Week Nine

Paola (6-2 / 2-0) @ Louisburg (7-1 / 2-0)

Once again this game will decide the Kansas Class 4A District Five champion. Both teams will play a Bi-District game next Tuesday night. This game will decided the seeding in that game, the winner gets to play at home, probably against Anderson County, the probable district six runner up, the loser will get a road trip to Chaunte, the probable district six champion. But Iola could have a say in the matter, as they could sneak into the picture with an upset victory over Anderson County.

Bill's Pick - Paola -- Jim's Pick - Louisburg (21-17)

Eudora (6-2 / 2-0) @ Baldwin (2-6 / 2-0)

Here is the classic Kansas football district system in action, Baldwin hasn’t sniffed a win all season long, starting 0-6, but low and behold, two district wins later, the Bulldogs will play on Tuesday regardless of the outcome of their game against Eudora. The winner will play the loser of the Miege / DeSoto game and the loser will play the winner of that game. Regardless, there’s going to be a rematch involved, Eudora has beaten DeSoto this year, and DeSoto has beaten Baldwin, this is were it all gets interesting.

Bill's Pick - Eudora -- Jim's Pick - Eudora (28-14)

Spring Hill (2-6 / 0-2) @ St. James Academy (4-3 / 0-2)

The Broncos and the Thunder are playing out the string, both teams stand at 0-2 in their district and cannot advance with DeSoto and Miege both at 2-0.

Bill's Pick - Spring Hill -- Jim's Pick - St. James (21-14)

Gardner Edgerton (8-0 / 2-0) @ Ottawa (1-7 / 0-2)

The Trailblazers put class 5A on notice last week with their epic 28-26 win over Aquinas that they were a force to be dealt with. The Hutchinson Salt Hawks are probably not quaking in the boots (or football cleats) just yet, but Gardner should make a serious run at the state championship game. Next on the horizon for the Blazers will probably be Bonner Springs or Topeka Seaman High School. The Trailblazers will say goodbye to the Frontier League with a thrashing of Ottawa this week.

Bill's Pick - Gardner -- Jim's Pick - Gardner (49-0)

Bishop Miege (6-2 / 2-0) @ DeSoto (4-4 / 2-0)

Tim Grunhard's Miege Stags enjoy one of the other benefits of the Kansas Football Playoff system, the big school still playing at the smaller school level. While all the other Stag teams play this year at their correct level, 5A, the football team competes at the 4A level for one more year. It's crazy, but hey, Paola actually won a 5A state championship a few years back while actually being classified a 4A school so it works both ways. The Stags have losses to Blue Valley Northwest and Aquinas, so they'll be a force to be dealt with on the 4A level this year.

Bill's Pick - Miege -- Jim's Pick - Miege (35-14)

Prairie View (1-7 / 0-2) @ Osawatomie (6-2 / 0-2)

Both these teams have been eliminated, one rightfully so, as Prairie View just doesn’t have the horses to compete anywhere this year, the other, Osawatomie probably would be playing on, in any other district but the one they’re in. The Trojans will wrap up the Pioneer League Championship with an easy win over the Buffalos and then sit back and ponder what might have been. To find out, read the next game’s preview.

Bill's Pick - Osawatomie -- Jim's Pick -

Anderson County (6-2 / 1-1) @ Iola (3-5 / 1-1)

This is a play in game; Chanute (7-1 / 2-0) is the district six champion, and plays host to one win Ft. Scott. The winner of this game will play on the road at the winner of the Paola and Louisburg game, the loser of which will travel to play Chanute. Here’s the rub from this game, especially for the soon to be 7-2 Osawatomie Trojans -- they beat both these teams in the regular season, one of them will move on, and the Trojans are going to stay home.

Bill's Pick - Anderson County -- Jim's Pick -

Central Heights (4-4 / 2-0) @ Burlington (2-6 / 1-1)

Central Heights is in as the district champion of Kansas Class 3A district three if they win. Burlington and Jayhawk Linn can muddy the waters if they win, which would set up a three way tie in the district at 2-1, then things get complicated. Burlington has to win to have a chance to move on. Central Heights wants to win to avoid the task of playing at Silver Lake next week, because no one has come close to beating Silver Lake this year so far.

Bill's Pick - Central Heights -- Jim's Pick -

Jayhawk Linn (1-7 / 1-1) @ Eureka (1-7 / 0-2)

Here’s the Kansas Playoff system at it’s best again, Jayhawk-Linn is in if they win, and if Burlington loses to Central Heights. If the Jayhawks win and Burlington wins then things get crazy for the district championship. Whoever is the runner-up in this district gets to go to Silver Lake on Tuesday night. If Jayhawk Linn wins, they will have have advanced after going winless in their first six games of the season.

Bill's Pick - Jayhawk Linn -- Jim's Pick -

West Franklin (0-8 / 0-2) @ Wellsville (3-5 / 0-2)

Both of these teams are just playing out the string, West Franklin hasn’t come close to winning, while the Eagles came within an eyelash of defeating Osawatomie, losing in double overtime to the Trojans earlier in the year.

Bill's Pick - Wellsville -- Jim's Pick -

Pigskin Picks of the Week

Each week we're going to look into our "crystal ball" so to speak and try and give a quick overview of the games on tap in the Frontier League and Pioneer League. We'll quickly break down the game as we see it and go out on a limb and pick a winner. We're not going to be so bold as to predict a score, just looking for the winner may tax our brains to the limit. We hope you enjoy our "Pigskin Picks of the Week."

email comments to: Bill Hauldren -- bhauldren@hauldrenproductions.com or Jim Woods -- jdwoodsassoc@yahoo.com

Picks Archive

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Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

Week Six

District Game 1

District Game 2

District Game 3