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2011 Sunflower League football season
League KSHSAA
Sport football
Duration Fall-Winter 2011
Number of teams 12
Regular season
Football seasons
← 2010
2012 →

The 2011 Sunflower League football season is made up of 12 high school football programs in Johnson County, Kansas, that compete in the Sunflower League under the KSHSAA. All teams have the classification of 6A, the highest in the state. Last season, the league title was shared amongst Olathe East High School, Olathe North High School, Shawnee Mission East High School, and Shawnee Mission West High School.

League Teams

Each team will play a total of 9 regular season games and up to 4 postseason games in the season.

School Mascot Head Coach, # of years at school Location 2010 Record
Lawrence Lions Dirk Wedd, 11 years (61-56) Lawrence, Kansas 3-6
Free State Firebirds Bob Lisher, 14 years (78-65) Lawrence, Kansas 5-4
Leavenworth Pioneers Kevin Kopecky, 1 year (1-8) Leavenworth, Kansas 1-8
Olathe East Hawks Jeff Meyers, 19 years (138-56) Olathe, Kansas 8-1
Olathe North Eagles Pete Flood, 5 years (46-12) Olathe, Kansas 8-1
Olathe Northwest Ravens Todd Dain, 7 years (20-45) Olathe, Kansas 3-6
Olathe South Falcons Jeff Gourley, 3 years (14-15) Olathe, Kansas 6-3
Shawnee Mission East Lancers Chip Sherman, 2 years (12-8) Prairie Village, Kansas 8-1
Shawnee Mission North Indians Dennis Grayless, 1 year (2-8) Overland Park, Kansas 2-7
Shawnee Mission Northwest Cougars Aaron Barnett, 5 years (31-19) Shawnee, Kansas 5-4
Shawnee Mission South Raiders Ryan Lonergan, first year (0-0) Overland Park, Kansas 2-7
Shawnee Mission West Vikings Tim Callaghan, 8 years (61-23) Overland Park, Kansas 7-2

Preseason Outlook

Lawrence

The Lions are predicted by many to be a much improved team from last year. Things will go well if junior quarterback Brad Strauss has another great season. He will be helped by big go-to receiver Anthony Buffalomeat, and solid running back Charles Jackson will be a great balance to the passing attack.

Free State

Coach Bob Lisher is faced with the tough replacement of graduated quarterback Dylan Perry, but they return great wide receiver talent in Desmond Wyatt and Shawn Knighton. Punter Kale Joyce is one of the best punters in the nation as well. But the Firebirds need to patch up holes in the offensive and defensive line. The future of this team is uncertain at this point.

Leavenworth

Once again, the season ahead looks bleak for the Pioneers, who have won 4 games in the past 6 years. The school has the talent as shown by the school's successful men's basketball team, but the leadership hasn't been there. Hopefully new coach Kevin Kopecky can somehow build this team to get some respect in the Sunflower League.

Olathe East

The season looks good for legendary coach Jeff Meyers's Hawks, as they have had 11 straight winning seasons, more than any other Sunflower League team. They return outstanding linemen Matt Baltimore, Ethan Goss, and Myron Tipton, plus great athletic defensive back Junior Williams, but they are faced with the task of replacing outstanding running backs Brandon Willingham and Austin Fulson. But Meyers always finds great replacements for previous running backs (see Dee Bell for Andre Jones, JaVon Williams for Bell, and Willingham and Fulson for Williams).

Olathe North

The most respected program in Kansas returns without great athletes Adonis Saunders and Victor Williams, plus defensive great Kyle Swartz. But the Eagles have two big-time running back transfers in Orange Mooney, a fabulous athlete, and Olathe East transfer Treshawn Root, who was predicted to be the starting running back for the Hawks. They will also see big contributions on defense from defensive end Tanner Gentry and linebacker Terence Brown.

Olathe Northwest

The Ravens will be a very strong offense with Olathe south transfer quarterback Dalton Rook, Basketball standout receiver Willey Cauley and running back Connor Middleton.

Olathe South

The Falcons will suffer from the loss of their great 2010 backfield corps, but are lucky to have signal-caller Frankie Seurer under center. They will also have a solid core of defensive players returning. This season shouldn't be much different from last.

Shawnee Mission East

The Lancers are coming off an 8-1 season and a share of the league title. Although coach Chip Sherman is faced with the task of replacing Colorado walk-on quarterback John Schrock, the upcoming season looks good for the team, especially with Illinois commit Elliot Faerber at wide receiver. And if running back Adam Lowe has a good season, Shawnee Mission East will be a very good team.

Shawnee Mission North

The Indians are coming off a playoff berth. They will have a shot at the same teams this season, and will be led by corner back Mason Perez and running back Brock Burrows. The season will most likely come down to their last game against Leavenworth.

Shawnee Mission Northwest

The Cougars were hit hard by graduation, losing great defensive end and tight end Drew Goodger, quarterback Stephen Manglesdorf, and running back James Gregory. They are a young team, with a lot of new players expected to lead the team through the season.

Shawnee Mission South

The Raiders made the right move in hiring former Shawnee Mission West assistant Ryan Lonergan as head coach, who will inherit All-League quarterback Alex Forslund, wide receiver Shawn Laurent, and running back Gabe Guild. But the future is still uncertain for the team, as they will have to get used to Lonergan's new offensive and defensive schemes, and haven't had a good program for a while.

Shawnee Mission West

The Vikings are very lucky, as their quarterback, Armani Williams, and running back, Tre Burt, are both returning. But Williams needs to be a more consistent passer, while Burt needs to step up his game for Shawnee Mission West to have a good season, as well as their great new talent; all levels below varsity went undefeated in 2010.[1]

Schedule

Week 1

Date Time Away Team Home Team Site Result
September 1 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission East Shawnee Mission Northwest SMDAC-North TBD
September 2 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission West Lawrence Lawrence HS TBD
September 2 7:00 P.M. Free State Olathe South ODAC TBD
September 2 7:00 P.M. Olathe North Olathe East CBAC TBD
September 2 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission South Shawnee Mission North SMDAC-North TBD
September 2 7:00 P.M. Olathe Northwest Leavenworth Leavenworth HS TBD

Week 2

Date Time Away Team Home Team Site Result
September 8 7:00 P.M. Olathe Northwest Shawnee Mission South SMDAC-South TBD
September 9 7:00 P.M. Lawrence Olathe South ODAC TBD
September 9 7:00 P.M. Leavenworth Free State Free State HS TBd
September 9 7:00 P.M. Olathe East Shawnee Mission East SMDAC-South TBD
September 9 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission North Olathe North ODAC TBD
September 9 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission West Shawnee Mission Northwest SMDAC-North TBD

Week 3

Date Time Away Team Home Team Site Result
September 15 7:00 P.M. Olathe North Shawnee Mission West SMDAC-South TBD
September 16 7:00 P.M. Lawrence Olathe East CBAC TBD
September 16 7:00 P.M. Free State Shawnee Mission South SMDAC-South TBD
September 16 7:00 P.M. Olathe South Leavenworth Leavenworth HS TBD
September 16 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission Northwest Olathe Northwest CBAC TBD
September 16 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission East Shawnee Mission North SMDAC-North TBD

Week 4

Date Time Away Team Home Team Site Result
September 23 7:00 P.M. Lawrence Leavenworth Leavenworth HS TBD
September 23 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission Northwest Free State Free State HS TBD
September 23 7:00 P.M. Olathe East Olathe Northwest CBAC TBD
September 23 7:00 P.M. Olathe North Shawnee Mission South SMDAC-South TBD
September 23 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission West Shawnee Mission North SMDAC-North TBD
September 24 1:00 P.M. Olathe South Shawnee Mission East SMDAC-South TBD

Week 5

Date Time Away Team Home Team Site Result
September 29 7:00 P.M. Leavenworth Olathe North ODAC TBD
September 30 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission East Lawrence Lawrence HS TBD
September 30 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission North Free State Free State HS TBD
September 30 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission West Olathe East CBAC TBD
September 30 7:00 P.M. Olathe Northwest Olathe South ODAC TBD
September 30 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission Northwest Shawnee Mission South SMDAC-South TBD

Week 6

Date Time Away Team Home Team Site Result
October 6 7:00 P.M. Free State Shawnee Mission East SMDAC-South TBD
October 6 7:00 P.M. Olathe Northwest Shawnee Mission North SMDAC-North TBD
October 7 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission South Lawrence Lawrence HS TBD
October 7 7:00 P.M. Leavenworth Shawnee Mission West SMDAC-South TBD
October 7 7:00 P.M. Olathe East Shawnee Mission Northwest SMNW TBD
October 7 7:00 P.M. Olathe South Olathe North ODAC TBD

Week 7

Date Time Away Team Home Team Site Result
October 13 6:30 P.M. Olathe South Blue Valley Northwest BVNW TBD
October 13 7:00 P.M. Free State Olathe Northwest CBAC TBD
October 14 7:00 P.M. Lawrence Olathe North ODAC TBD
October 14 7:00 P.M. Leavenworth Wyandotte Wyandotte HS TBD
October 14 7:00 P.M. Blue Valley West Olathe East CBAC TBD
October 14 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission East Blue Valley North BVNW TBD
October 14 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission North Shawnee Mission Northwest SMDAC-North TBD
October 14 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission South Shawnee Mission West SMDAC-South TBD

Week 8

Date Time Away Team Home Team Site Result
October 21 7:00 P.M. Olathe Northwest Lawrence Lawrence HS TBD
October 21 7:00 P.M. Olathe North Free State Free State HS TBD
October 21 7:00 P.M. Leavenworth Shawnee Mission Northwest SMDAC TBD
October 21 7:00 P.M. Blue Valley Northwest Olathe East CBAC TBD
October 21 7:00 P.M. Olathe South Blue Valley West BVNW TBD
October 21 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission West Shawnee Mission East SMDAC TBD
October 21 7:00 P.M. Wyandotte Shawnee Mission North SMDAC TBD
October 21 7:00 P.M. Blue Valley North Shawnee Mission South SMDAC TBD

Week 9

Date Time Away Team Home Team Site Result
October 28 7:00 P.M. Lawrence Free State Free State HS TBD
October 28 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission North Leavenworth Leavenworth HS TBD
October 28 7:00 P.M. Olathe East Olathe South ODAC TBD
October 28 7:00 P.M. Olathe North Olathe Northwest CBAC TBD
October 28 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission East Shawnee Mission South SMDAC-South TBD
October 28 7:00 P.M. Shawnee Mission Northwest Wyandotte Wyandotte HS TBD
October 28 7:00 P.M. Blue Valley North Shawnee Mission West SMDAC-North TBD
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References

  1. Sunflower League Football. Eli Underwood. Retrieved on 13 July 2011.
  2. High School Football, Soccer, and More Sports: Team Scores, Schedules, and Rankings. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved on 13 July 2011.
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