Southwest on the rebound heading to Mill Valley

By Toriano Porter PrepsKC Staff Writer
Posted: September 24, 2015 - 2:16 PM

Coming off what Southwest Early College Campus head coach Roger Franks called an “embarrassing” Week 4 loss to Hogan Prep, the Indians bounced back last week with a 24-20 Interscholastic League win over African Centered College Prep.

The win put the Indians (2-3 overall, 1-0 in IL play) in a four-way tie for first place in the IL with Lincoln Prep, Northeast and East.

Franks said the close win over the winless Knights (0-4, 0-3) didn’t come as a surprise, crediting his defense with standing tall to help pull out the victory.

“I knew this was going to be a dog fight, coming off an embarrassing loss to Hogan,” he said. “In order for us to win that game, it was going to be on the defense side of the ball. Defense…went out and competed.”

Franks added the Indians offense is “not mature enough to…accept being challenged.”

“We blew four red-zone possessions, which could be costly in a close scoring game,” Franks said. However, “it was a great win.”

The Indians have their hands full if they want to reach the .500 mark.

Up next is a Friday matchup with Mill Valley (3-0), the top-ranked Class 5 team in Kansas according to the latest poll.

“Mill Valley will be tough, but we are preparing to compete,” Franks said. “If we play well in all phases, it will be a game. If we get caught up in the atmosphere and the 99 Mill Valley athletes on the sideline, it will be a long day at the office.

“I'm a firm believer of 50/50; it’s when you give 1 percent away to fear. That is what causes you to lose before you even get on the field. I think after Hogan, we are aware of what we will be facing in Mill Valley.”

In other IL news, two-time defending league champion Lincoln College Prep (2-3, 1-0) was able to get back on the winning track last week against University Academy (2-3), posting a 41-32 win after a Week 4 55-14 drubbing at Center (5-0).

“It was a big win,” Lincoln Prep head coach Henry Newell said. “UA outplayed us for three quarters. We finally got a couple of stops late.”

The Blue Tigers ran the ball for 403 yards with Travis Martin (238 yards on 10 carries) and Kaylyn Davis (156 yards on nine carries) leading the way.

“I was impressed with our offense,” Newell said

The Blue Tigers will face Northeast (1-4, 1-0) tonight at IL stadium.

“Northeast is a much improved team from last year,” Newell said. “We will have to play hard to compete with them. I think we are improving. Time will tell.”

Northeast head coach Kevin Bair said the Vikings need to right the ship against Lincoln Prep after a four-game losing streak. Northeast has only scored seven points in the last three games after a 5-overtime thriller with Plattsburg in Week 2.

“We’ve left a lot of points on the board the last few weeks,” Bair said. “We have just failed to execute in certain aspects of the game. That being said, we are 1-4 and that’s all people are going to look at.

“We’re on a bit of a skid right now, and we need to focus on the little details and on executing our game plan every time out there. Lincoln Prep is a very solid, a very talented, a very disciplined, and a very well-coached team, and they are going to be extremely tough to beat.”

East (1-4, 1-0) will take on Kansas City Central Saturday (0-4, 0-1) at IL Stadium, while ACCP will host Wentworth Military Academy Friday at IL Stadium.