View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 9/7

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: September 14, 2014 - 8:32 AM



This past week there were two games that stood out to me for different reasons. One was a great outcome on a specific night while the other was a great outcome that was almost two years in the making.

The first game was at Paola where Spring Hill and the hosts battled it out for 48 minutes, but it wasn’t enough.  At the end of the game it was tied at 7-7 so the teams moved on to overtime. Paola got the ball first and Ryan Gleghorn found Alex Wilson for a 10-yard touchdown. Donovan Sutti’s extra point made it 14-7 with Spring Hill getting its chance.

The Broncos moved the ball down to the 1-yard line and on fourth down Spring Hill’s Ryker Johnson dove over to make it 14-13. Most of the time teams will line up for the extra point to get it to the next overtime, not Spring Hill in Week No. 1. The Broncos lined up for the two-point conversion and Johnson found Brad Smith in the endzone for the game-winning conversion and the Broncos earned a season-opening win.

I love that call. It’s week one. Go for the win and see what your kids are made of right off the bat. It was a conference game, and win or lose, having that confidence in the offense to get the job done will pay dividends for Spring Hill down the line. Letting the players win the game on the field at that moment is always fun. Who knows how the season will turn out for either team, but winning a tough game early in the season could be what catapults the Broncos to new heights.

The other game that stood out to me was the Truman-St. Joseph Central contest. Both teams entered with 0-2 records but Truman’s losses stood at 16 straight dating back to a win in late September of 2012. The Patriots came out and jumped on the Indians early on their way to a 54-35 win.

Truman hasn’t had a lot of success over the last few years, but maybe things can turn around a little bit. The Patriots still have some tough games on their schedule like Park Hill and Park Hill South, but there are also more evenly matched games like Ruskin, Marshall and William Chrisman.

I’m not saying the Patriots are going to finish with a winning record or win a district, but this could be a year with some positives and wins for a program that has had few of those things for a long time.