SEK League Football Week 2 Preview

Fort Scott (1-0) @ Paola (1-0)

Winner advances, loser season is done. Oh wait…this is only week 2. It seems like we are always talking about Paola facing an SEK team in the playoffs. Last year the 2 teams faced off in district play with the Tigers winning 27-26. However, the series is 2-2 in the last 4 years. (Author’s note: I completely wiffed on my comment in the podcast BTW. I mistakenly said Fort Scott last beat Paola in the regular season in 2014.) Tigers quarterback Matt Campbell went 7-19 with 143 yards passing and 1 touchdown. However, Fort Scott’s defense let Coffeyville back into the game with 14 points in the 2nd half after pitching a shutout in the first 2 quarters. Paola had a big game over Bonner Springs in week 1 with 41-0 victory. This should be another exciting match-up between the 2 programs that already has a big game feel to it thanks to the new playoff system in Class 4A

Pittsburg (1-0) @ Chanute (1-0)

Chanute head coach Chris Shields is never one to shy away from a challenge. Since taking over the Chanute program, he has scheduled Pittsburg each season even when it wouldn’t effect league standings. Now this year it will play a factor in to playoff seedings. Chanute quarterback Ty Bowman went 23-34 with 279 yards passing and 3 Touchdowns in a late offensive burst against Towanda Circle. The Purple Dragon defense shut down the typically versitile LCHS offense while the Pittsburg offense seemed unstoppable. These 2 teams met in summer season camps so they will know one another very well for it only being week 2. If Pittsburg can dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball like they did against LCHS, it could be a repeat performance of the Purple Dragons.

Independence (0-1) @ Labette County (0-1)

Last week wasn’t exactly the way coach Sean Price and the LCHS Grizzlies were hoping to showcase the start of the 2018 season with almost every football fans eyes in the state on them. Quarterback Easton Dean was held in check by the Pittsburg defense. In fact at halftime the LCHS offense was outgained 231-35…at halftime. LCHS played with a chip on their shoulder the last few years with SEK league fans doubting just how far this squad can go. Expect for them to channel that attitude this week against Independence. The Bulldogs also had a their fair share of struggles against El Dorado. After keeping the game close in the first quarter things fell apart of Independencedue to giving up  big scoring plays in week 1. That’s something LCHS likes to flash on offense. If Dean and his receivers can re-ignite their connection, it could be another week of big plays against the Independence defense.

Columbus (0-1) @ Coffeyville (0-1)

These 2 teams no doubt would like a do over as well. Columbus was handed a decided loss by St. Mary’s Colgan in their CNC match-up. The normally stingy Titans defense gave up 471 yards in their loss against Colgan while the offense was unable to find the endzone until the end of the game. Coffeyville’s offense was shut out in the 1st half against Fort Scott, but finally found their rhythm to make it a ballgame late. In fact, Coffeyville outgained their opponents on offense 328-263. Their Quarterback Logan went 18-26 with 132 yards passing and running for 2 TD’s late. Expect a closer, 4-complete-quarters ballgame from both of these teams.

Parsons (1-0) @ Anderson Co. (0-1)

With the win last week over Iola, Parsons has a winning record for the first time since 2011. Considering how many great teams Parsons has put together and some student-athletes who have gone on to compete at the next level, it’s hard to wrap around the mind that they haven’t had a winning record in that long. Kurt Friess had the biggest debut of new coaches in Southeast Kansas. DaQuan Johnson also had a stellar performance for the Vikings. The young man had an offensive touchdown, 109 yard pick 6 and punt return for a score. Anderson County is another Pioneer team that has had their fair share of struggles through the years. Coach Greg Welch’s Bulldogs have posted a 3-16 record recently, including the 50-16 loss last Friday to Wellsville. Parsons could be on their way to making a run of things and having the best start in recent memory, but it’s one game at a time for the Vikings.