic receiver Christian Jegen.

It should be a great matchup of two top teams.

Lawrence Free State at Shawnee Mission East
7 p.m. Friday at Shawnee Mission North District Stadium

Free State will be the latest team to try to end East’s 17-game winning streak dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season.

The Firebirds enter with a 1-3 record with two of those losses by a combined six points to Lawrence and Olathe North. This is a good team that doesn’t have many wins to show for it.

East is a good team that has a lot of wins to show for it. The Lancers have only lost two games in the last three seasons. Head coach Dustin Delaney is 29-2 in his tenure at East and this could be the last chance the Lancers have to lose before the playoffs.

Free State presents a challenge for a very good East defense. The Firebirds are led by quarterback Bryce Tornaden who can turn a bad play into a big play. The Lancers will need to contain him to get the Free State offense off the field.

East’s offense has been getting better each week as it replaced several key players from last year’s state title team. The last few weeks the Lancers have been playing very well which could be the difference in the game.

Harrisonville at Oak Grove
7 p.m. Friday at Panther Stadium

Two of the top teams in the Missouri River Valley Conference West do battle in a game that will have a lot to say about who wins the conference title.

Harrisonville is undefeated and playing consistently good football week in, week out. The Wildcats defense has been stingy while its offense has become as good as any team in the Metro.

Oak Grove has only one loss and a loss here would put them out of the conference race. The Panthers bounced back nicely from their first loss of the season two weeks ago and will look to avenge their only loss from last year as they won the Missouri Class 3 title.

This could be a very basic football game. The team that is able to stop the run the best will probably be the team that takes home the victory.

Lee’s Summit West at Blue Springs South
7 p.m. Friday at Larry Stewart Stadium

Two of the top teams in Missouri Class 6 do battle in a Suburban Big Six showdown.

South is rolling along at 6-0 and posted its biggest victory of the season last week. The Jaguars pounded Raytown 51-16 in a game they led 51-0 at the half. The Jaguars defense has been stellar all season long and now the offense is starting to hit its stride.

West bounced back from its first loss of the season with a big win over Lee’s Summit. The Titans are looking to maintain a spot near the top of the conference and possibly a top seed in their district.

This game should boil down to how well the West offense is able to move the ball against one of the best defenses in the state.

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

This is the game that will decide the Midland Empire Conference title. Both teams are undefeated in the league and look like this might be the only game they lose the rest of the season.

Maryville looks like the Maryville team that won back to back undefeated state championships before falling to Oak Grove in last year’s Class 3 quarterfinal. Over the last four years the Spoofhounds have amassed a 48-1 record.

This year Maryville’s offense has been in high gear scoring 50 points or more in four of its six games. The Spoofhounds counter that with a defense that hasn’t allowed more than nine points in any game while tossing two shutouts along the way.

Smithville has posted impressive results as well. The Warriors are 5-1 with their only loss coming in week No. 2 at Class 5 power Park Hill 35-6. Smithville has been dominant in its victories averaging 33 points a game while allowing seven points each in four games to go along with two shutouts.

Something has to give between these two teams.

With Smithville and Maryville being in different classes this is the only time they will play. Win or lose both teams should benefit from the contest down the line.