KVL football report: Week One
The high school football season kicked off Friday night, and already a few Kaw Valley League squads have made statements.
Perhaps none were bigger than that of Turner. The Golden Bears didn’t play a league foe in their opener, but they also didn’t play a lesser talented team from a smaller league. Instead, they took on Class 6A foe Blue Valley North from the East Kansas League and pulled out a 23-15 victory.
For Turner, it was a huge start to the season after the Bears opened 2008 with a 1-5 record. They went on to make it to the Class 5A state playoffs and advanced to the quarterfinals. For Turner, a big question mark entering this season was whether it could be consistent this year, and a major victory in the season-opener was a definite step in the right direction.
Meanwhile, Lansing — a state playoff team five years in a row and the KVL runner-up in 2008 — earned a quality league victory over Piper. The Lions returned just two starters on offense from last year’s squad, but their ground game was dominant in a 37-21 victory over a very athletic Piper squad.
Basehor-Linwood was expected to win its opener over a Santa Fe Trail squad that was winless in 2008. What was impressive for the Bobcats, however, was that they weren’t content to simply win the game. Instead, they executed their offense flawlessly and rolled to a 49-0 victory.
Bishop Ward also proved that it will once again be a contender for the KVL title after pulling away from a tough Bonner Springs squad on the road.
Tonganoxie also won its opener handily, although Prairie View wasn’t a particularly staunch opponent. Regardless, Tonganoxie is a team looking to bounce back from a challenging 2008 season, and a blowout victory in the season-opener was a quality first step for the Chieftains.
The jury is still out on Mill Valley, Bonner Springs and Perry-Lecompton after their week-one games. Mill Valley struggled until the fourth quarter against Blue Valley West, but MVHS lost to West in last year’s opener and followed it up with a nine-game winning streak. Meanwhile, Bonner Springs beat itself with miscues while still figuring out who will fill some key spots on offense. Perry graduated most of its starting lineup from last year and stayed close early with powerhouse Holton.
KAW VALLEY LEAGUE STANDINGS
TEAM KVL ALL
Lansing 1-0 1-0
Basehor-Linwood 1-0 1-0
Bishop Ward 1-0 1-0
Tonganoxie 0-0 1-0
Turner 0-0 1-0
Mill Valley 0-0 0-1
Perry-Lecompton 0-0 0-1
Bonner Springs 0-1 0-1
Piper 0-1 0-1
Santa Fe Trail 0-1 0-1
WEEK ONE SCORES
Blue Valley West 30, Mill Valley 7
Lansing 37, Piper 21
Basehor-Linwood 49, Santa Fe Trail 0
Bishop Ward 37, Bonner Springs 16
Tonganoxie 56, Prairie View 6
Turner 23, Blue Valley North 15
Holton 35, Perry-Lecompton 14