RE/MAX Big 3 Games of the Week

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: November 20, 2015 - 10:15 AM

Bishop Miege at Eudora
7 p.m. Friday at Eudora Stadium

Before Bishop Miege moved down to Class 4A-I before the 2014 season Eudora was the top dog in the Metro going to back-to-back state title games in 2011 and 2012. Now these teams meet with a trip to the state championship game on the line.

Miege rolled into the semis with a blowout of Paola while Eudora held off a furious Basehor-Linwood comeback to win in three overtimes 60-59.

This game features some of the top offensive talent in 4A-I. Miege comes with tailback Dawson Downing, quarterback Carter Putz and receiver Jafar Armstrong. Eudora counters with quarterback Grant Elston.

With so much offense the defense that can make consistent stops or even turnovers will extend their team’s season one more game.

St. Thomas Aquinas at Mill Valley
7 p.m. Friday at Mill Valley Stadium

Way back in week No. 1 these teams hooked up with Mill Valley earning a 38-20 win at Aquinas. Now after a full season they meet again in the 5A semifinals.

This week’s game pits two evenly matched teams with dynamic players on both sides of the ball. The game should come down to which team can control the line of scrimmage. The first time around Mill Valley held that part of the field and if that happens again it could be yet another milestone for the Jaguars.

Olathe North at Blue Valley
7 p.m. Friday at Blue Valley Stadium

The top Kansas programs in the Metro over the last two decades meet with a trip to the Class 6A state championship game on the line.

In what was a deep 6A field on the East side of the bracket Olathe North and Blue Valley earned big wins on the road and at home and now are just one game away from playing for the state championship.

Blue Valley showed off its tough run defense shutting down Lawrence last week. The Tigers will need more of the same as the Eagles bring their traditional power running game into this contest.

Olathe North will look to have a similar defensive performance this week as it did stopping defending state champ Shawnee Mission East in the quarterfinals. The Eagles didn’t give up any big plays and made the Lancers earn every inch.

Look for this game to go down to the final quarter and maybe even the final possession.

Fort Osage at Columbia Battle
7 p.m. Friday at Battle Stadium

Fort Osage’s quest for its first-ever state championship leads them to the defending state champs.

The Indians are coming off their most impressive performance of the year beating Park Hill 42-10 behind six touchdowns from standout quarterback Skylar Thompson.

The Spartans counter with a tough defense that allowed just 24 points over its last two games. Battle will look to control Thompson and hold the explosive Indians offense in check.

The key for Fort Osage could be its defense. The Indians held Park Hill down almost all game long and if they can keep Battle to two touchdowns or less they have a good chance of making it to the state championship game for the third time in the last seven seasons.

Kearney at Westminster
1:30 p.m. Saturday at Westminster Stadium

Kearney is looking to get back to the state championship game for the first time since 2009 and Westminster is the final hurdle to that goal.

The Bulldogs defense has been outstanding the deeper in the playoffs they have gone. They have allowed just 16 points in the last three games and could have another performance like that again this week.

While the defense has been stellar the offense has been consistent and methodical. Kearney scored a TD in each of the first three quarters against Hannibal last week before blowing the game out in the first quarter to take a 35-0 lead until the final minute of the game.

If Kearney continues its strong play, look for a return trip to the Edward Jones Dome.

Odessa at Aurora
1 p.m. Saturday at Aurora Stadium

This is a matchup of two programs that haven’t been this close to a title in a long time. Each has an undefeated state championship in its history but both came back in the 1990s. Aurora won its title in 1999 while Odessa earned its championship in 1994.

The question in this game is simple. Which team’s offense will establish itself and take control of the game. Aurora is a spread team that will look to get the ball on the edges and get their skill players in one-on-one matchups. Odessa’s defense will look to continue its physical style to stop the Houn Dogs.

Odessa counters with its tough punishing running game led by Kobe Hardin. The tailback has more than 2,600 yards and 39 touchdowns and another big game by Hardin should lead the Bulldogs back to the state title game for the first time in more than two decades.