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What to Watch for in the District Finals

By Josh Slaughter
Opinion | October 28, 2009

EMPORIA, Kan. - So we're at District final weekend, this is what to watch for. I'll denote whether the game is on Thursday or Friday. Hope you get to enjoy some.

6A

District 1
Shawnee Mission West at Shawnee Mission East (Thursday Game)
East had more touble against Shawnee Mission North and Shawnee Mission Northwest, but it is at their home field and the district championship is on the line. West has had a potent offense while East has gotten it done defensively, should be fun to watch, plus a rare high class Thursday match-up. I give the edge to East, if their offense starts rolling it could be a long night.

District 3
Blue Valley West at Blue Valley (Friday Game)
Blue Valley West and Blue Valley are playing for second, and on the Tigers home field. Steve Rampy always has his teams raring to go, but you know Blue Valley West would like to sneak up and earn a win.

District 4
Lawrence Free State at Olathe Northwest (Friday Game)
This should be nothing more than a dozie, as both teams have rolled up alot of points getting here. Another game where a district title is on the line, I wouldn't be suprised if these two powerful offenses roll up more than 700 yards...or it could be low scoring, that's just how these things go. I like the LFSHS Firebirds in this one though, going into the Raven's nest and pulling out a win.

District 5
Topeka at Washburn Rural (Friday Game)
This one is for a birth in the playoffs for the Topeka Trojans. Can they pull out a win, and get help from Manhatten for a playoff birth, I think they can.

District 6
Wichita Heights at Derby (Friday Game)
The Panthers have home field advantage, which is good, that may be the only chance they have against the Falcons. These could be a defensive struggle all night long, I might even make the trip down to Derby to see this one. Panthers should take the district crown.

District 8
Goddard at Maize (Friday Game)
The top spot is already wrapped up by Dodge City, but somebody else has a chance to make a trip to state with their second district win. Both teams earned close wins over Garden City earlier in district play, and both struggled against Dodge. Look for the Maize Eagles to take this one at home in what may be one of the best games on the 6A docket.

5A

District 4
Pittsburg at St. Thomas Aquinas (Friday Game)
With the top three districts all but decided and Gardner-Edgerton looking to win this district the battle for the other playoff spot could be epic. Aquinas was in the Championship last year, but this year they are in jeopardy of not making the playoffs. They are at home which is favorable, but Pittsburg looked impressive against Ottawa last weekend. Does Pittsburg have enought offense to overcome the immovable Aquinas defense. Aquinas should win, but I say be very wary of an upset.

District 6
McPherson at Hays (Friday Game)
Hays has been more than suprising, and this game will be no different. The Bulldogs of McPherson are the more talented team, but Hays get the chance to play this one at home. It will be a long trip for the Bulldogs and tough to come home with a victory in Lewis Stadium.

District 7
Kapuan at Newton (Friday Game)
It will be senior night for the Railroaders as they look to move to 8-1 on the year and win a district title. The Crusaders will be standing in their way though, as they look to shake off some early losses this season and finish with the district crown. I like the Railroaders at home in this one.

District 8
Bishop Carroll at Liberal (Friday Game)
Bishop Carroll must travel to Liberal to the face the Indians, but they have proven to be a decent road team. I like the Eagles to go into LIberal and come out with a district title.

4A

District 1
Holton at Jefferson West (Thursday Game)
Holton needs this to stay perfect and keep rolling towards state. The only problem, it's on the road and it's for the district title.

District 3
Bishop Miege at DeSoto (Thursday Game)
This is almost the same as above, Miege has looked good, but must go to DeSoto to wrap up the crown.

District 4
Eudora at Baldwin (Thursday Game)
The top seeds in 4A have to feel snake bitten, as it seems most of them are playing on the road for a district title. Eudora has a great running game and has rolled so far, look for more of the same at Baldwin.

District 5
Paola at Louisburg (Thursday Game)
Not alot of mileage or talent divide these two teams, and this should be a dandy of a game. Leave early and stop in and get some cider at the mill before grabbing a blanket to watch this one. I like Paola in a squeaker.

District 6
Anderson County at Iola (Thursday Game)
Can the Mustangs make the playoffs, if they do they are going to have to get past Anderson County. Stop in at the lucky stop, grab a coke (diet if you're watching your weight) and head the ole ballyard to watch this one for a shot at the playoffs. I like the Mustangs to win at home.

District 12
Wichita Trinity at Andover Central (Thursday Game)
Two schools really in their infancy look to earn a playoff birth in this one. I like the Jaguars at home in this one.

District 16
Concordia at Smoky Valley (Thursday Game)
This could be another fun one. Concordia has to go on the road, and with a playoff birth on the line you know Smoky Valley will be playing hard on senior night. I like Concordia in a tough one on the road.

3A

District 2
Frontenac at Erie (Thursday Game)
Frontenac has a tough road to the playoffs here since they must go to Erie. Erie looked better in their district win and should earn a win here.

District 4
Osage City at Silver Lake (Thursday Game)
Is this the year the Osage City Indians finally get the district title. Silver Lake is tough at home, but like opponents have been more troubling. Look for OCHS to come in the underdog and wear it well in an upset of the Eagles.

District 7
Effingham at Sabetha (Thursday Game)
Or Atchison County at Sabetha, however you want to say it, this should be one of the better match-ups out their. This is a weak district, but their is no reason we shouldn't enjoy an undefeated title game. Toss up goes to the home team.

District 10
Sedgwick at Remington (Thursday Game)
First off, congrats to the Celtics of Hutch Trinity for winning this district. This should be a fun one though to see who joins them in the playoffs. I like Remington at home, even though Sedgwick may be the more talented team.

District 10
Sedgwick at Remington (Thursday Game)
First off, congrats to the Celtics of Hutch Trinity for winning this district. This should be a fun one though to see who joins them in the playoffs. I like Remington at home, even though Sedgwick may be the more talented team.

District 14
Phillipsburg at Beloit (Thursday Game)
Another one that should be alot of fun. These two teams have rolled into this one and both have high powered offenses. I think you give the nod to the home team in this case.

2-1A

District 3
Wathena at Troy (Thursday Game)
This one is on here, one because alot of people haven't heard of these teams, and two because it should be a good game. Both these teams played well against like opponents thought I like Troy on their home field on senior night.

District 3
Wathena at Troy (Thursday Game)
This one is on here, one because alot of people haven't heard of these teams, and two because it should be a good game. Both these teams played well against like opponents thought I like Troy on their home field on senior night.

Thanks guys, hope you enjoy and please comment on any of the games. Also be sure to drop by www.kansasprepfootball.com for all the scores you will ever need, as well as their games of the week. Check back here next week once brackets become available, I'll do my best to keep you up to date on the games you should be watching.



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