All Hallows Eve beckoned across the state of Missouri and the night would end with tricks for half of the teams as they prepare for winter sports, The other half, though, would find treats and tickets punched to the district championships next weekend. On the KCMW network, two games featuring WEMO teams would see intriguing match-ups. The Midway Vikings hosted the Adrian Blackhawks in one of the most bizarre games I have seen in nearly thirty years of broadcasting. Midway took the opening kick, marched down the field and scored on a QB keeper from Tyler Wright. The same exact thing would happen on a second drive as Wright scored again; the only difference was a made PAT and a blocked PAT. After Adrian’s initial first down near mid-field, a punt would pin back Midway inside their two, but they marched right down the field and scored on a Conor Hayes run. Again, the conversion failed, but Midway would punch in two more scores, reaching pay dirt in their first five possessions to go on top, 31-0. They defeated Adrian on the road 21-0 in week three during the state-wide lightning storms. Those two touchdowns were a run by Tanner Yahnig and a 65 yard toss from Wright to Jake Lambertz with just over a minute remaining in the half. Then the goblins were loosed.
Adrian had amassed two first downs thus far and only had one substantial play not from a penalty thus far, and then senior Logan Tallman broke a tackle off the left side, ran through an arm tackle attempt, and raced to the end zone some 86 yards away to give Adrian life. Adam Cochran nailed the PAT making the half-time score 31-7. It was the first of three consecutive scores from Adrian to fight back in the game. Junior QB Gage Steen would find Austin Corley for a 38 yard pitch and catch, along with another Tallman scamper, this from 48 yards out, and the score in the early fourth quarter was 31-20. Midway’s senior QB would have two more TD runs erased from penalties and keeping the game tight, until he legally scored from 57 yards away to push the lead to 39-20 with just over two minutes remaining. Did I mention all the big plays? One more erupted on the next play from scrimmage as Corley would break two tackles and outrace the defense 80 yards to cut the lead back to 12. Adrian would get the onside kick and drive down near the thirty before they finally succumbed on downs, and fell to the #2 ranked Vikings, 39-27. Adrian ends their season at 7-4, and Midway advances to 11-0. Accounting for four scores, Tyler Wright was the Player of the Game.
The Vikes will host the state ranked Jasper Eagles who took the home field advantage in beating the Rich Hill Tigers 41-35 in a back-and-forth shootout. Thankfully, I have unlimited texts, as my phone seemingly beeped all night long with score updates as these teams traded salvos all night long, in one of the funner games around the state. The Tigers would fall to 6-5 with the loss, and the second seed from the district travels to Midway for the district championship this coming Friday, broadcast live on Prepcasts-KCMW.
The Bear Network crew traveled to Osceola to feature the Indians hosting the Tipton Cardinals. Two quick scores would put Osceola on top and they played to a stalemate the duration of the contest. All-everything QB Driston Self, earning additional POG honors, would lead the defense with 10+ tackles, and light up the turf throwing and running in leading Osceola to a 28-12 victory. Click here for the REPlay … They host a game broadcast on the KCMW network this coming weekend against either Crest Ridge (#3 seed) or Skyline (#2 seed). That game had not yet been played at publication of this blog.
As each week passes, trimming more teams from the playoff hunt, I will expand thoughts to additional classes and teams from the western side of the state. Key games next week include Blue Springs visiting Rockhurst (Class 6; 14-13 Hawklet win earlier this year), Liberty North visiting Park Hill (Class 5; awesome defense against awesome ground game), Winnetonka at Fort Osage (Class 5; likely best overall KC area athlete versus maybe best team in any class in the state this year), Raytown South at Harrisonville (Class 4; Cats look to avenge upset loss to athletic Cardinals team in last year’s playoff), and Smithville at Kearney (Class 4; under-rated Warrior team battling perennially solid Kearney squad).