Shawnee Mission East (5-1) at Lawrence (5-1)
This is by far, without question, the best matchup in the state. The Lancers and Chesty Lions come in tied for the Sunflower League lead at 5-0 with their lone losses coming in Week 3 to teams on the other side of the state line. SME fell to Rockhurst, 26-20, while Lee’s Summit West held Lawrence to a touchdown in its 28-7 win. These two teams didn’t meet last year and Lawrence ended up winning the league because it defeated Olathe North, while East fell. Both offenses can put up points and both defenses can shut it down. Something will have to give. East scores 50.1 points per game while allowing only allowing 14.2 points. Lawrence, in contrast, scores 38 points per game while allowing 17.3 per contest.
Using common opponents — Shawnee Mission North, Shawnee Mission Northwest, Olathe North and Olathe South — the Lancers’ point differential is 183 while Lawrence’s is 109.
Shawnee Mission East 48, Lawrence 20
Bishop Miege (5-1) at Eudora (2-4)
The Stags open district play at Eudora tomorrow as they march toward another state championship. Miege is the heavy favorite to repeat as the Class 4A-I champions. Averaging nearly 42 points per game, the high-octane offense led by junior quarterback Carter Putz should have no problem getting past the Cardinals, who allow 25.3 points per game. That number is a little misleading too as they gave up six points to an 0-6 Baldwin team and then shutout a 2-3 Sumner, who has struggled to put up points all year. In it’s other four games — Tonganoxie, Louisburg, Paola and Ottawa — the Cardinals’ defense has given up an average 36.5 points.
Bishop Miege 63, Eudora 14
Shawnee Mission North (3-3) at Shawnee Mission Northwest (1-5)
Through six games, the Indians have won the same amount of games they did in 10 a season ago. It’s been more than six years since SMN has won the Hula Bowl and this is as good as a year as any for the losing streak to be snapped. Senior quarterback Will Schneider has thrown for 1,520 yards and 15 touchdowns and while he and senior running back Marcos Garcia have run for five apiece. Northwest has struggled mightily this season on the offensive side of the ball. Last weeks’ 36 points were the most they’ve put up in a game, but it came against an 0-6 Shawnee Mission South team that lost eight seniors three weeks ago.
Shawnee Mission North 49, Shawnee Mission Northwest 21