Week 1 of post season quickly blends into a loaded schedule of games for week 2 in MSHSAA Football post-season play. In case you’re wondering, the defending champions of all the classes are still alive and kicking. I might say, kicking their opponents rather handily. Combined these six defending champions have an overall record of 63-2 in 2010 – WOW !
In Class 1, the defending Champions are the Penney Hornets (11-0). The Hornets cruised to Regional round victory to extend their unblemished season. The Hornets are 11-0 and have scored 552 points in 2010 (that’s 50+ ppg !!). Penny takes on the Lexington Minutemen (7-4) tonight. Penny’s closest win was 24-7 over the Lawson Cardinals in regional round last Wednesday.
Class 2’s defending champions, the Maryville Spoofhounds are 9-2 in 2010. Maryville took care of Odessa 49-6 in the Regional game but on deck are the Richmond Spartans (11-0).
In Class 3, some things just keep rolling right along. Cassville the two-time defending Champions have put up an 11-0 mark in 2010. Beating Bowling Green in 2009 and Cardinal Ritter in 2008, the Wildcats are again using their stingy defense. In nine games this year, the opponent has scored 1 touchdown OR LESS ! The high scoring Holden Eagles (7-4) are up next for the Wildcats. By the way, Richmond and Holden are both from the MRVC – East Conference!
The Kearney Bulldogs own the Class 4 title at this moment and they appear to be willing (AND ABLE) to put up a fight to keep it. With their 11-0 record, the Bulldogs travel to Platte County (8-3) for a rematch of a September 3 game won by Kearney 38-0. Both these teams compete in the Suburban Blue Conference of KC.
The Webster Groves Statesman (10-0) travel to Summit to face the Falcons tonight. WG beat Summit earlier this year 48-14. This game will be on www.prepcasts.com Webster’ s last loss was to Chaminade in 2008. Last year the Statesmen beat Ft Osage 31-14 for the Class 5 title at the Dome.
The defending class 6 champs, the Hazelwood Central Hawks (11-0) squeaked by early in the year with some tight wins but appear to be rolling now. The Hawks first five games were won by 7 points or less! In Week 1, HC beat DeSmet 20-19, Pattonville 14-7 in week 2. Week 3 saw the Hawks edge Rock Bridge 23-20, Kirkwood fell in week four by a 45-38 margin. Hazelwood East lost in week 5 to the Hawks 21-14. Somehow, (lets see, might it be….like good coaching and good players) this team has found a way to win. This Saturday, the Hawks face CBC on www.Prepcasts.com for a 1:30pm game.
There was plenty of excitement this week around the STATE. Goal line stands, a rarity these days, won the game for two teams. The Kirkwood Pioneers (7-3) raced out to a quick 19-0 as they scored on their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th possessions of the game against the Holt Indians (6-5) in Class 5 action. Holt fought back and stiffened on defense. The Indians drove late in the 4th quarter with the score 19-14 Kirkwood. After a sharp run by Terrence Tate to the 8 yard line, it was first and goal with 4:00 on clock. Two runs took it to the ½ yard line. A plunge up the middle was stopped for no game and an option was thrown for a 3 yard loss. The Pioneers gained 36 yards on their first 2 plays after that stop, got themselves into mid-field, punted and held defensively. Kirkwood has an awesome defense. This goal line stand wasn’t surprising!
7th ranked Logan Rogersville (9-2) was on the ropes against the Mt Vernon Mountaineers (5-6) in a Class 3 regional game. With only 13 seconds remaining, the Mountaineers were knocking on the door from less than 1 yard out! Shane Williams (Mt Vernon) was stopped in his tracks by Rogersville’s Travis McMillion for no gain and the win! The Wildcats defense completely throttled the Mountaineers in the first half as they held the Mountaineers to no gain (or less) in 12 of the 25 plays. Much to their credit, Mt Vernon came back and fell just inches short of a major upset!
The game of the night may have been the OT thriller won by Osage (8-3) 21-14 over the Boonville Pirates (8-3) in Class 3. Boonville, led by their super running back Kellen Kempf (1984 rushing yards in 2010 regular season and 217 in this game) were forced due to a late injury to move Kempf to a passer. The Pirates had their starting QB injured on the 3rd down so with 4th & 9 from the 14 in OT, Boonville had Kempf take a toss and tried a HB pass that fell incomplete. Osage won their first post-season game since the 80’s!
Will the streak end for Centralia ? For the fifth consecutive season, the Panthers have finished their regular season with a perfect record but have yet to taste the sweet taste of state title waters. Centralia faces Macon who they beat in a tight 26-23 win on October 28. Last year, the Panthers fell to Brentwood deep in the State tournament.
Want a “big time” rally? How about Hillcrest (7-4)? The Hornets trailed St. Clair (7-4) 21-zip after 1 quarter! At this point, the Hornets got their passing game into high gear. QB Matt Futrell passed for 236 yards and four TD strikes and his favorite target Dorial Green-Beckham was often on the other end. Green-Beckham shattered all kinds of state records in this contest. He became Missouri’s all-time leader in career receiving yards (4073) and TD receptions (51) and broke his own record for a single season of receiving yards with 1622. When the dust had cleared, Hillcrest took home a 49-28 victory. The Hornets, who finished in 7th place in the in the Ozark Conference, have the always tough Union Wildcats (10-1) waiting for them in the next round.
Don’t always judge a team by its record. Check out the opponents prior to jumping to a conclusion. Many observers didn’t give the Helias Crusaders (7-4) much of a chance against the Carthage Tigers (9-2). However, Helias had lost to class 6 powerhouses- Howell and Hickman. The Crusaders had also lost to Quincy-ND (still in Illinois playoffs) and state power-Hannibal. That being said, the Crusaders completely stopped the Tiger run game in its 34-13 victory. Carthage had just 43 yards in 21 carries (prior to its last drive when both teams were playing out the clock) while the Crusaders had a wonderful blend of 173 rushing and 122 passing in their offensive game.
Prepcasts crew will be very busy again this week. Tonight there are nine games to choose from in MSHSAA post-season games. Tuesday night, Prepcasts will be at three Sectional soccer games. Friday and Saturday will see us at three Class 6 games. Join us!