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!

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…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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