James Damon Blog – WEMO Week 3

WEMO Week 3

The Prepcasts-KCMW game of the week featured two old foes used to clashing through the years, often for supremacy in the WEMO.  Midway would take the opening kick-off, marching 50 yards for the opening score, converting a 4th down for the touchdown.  The conversion failed allowing Adrian to respond with a 75-yard drive for a score.  With the PAT, the Blackhawks would take their only lead of the night.  After the teams exchanged punts, Midway would take the ball on their third drive and continue to find paydirt each successive drive until the final gun sounded ending a drive near mid-field.  A 20-7 lead at the half would swell to three scores for much of the second half until Midway’s final score iced the game, 41-19.  Each team lost a player to injury late in the second half, including a lower leg injury to Adrian’s Austin Corley, and a neck injury to Midway’s Joey Beller.  Thoughts and prayers to both athletes and families for quick recoveries and nothing lingering.
Other WEMO clashes saw the Rich Hill Tigers bounce back and remain undefeated in conference play in a back and forth contest on the road at Appleton City.  Each team would hold multiple leads before the Tigers would eventually out-bite the Bulldogs, winning 32-30.  The win avenged a two-point defeat last year for Rich Hill.
The Drexel Bobcats moved closer to their pending showdown, now two weeks away, for conference supremacy against Midway, by dominating the Archie Whirlwinds 59-22.  Archie remains winless on the season and Drexel moved to 3-0 in conference play.  They host Osceola next week in the Prepcasts-KCMW game of the week.
Those same Osceola Indians seemed to enjoy repeatedly putting the ball on the turf against Lexington but after a seesaw affair early saw each team back and forth in the lead, the Indians built a large lead late in the contest and held on to win 36-21 keeping the Minutemen winless on the season.  Osceola’s offense can play with nearly anybody, but they must not continue to allow the turnover bug to bite during games or they will not ascend into the upper realms of the conference and district.  If they hold onto the football, they are an interesting darkhorse to keep an eye on.
Other huge scores from the western side of the state saw Arkansas recruit Rafe Peavey lead the Bolivar Liberators to a handsome victory over the second ranked Harrisonville Wildcats 31-14.  Newbie, the Battle Spartans, bounced back after a tough loss to Hannibal last week to throttle Butler on the road, 45-21.  The Nevada Tigers remain winless, dominated by Oak Grove as the Panthers won 63-14.  Clinton also remains looking for their first “w” after Holden more than doubled up the Cards 34-16.  From the KC area, Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit West continue their stranglehold atop classes 5 and 6 with big wins.  The Rockhurst Hawklets fall to 0-3, and the schedule is no easier for them.  Maybe the best game in the state happened at Raymore-Peculiar as the Jaguars of Blue Springs South fight through double overtime to slay the Panthers 27-24.  Another huge game of note saw the very same Har-Ber, Arkansas squad that ended the 9-year run of Webb City last week, get crushed by Rock Bridge 55-29.  The Bruins may be the best team in class 6, though Blue Springs, CBC, and others will have a say before the year concludes.

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