This wild week of football saw Sectional and Quarterfinal round Football games. How about the unusual Class 6 Quarterfinals.
At Ft Zumwalt West, in game dubbed the biggest of St. Charles County football history, the Francis Howell Vikings kicked off. They kicked a short, "pooch" kick. The Vikes recovered and punched it across. The Vikings didn't only do this type of kickoff once, not even twice, on three consecutive kickoffs, Howell recovered the ball all three times! Amazingly, the Vikings had ten possessions during the first half! Capitalizing twice, Howell led 14-0 midway through first quarter. The Jaguars settled down and began moving the ball. West scored late in 1st quarter, twice in 2nd quarter and midway in 3rd to take a 28-14 lead. Ray Harris scored 3 of the 4 touchdowns. Early in the 4th, Howell, led by QB Brett Graves came alive and scored 2 TD's -one on a run by Graves and one on a pass from Graves to Corey King. The last several minutes had fans on both sides of the field, on their feet cheering for their heroes. On their 9th play of the drive and only 26 seconds left, Drew Hare found DeVonte Majors down the left sideline for a 32 yard touchdown strike give the Jaguars their first semifinal appearance in football. Ft Z West will travel to KC for the semifinal game against Rockhurst.
Rockhurst, still smarting from last years' 23-21 quarterfinal defeat to Blue Springs, splashed its way to a 7-0 win in a pouring rain. Noah Pearl scored the only points of the game on a 6 yard run just 55 seconds prior to half. Blue Springs, All State running back, Darrion Miller had strong effort -- 33 carries for 154 yards but never had any run of 10+ yards in the game! The Wildcats did move the ball, and move it often down the field. Once the Wildcats reached the red zone, the Hawklets defense stiffened. The deepest penetration was to the 9 yard line where a fake FG resulted in an interception. Rockhurst beat Blue Springs 7-6 to open the season and now 7-0 to end the season.
The top half of the Class 6 brackets saw DeSmet intercept the hopes of the Lindbergh Flyers 44-12. Ryan Cronin snatched three interceptions and took each back for the score. The 35, and 75 yard interceptions broke open the game in the first quarter. The 30 yard TD would come much later in the game. Durron Neal rushed for 200+ yards offensively for the Spartans who will face the defending class 6 champions-Hazelwood Central Hawks on Saturday afternoon.
Hazelwood Central won a defensive battle 9-7 over the CBC Cadets. As is often the case on a blustry, colder game day, two outstanding defensive teams, the kicking game was the difference. The Hawks took a 6-0 hafltime lead when Tra Brown galloped 56 yards on a draw play midway in 2nd quarter and the PAT attempt was partially blocked by Andrew Ness. On the opening drive of the 2nd half, CBC assembled a 70 yard, 9 play drive as Jon Parker went the last 19 yards. The John Moldthan PAT made it 7-6. After recovering a fumble at 3 minute mark of 3rd quarter, the Cadets put together another drive. A key 3rd down play resulted in an 8 yard loss. On the next play, a field goal attempt missed left against a strong wind. This seemed to ignite the Hawks. Central punched out a couple first downs then punted from their own 43. The high booming kick from John Harris ppeared to be going directly into the end zone but landed and bounded laterally. The HC punt team downed it on the 3 yard line! The Hawk defense was impenetrable for the next series. CBC punted out to the 43 yard line. After two first downs, the Hawks turned to Harris again, this time as a place kicker. Harris was true from the 29 yard line and the Hawks advance 9-7 for a opening week rematch with the Spartans.
Class 5 had the biggest rally of the day. The Lee Summit West Titans (12-1) thought that they had "an easy one". After whipping Lee Summit Tigers by 24 points, and led 21-0 quickly, in regular season play, the Titans had jumped ahead with a quick score. All was good....but not for long. Lee Summit (6-5) would have none of it. The Tigers scored 17 consecutive points and took a ten point 24-14 into the locker room at halftime. I dont' know what was said in that locker room (although I could probably guess the tenor), but the Titans came out like a different team.Luke Knott hit Adam Klausing on the 2nd play of the 2nd half with a 51 yard TD score and the Titans were off and running or on occasion…. off and passing. Final wild score: Lee Summit Titans 42 Lee Summit 39.
Thanksgiving will be a bit early in St. Louis County this year. The traditional Webster-Kirkwood Turkey Day game will occur NEXT Saturday in the STATE semifinal. Webster(12-0) fell behind 6-0 and 12-7 to Hazelwood East but, as usual, they just had to many weapons for the Spartans to stop over four quarters. WG had 395 yards in offense, adjusted their lightning fast defense to stop the Spartans and coasted home with a 40-12 win as they scored the last 5 TD's of the game.
Kirkwood (9-3) trailed the Camdenton Lakers 14-7 entering the 4th quarter. The Pioneers scored twice on a 5yard run by Jordan Bishop and a 16 yard pass reception by powerful Carl Williams to walk off a 19-14 winner. Kirkwood has 347 yards of total offense against the always-tough Camdenton defense.
Class 4 will have a new champion in 2010. The defending Champs, the Kearny Bulldogs, fell to Harrisonville 14-10. The 21 game win streak was snapped by the Wildcats with a high pressure defense. Kearny actually had a 10-7 lead early in the 4th after a FG but the Wildcats answered with 78 yard game-winning drive. Harrisonville remembered, but not fondly, the 41-0 whipping that they suffered last year and used it for motivation all week.
The most exciting game was between Lamar and Mt View-Liberty. The game was won with just 5.8 seconds left ! Jared Bradshaw caught a tipped pass from Levi Peterson to tie the game at 20-20. Ben Bailey kicked the PAT to send the Tigers to the semifinals 21-20....oh yea, Bradshaw, Peterson and Bailey are all FRESHMAN ! That thrilling ending will bring an end to this week's column. Check out Prepcasts this week for Post-season action on www.prepcasts.com .