Sub State Playoffs Class 6A
Olathe North (11-0) @ Blue Valley (5-6)
Olathe North has to be the favorite in Class 6A, now that Blue Valley knocked off Blue Valley Northwest and Wichita Heights took care of previously unbeaten Manhattan. Blue Valley has been on a roll since opening the season with a 1-6 record, picking up two wins in district, and then downing 8-1 Shawnee Mission West before sending 9-1 Northwest home in the playoffs.
Bill's Pick - Olathe North (28-17) -- Jim's Pick - Olathe North (21-17)
Derby (8-3) @ Wichita Heights (7-4)
Derby has played its way to the Sub-State round of the 6A playoffs as an unseeded team, beating three seed and 7-2 Wichita Northwest off in the first round and then handing second seeded and 8-2 Dodge City their walking papers last week. Heights came into the bracket as the four seed and stopped previously unbeaten and number one west bracked seed Manhattan a 14-10 loss last Friday night. Whoever wins this game will have their hands full with the probably East champion Olathe North.
Bill's Pick - Wichita Heights (14-7) -- Jim's Pick - Derby (21-17)
Sub State Playoffs Class 5A
Gardner (11-0) @ Aquinas (10-1)
This is the awaited rematch of what is shaping up to be a big rivalry in Kansas City football. Aquinas picked up the victory at this stage of the game last year, and Gardner returned the favor a couple of weeks ago at Gardner to hand the Saints their only loss on the season. Gardner is still perfect, and Bubba Starling and the Blazers know this is their best chance at a state championship even if Kansas Class 5A super team Hutchinson is waiting in the wings. One has to wonder if this is the last season of football for Starling, as his mega-career in baseball may put another season of high school football on the shelf. Either way, this will be a great game.
Bill's Pick - Gardner (28-24) -- Jim's Pick - Gardner (24-21)
Wichita Bishop Carroll (11-0) @ Hutchinson (11-0)
What do you say about this one. Two undefeated teams, Carroll plays in the tough Wichita City League, and with the exception of a two point win over fellow playoff team Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Carroll has not been challenged on the season. All the Salt Hawks have done this year is roll everyone in its path, including a 55-27 drubbing of Rockhurst (Missouri) in the first game of the season.
Bill's Pick - Hutchinson (35-10) -- Jim's Pick - Hutchinson (28-17)
Sub State Playoffs Class 4A
Bishop Miege (10-2) @ Paola (9-3)
Miege may be the best team still playing in Class 4A, as the Stags dispatched of perennial powerhouse Holton a couple of week ago. The Stags enter this game with a ton of talent which is destined to play at the next level. The Panthers know they must play at the best level to have a chance. Still, this could be the upset of the week.
Bill's Pick - Paola (21-17) -- Jim's Pick - Miege (28-14)
Buhler (11-1) @ Topeka Hayden (8-4)
Sitting just north and east of Hutchinson, Buhler is no stranger to the playoff game, and with the outstanding talent around Hutch (See Class 5A), there's no real surprise here that Buhler is one step away from a state championship game. Some big teams have fallen by the wayside in the western bracket, Hayden knocked Andover out of the bracket with a 9-1 record and the following week handed Andale their first defeat of the season. Buhler has beaten Hugoton (10-0) and Rose Hill (10-1) in consecutive weeks. This game is in Topeka, so give the edge to Hayden.
Bill's Pick - Hayden (24-21) -- Jim's Pick - Buhler (24-21)
Sub State Playoffs Class 3A
Galena (12-0) @ Marysville (11-1)
We've questioned through the playoffs, at least at the 4A level, the quality of competition in Southeast Kansas, as both Paola and Louisburg easily defeated SEK League foes. Move down a class, and the Galena Bulldogs are sticking up for the Southeast part of the state in a big way. Unbeaten and really unchallenged at 12-0, Galena looks to uphold the Southeast Kansas football tradition against an impressive Marysville team. Marysville's only loss came to Abilene, and they took out previously unbeaten and perennial contender Silver Lake last week.
Bill's Pick - Galena (35-14) -- Jim's Pick - Galena (17-14)
Wichita Collegiate (12-0) @ Norton Community (9-3)
Collegiate is another one of the Wichita area private schools, and seems to be playing at a high level again this year. Collegiate took out previously unbeaten Scott City last week, whil Norton Community sent a third Hutchinson area school packing by downing previously unbeaten Trinity 33-28.
Bill's Pick - Collegiate (48-14) -- Jim's Pick - Collegiate (28-14)
Sub State Playoffs Class 2A-1A
Centralia (11-1) @ St. Marys (11-1)
We have to admit, we don't know much about either of these teams, other than to say we've actually been to both towns! Centralia beat Pittsburg Colgan last week which puts a star by their name, while St. Mary's was putting an end to Olpe's unbeaten season. Give the edge to St. Marys at home.
Bill's Pick - St. Marys (35-28) -- Jim's Pick - St. Marys (14-10)
Oakley (11-0) @ Smith Center (11-0)
Ever wonder why Holton is so good at football, look no further than Smith Center, as legendary coach Roger Barta leads the Redmen toward another unbeaten season and another state championship. Barta, of course is the father of Holton Wildcats coach Brooks Barta. The Redmen are the five time defending state champion at this level, and have not lost a game since the beginning of the 2004 season, a streak that has reached epic proportions at something like close to 80 games now. Oakley will try and end that streak, but don't count on it, Roger Barta and the Redmen are too good to let this streak end.
Bill's Pick - Smith Center (49-24) -- Jim's Pick - Smith Center (21-17)
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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