Lions ranked No. 24 in preseason football poll
After winning 17 games and two district titles the past two seasons, expectations of the Lansing High football program are high.
That much is clear as Lansing garnered a No. 24 ranking in the Metro Sports Super 25 preseason poll. The ranking comes despite the fact that the Lions graduated 19 seniors from last year's club. The also return five starters on defense and just three offensive starters.
Still, if history is any indication, the Metro Sports rankings have been good to the Lions in the past. They opened the 2005 season ranked No. 25 and went on have the most successful season in school history with a 9-2 record, a share of the Kaw Valley League crown and another district title.
Lansing is one of two KVL teams in the poll. Tonganoxie, is ranked No. 25. LHS and THS will square off in the season-opener at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at Tonganoxie.
The Metro Sports poll includes teams from the greater Kansas City area in both Kansas and Missouri.
Metro Sports Super 25 preseason poll:
1. Raymore-Peculiar (2005 Missouri Class 5 state champions)
4. Blue Valley (2005 Kansas Class 5A state runner-up)
5. Olathe East (2005 Kansas Class 6A state runner-up)
6. St. Thomas Aquinas
7. Blue Springs
8. Blue Springs South
9. Shawnee Mission West
10. Lawrence Free State
11. Park Hill South
12. Park Hill
14. Olathe North
15. Lee's Summit West
17. North Kansas City
18. Shawnee Mission East
19. West Platte (2005 Missouri Class 1 state champions)
20. St. Pius X
21. Platte County
22. Olathe South
23. Hogan Prep