Last Week: 2-0
No. 2 Shawnee Mission East (10-1) at No. 1 Blue Valley (11-0)
This is the game I was looking forward to before the calendar rolled to September. This is the game that I knew was going to happen after three weeks when Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission East showed they were a cut above the rest of the Class 6A teams in the east. In order to be the best, you have to beat the best and that’s exactly what Friday night will be. Blue Valley is very balanced on offense and suffocates teams on defense. Shawnee Mission East runs and runs and runs and just when you think you’re going to stop them, they’ve sucked you in and throw it over the top, while the Lancer defense rings some bells.
This has been the most difficult game to predict this season because I’ve gone back and forth trying to play out what might happen. Neither have seen teams like each other, but Blue Valley has seen better opponents than SM East this year.
Blue Valley 21, Shawnee Mission East 20
Basehor-Linwood (11-0) at Bishop Miege (10-1)
Basehor-Linwood tore through the its competition this year averaging 46.5 points per game. The defense also gave up two touchdowns or less in 10 of its 11 games. If we look at common opponents — De Soto, Piper and Spring Hill — we’ll see that, yes, both won all three games, but both won convincingly. The Bobcats scored a combined 119 points in those three games while giving up 58. Bishop Miege on the other hand scored 171 points and gave up 19. Not to take anything away from the Bobcats, but they don’t play the competition the Stags do week in and week out and they haven’t seen an offense like Miege’s that can throw the ball like Carter Putz can with weapons like Jafar Armstrong and Landry Weber.
Bishop Miege 49, Basehor-Linwood 17