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Brian Spano

By Brian Spano PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: February 25, 2013 - 3:08 PM

So I might be a day late and a dollar short when it comes to this look back at the 2012 season thing, but I'd be remiss if I didn't share what I thought were some of the special moments I saw during this past high school football season:
  • The first week of the season opened with a national audience tuned into Staley at Lee's Summit West, a rematch of the epic 2011 76-70 four overtime state semifinal that sent the Falcons to Class 5 title game. Although the 2012 game didn't live up to the billing with West winning 23-0, both teams went on to have fine seasons, going deep into the postseason.
  • Not a whole lot can be said about week two other than it rained...a lot. A whole lot. Not a welcoming sight as the state of Kansas kicked off its football season. What was left of Hurricane Isaac had parked itself over the Midwest that day and night and wreaked havoc with games throughout the area.
  • Blue Springs and Rockhurst met in week three. Most people around here knew that it would be a precursor to the de facto state championship game between these two teams later on in the Class 6 quarterfinals. It was such a dominate performance by the Wildcats, and it put the Hawklets in a 1-2 hole early in the season. Simone Award winner Dalvin Warmack rushed for 166 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Week four saw the defending Class 6 state champion in Missouri face off against the defending Class 5 state champion in Missouri when Blue Springs South traveled to Staley. South won 44-33 in a game of big plays, little defense and bad special teams.
  • Fort Osage was marching toward a perfect season, and a matchup with Staley in week six was the one team that could derail that dream. Sure enough, the Falcons came in and knocked off the Indians 31-28, shutting the Fort Osage offense down twice in the last five minutes to secure the win.
  • Kearney running back Brock Broughton had one of his best games of the season in week seven. He rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-30 loss to Staley.
  • Brett Sterbach. He stands 5-feet-7 and weighs just 150 pounds, but this mighty mite senior tailback from Shawnee Mission West helped lead his team to its first state championship in 27 years. I saw his performance in the Kansas Class 6A sectional playoffs against Blue Valley Northwest. He ran for 217 yards and two touchdowns in the 34-14 win.
  • Well, it’s what was expected. Blue Springs and Rockhurst put on a defensive performance that didn’t disappoint with the Wildcats coming out on the positive side 14-11 in a Missouri Class 6 quarterfinal contest. Most people expected the winner of this game to be the eventual Class 6 state champion, and of course, Blue Springs was.
  • Leading 23-19 with 2:33 to play, Lee’s Summit West was looking at another trip to the Missouri Class 5 state semifinals. Ozark, had relinquished a 19-0 lead by allowing West to score 23 straight points in the second half. Tigers quarterback David Salazar engineered a 12-play, 80-yard drive over that last 2:33, converting three third downs and a fourth and nine to lead Ozark to a 26-23 win over the Titans, thereby ending a perfect season.
  • Finally, watching Fort Osage, Blue Springs, Maryville and Penney play in the state championship games in St. Louis was a thrill. Although Fort Osage was the only team of the four from this side of the state that didn't come home with a state title, there is still a dominance that we can brag about.
How much longer until the 2013 season kicks off?
Brian Spano is a Senior Writer for PrepsKC.