The opening week of District football was full of sensational scores, stops, upsets...you name it! Take a look...
In Class 6, District 6, Ft Zumwalt West(6-2) and Hickman(5-3) had a classic ending. The Jaguars built a 28-14 lead only to see it evaporate when the the Kewpies scored 21 answered points late in the 3rd and 4th quarter to take a 35-28 lead. Ray Harris scored his 3rd TD of the game at the 0:40 second mark to bring the Jags within a point. Coach Paul Day went for the win! Harris plunged over for the 2 point conversion as FZW now owned a 36-35 lead. But..it wasn't over! Hickman's QB Logan Fitch hit Tyler Sprigg who took it all the way down to the 11 yard line with only 1 second left in the game! Sprigg had already caught three TD scored in the game! Listen to the FZW-Jeff City game this week on www.prepcasts.com
Another thrilling ending was at Marquette(6-2) as they went down to the last second (literally) against the CBC Cadets (7-1). This game had TEN lead changes -- that's the most that I've ever seen! When Matt Seevers scored at the 2:48 of the 4th quarter to give the Mustangs a 38-34 lead, one may have thought that it was "over". Not hardly...CBC's Courtland Leake-Smith goes 87 yards for the TD on the kickoff and the Cadets grab a 41-38 lead. Over ? Not yet... Marquette drives down to the 1 yard line, 1st and goal with 20 some seconds. Two attempts from the one yard are STOPPED by the Cadets and CBC goes home a winner! WOW!!
Blue Springs (Dome team last year) looked at the scoreboard with 3:35 left in the 3rd quarter and saw something unusual....very unusual. The Wildcats(6-2) were down 22 points 28-6 to Blue Springs South(5-3). Suddenly, the Wildcats reached into their "Big Play" bag and things changed in a hurry. Darrian Miller electrified everyone with his 48 yard TD run. Next possession, a 8 play 63 yard drive culminated with a 21 yard TD pass to Diondre Hall from Kyle Brown. One play after a South score, Miller went the distance again (65 yards). Blake Webb's diving 35 yard catch set up the 1 yard run that made it 35-all with 3:20 left. The buzzer sounded with it still reading 35-35. Both teams failed to score in the 1st OT. Miller scored on a 1 yard run in the 2nd OT to give the Wildcats their first lead. The Jaguars apparent TD in the 2nd OT was called back due to a penalty and Blue Springs won 42-35. Miller finished the game with three TD's and 274 yards to demonstrate why he's the top recruited back in Missouri this year.
In more last second excitement... James Holler (Waynesville QB) hit receiver Payton Finch for the winning score in the Tigers(4-4) 23-21 win over Rolla (6-2) with only 1:02 left in the game!
It was defense in the "red zone" that led to the Rockhurst (8-0) 14-6 win over Raymore-Peculiar (4-4). The Panthers were stopped at the Hawklets 9, 16 and 29 yard line including a final, frantic effort with only 73 seconds left in the game. Cameron Coffman's toss into the end zone, with hopes of tying the game, was picked off by Rockhurst to "seal the deal". Like all great teams, Rockhurst seems to find a way to win. They won in the opening week 7-6 over Blue Springs. In the next two weeks, they won in overtime against Hutchinson, KS and Blue Springs South.
Another overtime game took a different complexion. The Rock Bridge Bruins(4-4) were in control with a 21-zip lead until late in the 2nd quarter. The Liberty Bluejays(3-5) kept fighting! Finally, Liberty ties the game at 21-21 on a 3 yard run by Austin Weese early in the 4th. No last second scores or stops so this one rolled into OT. Ian Patterson kicked a 21 yard FT to win the game for the Bruins! OT games ARE ALWAYS exciting!!
Ya know, you always wonder how an unbeaten team will react in its first "close encounter". Cape Central (8-0) had their first real taste of competition this week against Farmington(6-2). In a game that was fumble-filled (5 in first quarter), the Tigers fell behind for the first time in 2010. Still trailing 20-19 at half, Cape Central used Christopher Martin's 85 yd TD on an interception to break open the game with two unanswered TD's in the 3rd quarter. Cape wins going away 40-28 while piling up 433 rushing yards! They only tried 5 passes in the game (3 of 5). Look for a rematch down the road.
Park Hill (5-3) upends Staley (6-2) when Jake Jones takes in a 25 yard pass from Nathan Wilson in the 4th quarter to propel the Trojans into the drivers seat of Class 5, District 12 with their 27-24 win.
The Cameron Dragons (1-7) thought that things were going their way and their ship was being "righted" when they jumped out to a 14-0 lead over St Pius X (5-3). The Warriors, didn't feel that way and scored 24 unanswered points to grab a 32-21 win in Class 3 District 16 play.
Another tribe of Warriors popped the unbeaten balloon on Friday. The Warrenton Warriors (5-3) knocked off the St. Dominic Crusaders(6-1) 49-28 in a game that was a one-score game until the last 1:38 when Warrenton crossed the goal line twice. Warrenton's 3 losses must be scrutinized closely. They've lost to Ft Z East (8-0), Union (7-1) and Washington in OT. With the win, these Warriors place themselves in a strong position for post-season games. The Crusaders have a must-win game against Borgia next week.
All good things eventually come to an end. When Blair Oaks dropped a 7-6 game to S. Calloway on Friday, it appears that the 9 year string of District Championships will come to an end. Congrats to the Falcons on this long run!
Here's another wild one to wrap it up for this week... in the battle of the Wagon Wheel between Wm Chrisman and Truman, many observers claim this this one is the best of this long battle. Not only did Wm Chrisman Bears score 23 straight points to rally for a miraculous 36-35 win but look what it came down to in the waning seconds of the game. Freshman Dylan Cole hits McKay Paialii for a 4 yard strike in the end zone with only 11 ticks left in the game to bring the Bears within a single point. This play succeeded an incomplete pass on 3rd down that was ruled pass interference and pushed the ball to the 4 yard line. The PAT was missed...but wait, more laundry on the ground...roughing the kicker was called on the play! On the 2nd attempt, Justin Hudson split the uprights for the winning point! Truman was so close to notching their first win of the year...oh, man!