After Further Review: Cole Young 5/12
By Cole Young PrepsKC Columnist
With graduations beginning this week and summer weightlifting programs about to hit full speed, it seems like a perfect time to hit the reset button on high school football.
Gone is the 2013 season filled with impressive runs to the state title games by a host of area school. Now it’s time to start penciling in dates on your iPhone for Friday night games that simply can’t be missed.
In 2014 there are sure to be some good ones.
Even coming off a season below its expectations, Rockhurst headlines the area schedules.
The Hawklets play a total of two area teams this season, which happen to be defending Class 6 state champion Blue Springs and a road game at Blue Springs South, who knocked them out of the playoffs last season.
That matchup on Sept. 26 with Blue Springs isn’t the game generating the most buzz on Rockhurst’s schedule though. That game is Aug. 29 when the Hawklets host Webb City, the winners for four-straight Missouri Class 4 titles.
Blue Springs, while staying inside the Suburban Conference for every game but Rockhurst, presents one of the more intriguing opening two weeks with games against Staley and on the road at Fort Osage.
The best part of looking at the schedules often is seeing what teams can get into midseason form the fastest. Often times teams you see early in the season look nothing like the same team once district play begins, with the exception of wearing the same uniforms.
For Kansas 6A runners up Shawnee Mission East, it should be an early season test when they head on the road to face Gardner-Edgerton who went 8-2 last year.
Besides the new opponents, there’s also the rivalry games that are can’t miss as well.
Blue Valley and Blue Valley West meet up on September 12 in an in-district matchup that also is a rematch of the Kansas 5A semifinal from last season, a game Blue Valley won 38-33.
These games are just the start of what should be another big high school football season.
In all there’s bound to be more than 500 games. We’ll see if the ones listed above are some of the best.
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Ruskin Golden Eagles
North Platte Panthers
Olathe East Hawks
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Knob Noster Panthers
St. Joseph Lafayette Fighting Irish