RE/MAX Big 3 Week 10

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: October 18, 2017 - 9:07 PM

Lawrence at Lawrence Free State
7 p.m. Friday at Free State Stadium

One of the best rivalries in the Metro closes out the Kansas Class 6A regular season. Free State is looking to finish a perfect regular season while Lawrence wants to get one more win to maintain its top five spot in the 6A East bracket.

These teams have been consistent most of the season. The Firebirds have used a physical defense and running attack to win all seven of its games while the Chesty Lions have put tons of points on the board even in their three losses.

Lawrence will need to get a couple scores up on the Firebirds and then just turn it into a scoring contest. Some trick plays or turnovers might be key. If the Chesty Lions get behind it could be a long evening because Free State is one of the best teams in the state with the lead.

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

Two teams looking to lock down the No. 2 seed in each of their respective classes hook up in week No. 8.

Blue Valley is a virtual lock to grab the second spot in Class 6A while Aquinas needs the victory to assure itself the No. 2 seed.

Both teams come in playing well. Aquinas has won four straight since losing to Bishop Miege while four of five since its opening-week defeat at the hands of the Stags.

Each team has been able to score lots of points this season but the defensive edge goes to Aquinas. The Saints have kept four opponents to just 14 points and no team has scored more than 27 including Miege in its victory.

The difference in this contest could be at the line of scrimmage. Aquinas defense line is fast and physical while the Tigers offensive line has been a work in progress but has played well in its last two games.

DeSoto at Bishop Miege
7 p.m. Friday at Dixon Doll Stadium

The question all season long is can any team beat Bishop Miege. If any team in Class 4A-I is going to pull it off it could be DeSoto.

The Wildcats enter ranked right behind the Stags at No. 2 sporting a perfect 7-0 record of its own. Their defense has been dominant with three shutouts, two more games allowing one touchdown and two more allowing just 14 points. That unit will be tested by a Miege offense led by quarterback Carter Putz that has scored less than 30 points just once, in the 40s once, 50s three times and 63 in last week’s win over Eudora.

The Stags defense has been equally impressive allowing 10.3 points per game. They will be tasked with stopping a physical option attack that has the Wildcats averaging 42 points a game. If Miege is going to lose it could be to a team like DeSoto.

One thing that looks certain is that no matter what happens this week it looks very likely this is just the first of two meetings between these two teams with a possible state semifinal rematch a possibility.

Excelsior Springs at St. Joseph Lafayette
7 p.m. Friday at Lafayette Stadium

One of the best playoff games from 2016 is a first round rematch this year. Last season Excelsior Springs went to St. Joseph Lafayette and lost a shootout 63-62 in two overtimes. This year they have identical records and are back in the 4-5 game in Class 4 District 8.

While it’s not a lock that this game ends up like that game the first-round matchup of two 7-2 teams should be one of the best games of the week.

Both teams can score they just tend to do it a little differently. Excelsior’s option offense likes to put together 10, 11 and 12 play drives while Lafayette can score in bursts. That was the difference last year and it could be more of the same.

The team that gets the other squad to punt the most should win and probably earn a date with Kearney in what might be the toughest district in the state.

Lee’s Summit North at Rockhurst
7 p.m. Friday at Vincent P. Dasta Stadium

North is one win away from tying a school record and doing something no other Broncos’ football team has done in 23 years of football.

A victory Friday would give North a 7-3 record matching the best in school history. It would also be the first-ever win over Rockhurst.

Putting the history away this game comes down to Rockhurst’s size and North’s speed. The Broncos are fresh off an impressive 30-15 win over Liberty where their outstanding skill plyers dominated the Jays leading to an easy win.

Rockhurst has been solid in every phase of the game this season. The Hawklets solid play is good but they haven’t been explosive. In its wins Rockhurst has gotten the lead and then used its defense, special teams and ball control offense to win the game. If the Hawklets get behind by more than one score it will be advantage North.

All in all, it’s a great matchup of styles and a fantastic first-round postseason game.

Richmond at St. Pius X
7 p.m. Friday at Warriors Stadium

These teams aren’t in the same conference, don’t play every year but still have a decent amount of history as they head into the first round of Class 3 district play.

This will be the fourth time since the start of the 2010 season St. Pius X and Richmond have played in the playoffs. Richmond leads holds a 2-1 advantage during that time but this year it could be the Warriors turn to get the win.

After an 0-2 start St. Pius X has been solid with wins over Nevada, Clinton, St. Michael and Pembroke Hill. The Warriors aren’t the most dynamic squad but they play good defense, are physical and run the ball.

Richmond is almost the exact opposite. The Spartans don’t have a lot of depth on the offensive and defensive lines but have one of the best small-school players in Trevon Alexander who can score from anywhere on the field. He also makes an impact on the defensive side as well from the safety position.

If the Warriors can slow him down they could be moving on to a possible matchup with Maryville in the next round.