After Further Review: Cole Young 10/24
By Cole Young PrepsKC Columnist
Leave it to Blue Springs star running back Dalvin Warmack to explain just how big the Wildcats regular season finale against Lee’s Summit is.
“Its huge,” Warmack said. “We are both undefeated and with the conference title on the line. We expect it to be just as big as Rockhurst, Lee’s Summit West or the (Blue Springs) South game.”
With a pair of 8-0 teams squaring off for the top seeding in districts, plus the Suburban Big 7 title on the line, makes for what could be the biggest game on the Missouri side of the metro this year.
As Warmack said, with this game as big as any other rivalry games Blue Springs has this year it says a lot about just how far Lee’s Summit has come.
To see the ascent the Tigers have made look no further than last year’s loss to Blue Springs. Sure it ended in a loss, but it also started Lee’s Summit in an upward path that includes an undefeated record.
The Tigers scored 62 points on Blue Springs last year. That’s 20 more points than any other team scored on them, during Blue Springs’ championship run.
So while Lee’s Summit has plenty to play for, it may be fair to say Blue Springs has just as much to play for. A team that has been solid on defense all year certainly has no plans for a shootout.
“They are playing with a lot of confidence,” Blue Springs coach Kelly Donohoe said of the Tigers. “We will be very excited about focusing on that game. Last year when we played them, we don’t think they got our best shot.”
That’s just one of several big games on the Missouri side as teams jockey for district position.
On the north side, Park Hill and Park Hill South face off in the district rivalry as well as another in-district matchup with Staley and North Kansas City.
None are bigger on the south side of the city than Pleasant Hill at Harrisonville. The undefeated Roosters are looking for their first victory over the Wildcats’ since 1982.
Harrisonville at 6-2 is no slouch this season. The Wildcats two losses are to Oak Grove and Bolivar, two teams with a combined record of 15-1.
So who did Oak Grove have the one loss come to? Pleasant Hill.
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