James Damon Blog – Week 2 [WEMO]

MO HS Football Musings from Week 2

Two weeks is too soon to make long reaching determinations regarding how the duration of the season will go for most teams.  But this football season is shaping up like few others in recent years after a volatile couple weeks.  There are the usual suspects atop the rankings in many classes, including Hamilton and Valle Catholic in class one, Blue Springs in class six, and other well heeled programs throughout the rankings.
The two programs with the longest regular season winning streaks (and longest overall winning streak currently in Missouri) have already both fallen this season, one of those teams still searching for their first win!  Webb City, winners of an unheard of 91 regular season games in a row had three TD leads twice over Arkansas class 7A horse Har-Ber, before relinquishing those leads and falling 42-35.  Don’t think the loss means the Cardinals are no longer the favorite to take the MO class 4 crown as they chase a four peat.  Harrisonville, Helias, and Bolivar have some thoughts about that, but the Cardinals will do it with a different mix of players than those exhibited the last three years for Coach John Roderique.  The last regular season loss for Webb City came near the end of the 2003 season, and if you look at schedules and records, you’ll realize that Webb City regularly plays big boys around the state of MO (in their class as well as classes 5 and 6) and stud teams from Kansas and Arkansas.
Records are always an interesting and discuss-able topic as some schools simply did not keep them as closely as they should have for years.  I can attest to this as the school I attended saw numerous state records fall with the effort of an amazing running back.  Sadly, poor records were kept and not turned in until years later, thus robbing the player and school of more notoriety.  That noted, I’ve heard discussions of amazing winning streaks teams around the state had from the 40’s and 50’s, and if true, the current record books do not hold those accolades.  They do indicate Jefferson City holds the all-time mark of consecutive wins, including playoffs, at over 70 games.  Regardless of these discussions, the mark of Webb City winning nearly 100 regular season games is very impressive.
The other amazing streak of note that ended to begin this season came from the team that was number two on that current regular season win list, having not lost a regular season game since the opener of 2006.  While the Tipton Cardinals have yet to translate that yearly success into a state title, they had won nearly 70 regular season tilts in a row, until this season began, and although losing a lot of talent from last year’s squad, many expected Tipton to be in the mix again this year.  Much time remains, but the Cards appear shuffled as they start the year winless after the first two weeks.
And, though, the competition has been extraordinary, perennial contender in class 6, Rockhurst has dropped their two opening contests and a rough schedule looms as the Hawklets host defending champ, Blue Springs, this week, and still await match-ups versus Hutchinson, Kansas, and Columbia Rock Bridge.
Much season awaits as two weeks rarely means too much to most teams, but the start of the 2013 season has been a historic one thus far.  Let’s hope it continues for the entire year.
Despite some technical difficulties to begin the game, we saw an outstanding clash between two WEMO rivals as the undefeated Bobcats of Drexel journeyed to Adrian to take on the also undefeated Blackhawks.A scoreless first quarter transpired before Adrian recovered a fumble for a touchdown to take the early 6-0 lead.  Drexel showed their quick strike ability, though, taking the ensuing kick 80+ yards for a score.  The two point conversion gave Drexel a lead they would hold the duration of the first half.  The Bobcats would also score on their next possession and lead 14-6 until the last seconds, literally, of the second frame.  On the final play of the half, Trenton Tallman scrambled right then left for Adrian and heaved the ball down field amidst three Bobcat defenders.  As they converged on the ball, all three missed the football and the tackle, allowing Austin Corley to haul in the reception, pivot and take the score to the house as time expired.  The conversion failed and Drexel led at the half 14-12.

Adrian would take the kickoff to start the second half, march the field on a five minute drive and cash their first of two touchdowns in the third quarter.  Those two Austin Williams TD’s were sandwiched around a 75 yard TD strike from Javyn Johnston to Jacob Antley for Drexel to see-saw back on top until Williams scored for Adrian as time expired in the third period.  Drexel would take three minutes to march and score to open the fourth quarter, a short scamper from Tyler Allen, set up by two great QB scrambles from Johnston.  Despite scoring opportunities for both sides and turnovers, that would prove to be the final TD and hold up for a huge WEMO road victory for the Bobcats, who move to 2-0 on the season, both conference wins.  It was the first loss for Adrian in their first conference clash of the young season.

Other WEMO action saw top five ranked Cass-Midway thump Archie on the road, 39-0.  The Vikings, who likely move up this week after a Thayer loss, will host Adrian this coming Friday night on the Prepcasts-KCMW game of the week.  Midway is tied with Drexel atop the WEMO conference standings at 2-0.  The loss dropped the Whirlwinds to 0-2, both conference losses.

Osceola bounced back strong at home after falling behind early to Appleton City 8-6.  The Indians would reel off multiple TD’s quickly to build a huge lead and coast to a 59-22 win over the visiting Bulldogs.  Osceola moves to 1-1 in the WEMO as the Dogs fell to 0-2.

The Rich Hill Tigers faced the perennially tough Lockwood Tigers for their home opener in a non-conference match.  The teams traded scores until the fourth quarter when back to back Rich Hill scores gave the home Tigers a 28-14 advantage.  Lockwood would fight back to tie the game and take a lead on a two point conversion, 30-28, with under a minute to go.  Rich Hill would advance into field goal range attempting to get a huge win, but a bad snap bungled the attempt, and the Lockwood Tigers remained undefeated as Rich Hill fell to 1-1.

District 3 in class 1 features all seven WEMO teams and the Skyline Tigers as a team to watch.  The Tigers defeated a very game Fair Grove squad, 39-28. Click here for the game

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