After a nail-biting 5A state championship, Salina South did not grace the top five. Blue Valley moved up to 6A. Carroll has a lot of returning talent as does Maize and Kapaun.

Class 5A

1. Carroll

2. Maize

3. Kapaun

4. Mill Valley

5. OP-Blue Valley West

Also considered: Pittsburg, Aquinas

Maybe one of the hardest classes to handicap behind Carroll – which, along with Olathe North, are probably Kansas’ best team this season. I am a fan of teams with returning QBs and Carroll (also with an outstanding defense), Maize and Kapaun all have great ones. If Pittsburg is going to make a run, this is going to be the year. I felt that if the Purple Dragons made the playoffs last year, they were going to win a game or two, but the district was just too challenging.