Varsity Kansas

Class 6A championship preview

Olathe North vs. Wichita Heights

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Yager Stadium, Topeka

Championships: Olathe North, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009; Wichita Heights, none

Olathe North (11-1)

SM West W, 29-22

Olathe South W,30-7

Olathe East L,25-0

SM East W,24-13

Leavenworth W,76-0

SM Northwest W,31-29

Lawrence W,41-3

Lawrence Free State W,38-7

Olathe Northwest W,35-6

Playoffs

SM North W,48-21

Olathe South W,17-0

Olathe East W,13-6

wichita heights (12-0)

Bishop Carroll W,21-0

Wichita North W,35-0

Wichita West W,69-0

Great Bend W,45-14

Wichita Northwest W,56-14

Wichita South W,77-0

Wichita East W,72-21

Wichita Southeast W,56-0

Derby W,70-31

Playoffs

Garden City W,49-7

Junction City W,18-15

Dodge City W,42-38

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Olathe North

QB Victor Simmons 6-1 190 Sr.

RB Adonis Saunders 5-11 190 Sr.

LB Kyle Swartz 6-2 220 Sr.

OL Josh Finley 6-1 255 Sr.

DB Dominick Wilson 6-0 180 Sr.

Wichita Heights

RB Dreamius Smith 6-0 205 Sr.

DB Evan Wessel 6-4 200 Sr.

DL Zerrance Brickhouse 6-0 190 Sr.

QB Matt Reed 5-10 180 Jr.

RB Daniel Deshazer 5-4 135 Sr.

Notes

* Olathe North won its eighth state title when it beat Heights 37-3 in the 2009 title game. It was Heights' first trip to the championship game.

* Smith leads an explosive Heights offense with 1,551 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns, including two passing. Joining Smith are Deshazer (1,073 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns), Reed (957 rushing, 13 touchdowns) and Marquel Moore (527 rushing, 9 touchdowns).

* Simmons and Saunders are a dangerous duo. Simmons has 1,375 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, while Saunders has 1,512 rushing yards, 19 touchdowns.

* Heights' defense is led by Trevor Wessel (92 tackles, 4 interceptions), Evan Wessel (91 tackles, 8 interceptions), Hunter Jameson (90 tackles), Brickhouse (81 tackles, 13 sacks) and Dominique Henderson (57 tackles, 9 sacks).

* Olathe North, which has two shutouts, is led defensively by Swartz, who has 130 tackles, six for loss. Sam Todd has 105 tackles, while Tanner Gentry has nine sacks.

* Heights cruised through its first 10 games, but struggled in its last two playoff games. The Falcons overcame a 28-0 deficit in a semifinal win over Dodge City.

Olathe North coach Pete Flood

"We were embarrassed Week 3, got beat 25-0. It was an eye-opener.... But they didn't check it in. We recognized what we did wrong, worked hard to correct it."

Heights coach Rick Wheeler

"I'm proud that we made it twice in two years. I think it validates our program. We're really excited that we get to try to avenge that loss."

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