Week 9 football predictions: Shawnee Mission East begins quest for another state title

Shawnee Mission East senior quarterback Luke Kaiser is trying to lead the Lancers to their third state championship game in four seasons.
Shawnee Mission East senior quarterback Luke Kaiser is trying to lead the Lancers to their third state championship game in four seasons.
Sports Editor Mike Lavieri
Sports Editor Mike Lavieri

Last Week: 2-1

Season: 5-1

No. 15 Shawnee Mission Northwest (1-7) at No. 2 Shawnee Mission East (7-1) – Thursday Night
All we need to do is look back at Week 2’s 48-6 drubbing of the Cougars to know that this won’t be a contest. Shawnee Mission East is too good and it’s a clear cut above the rest of the 6A teams on this side state with the exception of No. 1 Blue Valley. This game should get over Thursday night thanks to the running clock that will go into affect. Dustin Delaney and company can get a head start on prepping for either Olathe Northwest or Gardner-Edgerton. Color me shocked if it isn’t the Lancers and the Tigers playing in the Class 6A state semifinals on Nov. 18.

Shawnee Mission East 63, SM Northwest 0

No. 11 Olathe North (3-5) at No. 6 Shawnee Mission North (4-4)
After going 10-2 in his first year, things haven’t gone as planned for Chris McCartney in his second year at Olathe North. Not only has it been a down year for Olathe North, it’s been a down year for the entire Olathe district as a whole as all four teams finished 3-5. For SM North to win this game it will need to buckle down on defense. Allowing 70 points to Olathe South last week probably opened some eyes and I expect head coach Ben Bartlett to tighten things up.

Shawnee Mission North 41, Olathe North 40

Spring Hill (5-3) at Bishop Miege (7-1)
Spring Hill is fighting for a playoff spot and is going to need some help from Eudora. If the Broncos upset Miege it will be the upset of the year. The Stags got through the hardest part of the year — Eastern Kansas League play — and should breeze through the next five weeks as they add another state trophy to their case.

Bishop Miege 49, Spring Hill 7