After Further Review: Cole Young 11/21
By Cole Young PrepsKC Columnist
We’ve finally made it to the semifinals all through the area. What awaits is some of the most exciting football of the year.
Semifinal Saturday (and Friday for the bigger classes) has always been some of my favorite football of the year. Sure the title games are fun, but “making state” suddenly becomes a lot more real during the semifinal round.
What makes this year even more exciting is that there’s a wide variety of teams just a win from making the championship game.
There are teams that everyone expected to be here like Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit West and teams that maybe no one outside of their respective fan bases expected to be here.
There are teams that run from about every different formation possible like Shawnee Mission East and teams that like to run with their featured back like Brock Broughton and Kearney.
Then there’s the teams that played a tough regular season schedule and are reaping those benefits in the playoffs like Liberty North and Olathe North.
It all adds up to a lot of teams with a lot of different styles but one big goal in front of them, hoisting the championship trophy.
On the Missouri side the western side of the state has a chance to have repeat champions in Classes 1, 2, 3 and 6.
Each of the teams has put up some gaudy numbers in one way or another.
Penney has reached the semifinals behind the impressive play of Kellen Overstreet. The junior running back has scored 59 (59!) touchdowns this year including eight in a quarterfinal win over West Platte. And yes, the 59 are a state record. The national record is 71 in a season.
In Class 2, Lamar is putting up just as crazy of numbers. Since the opening round of the playoffs they’ve outscored their opponents 254-12 including a 35-0 win over top ranked Mountain View in the quarterfinals.
Then, there is Maryville and Blue Springs, two teams who have done nothing but roll this year.
Combined, they’ve won 50 straight games.
All four of these teams look like they could on the verge of starting a dynasty if not continuing one.
Through all of this, perhaps the biggest game of the semifinal weekend could be Friday night at Lee’s Summit West.
Kearney suffered an early loss but since losing to Lee’s Summit has been rolling. Lee’s Summit West has a lot to prove itself after getting shocked in the playoffs last year.
It could be a memorable matchup in the semifinals, but we can only hope it’s as epic as the last time Lee’s Summit West was in the semifinals, a four-overtime game against Staley.
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