Last Week: 2-1
No. 10 Gardner-Edgerton (4-5) at No. 2 Shawnee Mission East (8-1)
Gardner-Edgerton isn’t as good as the record leads you to believe. The Trailblazers overachieved this year, which is great for those kids and program. They’re moving from the Eastern Kansas League — a league that’s the best in the state in my opinion — to the Sunflower League next year and they’ll get a small sample of it Friday night. Like Blue Valley on the top of the bracket, SM East won’t be tested until the quarterfinals.
Shawnee Mission East 56, Gardner-Edgerton 14
No. 6 Shawnee Mission North (5-4) at No. 3 Lawrence (6-3)
A rematch of Week 2 in which Lawrence won 52-26, I see a similar result coming. The Indians have had a fantastic year, but sometimes the luck just runs out. If SM North is going to pull off the upset, they’ll need to play sound defense. The offense puts points up at will, but that puts a lot of pressure on senior Will Schneider and company. A few big stops could make all the difference.
Lawrence 49, Shawnee Mission North 35
Piper (6-3) at Bishop Miege (8-1)
They play the games because anything can happen yadda, yadda, yadda, but this is so much different. Three more weeks until the state championship, but we might as well anoint the Stags as state champs for the third year in a row. They have the best quarterback in Class 4A with Carter Putz, the best receiver in Jafar Armstrong; they’re loaded. Piper had a nice season, but it came in a watered-down Kaw Valley League. It should be another Miege game that’s over by halftime.
Bishop Miege 42, Piper 14