KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three local teams will vie for Kansas football state championships Saturday across the state.
Meanwhile, in Missouri, five teams remain in the hunt for state titles as entering semifinals action.
Olathe North (10-2) will try for its ninth state football championship against undefeated Derby (12-0) at 1:05 p.m. at Emporia State’s Welch Stadium in the Class 6A championship.
The Eagles’ last title was in 2009, but the program won seven from 1996 to 2003.
Mill Valley (9-3), which won its only previous state titles back-to-back in 2015 and 2016, shocked previously unbeaten St. Thomas Aquinas in last week’s Class 5A sub-state game.
Now, the Jaguars play another undefeated power, Wichita Northwest (12-0), at 1 p.m. at Pittsburg State’s Carnie Smith Stadium.
Finally, Bishop Miege (10-2), which has won five consecutive state titles, plays for another Class 4A crown against Andover Central (11-1) at 1 p.m. at Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka.
The Stags own eight previous state titles in football.
Staley (10-2) hosts Jackson (12-0) for a 1 p.m. kickoff in the Missouri Class 5 semifinals, while Platte County (10-3) travels to St. Louis for a Class 4 semifinal at St. Mary’s (11-2) at 1:30 p.m.
Two undefeated powers clash in the Class 3 semifinals when Odessa (13-0) kicks off at 1 p.m. at Kennett (13-0).
Meanwhile, Lathrop (13-0) meets Lutheran North (12-0) in the Class 2 semifinals at 1 p.m. at Bayless High School in St. Louis, while Mid-Buchanan (12-1) plays Valle Catholic (12-1) in the Class 1 semifinals at 2 p.m. at Ste. Genevieve (Missouri) High School.