PREVIEWS: Looking at the other games

By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com

This will either be a week of major upsets or a boring week.

On paper, there are a lot of potential blowouts on the schedule tonight. Here are quick looks at the remaining games.

The Bonner Springs-Turner game was previewed earlier today.

Bishop Ward at BASEHOR-LINWOOD: The Tim Dorian era begins at Bishop Ward and needless to say, it's not the ideal starting game for a rebuilding Cyclones program. They take on the Bobcats of Basehor, who have won three straight Kaw Valley League titles in football. Ben Johnson, Tanner Garver and Drew Potter are the three-headed monster on defense. Look for Potter to get some carries tonight in a potential downpour. The odds are steep for Bishop Ward, but that's why they play the game. After all, Ward is "gunning for Basehor-Linwood." Basehor begins life without the Murphy Twins and Zac Hevel and Garver could receive some snaps behind center.

Sumner Academy at IMMACULATA: Sumner Academy, after a down year, looks to reload and make another run at a Kansas City Kansas-Atchison League title. Brandon Williams gets his first start at quarterback after ending last season with an injury. The Sabres also look to replace Vernon Vaughn and Marcus Allen, two players who made life hell for opposing secondaries. Optimism is higher than you would expect at Sumner Academy this season, so we'll see how they start off the year.

Piper at EUDORA: The Pirates of Piper have a tremendous opportunity tonight. They travel to Eudora, taking on the 4A state runner-up Cardinal team that's been loaded for a while. Eudora loses some players, but they'll still be really good. Piper looks well balanced on paper - Matt McDonald and Paul Jones lead a running game. On defense, Keaton Cofield and Colton Beebe look to be the leaders. Tanner Eikenbary will have to play well for the Pirates to pull off what would be considered a big upset. Still, there's potential. Piper has great chemistry on offense and they have athletes that could frustrate a Frontier League opponent.

Blue Valley Southwest at WASHINGTON: Like Tim Dorian, Washington head coach Bryan Salsgiver begins his coaching career with a very tough opponent. Blue Valley Southwest, an up and coming sports program in Johnson County, come to Washington High School as big favorites. A young Wildcats team - 16 sophomores and 16 freshmen - have a tough challenge on their hands to begin the season.

Van Horn at WYANDOTTE: In one of the most anticipated debuts in recent KCK football history, Wyandotte Bulldogs quarterback Dimonic McKinzy begins his Bulldogs career. McKinzy has already received offers from the Missouri Tigers, Iowa Hawkeyes, Nebraska Cornhuskers and Minnesota Golden-Gophers. Head coach Eddie Brown's program looks to take a major step up and it begins with a game they should win.

Schlagle at TOPEKA WEST: The Schlagle Stallions begin their quest for a potential special season on the road in Topeka, Kan. New head coach Martez Wesley takes over the reigns for Schlagle. J'veyon Browning leads a powerful senior class into the game.

Hogan Prep at HARMON: No team in KCK replaces more than Harmon. However, at our media day event earlier this week, I really sensed this group of Hawks are ready to roll and make things happen.