View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 8/30
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Each year the schedule makers give us a few games that just jump off the page. This year is no different with some great matchups that we’ve never seen before and some that we see every year.
Missouri starts this week and there are two games that stand out to me when I look at the schedules. In week No. 2 Staley travels to Blue Springs in the first-ever meeting between the Falcons and Wildcats.
This game has several subtexts and it starts with the teams’ starting running backs. Blue Springs features Darrian Miller who helped lead the Wildcats to the Class 6 state title game last year. Along the way the senior ran for 2,798 yards and 37 touchdowns. Miller also had three TD catches to round out his number at 40 for the season.
Miller was a Simone Award finalist last year and is one of the favorites to win it again this year. Last year he racked up the yards but also made two of the biggest plays of the season for Blue Springs. Both came in the classic 23-21 quarterfinal victory over Rockhurst. The first was one of the toughest 1-yard runs I have ever seen on fourth down. The second was a screen pass that he got out of bounds to preserve the one second on the clock the Wildcats needed to kick the winning field goal.
On the other side of the ball for Staley is Evan Campbell. The Falcons running back isn’t the biggest player you will ever see but the speed and running ability are there. He’s run for more than 3,000 yards in his first two seasons and was a Fontana Award finalist last year.
Rumor has it that these two hooked up in a freshmen game three years ago and it was basically a shoot-out with each back having a huge day. If you like great running backs it may not get any better than week No. 2 at Blue Springs.
Another game that caught my eye comes in week No. 8 at Lee’s Summit West. For the first time in school history the Titans will play another team from Lee’s Summit. West has been around since 2004 but the district never saw fit to have its newest high school play Lee’s Summit or Lee’s Summit North.
Lee’s Summit has a different philosophy when it comes to scheduling its high schools against each other. What that philosophy is, only the people at central office must know but the state has taken care of that issue for them this season. Now the question is when will the Titans ever play Lee’s Summit North? I guess we will have to wait for the state to step in again on that one.
The last game that jumps out to me is Gardner-Edgerton and St. Thomas Aquinas in the season’s next to last week. Evidently I’m not the only one who thought that way because the matchup will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.
It should be a crazy night out in Gardner and a great way to showcase some of the best high school football in the Kansas City Metro to the rest of the country.
Well, all of the talking is out of the way, let’s finally kick off the 2010 high school football season.
Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach him send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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