Final Rankings November 29, 2017

The final rankings for the year have been tabulated and the overall Grand Champion of high school football in our great state of Kansas is Bishop Miege. The Stags of Bishop Miege defeated Blue Valley North 33-14 in the fourth week of the regular season and BVN won the class 6A championship. The third week of the season Miege defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 27-14 and the Saints took second in class 5A football in the championship game to Bishop Carroll.

Now personally, I voted for Bishop Carroll to be the runner up to Bishop Miege in the overall Super 10 vote. The Kansas Media Ranking Team put Blue Valley North in second place in the Super 10 and Bishop Carroll in third place. I would have liked to seen Bishop Miege and Bishop Carroll square off in one more game.

It has been a good football season with some surprises and that always makes things way more interesting in the game of high school football.

Things now turn to basketball and wrestling and I hope the football players of the state are doing those sports. If not, then it is time to lift weights. The new center for next fall…….needs to start snapping the ball to the new quarterback now. The new long snapper needs to be learning the art of long snapping. The punters and kickers could be practicing right now on nice weather days. Receivers and quarterbacks need to be throwing the ball at each other. Play all types of games in the game of catch. One handed catches, behind the back catches, below the belt catches, over the top of your head catches as you face away from the thrower. I am sure you can think of many more things to do to get yourself ready for next fall.

One final thought for you, is go to the bottom of the rankings page and see who is on our Kansas Media Ranking team, look them up online and call or email or snail mail them a thank you, we couldn’t do this without them.

The final rankings are linked in right here.

Sabetha Triumph and Tragedy

Saturday Sabetha defeated Marysville in the state championship football game. That evening the Bluejays were dealing with the death of 3 members of one family of two of their teammates.

Topeka Capital Journal story is here.

Another story with picture of mom with her two sons here.

Sabetha Funeral Home Popkess Mortuaries

As the football community of Kansas, we should respond with cards and letters to those boys.

Sabetha Pre-Practice Prayer

Beautiful picture of the Sabetha High school football team
praying before practice (as they do before every practice) with a
gorgeous sunset behind them. Most teams (though not all) pray after
games at the 50, but these guys have taken it upon themselves to pray
before every practice.



What is said in the SC Football Team Huddle?

Have you ever wondered what is said in the Scott City or Smith Center football offensive or defensive team huddles? To find out what is said in any teams offensive or defensive team huddle you must join the team.

Even if you could hear what is said in those team huddles, you most likely would not understand what was being said. Oh you would understand the language, but not understand the actual play calling. Every team has their own specific football language and numbering system. Sure some of all of that is generic, but the specifics to each team do apply.

When the football coach is talking X’s and O’s and play calling you have to join the team, go to practice and study to understand what he is talking about.

You have to join Jesus’ team to understand him also.

John 8:43-47 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.”

God is constantly recruiting the hallways of life. He wants you to understand, when he is talking. Join the team and get yourself in a team huddle today.

Football is a Team Sport

I was standing with one of our opponents assistant football coaches visiting, just as the players were taking the field for the first time to warm up during pregame. One of the football players came over to us and said, “Coach, one of my shoulder pad straps has come undone, can you help me?” The assistant coach and myself pulled up the front of the players jersey and restrapped his shoulder pad strap to the proper place.

After the player ran off to warm up, I remembered back to the night our coaches brought out the game day pants and jerseys. The very first time I would dress out in varsity game day clothing. It was essentially a practice session putting on our game day gear. As a sophomore, I was terribly excited to be putting on that jersey that I had wanted to wear for years. In my minds eye I could see the guys from the past years who had worn my given jersey number.

The pants were incredibly tight to get over my legs and hip pads. Once I put my should pads on there was no way I could get the jersey over my pads. I had to ask for help. Everyone else needed help putting the jerseys on also. We asked coach, “Why the clothes were so small and tight on us?” He said, “I want them tight on you, so nobody can grab your jersey and easily pull you down.”

Football is the greatest team sport because you have to have help to even dress out in game day gear and if your shoulder pad straps come undone you may need help to put them back together.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10: Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.


Rankings October 31, 2017

This will be the final rankings until after the season is all over with in about four weeks. The real rankings are about to happen during the playoffs when the teams actually meet each other on the field of play. The best ranking system there is.

Tonight the 3A schools will begin the playoffs and for the final time ever will be playing in that Tuesday night playoff game. Next year none of the classes will be playing a 3 game schedule in a 10 day window of time. And to me, that is a very good thing to be rid of.

With tonight being Halloween, I have been wondering if we might have some very big upsets and it would be an awful frightening thing for a team that is expected to win tonight and instead they end up losing!

Halloween and high school football on the same night is always a tough thing to do in small town Kansas. What do you do? Take the kids trick or treating for a short while and then go to the game? Momma, a lot of the times, sees the Halloween thing as way more important than the local high school football game, unless her kid is involved in that game!

So get that trick or treating done early tonight and get to the football game. Bring a blanket because it is going to be cold tonight!

You can find this week’s rankings here.

Past History

Football glorifies the past history of great teams and players. ESPN does 30 on 30 stories from the past. High school and college programs honor past state and national champions. The media books of those programs tell the past history of these great teams and players. Telling the past history of your team helps you to recruit young players into the future.

In Christianity and our churches today are we telling our past history? Do we remember those who have gone before us and who have given everything, including their lives, in the attempt to further Christianity? Does your church have its roots in all the scripture and in the past history of the church? When I say history, I mean all the way back to the beginning of our story, Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Moses, David, Jesus and the Apostles. Also the past 2,000 years of both the good and the bad of church history.

We need to remember the past and the difficulty of being Christians. Jesus said the only way to the Father was through him. Some today have difficulty believing that statement. Because of that statement other groups want to make fun of us, persecute us and even kill us.

Maybe life in America has become too easy. Most of us have everything we need so what do we need God for? Who wants to be persecuted, made fun of or killed for being a Christian? Although, when difficulty does come to the U.S.A. such as September 11, 2001 or a great hurricane, or other weather phenomenon, people flock back to church to pray, to remember, to ask for forgiveness, to ask for God’s blessing.

Stephen was the first Christian martyr. His story is told in Acts 7. Stephen tells our early history and is stoned to death for it. Why would these men from the past die for this story?

Rankings October 24, 2017

There was not much to change in the rankings this week except for Class 4A D-II where Holcomb defeated Pratt, last week’s number one team. So we have a new number one team this week and that is the Scott City Beavers. Other than that, the number one team in each poll remains the same.

Rankings are a fun thing to look at all the way through the season. Just to see what the Kansas Media Ranking team thinks about who should be in the top 5 each week.

Back in the old days, before the playoffs began in Kansas in 1969, the rankings decided who was the state champion in each classification. Now in those days you did not have a Kansas Media Ranking team. Each newspaper in the state, if they had high school football rankings in their paper, would decide the state champions. The newspapers that had rankings, that I remember, were Salina, Hutchinson, Topeka and Wichita.

When KSHSAA started the football playoffs it was by a point system. If your team was in a league of mainly 2A schools and you were a 3A school you were never going to make the playoffs, even if you went undefeated, because you lost points for playing smaller schools. If you were a 2A school in a 3A mainly league, you could make the playoffs with a couple of losses, because you got extra points for playing bigger schools.

Many times did an undefeated team not make the playoffs in those point system playoffs.

Then KSHSAA started the district playoffs system, but only one team could make the playoffs from that district. Oh my, then if you had two great teams undefeated in a district, one of those mighty teams was going to sit at home during the playoffs after they played each other in district play.

Then KSHSAA decided to let two teams from each district make the playoffs. Ask Wellington about that. They were the first team to win a state championship by making the playoffs after taking second in their district as I recall it.

Today we have the 6A and 5A classifications having no district play, but being ranked in order after 8 games to decide who plays who in the 9th game of the year for the start of the playoffs.

And the one biggest thing we no longer have in our playoffs, starting next year, is the Tuesday night game. I personally was against that 3 games in 10 days philosophy KSHSAA had for years, because they were not thinking about the kids who actually had to play in those games.

My hope is that we continue to have leadership from the schools that belong to KSHSAA to keep tweaking the system and searching for a better way to do things in all the sports as we go into the future.

So enjoy this weeks rankings, but thank goodness they don’t decide who is the actual state champions in each classification!

You can find this weeks rankings here.