SEK League Week 5 Preview

Chanute @ Independence

The Blue Comets are off to the best start since 2013, well before Chris Shields took over the program. In their 3 wins, Chanute outscored their opponents 108-28. The Blue Comets offense has aided from defensive turnovers. Chanute’s defense has forced and recovered 6 fumbles and taken away the ball in the secondary 6 times. Independence has been outscored 189-33. The Bulldogs have faced the top of the SEK League in Fort Scott and Labette County. Their record is deceptive and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Coffeyville @ Mulvane

Coffeyville sports 3 of the 4 top scorers in the SEK League with Jaylen Logan, Trey Myrie, and CJ Kelley. Mulvane’s defense has given up an average of 32 points per game. Mulvane and Coffeyville are right on the brink in the West in 4A on hosting or being on the road. For both of these teams, points will matter. They both need big wins to gain ground in a tight West race. The Mulvane defense will have their work cut out of them with the explosive, versatile Golden Tornado offense.

Labette County @ Fort Scott

The battle for the SEK League will take place on Friday night in Fort Scott. Both these teams have suffered big losses to start the season. LCHS to Pittsburg in week 1 and Fort Scott to Paola in week 2. The parallel’s between these 2 teams are uncanny. Both have played in their fair share of close games this season. Both have offenses that can light up the scoreboard. Both have defenses that can keep it close. This should be a true back and forth battle with the top spot, and most likely the SEK League title, on the line.

Frontenac @ Parsons

Every week it seems those who follow the SEK League ask themselves “is this the week the Cinderella Story of Parsons ends?” (Ok…so maybe that’s just me on the podcast). The Vikings have not won 4 in a row since 2003. In that season (that I remember all too well, what’s up Class of 04!) they had a 7 game winning streak. Parsons opponents are a combined 2-14. Frontenac’s opponents are a combined 9-8 and outside of last week’s big loss against Galena the Raiders have been mixed up in some close battles this season. Parsons has outscored their opponents 196-48. They boast some of the fastest athletes in the SEK region. Every week is a team’s biggest, toughest contest and for Parsons this week is no different. This will be a fun one to watch at Marvel Park.

SATURDAY

Pittsburg @ Ulysses

The Purple Dragons make the long trek to Ulysses. How long of a drive is that you might be asking yourself? Well self, it’s approximately 387 miles between both schools. For a normal vehicle that’s 6 hours and 26 minutes.  Pittsburg is fresh off a tough 17-14 win over Fort Scott. In fact last week was the first time all year Pittsburg failed to score more than 20 points.  Ulysses will need every bit of homefield advantage Saturday to stay competitive with Pittsburg. The Tigers defense is giving up an average of 28 points per game this year. All of their opponents have been 3A schools. How Pittsburg comes off the bus and on the field for the first drive will set the tone for the game.