After Further Review: Cole Young 9/2
By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Two weeks have come and gone in the Missouri high school football season. It would be nice to say we know more than we did about teams than when the season began, but I’m not so sure that’s the case.
Rather, I think we probably have more questions now than answers. The questions are probably just starting too, especially since no one on the Kansas side has taken a snap yet.
So what’s the biggest question so far?
What is the best team on the eastern side of State Line Road?
Last week I’d have had an easier answer than I do now, but for now it has to be Fort Osage, doesn’t it?
The top-ranked team in Class 5 knocked off the top team in Class 6, so for now the Indians wear the crown.
That just brings up the next question:
Is there a tougher area of the state to get out of in the playoffs than Kansas City in Class 5?
For those keeping track at home, through the first two weeks of the season, Park Hill, Park Hill South, Staley, Fort Osage, Winnetonka and Liberty North all have victories over Class 6 teams. So basically in two weeks, half the Class 5 teams in the city have signature wins under their belts and five of the teams listed above are in the latest Missouri AP Top 10.
That’s enough craziness for much of the season, let alone the first few weeks, and that’s just in Class 5.
Meanwhile there are plenty of other questions.
Just how many touchdown passes will Drew Lock throw this year?
The Lee’s Summit quarterback has thrown 11 through two games, a pace for 55 for the season, the same number as the state record. Now, will he end up with exactly 55 touchdowns? Probably not.
The Tigers schedule gets much tougher now, starting with a home game against Fort Osage on Friday. With opponents such as Blue Springs, Raymore-Peculiar and Lee’s Summit West still on the schedule, the competition escalates. That could mean the Tigers could be coming from behind, which of course means … more passes.
What teams have surprised the most in the first two weeks?
O’Hara entered the 2013 season as a very young team and took some lumps in close games and then in a lopsided loss to end the year at Oak Grove.
A year older, O’Hara pulled off a bit of an upset, beating Oak Grove 31-24 last week. The Celtics also avenged a loss from last year when they rolled Richmond in the opener.
The Celtics make their first appearance in the state polls at No. 8 in Class 3 this week.
“This was the way things used to be when we played Oak Grove. Traditionally it’s always been a battle to the end,” O’Hara head coach Jim DeMarea said after the game.
Perhaps this is the start of resurgence for O’Hara.
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