James Damon Blog – Week 5 – WEMO

WEMO Week 5

One might expect week 5 bringing down to the wire match-ups as the season reaches the halfway point before district play begins in week 10.  However, all three WEMO games were laughers that featured running clocks.
In the Prepcasts-KCMW game of the week, a showdown between #4 ranked Cass-Midway and one-loss Drexel (just outside the state’s top 10 poll in Class one) turned out to be a close contest in discussion only.  After stopping Drexel’s opening drive after just one first down, the Vikings scored on their first play from scrimmage on a long TD scamper by QB Peyton Semsch.  Just a few plays later, Midway returned an interception for a TD, then got the ball at midfield after forcing a fumble.  Their second play from scrimmage resulted in another TD as Semsch hit Bobby Zielinski streaking down the visitor’s sideline and halfway through quarter one, the Vikes were up 21-0.
No scores ensued until after the half when the Vikes would score two more third quarter TD’s, a run from Zielinski and another pass from Semsch, this time to Tanner Yahnig.  The final score came early in the fourth quarter to initiate the running clock, as Semsch outsprinted the Bobcat defenders for his second rushing TD over 60 yards in the game.  Most impressive was Midway’s defensive effort though shutting down the Bobcat offense (averaging over 40 points a game through the first four of the season), and garnering their third shutout in five games.  Midway moves to 5-0 overall and in league play, as Drexel falls to 3-2 in the league and overall.
The other two contests were not much of ones either as the number two team in the league, the Osceola Indians, jumped to a 42-0 lead on the Rich Hill Tigers before giving up a late TD and winning 42-8.  The last two weeks have been tough for Rich Hill as many thought they could make a statement about moving into the middle tier of the conference, but while they are out of the cellar, more ground needs to be made up before they compete at the conference’s highest level.  Osceola’s win seems them strongly planted in second place in the conference at 3-1, 4-1 overall, while Rich Hill’s second consecutive loss drops them to 2-2 in the WEMO standings and 2-3 overall. Click here for the game
Archie remains winless and in charge of the fewest overall district points in the state as their long season gets longer.  Adrian dominated from start to finish, running away with a 55-12 victory.  The Blackhawks win pushes them to 3-2 overall and a 2-2 conference mark while Archie falls to 0-5 and 0-4 in the WEMO.
Other teams in the area that continue on in victory include: Pleasant Hill hammering Grain Valley 52-21 Harrisonville taking their conference opener over Excelsior Springs 35-14 Ray-Pec, after knocking out Rock Bridge last week, falls to still undefeated Lee’s Summit 44-38 Defending state champ in class 2, Lamar, destroying Butler 74-7 All six top ranked teams rolled to massive wins over the weekend with one exception (Valle Catholic, Lamar, Maryville, Lee’s Summit West, and Blue Springs).  The lone exception was Webb City playing up a class to Nixa and needing overtime before getting the field goal victory.
WEMO Standings after week 5 Cass-Midway  5-0, 5-0 – Osceola 4-1, 3-1 – Drexel 3-2, 3-2 – Adrian 3-2, 2-2 – Rich Hill 2-3,  2-2 – Appleton City 0-4, 0-4 – Archie 0-5, 0-4

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