Bob Ryan Blog – GREAT GAMES WITH 3-0 TEAMS THIS WEEK & New Playoff Thought!

GREAT GAMES WITH 3-0 TEAMS THIS WEEK & New Playoff Thought!

A classic non-conference game between two goliaths in MO football took place in KC. Class 6, #1 in the polls, Blue Springs faced the #1 Class 5 Team in Lee Summit West. Of course both team were undefeated and really untested this year. After LSW handed Blue Springs their only defeat of the 2012 season, the Wildcats were anxious for revenge. Wildcat Elijah Lee said it best, “Three hundred and sixty-five days,” he said with a smile. “That’s how long we’ve been waiting for this. We won’t forget this one soon.” Just as you would expect (and hope for), it went right down to the wire. LSW jumped to a 7-0 lead but the Wildcats scored two TD’s without their offense! Darrius Shepherd picked off an interception for a 58 yard TD. Then, on a controversial play, Elijah Lee took one to the house on a pass that was ruled a backward pass (thus a lateral and becoming a fumble). While protests were filed by LSW staff, the ruling remained a Blue Springs TD. The game continued going back and forth. The Titans were led by QB Thomas Ganaden, who was 32 of 53 passing for 417 yards including a TD.  Finally, Dalvin Warmack scored the game-winner for the Wildcats as he over powered over from 3 yards out, with 5:45 left in the game. Warmack ran for the ball 24 times for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns. Blue Springs is now 4-0 while Lee Summit West suffers a rare defeat and is now 3-1. After this tremendous ball game, one would have to expect each of these teams to be in the Dome again in November!

 

Speaking of November…I’m getting up on my soapbox now…the inference is always that Class 6 (largest schools) has the best level of competition. Class 5 is better than Class 4, 4 better than 3 and so on. As I write about Lee Summit West above, it seems to me that they belong in class 6.  Could it not be possible for schools to petition to play “up” in the next division? Let’s let the best teams, who desire to do so, apply to move to the higher classification. That way, hopefully, the best teams would be in classes more suited to their playing level.  Some possible concerns or questions…like in football which must have 8 team, or less, brackets….let MSHSAA decide which school (using skill level, enrollment, history) approach a school about moving down to a lower level in that sport. If the school doesn’t wish to do so, approach the next on the list. These moves would have to be for 2 years at a time. If it really doesn’t matter how many teams are in a district (as in most sports), no school would have to move “down” to balance the district play. When the new cycle begins, team A playing “up” must determine if they still wish to be there.  The only sports that I see having special concerns are the sports that both genders of one school compete in the same district (basketball & track). In those cases, the school would be applying for both genders to move “up”. Let’s get the best in the higher classifications. Your thoughts?

 The Lee Summit Tiger-Liberty Bluejay game was filled with turnovers, lots of offense, intensity and a game-winning 48 yard FG with only 12.6 seconds left in the game by Tiger Travis Simonen as Lee Summit won this nail-biter 31-28. Each team suffered through three turnovers and Liberty had two touchdowns called back (including a 90 yard KO return…ouch). Liberty suffered through a painful 3rd quarter where they coughed up all three of their turnovers! QB Drew Lock threw for 240 yards and four TD strikes for the Tigers. While the Bluejays were led by who rushed for 125 yards while crossing the goal line three times.

 

It was a game of inches at key plays to determine the winner of the Kickapoo-Camdenton game. Now perched atop of the Ozark Conference are the unbeaten Kickapoo Chiefs (4-0). Kickapoo held on for a 21-19 victory of Camdenton, who tasted defeat for the first time in 2013. As happens many times, a missed extra point early in the game changed the complexion of the game. The Chiefs fell behind 7-0 before scoring the next 14 points to take a 14-7 lead. When the Lakers missed the extra point on their next score, it would prove to be crucial. Kickapoo pushed their lead to 21-13. Camdenton’s next TD brought a 2-pt conversion attempt. The Lakers QB Bo Dean was stopped just inches short of making it a tied game on the attempt. Kickapoo assembled a long, albeit non-scoring, 12 play drive in the 4th quarter that chewed up 4min and 29 sec before finally turning the ball over to Camdenton at the 2:02 mark at the 30 yard line.  A 4th down running attempt by Chief Jamariqune Green was just short of continuing the drive on 4th down. Camdenton finally got the ball to their offense. The forced fumble of Laker QB Bo Dean as he was attempting to pass on the final play of the game secured the win for the Chiefs.

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