By Joanna Chadwick
The Wichita Eagle
I didn’t get a chance to address this last week on Twitter or on my live chat (this week’s chat is from 1:30-2:30 on Wednesday) because I was on furlough, and I think it probably should be mentioned.
I took some heat from Bob Lutz for picking Kapaun and I’m sure I’ll take even more on Friday when I’m on Sports Daily at 9:20.
After Week 5, I believed Kapaun was the best team in the City League. Carroll had struggled the previous two weeks, including struggling mightily against Northwest. Kapaun, on the other hand, was playing so well on defense and the offense was clicking.
I believed this was the year that Kapaun would beat Carroll, and I didn’t think that after a 12-7 win over Northwest that Carroll deserved the No. 1 ranking.
Obviously, Carroll proved me wrong. Kapaun had turnovers, Carroll took advantage. Carroll had struggled with turnovers in the previous two games, but it wasn’t a problem against Kapaun. Carroll’s defense held Kapaun in check, and frankly, that defense played a lot better than Kapaun’s defense did.
So, I was wrong. I don’t regret the ranking because I still firmly believe that Kapaun deserved it more.
Now, as for picking Kapaun to beat Carroll in the future — there was a point in that game Friday night (I sat in the stands with my family and family friends) — when I realized I cannot pick Kapaun again.
Keaton Mans’ took a lateral and then dropped back to pass. The ball fluttered off his finger tips — it was not good. But it slowly hung up there forever, and he caught it and got the first down. OK, in 17 years of covering high school football, I’ve never seen it happen. It was at that moment when I realized I cannot pick against Carroll vs. Kapaun again. Now, I do say this jokingly, but it’s what was in my head Friday night.
Props to Carroll for winning yet again, and I’m thinking another postseason meeting is a possibility.