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.
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.
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.
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.
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.