Week 2 football games: Which teams will make a statement or rebound?

By Joanna Chadwick

It’s Week 2 of high school football, and I am curious as to how this will play out.

Who will score the upset? Who’s better than we thought? Who’s not as good as we thought? What players will stand out?

Be sure to email me at joannachadwick20@gmail.com with your box scores and highlights tonight — I’ll pass them on to Blake Chadwick for his recap.

While I don’t do football rankings anymore because Matt Browning takes care of those for ksvype.com, I usually felt pretty safe making early season picks. Fact is, the same teams were usually the best teams year in and year out.

It’s more difficult in football to get dramatically better because there’s so many players involved. For instance, let me bring you back to when Wichita East had Bryce Brown and Arthur Brown. They are two of the best athletes I’ve ever covered. Phenomenal players.

Yet East didn’t make the playoffs while the Brown brothers were there. Want to know why? Because in football you need a lot more than two players, even though they were both future NFL draftees.

Regardless of the stagnancy of high school football, there’s always those teams that either have an incredible senior class that gets over the hump or there’s those schools that had a lot of transfers.

Those teams with the senior classes that are strong, that are special — they can be one-hit wonders because the rest of the athletes on the team just aren’t at their level.

Those schools that are good year in and year out, they reload, not rebuild. They have strong athletes in most of their classes, so you don’t see much drop-off. Getting to that level is not easy.

Tonight’s schedule

Andover Central at Buhler (canceled today due to an Andover Central player’s positive Covid test)

Arkansas City at Andover

Beloit at SE-Saline

Cair Paravel at Wichita Homeschool

Canton-Galva at Moundridge

Central-Burden at Cedar Vale-Dexter

Chaparral at Hutchinson Trinity

Cheney at Belle Plaine

Cherryvale at Bluestem

Concordia at Abilene

Conway Springs at Remington

Deerfield at Cunningham

Derby at Newton

El Dorado at Augusta

Ell-Saline at Salina Sacred Heart

Ellinwood at Inman

Eureka at Erie

Fairfield at Lincoln

Flinthills at Sedan

Fowler at Burrton

Garden Plain at Sterling

Goddard at Valley Center

Goessel at Herington

Hartford at Madison

Haven at Smoky Valley

Hillsboro at Hesston

Hoisington at Larned

Hutchinson at Garden City

Kapaun at Bishop Carroll

Labette County at Winfield

Little River at Clifton-Clyde

Maize at Campus

Maize South at Salina South

Marion at Douglass

McPherson at Circle

Mulvane at Andale

Nickerson at Halstead

Norwich at South Barber

Pratt at Girard

Pratt Skyline at Medicine Lodge

Pretty Prairie at Valley Falls

Rose Hill at Clearwater

Salina Central at Eisenhower

South Haven at Caldwell

Trinity Academy at Kingman

Udall at Argonia-Attica

Wellington at Collegiate

West Elk at Oxford

Saturday’s games

Wichita South vs. Wichita Southeast at Heights, 1 p.m.

Wichita West at Wichita Northwest, 1 p.m.

Monday’s game

Wichita East vs. Wichita North