RE/MAX Big 3 Games of the Week

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: October 14, 2015 - 9:28 AM

Lawrence at Olathe Northwest
7 p.m. Thursday at C.B.A.C.

Lawrence enters as the No. 1 team in Class 6A while Olathe Northwest is a thunderstorm away from being undefeated just like the Lions.

The Ravens only loss came earlier this year when a stormy night caused their game with Shawnee Mission West to be halted and finished on the next day. Northwest was leading that game 12-0 right before the half. A day later West answered with 20 points to get the win.

Northwest has quietly put together its best six-game start in school history. Now they are charged with getting out of a district that has two undefeated teams (Lawrence and Olathe North) and an improving 3-3 team in Olathe East.

This week the Ravens will be tasked with stopping an offense that can run over just about anyone while going up against a defense that might have the best player in the Metro in Amani Bledsoe.

The Lions are in a spot where they are playing a team with a winning record for the first time in a month. Lawrence has answered the bell every time but they need to be ready to play against a balanced Northwest attack that could jump up and bite them.

The winner of this game has the inside track on a playoff spot.

Mill Valley at St. James Academy
7 p.m. Friday at St. Thomas Aquinas

There’s not too much to say about this game except these are two of the top teams in Class 5A and a loss here could keep one of them out of the playoffs.

St. James enters with a perfect 6-0 record while Mill Valley counters with a 5-1 mark with that loss coming to No. 1 ranked team in Missouri Class 5 Staley.

Both teams are good on offense and possess several playmakers. They each have been stingy on defense as well.

Last year’s game came down to some crucial pass interference penalties that went against St. James and put Mill Valley in a position to win. This game should come down to a few select plays that will go the winner’s way. This could easily be one of the best games of the year on either side of the state line.

Blue Valley Northwest at Olathe South
7 p.m. Friday at O.D.A.C

Blue Valley Northwest and Olathe South come in with one win between them. While they don’t have a lot of victories there is a lot of opportunity in this game.

Northwest has struggled to an 0-6 start. The Huskies came close the last three weeks so they could be on the verge of breaking through. With district play starting it is truly a new season for Northwest.

South finds itself in almost the same boat. At 1-5 the Falcons haven’t tasted victory since the second week of the season with a 14-6 win over Olathe East. Since then South has faced a murder’s row of opponents in Olathe North, Olathe Northwest, Shawnee Mission West and Lawrence who are a combined 22-2 on the season.

With a 1-5 Gardner-Edgerton in the district along with a 4-2 Blue Valley a win this week by either team gives it the inside track to a possible playoff spot and a chance to turn their season around.

Lee’s Summit North at Blue Springs
7 p.m. Friday at Peave Stadium

Three weeks ago it looked like Lee’s Summit North and Blue Springs were on their way to historic seasons. North was off to a 4-1 start while Blue springs was off to a 1-4 mark.

Since that time the Broncos have gone 1-2 while the Wildcats went 2-1. North is battling a two-game losing streak while the Wildcats have won their last two.

The question in this game is have the talented young offensive players of Blue Springs grown up enough to score on one of the tougher defenses in the Metro. North has been stingy all season while Blue Springs has just started to get things going.

The other factor at play here is if the North players look across the field and see the Blue Springs jersey and think back to the long history of losing to the Wildcats or if they understand this is a different year and they are the favored team.

Park Hill at Truman
7 p.m. Friday at Independence All School Stadium

The race for the Suburban Middle Six title comes down to this. Win and you are the champ. Lose and finish second.

These teams have had identical seasons. They each had a week one loss followed by seven straight wins. Along the way they’ve had some blowouts and some close calls but it all comes down to this. Park Hill’s resume looks a little better but Truman has some impressive wins as well.

The main question in this game will come down to which team’s defense steps up and makes some stops against talented offenses. Truman features a tough rushing attack led by Jordan Salima while Park Hill can be more balanced led by quarterback Billy Maples.

The team that makes the defensive or special teams plays should win this game and the league title.

Sedalia Smith-Cotton at Center
7 p.m. Friday at Center Stadium

The West Central Conference championship is on the line as these two undefeated teams battle.

Each team has methodically moved through their schedule and it comes down to this. The winner wins the crown and goes into the postseason with a big win over a quality team.

Center’s defense has been stellar all season allowing one TD or less in six of its eight games. The Yellowjackets counter with an offense that has scored more than 30 points in every games which is a deadly combination.

Smith-Cotton’s totals aren’t quite as impressive but the Tigers are playing their best football in years and are one of the surprise teams in Missouri Class 5.

It should be a battle that goes down to the end and no matter if it’s a win or a loss each team will be battled tested heading into the playoffs.