Week 3 – Lightning & Thunder – Bob Ryan Review

Bob-RyanOn this Friday night, the East side of the STATE saw many games postponed due to a strong storm that brought lightning and thunder through the area. However, there was other forms of lightning & thunder on this night…

….in Warrenton, there was a rumble that have never been heard previously…the Warrenton Warriors (3-0) beat the Washington Bluejays (1-2) for the FIRST TIME in the history of the two schools. The 14-6 victory, sandwiched between a 30 minute rain delay and a deluge just as the game concluded. This exciting game that saw momentum blow from side to side included a Warrenton fumble on the 1 yard line, a Bluejay extra-point out of the swinging gate fail.

…. That explosion that you heard in Brentwood isn’t any storm, it’s the Brentwood Eagles being led by Jacob Clay. The Eagles pounded Sumner 67-20 to raise their record to 3-0. Jacob Clay scored 4 more TD’s to elevate his total to 13 for the season (none have been scored in the 4th quarter all year). He has rushed for 707 yards and is averaging over 18 yards/carry!

…that late lightning you saw was at Marquette HS. The Jackson Indians scored twice in the final 1:41 of the game to upend the Mustangs 22-14. In a game delayed approximately 2 hours, turnovers led to both of the late TD by the Indians. The #2, Class 5 team raised their mark to 3-0.

…the constant blast of thunder was found when two unbeaten teams, East Buchanon and W.Platte, had a real shootout– E.Buchanon 50 W. Platte 36. Bulldog Jr QB Colby Rapp shredded the Bluejays defense for 406 passing yards and 3 touchdown tosses.

…despite waiting until Saturday morning to play, there was a late, very late, lightning bolt strike at Parkway North. As the time expired, Parkway Central’s Michael Rembold booted a 39 yard FG to lead the Colts to a hard-fought 17-14 over the Vikings.

….at the end of 3 quarters at Kirkwood, it was tied at 21-21 between the Pioneers and the Lafayette Lancers. Suddenly, it poured down Pioneer points! Racing to a 27 point outburst in the final quarter, Kirkwood won 48-21 in a terrific non-conference matchup.

…at Bentonville Ark, the calm before the final thunder came very late in the game. When Bentonville scored with 39 seconds to bring the Tigers within a single point against Rockhurst 17-16. Tigers Coach had to make a decision! Everyone waited as Coach Barry Lunney made up his mind. He decided to go for two points since there are no overtimes allowed in Arkansas when you play an out-state opponent. He didn’t want to play for a tie. The pass failed so Rockhurst (2-1) went back home with a tough win. Win or lose…great call by Coach!

…there was plenty of electricity in the air, but not in the power box as the game was delayed a few minutes. Once the lights came on, it was a thrilling Ozark conference game between two 2-0 teams. The defending champions Kickapoo and the talented Joplin Eagle team. The explosion of big plays just kept coming in the Chiefs 48-42 OT win over the Eagles. While Kickapoo’s Tony Grant crossed the goal line FIVE times. This game came down to the last seconds. Scoring with 8 seconds remaining, Joplin wanted to go for two points and the win. Some confusion resulted in a delay of game penalty so the PAT tied it at 42-42. Joplin didn’t score on their 1st possession in OT but Grant plunged in from a yard out for the winner.


… MICDS scored 14 points in last quarter including a 22 yard reception by Harry Wellford from Jordan Jackson with just 0:14 seconds left to edge Lutheran South 20-14 

…Pacific’s (2-1) Eain Roberts 4 yard run with only 2:42 left was the difference as the Pacific Indians outlasted St. Clair Bulldogs 20-18                                                                          

 …scoring the last 20 points of the game, D.T. Christiansen (O’Fallon Christian) raced 16 yards with only 2:03 left in the game to provide the Eagles with a 27-26 victory over the Trinity Titans.

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Archive! – May 27 – HS Boys Baseball – Class 5 Sectional – Marquette vs Parkway Central

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Archive! – May 23 – HS Boys Volleyball – Class 3 – Championship – Affton vs Parkway Central

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James Damon Blog – MSHSAA FB Championships

James DamonPrintNew Year Provides More Usual Suspects for Football Titles  …

Of the 14 participants for the title match-ups in all seven classes (8-man through class 6), the real storyline, perhaps in addition to on-going dominance by western schools, was that the usual suspects continue to dominate across all classes.
Be they old powers (Valle Catholic and Webb City) or newer kids on the block (Lamar and Lee’s Summit West), it would appear the toughest part of the title hunt for Missouri high schools is not winning multiple championships, but rather kicking the door in for the first title.  An amazing study of Super Bowl champions proves something similar as it is far more common to expect the classic champs to win again and again (Dallas, Pittsburgh, Green Bay) rather than a potentially unexpected team to jump up and grab a title (New Orleans, Tampa Bay).  Whatever that bodes for a team like Seattle this year is curious at that level, but if it means anything long term for most other Missouri high schools is a question worth considering.
Here are the title winners this year with their number of total titles following in parentheses: North Andrew (4), Valle Catholic (12), Lamar (3), Maryville (4), Webb City (12), Lee’s Summit West (3), and Blue Springs (5).  The only participant without a state title was class 5 Parkway Central, and while some might suggest this is an aberration, last year’s storyline was similar as only 8-man Stanberry and class 5 Kirkwood took their first state titles, leaving the other five as the usual suspects: Penney (3), Lamar (2), Maryville (3), Webb City (11), and Blue Springs (4).
Perhaps this means little, but considering the landscape year after year seems to indicate strongly that the power programs in each class consistently remain the go-to horses in contention each year.  Nice stories develop along the way, i.e. Scott Bailey taking over a poor Lamar program, going over a complete rebuild, and now they possess the class of class 2, winners of back-to-back titles; or Matt Webb’s fine coaching to a 30-0 record and two state titles his first two years in returning to his alma mater, Maryville; and a multitude of others.  But again, the real storyline is almost always the consistency and staying power of the banner programs in most classifications.
While any run for the 2014 titles lay far ahead after long winters in the weight room and springs and summers conditioning and studying playbooks, any poll of savvy media, coaches, and the like would produce the same favorites in most classifications.  Valle loses a slew of seniors, as does Lamar, but who would put above them as favorites in class 1 or 2?  Others may be in the conversation, but until they hoist the trophy, little else can be said.  Class 3 seems to again be Maryville’s for consideration as they lost a ton of seniors after the 2012 title yet still rolled on this year.  From class 4, Webb City looks to remain tied for Valle atop the most total titles list (chasing 13 in 2014) and with another win next year would tie the Warriors for most consecutive titles at five.  Class 4 is theirs until somebody else takes it away.  Lee’s Summit West has vaulted itself into perennial contention in class 5, and the only potential dis-qualifier there might be the Titans discussed jump to class 6.  While that class provides teams each year that make deep runs, it now appears to be the Wildcats domain (now possessing the second longest winning streak in the state, behind only Maryville), and Kelly Donohoe’s team is still littered with big-time talent starting up front with the monster Davis brothers.
Who knows what can happen any given game or any given year?  Injuries accrue for schools, bad weather or crazy football bounces take their toll through a full season, so much can happen that cannot be accounted for….but at the end of the day, I’ll put my cards with the usual suspects in each class, at least until another suspect lines up and proves otherwise.

Rob Kodner Blog – Class 5 FB Championship – Parkway Central / Lee’s Summit West


Kodner2011ccclogomainPrintClick here to listen to the game – The Class 5 Missouri State Championship would be a rematch of the 2007 affair when Lee Summit West defeated Parkway Central by a score of 35-0.  The Titans were going for their third state championship, in just their 10th year of existence, while the Colts would be looking for their first.  Both teams came into the contest with only one loss and dominated their opponents all season long.  The game started harmlessly with each team going three and out on their first possessions.  However, that would be the last punt for the Titans in the first half as they scored on each of their next 5 time they would have the ball.  Brenner Clemons and Monte Harrison each ran for a touchdown, while tailback Ryan Williams would run for two scores.  Great field position was a key factor, as the Titans started near mid field for most of the half.  They were aided by 3 interceptions from their star cornerback Logan Cheadle, who intercepted 3 passes, including one for a pick six.  Tanner Martin added a field goal just before the Half and Lee Summit west went into halftime leading 30-7.  Parkway Central’s only score came on a 57 yard screen pass form quarterback Zach Lazenby to his tight end Jonathan Bonner late in the second quarter.  On the titan’s first possession of the second half, they drove the ball 72 yards on 8 plays, capped off with a 17 yards touchdown run by Williams, his third of the day, and that sealed the fate of this contest.  The final score was 51-14 as the Lees Summit West Titans dominated in all phases of this contest. Click here to listen to the game

The Lions Choice 212 Athlete of the game went to Titan’s running back Ryan Williams, who carried the ball 11 times for 122 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Custom Shirt Graphics Standout Player of the Game went to the Titan’s cornerback Logan Cheadle, who intercepted 3 passes, one for a touchdown.

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B.J. Schulte Blog – FB Semi – Webster Groves / Parkway Central

SchulteWebster Parkway CentralClick here for the game – The Parkway Central Colts  (13-1) ran their way to the Class 5 State Championship game with a 42-21 victory over the Webster Groves Statesmen (9-4). The Colts made up for their lone defeat, a 28-7 losss to the Statesmen on September 27th. Unlike the previous meeting, the Colts were able to run the the ball at will. Parkway Central ran the ball 47 times for 329 yards. The offensive line (Brantley Lohkamp, Daniel Lewis, Jason Piles, Harley Whitehouse, and Matt Sanders) paved the way for Augie Brooks and Khalen Saunders. Brooks had 193 yds. and 3 TD’s, while Saunders ran for 117 yards and 3 TD’s as well.
For Webster Groves it was a game of missed opportunities.  The Statesmen piled up 384 yards on offense but were unable to finish a couple of key drives. Especially just before half the Statesmen had 2nd and goal from the 1 yard line and could not punch it across the goal line on 3 oppurtunities. That left the score 14-7 at half instead of a tie score, and Parkway Central seemed to take that momentum into the second half. Junior QB Rob Thompson threw for 316 yards and 3 Td’s for the Statesmen. Click here for the game
Parkway Central will meet Lee’s Summit West Saturday for the Class 5 State Championship. The game can be heard live on Prepcasts.com from the Edward Jones Dome. Kickoff is set for 5:30. Click here for the Championship Game
Lion’s Choice 212 Athletes of the game –
Parkway Central- Augie Brooks, 193 yards rushing 3TD’s and a key INT on defense late in the game –
Webster Groves- Rob Thompson 20-32 316 yards passing and 3 TD’s –
Custom Shirt Graphics Standout Player –
Khalen Saunders- 117 yards rushing 3 TD’s, also had 6 tackles on defense including a sack.

James Damon Blog – FB – Dome Games

James DamonOf the six major classes, all my state champions are still alive.  I expected repeats in classes 2, 3, 4, & 6 (Lamar, Maryville, Webb City, and Blue Springs) as well as Lee’s Summit West taking it in class 5.  I hedged a bit with the expectation of a Valle Catholic-Penney rematch for the Class 1 title but waffled a bit later in the season.  It’s just hard to go against either of those teams.  I think Valle has the decided edge over Marceline in that game.  Lamar might get a test early, but should be favored to win handily. Click here for the Lamar vs Lawson game – Maryville’s strong running game is what Seneca likes to do as well, but Matt Webb should remain undefeated through year two.  Click here for the Seneca vs Maryville game – The class 4 & 5 games are what I expect to be the best (apart from 8 man which you should never try to over-analyze).  Webb City and Helias are both coached excellently with difference makers on both sides of the ball.  I think Webb has the advantage, but never count out the Crusaders. Click here for the Helias Catholic vs Webb City game – I give the edge to the Titans who I’ve studied from afar all year in Class 5; I think this is a hungry (and angry) team after being upset in the quarters last year.  But this is a Parkway Central team with talent and that can play physical.  This should be a great game. Click here for the Parkway Central vs Lee’s Summit West game – As much as I’d like to talk about magic runs and good games, Blue Springs likely had their “dud” game against Eureka, and still won by 28.  That does not bode well for the Bruins and Coach Ofodile.  They can move the ball via ground and air attack, but when this Wildcat defense shows up, it is scary for their opponents.  I don’t think it will be a blowout, but I would not be shocked if the quick clock ran this one down.  The Wildcats are that good, and likely deserving of a much higher national rating than they are getting right now. Click here for the Rock Bridge vs Blue Springs game – In 8 man action two undefeateds will meet as North Andrew battles Stanberry.  Click here for the North Andrew vs Stanberry game – If you’ve never watched or listened to 8-man action, check it out.  The scores are fast and often and it’s fun football.

James Damon Blog – FB – Semi’s

James DamonChampionships set; filled with mostly familiar faces –

In a flurry of activity over Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, the 7 classes all booked arrangements for their championship games following Thanksgiving.
In the Prepcasts-KCMW game of the week, Webb City took command early and, as good teams are able to do, never let Cape Central get into the ballgame or even a flow within the game.  Looking over the teams and statistics earlier in the week, coupled with a cross-state drive, gave me grave concerns for the Tigers to keep this one from a running clock, and they were not able to do so.  Webb intercepted a pass on the opening drive to set up shop inside the Cape 40, where they would methodically march in for the first of Trey Parra’s two scores.  A partially blocked punt would set up yet another short field before QB Devin Pickett ran it to pay dirt and put the Cardinals up 15-0.  Cape needed to answer, so they called out #1, the dynamic Al Young in the receiving game, but Webb had the right answer.  They called out #5, Kiante Hardin, who intercepted three passes in the Westminster win a week ago.  Hardin would snag the INT and house it after a 64 yard scamper that put up Webb City 22-0.  It was clear sailing from there.
Young, who came into the game with over 1100 yards receiving would not catch a ball until the final drive of the game when he caught two passes taking Cape near midfield.  They only crossed into Webb territory one time in the mid third quarter before the Cardinals defense stiffened and pushed them back.  Adding scores for the Cardinals were Tyler Davison on a short run, a pass from Pickett to senior TE Cooper Strasser, a second score from Parra.  A 38 yard field goal from Nathan Gooch cemented the scoring.
Stats don’t lie and here are some impressive ones from the game.  Cape Central, who entered averaging nearly 40 points a game, was held to 6 first downs, including one on the final drive.  They never crossed the midfield stripe (or came close) until the midpoint of quarter three.  Cape QB Dennis Vinson, who had thrown for nearly 1800 yards and 19 TD’s had this final line: three passes completed (two on the final drive of the game) out of nine attempts, two interceptions, harassed and hit all day long and very uncomfortable in and outside the pocket.
At the end of the day, it was another win for the Webb City machine.  In the most complementary way, the Cardinals keep plugging new players into their system and keep churning out wins at a prolific rate. Click here for the game – They now await their foe from a year ago in a repeat title match, Jefferson City Helias, as they seek a state record 12th championship.
Other familiar faces from semi-final weekend include the Lamar Tigers looking indestructible as they vie for a third straight title. Click here for the Lamar game – They will take on a Lawson Cardinal team who won a title in 2007, who upset Blair Oaks on the road Saturday afternoon in Class 2 action.
Valle Catholic got a bit of a scare from Osceola before they turned on the jets in the second half and pulled away for a 35-11 win.  Click here for the Osceola game – The Warriors also battle for their 12th state title as they take on Marceline, who took out last year’s champion, Hamilton Penney in a northern Mo shootout in Class 1.
Class 3 saw the largest surprise in my opinion as the hot Seneca Indians upended the Bombers from John Burroughs, holding them to only one TD on the day.  That ends a streak of four consecutive title berth appearances for the Bombers as they still chase title number nine.  Defending champion, Maryville, continued to use strong running to take out the California Pintos in the battle of the best mascots.  The Spoofhounds have still not lost in two years under coach Matt Webb and vie for back to back crowns next weekend.
Friday night action saw three rather decisive outcomes and one back and forth tilt that went down to the final minute.  Blue Springs continues their romp through Class 6 rolling past Eureka – Click here to view that game – and looking more like they might have already won the state title showdown after beating Lee’s Summit West earlier in the season!  They officially have to take out a Rock Bridge team that has been up and down all year, but is playing hot and dangerous right now after stealing one away from Hazelwood Central in Columbia.  Nobody wanted to play defense in the game’s final moments as the teams traded scores and the lead until the Bruins recovered a fumble in the end zone and knelt the clock out for the win.  It was the Hawks’ first loss ever in semi-final play! – Click here for the Rock Bridge – Hazelwood Central game
Class 5 will feature the Titans of Lee’s Summit West as they rolled Kearney at home, Click here to listen to that game – and they take on the Parkway Central Colts, avenging their lone season loss to Webster Groves.  The Colts are riding a hot streak behind the Double Fridge offensive set (coined by our good friend Bob Ryan) to the dome as the Titans look to become the only team in the past seven years in Class 5 to repeat as champion.  A Parkway Central victory would run that total to eight years. Click here to hear the Parkway Central – Webster Groves game

HS Football – Class 5 Semi’s – Parkway Central 42 @ Webster 21

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