Monthly Archives: September 2017

Rankings September 26, 2017

It is hard to believe that this is the final rankings for the month of September and this Friday night is the last game for the month. Time is flying by.

I still say that we love high school football because we don’t get enough of it. And that is a good thing. Volleyball, basketball, tennis, baseball, softball, golf etc. can be played year round in club or individual sports. Actual padded up and real high school football can only be played in the fall through your local high school. Sure we can lift weights and go to camps and play 7 on 7 but that is just preparatory work for the real season of football.

The great majority of kids who play high school football are done at the end of their career in high school. Just about the time they get really good at playing and understanding the game it is over.

So you young guys make the most of your short football career. Enjoy every minute of it. My thought would be to get to practice as early as you can and stay late as you can until the coach runs you off. Don’t you ever think that football practice is a drudgery. Think now like this might be the last practice you ever get to have. Every Friday night play like it is the last game you will ever get to play in. A year from now, you seniors will wish you could dress out with your home town team just one more time and take the field to play just one more game of the sport you will come to miss.

Now for the rankings this week, they can be found at this link.

Get the Weak Stuff out of Here!

During my college years at K-State, the guys I hung out with were all former very good high school basketball players. The guys were from Lyons, Topeka, Dighton, Scott City, Parsons and Shawnee Mission South as I recall. That guy from SM South was recruited by every college in the state to come play basketball out of high school.

They were all forwards and post players who were just awesome basketball players and I was a bench warmer in high school. They would come get me and tell me they needed a guard to distribute the ball to them. So I would go with them, just because I loved to watch them, once they got the ball in their hands.

Now this was in the days before Bramlage Coliseum and before K-State had the new Recreation building (Chester Peters building). All we had was Ahearn Fieldhouse upper and lower gyms. Every basketball goal had a half court basketball game going on, every night of the week except on Wildcat game nights during basketball season. The only court and goals that were allowed to be full court was the main court floor in Ahearn where the Cats played.

To get some court time, you had to challenge the team who won the last game at that particular goal. That meant you sat and waited until it was your turn to play and challenge. You could go anywhere in the building, but all the goals had games going on and a challenger waiting to play.

My group of guys only wanted to play in one place in Ahearn and that was the main court floor where we could play full court. The only problem was the main court was ruled by the K-State football players. The football players, who played on center court, were also former very good high school basketball players. I don’t remember any team ever beating them, but we kept trying.

Being lazy college kids we always played a zone defense. The over aggressive football players always played man to man defense, which we used against them with back door plays.

One night I crossed half court quickly with the ball. My defender, who I had got a step or two on him, was just too my left and behind me a little. As we approached the top of the key, my teammates saw what had happened and they all four broke to the outside at once. Their defenders all followed, so I went right down the lane for what I thought would be an uncontested lay-up. About the time I released the ball, a defender, who was guarding the post player to my left, on the baseline ran back into the lane and jumped and blocked my shot just before it touched the backboard at about eleven feet off the ground.

The shot blocking defender and myself landed on our feet just to the right of the basket in the lane. The defender immediately put two hands to my chest and shoved me out of the lane and yelled at me, “Get the Weak Stuff out of Here!”

The moment that it happened, I was not angry, I was just amazed at how quickly he got to the spot, how high he jumped and I had a new appreciation of how athletic these K-State football players were. But also over the years I have thought about a Bible scripture that seems to fit the situation well.

Hebrews 4: 15-16 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We are weak, but we must approach the throne of grace boldly.

Rankings September 19, 2017

What a weekend of football! When Nebraska and Missouri pulled out of the Big 12, every week since then, I hope they lose. I used to pull for each school, back when they were our brothers in league, when they played out of conference, but not any more.

Then KU and K-State were both defeated over the weekend and it was disappointing.

The KC Chiefs won, but I don’t follow pro football much anymore.

I like the local game of high school football our guys against your guys and lets see who has more talent or who has worked harder in the off season.

Now for the rankings this week, there was some movement. In class 6A, 5A, 4A D-I and 8-man D-II the ranking team is pretty sure who should be the number one team. In the other classifications there is not a clear cut unanimous choice of who should be number one. And you know what that makes it exciting.

So this week, my wish for high school football is, may every game be decided by less than a touchdown. Exciting football brings out the people and keeps the folks in the stands to the end of the game.

This weeks rankings can be found at this link.

Rankings September 12, 2017

The best weeks of football are when some teams from our state of Kansas get to compete against teams from other states or we have some outstanding matchups of in-state teams. We have both this week. These out of state games are going to be big news just before the games and immediately after. Everyone who follows football will want to know the score of these games this week. Let the Border War continue on the playing fields of high school football!

Shawnee Mission East vs Rockhurst, Missouri

Bishop Miege vs St. Thomas Aquinas

Garden Plain vs Kearney Catholic, Nebraska

Blue Valley vs Blue Valley North

Lees Summit West, Missouri vs Lawrence

North KC, Missouri vs Leavenworth

Olathe East vs Liberty, Missouri

Olathe North vs Blue Springs South, Missouri

Olathe Northwest vs Lees Summit North, Missouri

Olathe South vs Lees Summit, Missouri

Park Hill, Missouri vs Free State

Pittsburg vs Webb City, Missouri

Shawnee Mission Northwest vs Grandview, Missouri

Shawnee Mission West vs Blue Springs, Missouri

Winnetonka, Missouri vs Shawnee Mission South

Now for the Kansas Media Team Rankings this week click here.

 

Rankings September 5, 2017

My first thoughts on rankings for the start of this year is that I hope if your team falls behind at anytime this year that you play like UCLA did as they defeated Texas A&M. Trailing by 34 points late into the third quarter, the UCLA Bruins never gave up.

That is exactly what I would like to see out of every high school football team the entire season this year………..NEVER GIVE UP…. because you don’t know what will happen with that strange shaped ball we call a football during the next play.

The rankings are for fun or discussion or for cussing. Some coaches never want ranked until the end, thinking the bullseye has been put upon their backs. Well we have to put the bullseye on some team, so the rest of you can take your best shot.

If you see any of the Kansas Media Ranking Team this week thank them for continuing to send in their rankings each week during the season and participating. We could not do it with out them.

Remember that the Super 10 is a total different ranking and we may have teams listed higher or lower than teams within their own classification.

Click here for this weeks rankings.