RE/MAX Big 3 Games of the Week

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: September 24, 2015 - 9:31 AM

Lansing at Bonner Springs
7 p.m. Friday at Bonner Springs Stadium

Bonner Springs is off to an impressive 3-0 start made even more impressive with last week’s 27-21 win over Basehor-Linwood without standout quarterback Connor Byers.

Lansing has been back and forth to start the year but is coming off a 35-6 win at Tonganoxie. The Lions have alternated win, loss, win so they are looking for some consistency to start the season.

The Braves have been dynamic on offense but their defense has been solid as well. This week they will be tested by Lansing’s wing-T offense that has shown improvement each week. It’s a new system for the Lions and it should continue to get better as the season goes on.

This is a good test for both teams that want to make the Class 5A playoffs and possibly earn a win or two in the postseason.

St. Thomas Aquinas at Bishop Miege
7 p.m. Friday at Miege Stadium

These old rivals meet with pride and positioning in the EKL on the line. Both teams have one loss coming to very good teams but the records don’t matter when these two meet.

Aquinas has been outstanding since an opening week loss to Mill Valley. The Saints have rolled through Blue Valley North and Blue Valley Northwest. Last week against Northwest Aquinas saw the return of tailback James Cosentino which should be an asset heading into the game with the Stags.

Miege has battled injuries as well. The Stags will be without star running back Dawson Downing again this week. Miege was still able to put up 35 points last week so the Stags have done a nice job of making up for Downing’s absence.

This game could just come down to which team’s defense can make the most stops. Both teams can score at will so this could be a shootout.

Shawnee Mission East at Shawnee Mission West
7 p.m. Friday at Shawnee Mission South District Stadium

Ok so the last two Shawnee Mission schools to win state titles are both 3-0 heading into one of the bigger rivalry games of the year. Not much more needs to be said.

West has quietly taken care of a Lawrence Free State, Olathe Northwest and Shawnee Mission North while East has rolled past Gardner-Edgerton, Shawnee Mission South and Shawnee Mission Northwest.

The Vikings went to the wire with their first two wins before rolling North last week. West is hitting its stride at the right time but will be tested by a Lancer defense that pitched two shutouts before giving up a few scores last week to Shawnee Mission Northwest.

East will also be tested by the best team it has faced all season. The Lancers have this week and next against Lawrence Free State to get big wins that could lock down at least a share of the Sunflower League title.

Belton at Platte County
7 p.m. Friday at Platte County Stadium

Belton is playing better football while Platte County has rolled through the season so far. This will be a big test for the Pirates as they get ready to face Kearney next week and with a new quarterback.

The Pirates have been dominating most teams this season behind quarterback Justin Mitchell but he suffered a shoulder injury in practice this week and is lost for the season. Platte County will be breaking in his backup against a Belton team that has won its last two games in impressive fashion.

This battle of the Pirates from the north and the Pirates from the south could come down to Platte County’s ability to stop Belton running back Zach Willis and get their new signal caller up to speed.

Lee’s Summit at Lee’s Summit West
7 p.m. Friday at Lee’s Summit West Stadium

This rivalry isn’t very old but it is a good one. Both these teams come in after losing tough games. West lost for the first time ever to Lee’s Summit North while Lee’s Summit fell in overtime to Blue Springs to extend the Wildcats winning streak to 20 years.

West finds itself with the prospect of going winless against its fellow district schools for the first time in the history of the program. The Titans were 4-0 heading into the game against North but were shocked on homecoming 13-9. A loss here would kill any chance of a Suburban Big Six title and possibly put West in the lower half of the postseason district bracket.

Lee’s Summit is in the same position. The Tigers need a win to help their positioning not to mention beating West for the second straight year would be a feather in the cap of the program.

Raymore-Peculiar at Lee’s Summit North
7 p.m. Friday at the Bronco Activies Center

North pulled off its biggest win in at least a decade with its 13-9 victory over Lee’s Summit West last week while Ray-Pec has two losses but both are to top notch teams.

The Broncos defense again led the way against West holding the Titans to just nine points while scoring the final TD for North on a pick six late in the game. They face a Panthers team that has scored well at times but struggled against outstanding defensive units in Staley and Blue Springs South in their two losses.

North’s big question is can it find the offense to match the outstanding defensive play. If Ray-Pec gets its offense going a shootout could be in the Panthers favor especially if they can jump out to an early lead.

A win by North would continue one of the best seasons in school history and put them in position for a share of their first-ever Suburban Big Six title and possibly a top seed in its district.