After Further Review: Cole Young 10/16
By PrepsKC staff
So who says the drama of the final weeks of the regular season was lost when Missouri went to its new playoff system?
As teams head into their final week of the regular season, several districts have tons left on the line.
Perhaps no district is as thrilling as Class 4, District 4. Consider this: The overall record of the top seven seeds is 39-17. That includes Lee’s Summit, which as the seventh seed beat Lee’s Summit West and had Fort Osage, the top team in Class 5, on the ropes in the final seconds.
Rockhurst currently holds the top seed in the district with the biggest game of the week in the district being a matchup between neighboring districts Lee’s Summit West and Raymore-Peculiar. A win by West could easily propel it to the No. 2 seed and drop Ray-Pec from No. 2 to No. 4.
Keep an eye on this district. Chances are the standings are going to look different Saturday morning.
In Class 5 the best district battle is likely who finishes second between Staley and Liberty North. Neither will catch Park Hill, but the second seed would get a home game in what would be a second-round rematch. Staley, the current No. 2 seed, defeated Liberty North at home the first time the two played.
If there is one district that no one seems to be paying much attention to, it is Class 3 District 7. Any of three teams could be considered the favorite to win a district that includes undefeated Hogan Prep, one-loss O’Hara and two-loss Oak Grove.
The Celtics suffered their first loss of the season to Center in Week 8 and handed Oak Grove one of its two losses early in the season by just seven points.
While looking at the numbers isn’t as exciting as watching a final week matchup that sends one team home, it does put a team’s entire body of work on display, rewarding both a difficult schedule and a victories.
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