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Bonner Springs’ football opener to be measuring stick for season

September 2, 2010

The Bonner Springs High School football team has three weeks of practice under its belt, and now the fun can begin.

The Braves open the season at 7 p.m. Friday at Seaman High School in Topeka. It will be a rematch of last year’s Class 5A district finale, when the Vikings handed the Braves a 51-0 loss.

Both teams lost large senior classes, however, so Friday’s game will be a measuring stick of sorts.

BSHS coach Lew Kasselman said he plans to use the Seaman game as an opportunity to evaluate his team’s strengths and weaknesses. In particular, the youth-laden offensive and defensive lines will be under heavy scrutiny as Kasselman determines what positions, if any, need different personnel.

“It’s a tough ballgame for us,” Kasselman said. “Seaman’s tough, and it’s always a good test. We’ll know where we’re at real quick, where our weak spots are. If we’ve got some people after that game who are not going to do the job, than it gives us a chance to evaluate, so that’s a big plus for us.”

Kasselman said it is beneficial to play Seaman in the season-opener because it is not a Kaw Valley League opponent. That will allow the Braves to learn and adjust before taking on their first league foe on Sept. 10. That’s not to say that KVL competition will be any easier. The Braves might have the toughest early-season slate of any league team, as they open with Mill Valley and Turner — both Class 5A state playoff teams in 2009.

Defending league champion Basehor-Linwood looms after that.

“Our first three games are tough,” Kasselman said. “We’ll know where we’re at real quick, and we need to grow up fast. After Seaman we’ll know what we need to work on, and if those guys up front come together and develop some consistency and grow every week, then hopefully when we come into districts we’ll have things pretty much set and have gotten much better.”

Bonner Springs posted a 3-6 record in 2009.

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