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EKL/Sunflower League football power rankings

Updated: 2013-10-16T17:55:04Z

EASTERN KANSAS LEAGUE

1. Gardner Edgerton (5-1, 5-1 EKL)

Last week: Defeated Blue Valley North 56-14

The Trailblazers overmatched BV North, but they will have a tougher time in the district opener against Olathe South.

2. Bishop Miege (5-1, 5-1 EKL)

Last week: Defeated Blue Valley West 21-19

With a high-quality win against the Jaguars, the Stags now roll into district play as a heavy favorite.

3. Blue Valley Northwest (4-2, 4-2 EKL)

Last week: Defeated Blue Valley Southwest 37-26

Three straight wins have the Huskies poised to make some noise in district play with a battle against Shawnee Mission South next.

4. Blue Valley (4-2, 3-2 EKL)

Last week: Defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 35-3

A solid bounce-back victory, particularly for the Tigers’ defense heading into a season-defining game with Blue Valley Southwest.

5. Blue Valley West (3-3, 2-3 EKL)

Last week: Lost to Bishop Miege 21-19

With three consecutive losses, the breaks haven't gone the Jaguars’ way, but count out coach Scott Wright’s crew at your peril.

6. Blue Valley Southwest (3-3, 2-3 EKL)

Last week: Lost to Blue Valley Northwest 37-26

The Timberwolves battled the Huskies hard in defeat, and now a playoff berth probably is at stake against Blue Valley.

7. St. Thomas Aquinas (1-5, 1-4 EKL)

Last week: Lost to Blue Valley 35-3

The Saints can erase a lot of frustration, including last week’s loss, with a strong start to district play.

8. Blue Valley North (0-6, 0-6 EKL)

Last week: Lost to Gardner Edgerton 56-14

Again, the schedule shows the Mustangs no mercy with a district opener against Olathe East.

SUNFLOWER LEAGUE

1. Lawrence Free State (5-1, 5-1 SL)

Last week: Defeated Shawnee Mission East 17-10 (OT)

After ending SM East's unbeaten run, the Firebirds are now set up to win their second Sunflower League football title.

2. Shawnee Mission East (5-1, 5-1 SL)

Last week: Lost to Lawrence Free State 17-10 (OT)

Hit with adversity for the first time under new coach Dustin Delaney, look for the Lancers to bounce back strong in district play.

3. Olathe North (4-2, 4-2 SL)

Last week: Defeated Lawrence 28-0

It’s never a bad thing to roll into district play off a shutout, and the Eagles seized some momentum for a tough path to the playoffs.

4. Olathe East (4-2, 4-2 SL)

Last week: Defeated Leavenworth 31-13

Riding a three-game winning streak, it’s no real shock that the Hawks are red hot as they begin pursuit of a 12th straight playoff appearance.

5. Shawnee Mission West (3-3, 3-3 SL)

Last week: Lost to Olathe Northwest 18-10

Who can blame the Vikings for having a hard time focusing on football, but we suspect coach Tim Callaghan will rally his kids for a strong district showing.

6. Olathe South (4-2, 4-2 SL)

Last week: Defeated Shawnee Mission Northwest 20-14

The Falcons continue to grind offensively, and now a defense that has allowed fewer than 17 points per game must get prepped for juggernaut Gardner Edgerton.

7. Shawnee Mission South (3-3, 3-3 SL)

Last week: Defeated. Shawnee Mission North 24-6

The Raiders still haven’t scored more than 28 points in a game (or allowed more than 27) as they enter a key showdown with Blue Valley Northwest.

8. Lawrence (2-4, 2-4 SL)

Last week: Lost to Olathe North 28-0

No reason to dwell on the shutout, because a win over Leavenworth puts the Chesty Lions in position for a postseason berth.

9. Olathe Northwest (3-3, 3-3 SL)

Last week: Defeated Shawnee Mission West 18-10

Topped the Vikings in a tough game for both teams, but the Ravens needed the momentum heading into a brutal district.

10. Leavenworth (2-4, 2-4 SL)

Last week: Lost to Olathe East 31-13

An up-and-down season hit another valley, but defeating Lawrence would be a big step toward a postseason peak.

11. Shawnee Mission Northwest (1-5, 1-5 SL)

Last week: Lost to Olathe South 20-14

Consistently competitive, though it’s not reflected by their record, the Cougars hope to keep Shawnee Mission East down.

12. Shawnee Mission North (0-6, 0-6 SL)

Last week: Lost to Shawnee Mission South 24-6

Coach Don Simmons’ squad might have made a few strides defensively after having givien up 165 points in previous three games.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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