Extra Points: Brian Spano 9/19
By Brian Spano PrepsKC Senior Writer
As of this past week, we are already a third of the way through the high school football season on the Missouri side. And in just that short span of time, we have seen our share of surprises and major storylines so far.
The biggest by far may be the 0-3 start by Rockhurst. The Hawklets lost the opening week on the road to East St. Louis, Ill., and at home in Week 2 to Bentonville, Ark. It was the first time since 1978 that Rockhurst started the season 0-2.
Then this past week, in the annual battle of two of the storied Class 6 heavyweights, Blue Springs upended Rockhurst 22-7 to put the Hawklets into a deeper hole. Going back a bit further in the record books, the 1977 Hawklets started the season 0-4, but went on to finish with a 5-5 record that year.
Last year, Rock got off to a 1-2 start, and somehow head coach Tony Severino worked his magic to right the ship, and the Hawklets went on to finish the season 9-3. Rest assured that Severino and his staff are diligently working to fix what needs to be fixed to turn this season around quickly.
And speaking of Blue Springs, they and Lee's Summit West have been on a collision course through the first three weeks of the season for their Week 4 matchup that will sure to delight high school football fans throughout the metro.
Last year, the Titans were the only blemish on the defending Class 6 state champions record. But don't think for a minute that isn't top of mind for head coach Kelly Donohoe, his staff and players. The game is at Lee's Summit West this week, so get there early as these two 3-0 teams will go head to head for if nothing more than city bragging rights.
Raytown South, yes, my alma mater, is off to a very disappointing start in Class 4. The Cardinals have dropped their first three games of the season, and it hasn't been pretty for a team that had high expectations coming into this season. South has experience and speed on its side.
In those first three games, South has lost to Park Hill 35-7, Winnetonka 41-27 and Kearney 42-7. The defense is giving up an average of 39.3 points per game while the offense is scoring just under two touchdowns per game.
It doesn't get any easier for the Cardinals with the likes of Liberty North, Raytown, Lee's Summit and Platte County still ahead on their schedule.
Finally, I don't know if I'd call it the game of the year, but I'd definitely call it the wildest. When Kearney traveled to Lee's Summit in Week 2, I never thought I'd witness a 77-55 score in regulation, but I did. It was the most points I had seen in a game since that 76-70 four-overtime playoff thriller between Staley and Lee's Summit West back in 2011.
Most games I'll sit in the press box, but for that one, I walked the sideline, and I may have walked five miles up and down the Bud Hertzog Stadium sidelines as the scoring went on and on.
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