Extra Points: Brian Spano 10/31
By Brian Spano PrepsKC Senior Writer
Here we go.
Now it's win and you move on, lose and think about next season. The postseason begins in earnest on the Missouri side tonight, as the tension builds, seeds are in place and there is no room for error.
What have we learned so far as the regular season has come to an end?
For starters, never count Rockhurst out. After getting off to a miserable 0-3 start, the Hawklets went 5-1 the rest of the way to finish fourth in the Class 6, District 4 standings, a nice recovery. This could make Rockhurst a dangerous team in the postseason.
But there is one team in Class 6 that may be unstoppable after its 49-7 crushing of Lee's Summit last Friday.
Blue Springs, the defending state champs in Class 6, have been pretty much flawless throughout the 2013 campaign, and I don't really see anyone on this side of the state getting in their way on their road to St. Louis. In fact, I don't see anyone on the east side of the state giving them much of a tussle either, but we'll have to see how it all plays out over the coming weeks.
Class 5 is where things could get a bit interesting. After last year's surprising upset of Lee's Summit West by Ozark, we could be in for some epic battles again this year. On paper, all signs point to a Fort Osage/Lee's Summit West showdown in the semifinals, but don't look past Kearney, Winnetonka or even Staley as a dark horse.
Class 5 is so stacked that there are at least half a dozen teams that have a shot at winning the state title, and that might start with defending champs Kirkwood. Kickapoo, Camdenton, Fort Zumwalt East, Parkway Central and Nixa are all in the mix. Class 5 has always been an exciting bracket to watch the last several years.
Webb City might be the overwhelming favorite to win the title in Class 4, but Van Horn she has been a neat story to watch over the last couple of years. The Falcons finished the season 7-2, but why don't they have a legitimate chance to make it all the way to the dome? Liberty North could be the team in their district that might give them trouble if they have any thoughts of wanting to move on.
Would it be wrong to just go ahead and give the Maryville Spoofhounds their second consecutive Class 3 state championship? It would be if Oak Grove and Hogan Prep and Center and Pembroke Hill have anything to say about it. Class 3 is another loaded group that anywhere from six to 10 schools might have a real chance of walking out of the dome carrying a trophy.
In Class 2, it's looking like Lafayette County (Higginsville) is at it again, completing a perfect season at 9-0. The Huskers fell short of a state crown two years ago, falling to Lamar 49-19. Could this year be the year?
Stay tuned as the playoff drama begins this week and ends Thanksgiving weekend in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
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