View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 8/31

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: August 31, 2014 - 5:43 PM



What a week of football. On a weekend where great matchups dotted the landscape some surprising performances made it a week to remember.

Rockhurst lost to Webb City, Fort Osage beat Blue Springs, Kearney and Liberty North dominated opponents for the second straight week and O’Hara stunned Oak Grove.

What does it all mean?

Well, it means we have lots of good teams in the Metro and when they play each other, you get great games and some big wins and surprising losses.

This week Kansas starts its season and lots of good games will take place as teams play outside of their leagues. There are a few conference matchups tossed in, but the main thing is teams are not afraid to play good teams early.

This is one of the reasons I think teams from Kansas City do so well when it comes playoff time. The programs on both sides of the state line will test themselves with good competition, knowing it only makes them better.

One reason I think this works out well is there are a lot of different sized schools in one area. This isn’t a place dominated with huge high schools or filled with small programs. Teams here can go out and play a team one or two classes bigger and find a good game.

In places like St. Louis the big Class 6 schools fill out their schedule with all Class 6 schools. That may sound like the way to ensure the best competition, but just because there are more doesn’t make them better. A decent amount of those schools aren’t very good and games against those schools aren’t making the good teams in St. Louis any better.

Just look at this weekend. Rockhurst and Blue Springs both lost to good teams. That should only make them better. Lee’s Summit West has a tough game against Winnetonka this week. Raymore-Peculiar fell by one-point at Staley. There is no such thing as a good loss, but positives should come out of those defeats for all of those schools.

At the same time, Fort Osage and Staley have another good win on their resume and it shows their players they can play with anyone. If they take that attitude with them all through the postseason, it will serve them well.

I try to be as unbiased as I can be, but when it comes to football in the Kansas City Metro, I think we have the best programs in both Kansas and Missouri. While that’s my opinion, it seems every Thanksgiving my opinion looks more and more like a fact.