Here are the Sunflower League football rankings after Week 6, including league record, overall record, last week’s result, this week’s opponent and a comment.
1. Lawrence (5-0, 5-1)
Beat Olathe South, 42-10; Friday vs. Shawnee Mission East
Lawrence hasn’t had a particularly close game this season, with the exception of its 28-7 loss to Lee’s Summit West. But Lawrence’s matchup this week with the other top team in the Sunflower League, Shawnee Mission East, should change that.
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2. Shawnee Mission East (5-0, 5-1)
Beat Olathe East, 49-7; Friday at Lawrence
Another day, another blowout victory for Shawnee Mission East. Each of the Lancers’ five wins this season has come by at least 35 points, and two of them by more than 50.
3. Shawnee Mission West (4-1, 4-2)
Beat Olathe North, 47-32; Friday at Shawnee Mission South
West’s option offense got back to its winning ways last week, with the team splitting its offensive touchdowns down the middle, three through the air and three on the ground. Dre McCallop also added a fumble return for a score.
4. Lawrence Free State (4-1, 4-2)
Beat Olathe Northwest, 35-0; Friday at Olathe East
Three different players scored rushing touchdowns for Free State last week, and Zack Sanders added a couple of touchdown receptions from quarterback Dallas Crittenden.
5. Olathe Northwest (2-2, 2-4)
Lost to Lawrence Free State, 35-0; Friday vs. Olathe North
A feel-good couple of weeks for Olathe Northwest came to a halt after it was handed a 35-0 beatdown from Lawrence Free State.
6. Olathe East (2-2, 2-4)
Lost to Shawnee Mission East, 49-7; Friday vs. Lawrence Free State
A week after putting up a season-high 49 points, Olathe East wasn’t so hot against Shawnee Mission East, managing only one touchdown.
7. Shawnee Mission North (2-3, 3-3)
Beat Leavenworth, 40-30; Friday at Shawnee Mission Northwest
In a game that lasted two days because of weather delays, Shawnee Mission North still got a double-digit win against conference opponent Leavenworth.
8. Olathe North (1-3, 1-5)
Lost to Shawnee Mission West, 47-32; Friday at Olathe Northwest
Initially, Olathe North kept pace with Shawnee Mission West, after two Deion Poindexter rushing touchdowns, but eventually petered out against a powerful offense.
9. Olathe South (1-4, 1-5)
Lost to Lawrence, 42-10; Thursday vs. Leavenworth
In the past two weeks, South has mustered only 20 combined points against the two Lawrence schools.
10. Leavenworth (1-4, 1-5)
Lost to Shawnee Mission North, 40-30; Thursday at Olathe South
Leavenworth’s offense bounced back against Shawnee Mission North after getting shut out the week before, but they still couldn’t come out on top.
11. Shawnee Mission Northwest (1-4, 1-5)
Beat Shawnee Mission South, 36-22; Friday vs. Shawnee Mission North
A win against the bottom team in the conference does little to move Shawnee Mission Northwest upwards in the rankings.
12. Shawnee Mission South (0-5, 0-6)
Lost to Shawnee Mission Northwest, 36-22; Friday vs. Shawnee Mission West
Shawnee Mission South put up the most points it has all season last week (22), but it still wasn’t enough to get the Raiders their first win.
1. De Soto (3-1, 5-1)
Beat Baldwin, 43-0; Friday vs. Spring Hill
A blowout victory for De Soto gives the Wildcats confidence heading into a huge conference matchup with Spring Hill this week.
2. Spring Hill (4-0, 4-2)
Beat Louisburg, 28-27; Friday at De Soto
Spring Hill gave Louisburg its first loss of the season last week, and is still undefeated in the Frontier League.
3. Maranatha/Immaculata (0-5, 1-5)
Beat Uniontown, 40-30; Friday at Atchison County
Although not in a league game, Maranatha/Immaculata got its first win of the year last week behind senior Micah Webb’s 12 carries for 255 yards and three touchdowns.