September 30, 2014 rankings

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The Super 10 is turning into a serious race to the finish. Shawnee Mission East and Olathe North are tied in the point totals with the ranking team. SME was given the top spot because they received more number one rankings (9) than did O North (7). Bishop Carroll is nine points behind both the leaders.

Class 6A rankings have SME also leading the way but just by two points over O North. Topeka trails both by 34 points.

Bishop Carroll is the unanimous choice for number one ranking in class 5A. They lead Salina South by 25 points. Wichita Heights drops out of the top five after losing to Bishop Carroll big. Aquinas lost to Bishop Miege and drops from third place to fourth place. Blue Valley West steps back in to the top five.

Bishop Miege is the number one team in 4A DI by a 25 point total. This classification did not change one bit.

Andale is still the number one team in Class 4A DII and the voting is unanimous. Holton trails in second place by 29 points, which last week was at 40 points. Holcomb and Wamego drop out of the top five and in steps Frontenac and Wichita Trinity.

Class 3A has Silver Lake leading Rossville by 33 points at the moment. Every week Centralia and Collegiate take turns being at number five in the rankings. This week it is Centralia’ turn.

Class 2-1A has been put in the blender and out comes……………Meade at number one. Lacrosse drops to number four after losing to class 3A SE of Saline. Olpe is back at the number two spot. Remember Olpe lost to Lacrosse first game of the year. Just stay tuned these rankings might change next week also.

8-man I still finds Hanover in number one by 21 points over Osborne which is a little bigger lead than last weeks 16 point lead. Other than that all is well on the 8-man I rankings.

Nothing changed in 8-man II either this week other than Chetopa has grown their lead of number one from fourteen points last week to twenty points this week.

Find the rankings for this week on our rankings page.

 

Do You Support the Team?

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Lenny Dawson was the KC Chiefs quarterback on November 1, 1970. During a game against the Oakland Raiders, Lenny called a naked bootleg on a fourth down play as KC was trying to run out the clock with under a minute to play. The play totally surprised the Raiders and Lenny got the first down but he tripped and fell on the ground. Well in Pro Football you must be downed or you can get up and run some more.

Ben Davidson, the Oakland Raiders 6’ 8” defensive lineman speared Dawson, with his helmet, as he lay on the ground to down him. Otis Taylor, KC Chiefs wide receiver, then ran up to Davidson as he was getting up and punched him in the face, which set off a bench-clearing brawl between the two teams. After the two teams were eventually separated, off-setting penalties were called and KC had to punt. Oakland then moved down field quickly and kicked a field goal which tied the game (you could end in ties in those days) and eventually cost KC a berth in the playoffs.

The only pro football games I have ever been to have been Oakland Raider games against the Chiefs in KC. I have been to several. I dislike the Raiders greatly and it all goes back to that game in 1970. But what amazes me is the number of Raider fans that show up at the Chiefs stadium in those ghastly black uniforms and chains and spikes etc. There are always nasty comments towards the Raider fans and the Raider fans give it back to the Chiefs fans even though they are way outnumbered. I have also seen the occasional fist fight right in the stands between these football fans.

So how is your support of Jesus team? Are you embarrassed to be a Christian? Could you stand in amongst the opposition’s crowd and still be a Christian or would you go silent? As you get older you become bolder. I think that is why churches are filled with older people because they don’t care what people think of them anymore. They don’t care who knows that they go to church, believe in God and want to go to heaven.

That is one reason I admire those Raider fans. They are bold and couldn’t care less what us Chiefs fans think of them. So even though I hate to say this, we Christians young and old need to be more like those Raider fans, and be bold. It will pay off at the end of your life. Below is Jesus comment you need to keep in mind.

Matthew 10:32 “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”

 

September 23, 2014 Rankings

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In some classifications this week there was no movement at all. In some other classifications there was a little bit of movement such as in Class 3A where Collegiate and Centralia are taking turns each week being ranked in fifth place, the vote is that close every week.

In the Super 10 category the race for first place at the moment is a three team race. Shawnee Mission East is atop the rankings at the moment. The Lancers are ahead of Olathe North by 6 points. Bishop Carroll trails Olathe North by 10 points in third place. After that Topeka, in fourth place, trails Bishop Carroll by 49 points.

In class 6A we find the tightest race among all classifications. Shawnee Mission East is in the number one spot by just 3 points ahead of Olathe North. I was glad to see the ranking team continued to vote for Olathe South, in fifth place this week, after losing a tough game to O North by one point in OT.

The race in Class 5A is for second place. Bishop Carroll is the unanimous choice to finish as the champions in this classification. Three of the other top four teams have received a second place vote.

In class 4A DI Bishop Miege has every ranking team members vote except one for first place. After that the other top four teams have all received a vote for second place. Again a race for second place is going on. Bishop Miege in the Super 10 is sitting in 6th place at the moment. This team could probably compete at any level of classification in our state.

In class 4A DII Andale is the top dog by unanimous vote. In this classification we also have a race for second place with all of the other top five receiving at least one vote for second place. In the Super 10 Andale is sitting in 12th place which means most of the ranking team thinks Andale could compete with anyone in the state. Maybe not win against anyone, but compete with most everyone.

Only two schools have received a number one ranking in the 3A classification and it is the old Highway 24 rivals, Silver Lake and Rossville. Get your tickets early for these two schools most likely will play twice again this year.

Class 2-1A has Lacrosse at number one. Smith Center trails Lacrosse by 44 points so it isn’t even close. What happens in this classification if Norton hammers Smith Center Friday night like the Bluejays have done to Phillipsburg?

Hanover still leads 8-man DI by 16 points over Osborne. Although we have had four schools in this classification receive a number one vote.

In class 8-man DII we have all top five schools receiving a number one vote and this is the tightest race by far in all classifications for the entire top five. This will continue to be the best race in all classes. The ranking team is not sure who should be number one and who will be champions at the end of the season. Personally, I wish every classification was just like this one. So every Friday night you weren’t sure if your team was going to win or not.

Remember our rankings are just pure speculation on our part. The football is a funny shaped ball that never bounces where you think it will. Good luck to all the teams Friday night. My prayer, for every one that plays football, is that you play as hard as you can and knock the crap out of each other, but that God would protect you from any serious injury.

If you have’nt seen this post game speech here it is. The best ever.

Passive or Active?

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The Head Football Coach called the team into one final team huddle as practice was coming to an end. Coach said, “I know you guys are watching football on television and that is a good thing. But instead of just passively watching the game, I want you to focus on the guys on television that are playing your position. Put yourself in that game on television and try to learn something new that you can bring back to how you play the game here.”

That weekend, for the first time in my life, I watched the position I played actively on television. One of the things I saw was a wide receiver go on a curl route. Once the receiver caught the ball he turned to the outside, towards the sideline. The defender, expecting the receiver to turn to the inside, after the catch, totally missed the tackle and the receiver went up field for a large gain before being tackled.

The following Monday in a junior varsity football game my quarterback called for me to run a curl route. I went down field seven to eight yards planted my outside foot turned to the inside and took one step back towards the quarterback. As I turned my head the ball was already in flight towards me, just like in practice. After I caught the ball, I turned quickly to the outside. I felt the defender brush off my back side and could see him go by me out of the corner of my eye. The defender had expected me to turn back to the inside and had missed the tackle. I then sprinted up field another ten to fifteen yards before being tackled by the safety. Actively watching football on television had paid off in a big way!

So when you read the Bible, do you read it passively? Or do you think active reading might help you find something that would help you in your life today? As God or Jesus speaks to the different people in the Bible insert your name in place of Moses, Joshua, Peter, Paul, John and Zaccheus. Take the Bible as God speaking directly to you, for really he is! You won’t be listening if you think God is speaking to someone else.

Luke 19:5 “When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, (insert your name) ______________ come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”

September 16, 2014 Rankings

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We have some movement this week in the rankings. First of all Shawnee Mission East takes over as the overall top team in the Super 10 and in the 6A rankings. So the biggest bulls-eye is now squarely on SME! Go Lancers!

Bishop Carroll continues to be number one in class 5A. St Thomas Aquinas and Salina South jump in to the top 5. Imagine that!

Bishop Miege continues to lead 4A D-I with same gang of 5 at the top.

Who else but Andale unanimously leads 4A DII and Holton is right behind. Columbus dropped a couple of spots and Holcomb moved up a little.

We have one member of our ranking team that keeps voting for Rossville instead of Silver Lake and that is for sure his right to do as he sees fit but the rest of the guys are picking Silver Lake to be at the top or in second place just like they have been for the past umpteen years. Collegiate drops out and Centralia moved in the top 5.

Lacrosse is still atop 2-1A after the close game with Larned 14-7. The Smith Center Redmen have moved into the number two spot after Phillipsburg went down hard last week. Meade follows P-Burg at third and Lyndon jumps in at fifth.

I still think Hanover is the best in 8-man period and so do the rest of the guys although the vote was a little closer with Osborne at number two.

8-man II is still undecided at who is going to be atop the heap at the end of the year. This is going to be one of the most competitive classifications this year. Keep tuning in each week because I got a feeling we might have a new number one each week of the voting.

 

General ‘Mad Dog’

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General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis U.S. Marine Corp

Just had to share some of the thoughts from this man. He has many more you can look up online but these today apply to football, in my opinion.

  1. The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.
  2. You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.
  3. Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit.
  4. I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I can’t even spell the word.

 

 

 

 

The Pregame Meal

My phone rang at work and when I picked it up, on the other end was an old college friend. After a few moments of catching up, he said to me, “We are bringing our football team through your town Friday afternoon and we would like to eat there. Is there any place to feed 50 players and coaches at a sit down meal at 3:00 p.m.?” I asked him what they wanted to eat and he said, “A small hamburger patty and a baked potato.”

That Friday afternoon I went to the restaurant to meet my friend. We then sat down with the other coaches and talked about our high school football teams. Specifically, I wanted to know if they did their pregame meal like this every Friday night when traveling. My friend said, “Yes they did.” He also said, “We have to travel a long way from home on game days so we need to feed our players a pregame meal, and a post game meal.”

‘An army marches on its stomach’ is a saying that is attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte. To be able to fight well, an army must eat well. A football team is very much like an army and they must also eat well. The Christian man or woman in God’s army also needs to eat well.

In John 6:48 Jesus says, “I am the bread of life.” In the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray, the Our Father, we say, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Jesus loves to use words and phrases that can have two meanings and that is the situation with, “Give us this day our daily bread.” I used to think this meant we were to pray for our daily food and to be thankful for it. But Jesus also means for us to come to him everyday to get the bread of life in our fellowship with him while we read the Bible and pray.

New research polls show that 77% of Americans think the nation’s morality is headed downhill. But only 20 out of 100 Americans read their Bible on a regular basis. And out of those 20 who read their Bible regularly only five read their Bibles more than four times a week.

More than half of Americans think the Bible has too little influence on our society. That means that over 50% of Americans want the Bible to have more influence on our society. But only 5% read the Bible more than 4 times a week? The majority of us know the answer to our problems yet we refuse to read the answer to our problems? So instead we are hungry, for the Bread of Life.

Those pictures you see of starving people in Africa where they are so skinny you see all the bones of their bodies? God most likely sees Americans spiritually, as a starving people. We are seated at a banquet but refusing to eat from the Bread of Life!

September 9, 2014 Rankings

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Our first rankings of the season are on the new website today. Look for the rankings link button on the top of the website.

First of all, I want to thank the Kansas Media Ranking team. Many of these guys have been doing this for years. They receive nothing for doing the rankings except an occasional thank you from yours truly.

The weekly regular season rankings are the best thing that happens at www.kansasprepfootball.com in my opinion. I like to keep the team around that 20 member mark from each corner of the state and everywhere in-between. We have Eddie from Pittsburg and Brock from Liberal, Rich from Colby and Justin from Hiawatha.

Now the problem with ranking teams from all over the state is all of us media guys like to rank our local teams because we like our local guys. But when we mix all of our opinions together we get rid of that regional bias. Which makes for a great football ranking system for our state of Kansas.

Rankings are really for discussing and cussing. Over the years I have had plenty of emails basically saying, “Why did you rank them and not us?” So with that let me again list the guys below who take this ranking thing very seriously and thank them for participating for another year.

New members of the Ranking team for 2014
Brad Hallier Hutchinson News Hutchinson
Bobby Nightengale Lawrence Journal-World Lawrence
Pat Strathman WIBW Topeka
Long time Ranking team members
Joanna Chadwick Wichita Eagle Wichita
Brent Maycock Topeka Capital Journal Topeka
Eddie Lomshek KKOW Pittsburg
Rich Epp OpenSpacesSports Colby
Justin Fluke KNZA Hiawatha
Kirk Seminoff Wichita Eagle Wichita
Dusty Deines KDNS Beloit
Conor Nichol Northwest Kansas Sports Hays
Jim Misunas Great Bend Tribune Great Bend
Adam Kadavy KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Brock Kappelmann KSCB Liberal
Mike Hammett KSAL Salina
Tim McGonagle KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Tim Hostetter Prep Power Index & Salina Journal
BrettMarshall Garden City Telegram Garden City
PhilKasper KCLY Clay Center
David Steinle Main Street Media Russell
Rocky Downing KFRM 550 AM
Mike Smith KMZA Seneca

Random first thoughts

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My first thoughts on the football season are, we are finally underway. The regular season of football is of course only 9 weeks long but the wait to get to the regular season is like waiting for the ketchup to come out of the old glass bottle in the olden days. It takes to long!

Olathe North beating Rogers Heritage, Arkansas seemed like a terrific win for the state of high school football in Kansas. Salina Central losing to Lawton, Oklahoma makes it feel like a step back. So guess were even. I like it that some of our Athletic Directors like to step out of state to play these games.

Silver Lake over Holton is no surprise but the four turnovers by Holton to me was disappointing in such a big game.

Larned won Friday night over Hoisington in double overtime 21-20. Larned has had a tough road to hoe lately, although last year the Indians went 7-3. I have heard the Indians are getting more kids out for football than in the past so that is good. Lacrosse will be a tough test this Friday night.

Speaking of Lacrosse have you checked out that enrollment for the Leopards? In class 2-1A the Leopards are listed as having 60 kids in school from freshman through junior year. That is the very bottom of the classification. Actually Lacrosse could be playing 8-man division II. Got to admire Lacrosse. Maxpreps has the Lacrosse football roster with 33 kids on the team. Really gotta love a team like this. Go Leopards!

Speaking of Lacrosse makes me think of one of their old head coaches who now coaches at Hutch High, Coach C. Hutch only scored 2 points Friday night. The Salthawks almost laid an egg against Olathe South. Kind of confirms my feeling that the best football in the state is being played in the KC area, the Sunflower and EKL leagues. Hutch High will get better. New coaches, new teams there is always a learning curve.

In 8-man football the best of the best is Hanover. Anybody in 8-man going to make me eat my words?

 

Time to Clean Up!

The senior slowly took both of his football shoes off in front of his locker, stood up and approached one of the sophomores in the locker room. As the senior handed his football shoes to the sophomore he said, “Clean these shoes up and shine them before tomorrows game and bring them to me at suit up time.” The sophomore looked around to see if any of his classmates were getting shoes to clean and shine and they all were receiving shoes from the seniors.

My first thought, as a sophomore receiving a pair of football shoes from a senior, was this guy would beat me up both in and out of practice if I screw this up and didn’t clean and shine his shoes or forgot to bring them to the game the next day. As I left practice that night those shoes were the most valuable thing in my life for the next 24 hours.

Our practice field, back in those days, had plenty of dirt and very little grass. The night before our Thursday practice it had rained, so the field was muddy. So the football shoes I received were totally covered with mud. So when I got home I took the laces out of the shoes and washed the laces in the sink and then hung them up to dry. Then I went outside with a screwdriver and putty knife and slowly started to scrape away the mud on the shoes. When most of the mud was off the shoes I started in with a wet rag to get all the mud off.

Next I took a blow dryer to the shoes to dry them up some and then began to shine the shoes with black shoe polish. After I was done with the senior’s shoes, I then started cleaning my own football shoes. Coach had told all of us to clean and shine our shoes so we would look our best before the game.

Our lives at times reflect those dirty football shoes. We live in sinful ways and have mud and dirt all over us not just on our shoes. Galatians 5:19-21 says, “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Our souls are the most valuable thing about us and are much more important than a pair of dirty football shoes that need a good cleaning.