Districts are set to begin this week in week seven for 4A-I, 4A-II and 3A in Kansas as we take a look at some of the best districts against some of the worst.. District play has already began for 2-1A, 8M-I and 8M-II, while 5A & 6A still have week seven and week eight without districts with the new playoff system beginning in week nine.
4A-I District I
Combined Record: 20-4
Atchison (6-0) and Basehor Linwood (6-0) enter the district with undefeated records while Piper (4-2) and Tonganoxie (4-2) enter with two losses. Basehor Linwood will be the favorite in the district, but two pretty good teams are going to be left at home when this wraps up in week nine. The idea that someone could come out of here with three straight district losses is kind of crazy to think with the success that all these teams have had in 2016.
4A-I District Two
Combined Record: 16-8
Bishop Miege is hands down the favorite to three-peat in 4A-I and that’s not the point of why this makes it as one of the better districts in 4A-I. The reason it makes it because one pretty good 4A-I team is going to be sitting at home in a few weeks. Spring Hill (4-2) has won four consecutive and is coming off big wins over Ottawa and previously ranked Louisburg. We don’t want to predict what’s going to happen but we should figure out real fast who that second playoff spot is in this district and that will be who wins between the Broncos and De Soto (5-1) on Friday night. De Soto only loss is to Louisburg back in week three and this a huge game for this district. Miege (5-1) will open up play with Eudora (2-4). Don’t count out the Cardinals in matchups with DeSoto or Spring Hill just yet, anything can happen in Frontier League play and they’ve been in some of their ball-games, despite four losses.
4A-II District I
Combined Record: 12-12
This is where records can be misleading and it doesn't make the list because of record. Santa Fe Trail enters with a perfect 6-0 record and will face Hayden (2-4) in week seven. Holton (3-3) opens up with Jefferson West (1-5). There are three pretty good football teams in this despite only one with a record over .500. Hayden four losses have come to 5A/6A competition, while Holton losses are to three teams that are a combined 18-0. Throw the records out here, one contender in the 4A-II playoffs is going to be sitting at home. This is wide open to see who wins.
4A-II District Eight
Combined Record: 18-6
Holcomb (6-0) is the favorite in this district as they will look to defend their 4A-II title in November but it isn’t an easy path in districts. Pratt (5-1) is much improved and has the ability to score with anyone. Hugoton (4-2) is also a capable team and is powered by their all-state caliber QB Tino Degollado. Kingman isn’t exactly a team to overlook at 3-3 either.
3A District Four
Combined Record: 18-6
This district has a good overall record but defending 3A champion Rossville (5-1) will definitely be the favorite. Outside of 2-1A Lyndon, Council Grove (5-1) and Mission Valley (5-1) are really yet to be tested. Don’t be surprised if St. Mary’s (3-3) can hang around with Council Grove or Mission Valley to get that second district spot. The second spot of the district is a three team race.
3A District 10
Combined Record: 22-2
This may be the most brutal district in the state, at least by record. This will be a four team race between Chaparral (6-0), Garden Plain (6-0), Conway Springs (5-1) and Cheney (5-1). All four offenses are explosive and put up a lot of points. Two very good 3A teams will be sitting at home in a few weeks. This is when the week nine everybody makes the playoffs system that we have in 5A/6A would be great. Not even going to attempt to predict who gets in here.
Losing Records Into the Playoffs?
4A-I District Five
Combined Record 6-18
Mulvane (4-2) is a very good football team and could make a run in the 4A-II playoffs but the rest of the district by record seems to be a bit down. Ulysses (2-4) doesn’t have many bad losses and are tested, but it isn’t the same team as they were in the past, probably due to the fact of graduation a four year all-state running back, Ian Rudzik. Wellington (0-6) and Winfield (0-6) are both winless but that will change as one of them will beat each other on Friday. Mulvane will definitely be the favorite and Ulysses seems to be the team that will get that second nod and get into the playoffs with a 4-5 record, but Wellington and Winfield could hang around as they have lost to some very good football teams.
4A-II District Two
Combined Record: 1-23
This is the bad thing about districts. We only have 16 teams in 4A-II East, then another 16 tams on 4A-II West. 4A-II District Two, which is on the East, has one combined win this season. The district winner and runner up in the Prairie View (1-5), Baldwin (0-6), Bishop Ward (0-6), and Oswatomie (0-6) guarantee we will have two teams in the 4A-II East Bracket Playoffs with losing records. Don’t take anything away from these teams that do get to the playoffs with a losing record, anything can happen by getting hot at the right time.
4A-II District Three
Combined Record: 9-15
Burlington has the best record of this group of four with a 3-3 record on the season, while Anderson County (2-4), Girard (2-4) and Iola (2-4) all have below .500 records. Sure we could have a 6-3 team,a 5-4 team or two 5-4 teams make the playoffs by the end of it but heading into it, it’s pretty wide open. Girard has lost to two ranked 4A-II teams in Frontenac and Columbus out of the CNC League, has been more tested overall and has gotten to the playoffs three out of the last four years.
3A District Two
Combined Record: 6-18
Nobody flashes off the page in this district to be someone you’re penciling in for a deep playoff run but it does mean hope for some teams that haven’t had some success so far this season. Maur Hill (4-2), behind freshman QB Jack Caudle, has had success and will be the favorite to be district champion. Immaculata-Maranatha (1-5), Pleasant Ridge (1-5) and Atchison County (0-6) will be battling for that second playoff spot. Immac-Maranatha is coming off of a win and Pleasant Ridge has been in some games this year despite five losses, while ACCHS has really struggled to score this year, being shut out on three different occasions.
3A District Six
Combined Record: 9-15
Jayhawk Linn (6-0) will be the favorite in this district but the other three teams, Humboldt (2-4), Erie (1-5) and Northeast-Arma (0-6) have combined for three wins on the season. We feel like the winner of Humboldt and Erie game in week seven to open district play will be the second team spot of the playoffs for 3A District Six. Erie managed to get that second spot out of district play last year with two district wins and entered districts with only one total win. Humboldt hasn’t made the playoffs since 2013. Northeast-Arma made the playoffs two years ago, but has really struggled in 2016 by scoring only 12 points on the year.
3A District Nine
Combined Record: 4-20
This is the worst district by record in 3A and it could easily be up for grabs by anyone. Bluestem (2-4) has only made the playoffs twice in school history (2011, 2014) and have zero playoff wins. Belle Plaine (1-5) has not made the playoffs in 20 years (1996). Douglass (1-5) probably has the most success over time out of all four but hasn’t made the playoffs since 2013, while Wichita Independent (0-6) has made the playoffs the most recently making it four of the past six years, including their first playoff win (17-13 over Cheney) in school history last season. Do keep in mind, the three Central Plains League teams (Belle Plaine, Douglass, and Independent) have taking their losses to some pretty solid football teams in the CPL like Chaparral (6-0), Conway Springs (5-1), Garden Plain (6-0) and Cheney (5-1).
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