Week Twelve - Sectional Playoffs
Bishop Miege (9-2) @ Louisburg 10-1
The Wildcats get the unenviable task of facing 5A Bishop Miege in the 4A Playoffs. The Stags are playing this year at the 5A level in all sports except football due to the KSHSAA's two year scheduling policy for football, while re-aligning state classifications on a yearly basis. The Stags have already picked up a state championship in volleyball and a state runner-up in soccer at the 5A level. Regardless of size, the Stags will present a formidable challenge to the 10-1 Wildcats who are coming off three consecutive shut-out victories. The winner of this game will get either Paola or Eudora next Friday night for the right to represent the eastern half of the state in the championship game on November 28 in Salina.
Bill's Pick - Bishop Miege -- Jim's Pick -
Paola (8-3) @ Eudora (9-2)
The Panthers get a shot at revenge this week, as they will travel to Eudora to take on the Cardinals in a repeat of a week four game which saw the Cardinals steal a victory on the road in Paola by a 35-27 count. The game featured two huge special teams plays by Eudora which swung the momentum their way to seal the victory. The Panthers must contain Eudora Senior Evan Cleveland, but the Cardinals will be faced with the task of stopping the Panthers one-two punch of Skylar Hawkins and Tyler Henness. The Cardinals are perfect away from home on the season, but have dropped two games at home, which bodes well for the Panthers.
Bill's Pick - Paola -- Jim's Pick -
Topeka Seaman (6-4) @ Gardner (9-0)
The Gardner Trailblazers may look at the game this week against Topeka Seaman as a breather game in preparation for a sub-state rematch with St. Thomas Aquinas which Gardner won three weeks ago by two points at Gardner, but a closer examination of the Seaman schedule reveals a quality opponent. Seaman has played four teams still in action in playoff action, including a loss to Manhattan (10-0 & #1 seed in Class 6A); a loss to Emporia (8-2 & #3 Seed in 5A); a victory over Shawnee Heights (4-6 still playing in 5A; and a win over Hayden (7-4 & still playing in Class 4A). This one may not be a walk in the park, but the Trailblazer should have enough horsepower (or Bubba power) to advance to the Class 5A Sub-state championship and most likely an Aquinas rematch.
Bill's Pick - Gardner -- Jim's Pick -
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."
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