Free State High's 3-1 boys soccer victory over Lawrence High last week gave the Firebirds a slim advantage in head-to-head varsity competition between the two schools.
FSHS, now in its fourth year, leads the Lions, 20-19, in intracity meetings. The Firebirds have the upperhand in volleyball (3-1), girls soccer (2-1), baseball (3-2), wrestling (2-1), boys basketball (3-2), girls basketball (3-2) and boys tennis (1-0). LHS leads in football (2-1), boys soccer (3-1) and softball (5-1).
The next intracity showdown is Thursday night at Blue Valley, where LHS and FSHS will battle at a volleyball quadrangular.
Three weeks from Friday LHS and FSHS will meet in football at Haskell Stadium. Kickoff for the Lions' home game is 7:30 p.m.
LHS boys, FSHS runners ranked high: Lawrence High's boys cross country team was ranked second in the latest Class 6A coaches' poll behind perennial power Shawnee Mission Northwest. Free State High's boys and girls were both ranked fourth.
Area teams ranked in the top five were Baldwin's boys, No. 2 in 4A; and Ottawa's and Baldwin's girls, tied for No. 3 in 4A.
Ottawa's defense on the offense: Ottawa High's defense has accounted for nearly 25 percent of its team's scoring during the Cyclones' 4-0 start. The Cyclones have scored 103 points with 24 of those points coming on interception returns. Brent Miller has four of them, including an 80-yard return in Ottawa's 31-20 victory over Kansas City Turner. Jerod Brooks and Nathan Steward also returned picks for scores.
Brooks also kicked four PATs and had a 39-yard field goal against Turner.
"Jerod really, really played well on both sides of the ball," OHS coach Pat Boeh said. "He's an offensive tackle, defensive strong safety and our kicker. I just think that's unique to have a player at those three positions and he played all three well (against Turner)."