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4A and 3A Preview (Plus 2-1A and 8-Man)

By Josh Slaughter
Opinion | October 22, 2009

EMPORIA, Kan. - So here are the districts to watch at the 4A and 3A level. We're one week and looking for who's going to end up on top.

CLASS 4A

District 1

Someone requested a look a Holton's district, and I will not disappoint. Holton opened with an expected win over Atchison, giving them a shot at the district title. The only hurdle in the Wildcats way could be the Tigers of Jefferson West. I think it should be a fine game to watch.

Game to Watch: Jefferson West vs. Holton

Jefferson West and Holton share the like opponent of Atchison County. The Wildcats rolled, but so did the Tigers. Look for Holton to take this match-up in a big win proving they deserve their second in the state ranking.

District 15

This is by far the toughest district out their, with Andale and Buhler drawing the same side of the bracket. Nickerson and Haven are certainly not push overs. Andale got Buhler in the first meeting, but these two teams could meet again in the state playoffs.

Game to Watch: Nickerson vs. Andale

Okay, okay, so Andale should be a heavy favorite, but if Andale is going to get upset, it will be in this game.

Who's going to play for the State Championship

Andale vs. Holton

It's a rare find 4A, fan but this season their is not a tough district, besides maybe district one. And even their Holton is the class of the field. It's also rare that the state's top two teams meet in the championship. This season you can see that happen, Holton has a little easier road to the Championship with most of the strong teams residing the west. I think with Hutch likely running to the 5A title, and Olathe North not having alot to worry about in 6A, this is the game to watch. I think if Andale survives the tough tests from teams like Rose Hill and Andover.

CLASS 3A

District 12

The East is really weak this season, but the west has alot of strong teams. District 12 may have the strongest. I mean the first game between Garden Plain and Conway Springs came down the wire. Conway is the class so far escaping with the 19-13 win. Medicine Lodge may be having a down year by some people standards, but never count out the Indians.

Game to Watch: Garden Plain vs. Medicine Lodge

Garden Plain got beat, the question becomes how are they going to rebound. They must face a Medicine Lodge team that rolled last weekend, and is always tough. The Owls should have no problem getting a win here.

Who's going to play for the State Championship

Conway Springs vs. Silver Lake

I went to a 3A high school, and while things may be prettier and smoother at the 6,5 and 4A level. This game is going to be hard nosed and fun to watch. Now I put Conway Springs in this spot because as of right now they've earned it. I do think however, they are going to have to play Garden Plain one more time before all is said and done. Silver Lake should have no trouble getting out of the East, more of the talent is in the west. I think the Conway Springs/Garden Plain winner should take home the state championship.

CLASS 2-1A

Who's going to play for the State Championship
Olpe vs. Smith Center

Olpe has got to feel like always the bridesmaid never the bride. They are a strong team and they have played well all season. After the graduation of Cole Krueger the Eagles have not skipped a beat. But the Redman are still riding the states longest winning streak, and that will continue, look for Olpe to make it a little closer this year.

8-Man I

Who's going to play for the State Championship
Madison vs. Quinter

Madison still has a tough test coming up this Friday against Lebo. But they have been playing without their starting quarterback Henry Ott and have still been rolling. Lebo has suprised a lot of people this season, but Madison should win. The Bulldogs will then get to take on a class of the west Baileyville B&B, Pretty Prairie and Clifton Clyde before even getting the championship. The east is tough, maybe as tough as it has ever been. Whoever gets out should have no trouble getting past Quinter, I like Madison though, they have playoff experiance, and have played through some adversity.

8-Man II

Who's going to play for the State Championship
Hanover vs. Victoria

You really wouldn't expect anything else, these two teams have played like the best in the state all year. Now they will look to prove it, I think Victoria takes this match-up.


2 Comments

It's so great that you are giving these overviews and predictions. Great!


Shout out to the Cats! Woot, Holton! Father-son coaching Smith Center (father) and Holton (son)--the Bartas.


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