Kaw Valley League Power Rankings, September 8

By NICK SLOAN, NJSloan212@gmail.com

With Piper upsetting Basehor-Linwood on the road Friday night, there's a big shake-up in our Kaw Valley League power rankings for this weekend.

1. Mill Valley (1-1) 

Mill Valley, after losing to Manhattan last week, thumped Turner 56-7 in its home opener Friday night. The offense was clicking for most of the game after two early turnovers and the defense did well. The Jaguars looked like the team that many (including me) picked to win the KVL.

2. Piper (1-1)

You have to put Piper above Basehor-Linwood and Bonner Springs simply because they have the best win out of the bunch. Piper's defense forced timely turnovers last night and the offense took advantage of them. This is a team that has tremendous chemistry, especially on offense. After competing well against Eudora and beating Basehor by double figures on the road, this team could be battle-tested already.

3a. Bonner Springs (2-0) and 3b. Basehor-Linwood (1-1)

Bonner Springs has two road wins in the Kaw Valley League, something that no other team can say. Bonner Springs has become a physical team this year and that program is becoming strong from top to bottom. It's amazing how quickly Lucas Aslin has transformed the mentality of the program and the success. Meanwhile, I'm not quite ready to put dirt on Basehor-Linwood. They were still able to move the ball last night, they still have some great talent and it was a good night for Piper. If Basehor wins next week at Mill Valley, they're right back in the race.

5. Turner (1-1) 

The top four teams in this league are on one tier. It's tough to figure out the rest. I'll stick Turner up here because I think they're a team that has a really good play-maker at the quarterback position. Plus, they were arguably one injury away from being .500.

6. Tonganoxie (1-1)

Tonganoxie took a step back after taking a step forward against Lansing last week. They were shutout in their home-opener against Atchison and next week, travel to Piper High School.

7. Lansing (0-2)

What's happened here? With two home games to begin the season, Lansing had a good chance to jump out to a good position in the KVL. Instead, they're at the bottom.

8. Bishop Ward (0-2)

The Cyclones have not scored a point this season in two games. Still, this program needs to take baby-steps in order to become a good one again. It's not going to happen overnight. _br>