View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 9/5
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
When you wake up the first Saturday of the football season it’s always interesting to take a look at the big wins and losses of week No. 1. While a win or a loss doesn’t define a team for the rest of the season it does tell some early stories.
Teams can easily recover from a first week loss and there are plenty of teams where the first week win might just be the only one of the season. A few games this week may just be that but others stood out to me.
The first is Lee’s Summit North’s win at Columbia Hickman. The Broncos earned a 27-16 win and the victory should give the players and coaches in the program a good feeling to start the season. Times have been tough the last few years for North, but a good road win over a team that was ranked in the top 10 to start the season is always a positive.
Another big opening road win was turned in by Lincoln College Prep. The Tigers went to West Platte and hung on for a 21-20 win. New coach Henry Newell and his team have a non-conference win over a team that has been a consistent winner the last few seasons. The out of conference victories have been hard to come by for the Kansas City Missouri School District teams and this is a great way to start the season.
Other outstanding performances were turned in by the usual suspect: Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit West, Fort Osage, Oak Grove, Center, Lafayette County, Cass-Midway and Holden all showed why they were ranked to start the season and why it is a good bet they will have a big say in how conference and state titles are decided.
Maybe the biggest win of the first week was turned in by Harrisonville. The Wildcats went on the road and rallied to beat Jefferson City Helias 22-21. The victory is a reversal of last season’s Missouri Class 4 semifinal and puts Harrisonville as an early favorite to make it to St. Louis and play in the Show-Me Bowl.
Harrisonville’s win is a great achievement but it is still week No. 1. There are many games to go before these two possibly meet again. There are no guarantees. All you have to do is look at last year’s season-opening game between Staley and Lee’s Summit West. The teams had played in the Class 5 semis for two straight years and last year’s regular season contest was seen as a warm up for another semifinal tilt later in the season, only each lost in the quarterfinals.
Wins in the first week of the regular season can mean a lot; they just don’t always end up being the predictor of things to come.
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