WEMO into Week 10

damonThe WEMO game of the week featured the Drexel Bobcats hosting the Christ Prep Academy Patriots in an odd contest on Senior Night.  Click here for the REPlay … The Bobcats took the opening kick and marched down the field to score and lead 6-0 as senior Tyler Allen scored from five yards out.  The conversion failed and the Cats led 6-0.  Christ Prep would strike back immediately (even beating the commercial return) with a 79 yard kick return for a touchdown by Gabe Jones.  He would add the PAT to put the Pats up 7-6.  After a forced punt, CPA took the short field and scored on a one yard plunge from junior QB Tanner Metzdorf (a harbinger of much more to come).  The point after pushed the lead to 14-6.  Drexel would tie late in the quarter on Allen’s second TD run and a conversion run in by senior Josh Wheeler.
Four minutes into the second frame, senior Jacob Antley would scamper 24 yards to put Drexel on top 20-14 after the missed conversion.  Despite a back-and-forth start, Drexel would not score again, meanwhile surrendering 47 consecutive points in the game.  The first answer came as Metzdorf tossed a 25 yard strike over a leaping defender to Jones for the score.  Coupled with the extra point, CPA would take a lead for good.  The Pats would march quickly in before the half as Metzdorf scored from 9 yards out with the PAT pushing CPA up 28-20; then the wheels came off for Drexel.  Gambling on fourth and short deep in their own territory and failing would set up a quick Patriot score with only 34 seconds remaining, another Metzdorf run (sense the theme here).  But that was not the half, as what appeared to be the final play was tipped and intercepted by the Patriots for the game’s first turnover.  The Pats would fail on their first end zone toss, but Metzdorf would strike on his second, connecting to Ethan Moran, and along with conversions, Christ Prep turned a one score game into a laugher at the half in just over three minutes of game time.
No scores would occur in the third quarter before an early run by Will Cook pushed the lead to 48-20 early in the fourth quarter.  Two more Bobcat turnovers would lead to short fields and shorter scores as Cook scored again, as did senior Isaac Smith, as the Patriots rolled it up for a huge 61-20 win.  Drexel falls to 3-6 heading into districts; Christ Prep, from Lenexa and playing in a private/home school based playoff in Florida in November moved to 5-1 on the season.
Other WEMO teams saw mostly blowouts in their games.  Osceola traveled to Pleasant Hope to take on the Class 2 Pirates and scored early and often pushing out to a 42-0 lead in the third quarter.  Two late Pirate TD’s against the JV would stop the running clock, but the Indians won going away to solidify a top seed in their district, 42-7.  They finish the regular season at 8-1.  Rich Hill hosted win-less Liberal and rolled the Bulldogs 41-0 in the game hoping for a chance to jump Adrian for the three seed in their district.  The win pushed the Tigers back above .500 to 5-4, but a stunning comeback would net Adrian a huge road victory against Class 2 El Dorado Springs after trailing the Bulldogs much of the game.  The Blackhaws would fight back to win 39-36 and move to 6-3 on the season.  Cass-Midway, undefeated and #2 state ranked, marched on winning easily at Sherwood, 34-0.  The Class 2 Marksmen were never in the game, and Midway finishes the regular season giving up only 61 points (6.777) defensively, tossing four shutouts and only twice giving up 20 or more points.  Can they match up with powerhouse and top ranked Valle?  Only the semi-finals will answer that, which is still a month away.  Archie visited Lone Jack and despite staying close for lengthy portions of the game fell short 42-20 to the Mules to finish at 1-8.  Appleton City hosted Orrick and smothered the Bearcats early to jump to a 52-0 halftime edge and garner a 64-6 win.

In other network action, the Bears of Butler hosted the Summit Christian Eagles and fell to 1-8 on the season despite trailing by only one score at the half.  SCA would easily cruise to a 34-6 win in the Crossroads Conference Showdown.  Click here for the REPlay … Districts begin next week, and here are likely district seeds and match-ups for next Friday (to be confirmed over the weekend) for WEMO teams, along with Butler.
Butler (C2, D4, #8 visiting Lamar)
Cass-Midway (C1, D3, #1 hosting Liberal)
Adrian (C1, D3, #3 hosting McAuley Catholic)
Rich Hill (C1, D3, #4 hosting Drexel)
Drexel (C1, D3, #5 visiting Rich Hill)
Archie (C1, D3, #7 visiting Jasper)
Osceola (C1, D4, #1 hosting either Sacred Heart or Appleton City; most likely Sacred Heart)
Appleton City (C1, D4, #7 or #8 visiting either Osceola or Skyline; most likely Skyline)

WEMO FB – Week 8

damonThe WEMO game of the week was the only game featuring two WEMO teams battling out on a sloppy, water slogged field, as the Rich Hill Tigers visited the Archie Whirlwinds.  The Tigers would take the opening kick and march down inside scoring range before fumbling forward into the end zone.  The Winds would recover for a touch back and begin their own march.  The drive ended with a punt, though, and the Tigers would trade another two turnovers for one in a scoreless first quarter.  Switching ends was all Rich Hill needed though as they would not punt again, nor would they turn it over again, nor would they lose it on downs again, as they marched up and down the field for the duration of the night en route to a 42-0 whipping of the Whirlwinds, who were playing their third varsity game in eight days.  The win propelled the Tigers into sole possession of third in the WEMO as well as moving up into third in the district positioning.  Bryant Courter and Jacob Thompson shared co-Player of the Game honors after Courter’s three ground TD’s, and JT’s rushing TD, rushing 2 point conversion, passing TD, and passing 2 pt conversion.  Click here for the REPlay …
Every other WEMO team played non-con games, most finishing with wins.  Drexel traveled out of state to battle the Jayhawk-Linn Jayhawks and pulled a shutout victory, 34-0; oddly enough, the exact score they lost by the previous week.  Cass Midway, ranked #2 in the state, jumped to an early 12-0 lead against visiting Lighthouse Christian Academy from Ozark, and watched it barely hold up for the win, 12-7.  Adrian hosted the Sherwood Marksmen, from class 2, and tromped them early and often via a 33-0 win.  Osceola might have met the premier foe of the week, however, hosting unbeaten class 2 Cole Camp.  The Bluebirds were physical and strong, but another solid Driston Self game (3 first half TD’s) led the Indians to a 34-18 victory; coupled with a Skyline loss likely means the Indians vault to the top spot in their district.  The only WEMO squad to not play and win (other than Archie playing in-league) was the Appleton City Bulldogs, who visited Windsor, and were never in the game.  The Greyhounds wing T offense scored often in running to a 48-8 win over the Dogs.
The Bear Network featured a bear of a battle between Butler and Sarcoxie in another mudder.  Two early scores from Butler gave them their first lead of the season, but Sarcoxie would cut the lead to 12-7 midway through the third quarter and only a game saving tackle from Tanner Diehl, the Player of the Game, would secure the victory for the Butler Bears, their first of the season.  Click here for the REPlay …
Final WEMO Standings (conference record first)
Cass-Midway (6-0, 8-0)
Osceola (5-1, 7-1)
Rich Hill (4-2, 4-4)
Adrian (3-3, 4-4)
Drexel (2-4, 3-5)
Appleton City (1-5, 1-7)
Archie (0-6, 1-7)

WEMO FB – Week 7

damonThe WEMO game of the week featured two win-less squads trying to get headed the right direction as districts loom ahead.  The Appleton City Bulldogs hosted the Archie Whirlwinds in a battle that was close all night long.  After stopping the Winds on the opening drive, Appleton City drove down near the 20-yard line before the drive stalled out and the Dogs faced a fourth-and-long.  Electing to go for it, junior QB Tyler Piepmeier hit sophomore Evan Mitts from 27 yards out for the score.  The 2 point conversion was also successful as Piepmeier hit sophomore Coleton Smith for an 8-0 AC lead.  The score would remain that way until mid second quarter would a shanked punt by the Bulldogs would result in a special teams TD by Archie as Tyler Setzer picked up a loose ball and raced 22 yards for the score.  Freshman Gabe Fisher’s conversion would tie the score at 8.
Following a short field with two minutes remaining in the half, Fisher would zip in from nine yards out.  The conversion failed, but Archie would take their first lead of the season 14-8.  Mitts would come up again huge with time waning, though, as a 40+ yard reception would get the Bulldogs in the red zone.  Following a first down run to stop the clock and burning their final timeout, Piepmeier again found Mitts to tie the score.  After a failed conversion the teams hit the locker rooms knotted at 14.
An extended half-time for Homecoming saw Appleton City junior Rylea Marshall crowned princess and senior Mikayla Moore crowned queen.  That excitement would prove enough as the Bulldogs would take the opening drive, after an onside attempt gave them a short field, to pay-dirt.  Sophomore Billy Prater would score from 9 yards out and no more points would adorn the scoreboard for the duration of the contest as the Dogs would get their first win of the season.
In the key game for the conference title this week, the Midway Vikings, after ascending to a tie for #2 in the state media rankings, played close with the home Rich Hill Tigers for a half.  As the Tigers have often done, though, against higher level competition, they faded late as the Vikes pulled away for the win.  A 21-14 half-time edge would finish up with a 49-20 victory for Cass-Midway.  Osceola hosted Adrian in what could provide a history making moment for the Indians, as a win would provide the longest winning streak ever for Osceola against Adrian.  The Indians, though close early, would never trail, and solidified their #5 ranking holding on for a 26-14 win.  Coupled with a Skyline Tiger loss (to fall to 5-2), though to class 3 power Strafford, the Indians hope to jump Skyline to tops in district standings.  The lone non-con game featured Drexel hosting class 2 Sherwood.  The Marksmen would hold down the injury-laden Bobcats all night long, keeping Drexel off the scoreboard, winning 34-0.
The Bear Network featured Butler’s Homecoming as they hosted the Stockton Tigers.  Nathan Kerr ripped off three long TD runs proving more than enough for the visiting Tigers as they led 14-0 at the end of one, and 21-7 at the half.  27-7 would be the final for Stockton, but the Bears did end their September-long scoreless drought with one TD. 
Congratulations to Prepcasts Players of the Game (Evan Mitts for Appleton City & Nathan Kerr for Stockton).  Next week, the WEMO game of the week features the Rich Hill Tigers traveling to Archie to meet the Whirlwinds as the Bear Network sees the win-less Butler squad travel to take on one win Sarcoxie.
WEMO Standings
Cass-Midway (7-0, 6-0) Conference Champion
Osceola (6-1, 5-1)
Rich Hill (3-4, 3-2)
Adrian (4-3, 3-3)
Drexel (2-5, 2-4)
Appleton City (1-6, 1-5)
Archie (0-6, 0-5)

WEMO Football – Week 6

damonThe WEMO game of the week was not much of a game as the Osceola Indians jumped on the host Archie Whirlwinds early and often solidifying their state #5 ranking.  Osceola took the opening kickoff and marched 60+ yards capped by the first of Zach Carney’s two rushing TD’s.  After a Driston Self interception, Dallas Self would rumble 28 yards to score for the Indians.  Two more scores in the first frame, another run from Carney, and a pass from Driston Self to Logan DeWitt would have the Indians leading by four scores after one quarter.  Archie would have an answer in the second quarter as sophomore to sophomore went 64 yards for an exciting long touchdown, Caleb Shacher hitting Kale Wheeler for the score.  One more Indian TD would close the half, however, as DeWitt rushed in a short score to make the halftime advantage 35-8.  Driston Self would add a short run to push the lead to 41-8 mid third quarter, but the excitement began again for Archie.  Commentators James and Jim Damon had suggested that the Winds needed to find some more explosive offensively, and Wheeler answered the bell.  This time, it would be returning the ensuing kick 92 yards to pay-dirt.  The conversion was no good and Archie would not score again, but provided major fireworks.  Osceola would respond immediately with a 42 yard TD pass from Self to Johnny Lewis, and then kick a 34 yard field goal to close the third.  JV back Joel Higgins would out sprint the defense from 62 yards to close out the game scoring, as Garrett DeWitt took the conversion in.  Osceola moves to 5-1 with the 59-14 win, as Archie remains winless.  Click here for the REPlay …
The Bear Network featured the only WEMO team playing out of league as Midway traveled to Butler and ran it up on the Bears, scoring in a variety of fashions including a punt return, literally moments apart from Wheeler’s big score in Archie, as well as off a botched snap from the Bears, and more traditional ways like running and passing.  The Bears would drop another goose egg on the scoreboard, closing September scoring zero points.  Yes, you read that right.  Zero points for an entire month.  The Vikes pitched their third shutout of the season and lowered their defensive points allowed per game to 5.7 a contest.  Conor Hayes scored thrice for Midway.  Click here for the REPlay …   Adrian, like Osceola, scored early and often, running out to a shutout win over the Appleton City Bulldogs for Adrian’s homecoming.  It is the second HC win in a row for Adrian, besting the Whirlwinds last week on the road, and the Bulldogs at home Friday night, 46-0.  In a unique scheduling quirk, the Hawks will play their third consecutive homecoming battle, this one tougher, on the road at Osceola in one week.
The closest WEMO game of the night included the Rich Hill Tigers on the road to battle the Drexel Bobcats.  Both teams have been bitten by the injury bug, but fans saw a back-and-forth contest much of the way that Drexel led early before the Tigers would seize control by two touchdowns entering the fourth quarter.  One final Bobcat score would pull them within 9 points, but the Tigers would hold on for the big win setting up a huge game at home versus Midway for a piece of the conference title next week.  A Midway win is an outright Viking title, while a Tiger win would mean a three-way tie for the banner.
WEMO Standings after week six:
Cass-Midway (6-0, 5-0)
Osceola (5-1, 4-1)
Rich Hill (3-3, 3-1)
Adrian (4-2, 3-2)
Drexel (2-4, 2-4)
Archie (0-5, 0-4)
Appleton City (0-6, 0-5)

WEMO Football Week 5

damonThe WEMO game of the week started slow but became a run-away midway through the first quarter as the #4 ranked team in the state in Class 1 traded turnovers before capitalizing on a short field and taking an early 6-0 lead over the Drexel Bobcats in Drexel.  Cass-Midway would continue marching forward with another short field late in the quarter to take a 12-0 end of one lead.  Both TD’s came via the passing game as senior Tyler Wright tossed pay dirt pitches to Jarrett Jurgeson and Luke Boyer.  Both conversions failed.  The ground game would pick up considerably in the second quarter as senior Clay Dahman broke multiple tackles, bumbled and rumbled 34 yards to the end zone before Tyler Wright hit tight end Jake Lambertz for the conversion.  After a short field to close the half, the Midway JV offense punched in a fourth score by Tristan Driggs.  Blake Mincks would add the two point conversion and the halftime score would favor the Vikings, 28-0.
The second half would prove little different, though the Bobcats would return one of their injured starters, senior Tyler Allen, to the lineup.  After Wright’s third TD pass, this one to Tanner Yahnig, followed by Conor Hayes’ PAT, got a running clock, the Bobcats would finally score early in the fourth quarter as Allen raced in from one yard out.  The conversion failed, and it would prove the only score of the night for the struggling Bobcats who turned it over three times, and could not capitalize on the two turnovers from Midway.  Midway’s final score came from seven yards out as Wright rushed in for his fourth score of the night, the first on the ground.  The PAT sailed wide, but Midway pushed out to solidify their high ranking rolling Drexel on the road, 41-6.
The closest game of the night in the WEMO came as Rich Hill hosted the Osceola Indians and kept the game within one score all night long.  The Indians, ranked #5 in the Class 1 media poll, led 6-0 at the half, but a late third quarter TD by the Tigers would give Rich Hill the lead into the fourth quarter.  With five minutes to go, the Indians took the lead 14-7 and both teams would exchange another score, with Osceola winning 21-13 at Rich Hill.  A two touchdown lead for Adrian would have been enough, but they pulled ahead and had a monster fourth quarter, scoring four times, to keep Archie win-less for the Whirlwind homecoming.  Adrian won 48-12, seeing Archie score their first points of the year.  The non-con game of the week saw Appleton City hosting the Lincoln Cardinals, and as the Bulldogs year has gone, they stayed close early, but fell behind late, and lost at home, 36-12.  On the Bear Network, Butler had a tough assignment traveling to top ranked, three time defending state champ in class 2, Lamar.  The Tigers scored early and often, and might have scored a couple more as I typed up this blog.  Final score: Lamar 72, Butler 0.  The Bears have now failed to score in the past three weeks, and are giving up more points with each passing week….both bothersome trends.
WEMO Standings:
Cass-Midway Vikings (5-0, 5-0)
Osceola Indians (4-1, 3-1)
Rich Hill Tigers (2-3, 2-1)
Adrian Blackhawks (3-2, 2-2)
Drexel Bobcats (2-3, 2-3)
Archie Whirlwinds (0-4, 0-4)
Appleton City Bulldogs (0-5, 0-4)

WEMO Football Week 4

damonIn the WEMO game of the week, the most unlikely outcome provided an entertaining contest as the Rich Hill Tigers traveled to Adrian to square off with the Blackhawks.  The Tigers had hoped to have great athlete, Bryant Courter, back from off-season knee surgery but he was not cleared to play for another week.  Starting QB Cole Heckadon went down with a season-ending shoulder injury further depleting the Tiger numbers, but they rallied together to give the Blackhawks a fight.
After stopping Adrian on the opening drive, Rich Hill pushed the ball down the field and scored on a razzle dazzle reverse pass from the five, as wideout Mark Kailbourn found fellow wideout Trevor Delozier alone in the corner of the endzone for the opening score.  The PAT was errant, but the Tigers led 6-0.  Following a turnover late in the quarter, Austin Corley burst through the middle of the line and rambled 50 yards for the tying score.  A bad snap forced a wide right PAT attempt, and the first quarter score was knotted at 6.
The Hawks would enjoy their first lead after senior Logan Tallman scored the first of his two TD’s on the night, this one from two yards out, midway through the second quarter.  Adrian went for two and failed, but led 12-6.  The Tigers would get a turnover and short field to cash in to close the quarter as senior QB Jacob Thompson angled in from one yard to tie the score.  Another two point conversion failed and the halftime score was 12-12.
Neither team scored in a quick third quarter, but the Tigers would regain the lead mid-fourth as Thompson hit Sean Walton on a 5-yard slant for the score and the first conversion of the game successfully handled was put up and good by Myles Becker.  Adrian would methodically march down the field, converting a third-and-long into a first down after a pass interference call, and later scoring as Tallman took in his second score of the night.  Adrian boldly went for two and the lead, and cashed it home as Austin Corley scored the deuce with just over three minutes remaining to give Adrian the one point lead.  Rich Hill would drive inside the ten yard line with time winding down setting up a first-and-goal.  They drove to the one before being pushed back to the five and stopped on third down.  Burning their final time-out, they elected for the field goal and sophomore Becker would drill the short 19 yarder with nine seconds remaining.  The Tigers held on the final play, recovering a fumble, and got the win on the road, 22-20.  The win and loss pushed both teams to 2-2.  Rich Hill is 2-0 in the WEMO and Adrian fell to 1-2 in the conference.  Click here for the replay …
Elsewhere on the network, the Bears played with an athletic Falcons team from Van Horn high school for about a quarter and a half.  Butler could provide no offensive firepower throughout the game, as Van Horn slowly pushed the lead to three scores at the half, and then opened the lead up get the running clock in the fourth quarter.  The Falcons won 40-0 as the Bears were shut out for the second week in a row.  They remain win-less on the season (0-4 and 0-2).  Click here for the replay …
Other WEMO action saw the Midway Vikings, #4 in the state, roll at home versus the hapless Appleton City Bulldogs 49-6 to remain atop the conference.  The #5 ranked state team, the Osceola Indians, hosted the Drexel Bobcats and jumped to an early 8-0 lead.  Despite playing close, Drexel mounted little offense as the Indians pushed up 20-0 at the half and opened the third quarter with a field goal to go up 23-0.  Drexel would punch one drive in for paydirt and add the two point conversion to pull within 23-8, but got no closer as Osceola remains in the hunt at 3-1 and 2-1.  Drexel fell to 2-2, overall and in the WEMO.  Archie was idle this week.  The network features Midway on the road to meet Drexel in the WEMO game of the week next Friday, along with the Butler Bears hitting the road to face top-ranked, undefeated, three-time defending state champion, Lamar.
WEMO Standings:
Midway Vikings (4-0, 4-0)
Rich Hill Tigers (2-2, 2-0)
Osceola Indians (3-1, 2-1)
Drexel Bobcats (2-2, 2-2)
Adrian Blackhawks (2-2, 1-2)
Archie Whirlwinds (0-3, 0-2)
Appleton City Bulldogs (0-4, 0-4)


WEMO Football Week 3

damonWeather dominated the state for Friday night football, delaying and postponing games state-wide.  In one of the few games that started on time and nearly made the entire first half without a delay, the WEMO game of the week featured the Drexel Bobcats on the road to meet the Archie Whirlwinds.  The Winds had yet to score a single point this season and the outcome of this game would not change that, though it was close very early.
The Cats were forced to punt on their opening possession but then got the ball back and scored quickly on the first of Ty Woltkamp’s two rushing TD’s.  The PAT was no good, though, but it would not matter after a quick Archie turnover gave Drexel a short field to cash again, and this time, they punched home the two point conversion to jump early 14-0.  The second quarter opened with the Whirlwinds burying Drexel with a punt at their five yard line, but the opening play covered 95 yards to paydirt as senior QB/RB Tyler Allen hit senior WR Jacob Antley for the score.  That would change the entire complexion of the game as the Whirlwinds would not net another first down, apart from penalties, until late in the contest.  A long scamper down the sideline by Archie senior Dakota Jones would give them first and goal at the six, but they would not get past the three on the drive, surrendering on downs, and seeing Drexel continue to pull away.  The final score of the half came on another short-field turnover as Allen scored his third TD en route to Player of the Game honors right before lightning halted the half with sixty-five seconds to go.  The teams returned half an hour later to finish the half, break quickly, and start the second, but a running clock sped the game along.  Anson Swoger rushed for two scores off the bench spurring the Cats to a 55-0 rout as they moved to 2-1 overall, and in conference, and Archie remained winless on the campaign.  Click here for the replay …
The network’s other game featured Butler staying close early with the Lighthouse Christian Chargers before a consistent ground attack for LCA pummeled the Bears into submission.  A reasonable game late in the half saw Butler’s best chance to score evaporate after entering Charger territory, set up another LCA score, and the game would not be much of one the rest of the way.  Butler remains searching for a win after a 42-0 trouncing at home.  Click here for the replay …
Other WEMO games saw the Rich Hill Tigers notch their first win of the season but not until some late fireworks kept Appleton City close.  With the Tigers leading by two scores and inside the ten yard line, an interception returned 92 yards for the Bulldogs score would make it a three point game.  Rich Hill, like last year, played on the razor’s edge but marched in another score with time winding down to seal the win for their first “W” of the season, 23-14, over the Bulldogs.  In the match-up of the only remaining conference undefeateds, Adrian hosted Cass-Midway, but saw the game delayed six seconds in due to lightning.  Two hours later, the game would resume, and although close throughout, Adrian never seriously threatened on the night.  Midway would lead 7-0 at the half, scoring once more in each of the final two quarters to seal the win, 21-0, and remain undefeated solidifying their state #4 ranking.  Osceola, ranked #6 in state, played the lone non-con game of the week as they hosted upstart Lincoln and fell behind the Cardinals early.  Playing in monsoon like conditions throughout after starting late, the Indians would fight back and lead a close one at the half, 10-6.  Both teams opened with more scoring in the second half, but the Indians would prevail at home, winning 31-28, to hand the Cards their first loss.
WEMO standings:
Cass-Midway (3-0, 3-0)
Rich Hill (1-2, 1-0)
Adrian (2-1,1-1)
Osceola (2-1, 1-1)
Drexel (2-1, 1-1)
Appleton City (0-3, 0-3)
Archie (0-3, 0-2)


WEMO Week 2 in Football

damonIn the WEMO game of the week, the Osceola Indians, ranked #7 in Class 1, bounced back after a tough road loss to newly ranked #4 Cass-Midway last week to hammer the Appleton City Bulldogs 40-8.  Appleton City took the opening kick and gambled on a fourth down play going for it.  Twice successful last week against Drexel proved twice unsuccessful on this evening, and short fields sandwiched around a safety put the Indians up 16-0 quickly.  They would never look back, as senior QB Driston Self rushed the first score in, and threw three subsequent TD tosses, each to a different teammate to swell a locker room lead of 30-0.  Only one field goal was added in the third quarter as senior Drew Carney made one of his three efforts.  Each team would trade TD scores in the final frame with the Indians prevailing on the road.  Click here for the replay …
Adrian had another strong showing after trouncing Butler last week on the road against Drexel.  A scoreless tie was vanquished with four Hawk touchdowns in the third quarter that would prove to be the only points in the ballgame as the Bobcats fell on their home field to Adrian, 28-0.  Midway stays atop the conference drilling Archie at home 52-0 as the Whirlwinds still seek their first points of the young season.  The lone non-con game of the week for the WEMO saw Rich Hill travel to one-time WEMO foe, Lockwood, where the southern Tigers got the home win over Rich Hill 27-14 to keep them winless.
Also on the network, Butler traveled to Sherwood to meet the Marksmen in Crossroads Conference action.  Despite close throughout this one, the Bears would fall short never leading in the contest to undefeated Sherwood by a final of 21-12.  The Bears now sit at 0-2.  Click here for the replay …
WEMO Standings:
Cass-Midway (2-0, 2-0)
Adrian (1-0, 2-0)
Osceola (1-1, 1-1)
Drexel (1-1, 1-1)
Rich Hill (0-0, 0-2)
Appleton City (0-2, 0-2)
Archie (0-2, 0-2)

WEMO Football in full swing

damonIn what is likely to be the game that defines, if not outright, determines the WEMO championship, two state ranked teams met to open the season Friday night on the featured game of the week for KCMW.  Check out the replay … The Cass-Midway Vikings, ranked #10, and defending conference champions, hosted the #4 ranked Osceola Indians, last year’s district champions, in a tightly fought battle.  After scoring the opening TD, the Indians never trailed in the game until Midway scored with three minutes to go to secure the victory.  Splitting last season’s games lit a fire with many of the Vikings, especially after losing the district title to eventual semi-finalist, Osceola, on Midway’s field.  Despite four turnovers, the Vikings stayed close throughout, overcoming a 62 yard interception return for a TD by all-everything CB Driston Self.  Vikings QB immediately responded with a 62 yard TD toss to Conor Hayes, all 5’5 of him, as he scampered down the sideline for the score.  The two would hook up again from 32 yards out for the game winner as Midway won 28-22.
In other WEMO action, Drexel led throughout against Appleton City, though the game was close until late.  A 28-20 lead for the Bobcats early in the fourth quarter eventually became a 40-20 victory.  In non-conference action, Archie is still searching for their first points of the season as the Crest Ridge Cougars blasted them 53-0 at Archie.  Rich Hill hosted Lincoln in another non-con, and despite a one TD halftime lead, the Cardinals hammered the Tigers in the second half to pull away and win 50-21.  The only WEMO team to win in a non-conference match-up was Adrian under first year coach Matt Cochran, as they blasted long time rival Butler 42-12. Check out the replay …
WEMO Standings after week one:
Cass-Midway (1-0, 1-0)
Drexel (1-0, 1-0)
Adrian (1-0)
Rich Hill (0-1)
Archie (0-1)
Osceola (0-1, 0-1)
Appleton City (0-1, 0-1)


Archive! – May 15 – HS Baseball: Class 2 District 14: Jasper Eagles vs. Rich Hill Tigers

jasper eagles logo Rich Hill CLICK TO LISTENMSHSAA logoHS Baseball: Class 2 District 14: Jasper Eagles vs. Rich Hill Tigers – Click here for the game