District Champion Night

Bob-RyanDistrict Championship Night saw many come-back rallies that led to victory. Yes…there were some real lopsided victories but the suspense of these rallies ruled the night….

….At Jackson, Vianney jumped to a 35-3 halftime lead. Nolan Snyder had 3 TD receptions and the Golden Griffins seemed “in charge”. The 2nd half started without much fanfare as the Indians punted on their first two possessions. Then the explosion started! Scoring on their next 3 possessions and a total of 36 unanswered points, Jackson prevails 39-35. All of the 2nd half TD’s were passes from Jeremy Elliot who piled up 478 passing yards with his 5 TD passes. This offensive-filled game saw Vianney generate 408 yards (254-passing; 154-rushing). Watch this thrilling REPlay—

…Behind 26-7 at half, a perennial Class 5 powerhouse, Ft Osage remained calm in the locker room as they “kept the course” against a fired up Winnetonka team. The Griffins (8-3) had piled up an incredible 276 yards while building their lead over the Indians. The 2nd half saw a different Ft Osage team. Scoring on their 1st possession of the 2nd half as Skylar Thompson scored on a 10 yard run, the tide seemed to begin to turn. Early in the 4th, Jonah Tuimaseve intercepted a slant pass to took it all the down to the 3 yard line. It was punched over – score now 26-21. On the next possession and with a short field, the Indians controlled the LOS and scored again to take a 29-26 lead. But…it wasn’t over…the Griffins marched deep into Indian territory with an impressive drive. Again the Indian defense made the play. Josh Tuimaseve picked up a fumble that was forced by his brother, and rambled 80 yards down the field to put the icing on the 36-26 victory. Ft Osage outscored the Griffins 29-0 in the 2nd half!

..btw….Prepcasts will hold their 2nd annual Road to the Dome – leading up to this weekend’s games. You’ll hear from Coaches in all six classifications in the next 3 weeks with the first presentation this Thursday at 7:00pm. Enjoy and learn about these STATE tournament teams directly from their coaches! Click this link to listen to the SHOW …

 

…Trailing 28-6 at half and still on the short end of a 28-13 score at the end of 3 quarter, the Ladue Rams looked to be in deep trouble against the Webster Groves Statesman (7-2). The 4th quarter saw the “Rally Magic” of the night! Ladue’s Daylen Edwards 14 yard TD scamper at the 10:34 mark cut the deficit to 28-17—still 2 scores. With 7:39 left in the game, the momentum really turned as Mario Whitley scored on a blocked punt from 45 yards out. Finally with only 36 seconds left in the game, Jack Fox shocked everyone as he raced in for the score from 37 yards out to give Ladue their only lead of the game 34-28.  Listen to the REPlay …

…behind 21-7 to Blue Springs, the Rockhurst Hawklets knew that they had an uphill climb. After all, the Wildcats were the 2X defending Class 6 Champions. Rockhurst scored 21 straight points to grab a 28-27 lead. This game was far from over. With 6:51 left in the game Cobi Bissell punched in a 1 yard TD run to cut the lead to 28-27. After a Hawklet penalty on the PAT, Blue Springs went for the 2 point conversion. QB Ian Brown rolled out, saw nothing he liked so he ducked into the end zone to give the Wildcats the 29-28 lead. At this point, Rockhurst turned in over to Jr. AJ Taylor. The running back had been told during the week to expect a heavy dose of work. He led the Hawklets down the field with run after run. It came down to a 4th & goal with 2:16 left. Taylor plunged over left tackle. In the officials view, he had crossed the goal line (barely) for the winning TD. Rockhurst wins 34-29. This epic battle came down to an inch—one way or the other—what a great game! Remember, Rockhurst’s only loss was in week 1 to undefeated Class 4 Champ-Webb City.

Some rallies fell just short…

…in the Class 5, District 6 Championship game, Carthage piled up a 35-6 halftime lead over Williard. Tiger QB Alex Derryberry had 4 TD tosses in the first half. The 2nd half was completely opposite. Both teams moved the ball up and down the field. It was really wild—punts were a foreign object! When Williard scored with just under 2:30 left, the Williard Tigers had cut the lead to 48-47! Williard decided to go for 2 points and the win. Cathage made a diving tackle to save the 2-point conversion and Carthage prevailed 48-47! There was plenty of offense for each side-Carthage had 487 total yards while Williard finished with 459.

…Cape Central never trailed. The opening kickoff return saw Al Young scamper 90 yards for the TD. However, the quick striking Tigers had a genuine battle with the Hillsboro Hawks. Cape also scored quickly on their 1st drive of the 2nd half to build a 28-14 lead. Hillsboro answered—the Hawks assembled a 13 play drive when Chris Walsh scored his 3rd TD of the game to make it 28-21. Central came right back with a scoring drive of their own to stretch the lead back to 35-21 late in the 3rd quarter. Hawks running back Trey Terry’s 41 yard gallop highlighted the Hawks next drive which again cut it to a 7 point margin 35-28. Each team scored again on their next possession so now it was 42-35, Cape Central. Finally, on the final play of the game, Hillsboro’s Sam Mock’s pass fell incomplete to end this thrilling game. Taking a page out of the past, Hillsboro did it all on the ground—400 yards on 66 carries and 0 for 3 in the passing game!

…not a monumental number like some of the earlier scores, the California Pintos (#2 rated, 12-0) needed late heroics to upend the #8 team in STATE, the Blair Oaks Falcons. After a back-forth first half with the lead changing hands frequently, at the 7:38 of the 4th, the Pintos took their first lead since the 2nd quarter as Jaden Barr connected with Landon Mouse on a 20 yard TD strike. Blair Oaks came right back and scored in just four plays when QB Jordan Hair hit C.J.Closser for a 36 yard TD pass with just 6:11 left in the game. California then started its 11 play drive that culminated when Jose Magana kicked his career FIRST FG with only 1:25 left from 35 yards out! The Pintos advance with the 32-30 victory.

…some explosive offensive machines clicked ahead

…Kirkwood steamrolled Lafayette 56-9 … Click here for that REPlay … while CBC manhandled long-time foe, Hazelwood Central 45-0. Click here for that REPlay …     This sets up a terrific Class 6 semifinal matchup.

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Football Predictions by James Damon

damonWe know for sure that we will have at least two new champions crowned in Class 5 (Lee’s Summit West moved up to Class 6 this year) and Class 6 (with Rockhurst defeating Blue Springs in the district championship over the weekend).
 
My quick thoughts per each class:
Class 1:  Still Valle Catholic’s to lose, though I think Midway is physical enough to give them a great ballgame.  I thought that last year prior to Osceola upsetting Midway and eventually falling on the road at Valle.  Valle has to be the favorite, as they attempt to five peat; they last did NOT play for the title in 2008.  The other half of the bracket appears to be fodder for the Valle/Midway winner as Penney has great offense and does not play defense, and South Shelby and Westran are competitive, but not in the same league (Valle already hammering Westran this year).
Class 2:  Lamar playing Maryville (class 3) is a more interesting side note.  I do think Strafford and the Tigers this weekend might be interesting for awhile, but the Tigers are deep and play up in competition all season long.  They only play one sub-class 3 school during the year before the playoffs.  Until anybody even plays close to Lamar (only loss is a tight one to Class 4 Carl Junction), there is no discussion for class 2.
Class 3:  Read above and plug in Maryville in this scenario.  They have not lost since Matt Webb took over head coaching duties and the train looks strong again.  They also have the best nickname in high school (Spoofhounds).
Class 4:  Read above and plug in Webb City, though Helias Catholic and/or Kearney could give them a great game in the semis.  Like Class 1, that appears to be where the title will be served, and the other half of the bracket only offers a game to be played in the dome.
Class 5:  Fort Osage has looked, at times, like the best team in the state in any class, and got all they wanted versus Winnetonka over the weekend trailing early and big at the half.  Skylar Thompson would lead the charge back as Fort would take the win and set up an awesome match-up with a powerhouse running attack in Park Hill.  That winner should be title favorite, especially with Webster Groves falling last weekend.
Class 6: Curveballs abounded in games last week, at least in margins of outcomes.  Hazelwood Central got crushed by CBC, in what many thought would be a closer game, and a back-and-forth matchup between Rockhurst and Blue Springs favored the Hawklets in the end ending the Wildcat hope for a three-peat.  Some fans think this is Francis Howell’s year, but the Hawklets are clicking on all cylinders and I won’t go against Coach Severino this deep in a playoff run.
 
My top three from each class heading into the playoffs (now three weeks old):
C1: Valle Catholic, Cass-Midway, Penney
C2: Lamar, Strafford, Lutheran North
C3: Maryville, California, John Burroughs
C4: Webb City, Helias, Kearney
C5: Fort Osage, Park Hill, Webster Groves
C6: Hazelwood Central, Rockhurst, CBC/Blue Springs
 
I’ll comment on the title match-ups leading up to Thanksgiving weekend from the dome.

Archive! – Apr. 9 – HS Boys Baseball – Northwest @ Webster Groves [Northwest Sports Network]

Webster CLICK TO LISTEN NorthwestHS Boys Baseball – Northwest @ Webster Groves [Northwest Sports Network] – Click here for the game

Hockey Blog – Clayton Bury – Parkway West / Webster Groves

Webster Parkway WestBury_photoClick here for the game … Players of the game..

Webster – G, Zach Sheets. Turned away countless
opportunities from the
longhorns and held Nick Balaestra scoreless …

P.
West – F, Jackson Fleming. Was a force in the offensive end,
swarming the net
with shot after shot. Netted the tying goal late in
the 3rd. Would have had
more if not for the brilliant play of Zach
Sheets.
The game …
It was an evenly
matched, fast-paced game on Senior night for both
squads. P West controlled
the play in the first period, with many
extended stays in the offensive end.
But Webster goalie Zach Sheets
stood tall between the pipes and the Webster
defense did well to
defend the front of the net and keep most Longhorn
shooters out on the
perimeter.

The momentum shifted towards the
Skatesmen in the 2nd period, where
they took a 2-1 lead, but they could not
net an insurance goal as
Longhorns goalie Peter Beauguard was unbeatable for
the remainder of
the game, giving his team a chance to tie it up. That’s
exactly what
happened late in the 3rd, as Jackson Fleming finally beat Zach
Sheets
to tie the game up at 2, earning a point for his team. Click here for the game …

HS Hockey – Parkway West 2 vs Webster Groves 2

video cam logo Webster Parkway WestHS Hockey – Parkway West vs Webster Groves – Click here to view match

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 – 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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Prepcasts Sports Central Wednesday Night Football Show 3 [MSHSAA All Classes Football Semi-Final Preview / with Coaches]

Gateway Varsity SportsPrepcasts Sports Central Wednesday Night Football Show 3 – Click here for the show mic logo MSHSAA logo

Prepcasts Sports Central Wednesday Night Football Show 2 – [discussion of all 6 classes in MSHSAA football with coaches]

MSHSAA logomic logoPrepcasts Sports Central Wednesday Night Football Show 2 – Click here for the show – Tim Miller & Bob Ryan will break-down all 6 of the MSHSAA Football classes during this broadcast. Coaches and Prepcasts Announcers will be contributors to the show.