Extra Points: Brian Spano 8/16
By Brian Spano PrepsKC Senior Writer
High school football practice is kicked into high gear. The coaches are focusing on that first game of the season. Even the weather is cooling a bit…a bit.
So, as this 2012 season gets underway, let’s look ahead to some of the key Missouri games throughout what is sure to be another fun, exciting, whacky and over-before-you-know-it high school football season.
The first month of the season has no shortage of huge matchups, starting with a rematch of the Class 5 semifinal thriller between Staley and Lee’s Summit West on Saturday, Aug. 25. You might remember last year’s doozy ending with Staley advancing to the championship game after outlasting West 76-70 in four overtimes. This year’s game will be broadcast on ESPN.
In week two, look for two big games. First, Winnetonka at Raytown South as two Suburban Small Six Conference Schools do battle, then Blue Springs South at Fort Osage.
September heats up with great rivalries. Blue Springs travels to Rockhurst on Sept. 7 for the annual Class 6 grudge match. Last year, the Hawklets got the better of the Wildcats 35-20 behind more than 400 rushing yards from Jordan Walker. Then on Sept. 14, Lee’s Summit West goes to Blue Springs for a tough test. Blue Springs South goes north to take on Staley in a clash of the Class 6 and Class 5 state champions.
On Sept. 21, Rockhurst and Blue Springs South play after South eliminated the Hawklets in the quarterfinals of the Class 6 state playoffs last year. Also on that night, perennial powers Kearney and Platte County face off in what is sure to be a nail biter. Kearney won last year’s meeting 16-13. To close out the month on Sept. 28, Staley and Fort Osage square off in a rematch of the 7-6 Class 5 quarterfinal playoff game.
When October rolls around, teams will be making the final push for the playoffs and the games will become even more intense.
One game that’s always evident is the Blue Springs/Blue Springs South rivalry, scheduled for Oct. 5 at South. Last year, Blue Springs defeated its cross-town rival 26-21. Two Northland rivals will also go head-to-head that evening when Staley goes to Kearney. The Falcons handled the Bulldogs 22-10 last year.
On Oct. 12, Winnetonka takes on the stout Platte County team and then Kearney the following week after losing 15-7 to them in week one last season.
Obviously, this is just a preseason look at some of the key games in the larger classes on the Missouri side. Things can and will change as the season progresses, but as you plan your high school football viewing schedule, these are just a few to mark on the calendar.
So as they said in the just completed Olympics, “Let the games begin.”
Brian Spano is a senior writer for PrepsKC.
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