Around the State of MO Football – Week 7

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The Lamar Tigers have been in complete domination this season. Their 7-0 record just doesn’t tell the story. The Tigers have permitted just 1 touchdown all YEAR while scoring….are you ready…an incredible 410 points! Their final regular season game against Carl Junction (7-0) should be a dandy. Coach Scott Bailey has turned this program around completely. I’ve wondered for years if schools could apply to move up a Classification to compete against larger, presumably stronger, teams. If that request would be honored, ALL the teams from that school would also have to move up. The smallest school in the larger class, if they agree, would move down a class.

Turnaround in ONE year…

The Affton Cougars went 5-6 in 2013. After last night’s 47-0 win over Normandy, the Cougars are 7-0 in 2014! Jr QB DeVontae’ Burse has played a major role in this about-face. He is 25 of 51 passing for 451 yards, 11 TD. On the ground, Burse is averaging 7.9 yards per carry on 67 carries (532 yards)-4 TD’s

FIRST TIME EVER…

The Ray-Pec Panthers beat the Blue Springs Wildcats 31-13. It really shook up the Suburban Gold Division in KC as now four teams are 2-1 in conference. More importantly, at least to some, it was the 1st time that the Panthers upended the Wildcats. Ray-Pec took advantage of a costly fumble deep in the Wildcat area (4 yard line) to take an early lead. Isiah Truss had two long kickoff-returns to gain field position and keep the momentum on the Panthers side. Two Interceptions in 2nd half by the Panther defense stalled any intentions that the Wildcats had about rallying.

7-0 but can’t crack Top 10!

The Borgia Knights won the AAA-Large school crown with a convincing 49-11 win over the St. Mary’s Dragons. A long-time Independent, this was the first conference title for the Knights. Now 7-0, Borgia hasn’t been able to make it into the STATE top 10 rankings or the local Top 10 rankings! Coach Dale Gildehaus, who already has 4 regular season undefeated teams, would like to have his 5th and go deep into the playoffs. Watch the replay of this game…

22 straight wins with little fanfare…

Valle Catholic blasted Potosi 41-0 on Friday to notch their 22nd consecutive win. The Warriors have been a long-time traditional Class 1 powerhouse program. So long, in fact, that many, if not most, of the players had parents or relatives who wore the Warrior uniform at one time a few decades ago! Most in MO have just come to expect Valle to be “there” at STATE Playoff time. Listen to replay….

 

 

72-65—this isn’t a basketball score!

The Glendale Falcons and the Rolla Bulldogs scored the 3rd highest total of points in MSHSAA history in a prolific offensive game. Glendale scored on all 9 possessions of the 1st half as Falcon QB Alex Austin put on a show. He threw for 390 yards, 8 TD while running for 126 yards and the 9th TD of the half! It was 64-29 at half. The Bulldog defense held Austin to 50 yards in the 2nd half, rallied and cut the lead to a 7 points with just over 3 minutes remaining. The Falcons were able to run out the clock. I’m sure that these statisticians are still recovering from all of their work.

Ebb and Flow…

Whenever two schools engage in long-multi decade rivalries, there is always an ebb and flow—one school dominates for some time, then the other, it shifts again and so forth. CBC and SLUH have met over 80 times. SLUH had a long run of success, now the Cadets have the upper hand. Coach Scott Pingel has never lost to the Jr Bills during his tenure as head Coach and it continued on Friday with 49-16 Cadet win. Watch the replay …

Best Comeback of the Night…

Trailing 23-7 entering the 4th quarter and 30-14 early in the final quarter, the Harrisonville Wildcats seemed to be in trouble against the Oak Grove Panthers. But, the Wildcats found their passing game and really put it to work. When Chance Chamberlain hooked up with Adam Schrock for TD pass with 1:56 left in the game the Wildcat defense had to “put up a stand” to gain the thrilling 34-30 win. It was the 3rd TD pass of the quarter that saw onsides-kick recoveries, 4th down stops, a KO return going to the house—a little bit of everything!

These Vikings are back…

What about the job Bryan Koch has done at Francis Howell? After their convincing 49-6 victory over Howell Central, the Vikings are 7-0. When Coach Koch started his career as the Head Football Coach, the Vikings football program was struggling. This powerhouse program is now at the level that few teams want to compete against the Vikes in non-conference battles. Welcome to the world of the big-time winners.

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