By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com
Usually, you get a good idea of how good and how bad a football team is after week three.
The first two weeks are generally the feeling out process. You get the butterflies out of the way. You finally get to play a team on the field, rather than a scrimmage.
Come week three, you're expecting consistency from a team.
Much of what this season has been about isn't too surprising. Schlagle's J'veyon Browning continues to do a lot of special things. Dimonic McKinzy has lived up to all the hype given to him through three games at Wyandotte. Mill Valley's Skyler Windmiller is proving why he's a Division 1 quarterback.
But there have been some surprises in both the Kansas City Kansas - Atchison League and Kaw Valley League.
A look at the five most surprising stories as we wrap up the first month of high school football this week.
1. Wyandotte is on the verge of becoming a football school.
The Bulldogs are off to their first 3-0 start in years. I've heard a few different numbers, but general consensus is Wyandotte hasn't started off this well since at least the Clinton Administration. And why could it become a football school? Most of the key contributors to this year's team are underclassmen. Quarterback Dimonic McKinzy is just a junior. His younger brother Xavier McKinzy is just a sophomore. Antonio Moore, who's earned the nickname "Mr. Electric" from David Brox, is a sophomore. Those three guys combined for six touchdowns against Sumner Academy last week. Wyandotte has a good chance at winning league this season, but they look especially strong for next year. Which leads me to....
2. The Kansas City Kansas - Atchison League race is much more compelling than we thought entering the season
Schlagle is still probably the favorite, but after seeing how shaky its offense was against Shawnee Heights, you have to make room for Wyandotte in the discussion. The Stallions and Bulldogs look like the two strongest teams, but don't dismiss Atchison quite yet despite the loss to Washington. They looked decent the first two games, they have a dual-threat quarterback who could give Kansas City, Kan., defenses some trouble and they've had KCK's number for the most part. They've finished second place in league the first two years. Meanwhile, Sumner Academy is a team that can pull an upset as well and the Wildcats have already proven they can beat someone. Again, Schlagle is the favorite. But two months ago, I thought the league race this year would have been a laugher. Now, I'm not so sure. The Wyandotte-Schlagle game, on paper, could be a classic - which is great for one of the city's best historic rivalries.
3. Mill Valley could run away and hide in the Kaw Valley League race
The Jaguars mauled Basehor-Linwood, the team that's been in their paths the last two years. They also get the Piper Pirates at home, the team that's probably been the second most complete team in the KVL through three weeks. Coming into the season, it looked like the KVL race could be a dramatic one. In reality, all Mill Valley has to do is take care of business at home. After a loss in Manhattan to open the season, the Jags have outscored two KVL opponents by nearly 100 points. Don't expect Piper or Bonner Springs to let Mill Valley win it easily, but the Jaguars are in the driver's seat for the title.
4. The decline of the Leavenworth County programs
I'm excluding Tonganoxie from this because many didn't expect them to be good. However, both Basehor-Linwood and Lansing are a combined 1-5 to begin the season. While I picked Mill Valley to win the KVL, some believed Basehor could have won it a fourth straight year. Two tough losses to Piper and Mill Valley have all but guaranteed a new champion in the KVL this year. Meanwhile, the bottom has absolutely fallen out of Lansing's program, at least for this season. Two of their losses have been at home, making the matter that much worse.
5. Bonner Springs' 3-0 start
This might not be too much of a surprise looking at it now, but entering the season, you would think the Braves were looking at a tough schedule to open the year. After all, Turner defeated them badly in their cribs last year. Lansing, meanwhile, was wanting revenge after the Braves thumped them to close out district play last year. After losing some great seniors, particularly Stevie Williams and Johnathan Jackson, starting the season losing two road games wasn't an insane proposition. But the 3-0 Braves are here now - and they've done it differently than they did last year. Bonner Springs' football program has some of the most momentum among any in the Kansas City metro area. The snowball could grow bigger if the Braves defeat Piper this Friday.