After Further Review: Cole Young 10/29
By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
After a week of football that for the most part was pretty blah, football fans are rewarded with what could be the best week of football season.
Sure there were some great games last week (Ray-Pec vs. Lee’s Summit West and Center against Pleasant Hill come to mind), but there were also some duds, some big duds.
For every nailbiter like Park Hill South and Liberty, though, another game saw one opponent drop a score in the 70s while holding their opponent to single digits. But, just like the unseasonably warm weather last weekend, those games are gone.
Now we’re left with some outstanding matchups.
Maybe the most intriguing matchup of all these second-round games is Smithville and Platte County.
The two former Midland Empire Conference foes have each taken a turn ending the other’s season the last two seasons. Neither of the games the past two seasons has been decided by fewer than eight points.
Platte County comes into the game with just one loss, to Kearney. Smithville meanwhile is 8-2 with losses to undefeated Park Hill and to Maryville.
The winner likely gets a date with Kearney in the district final.
While some matchups are rematches of old rivalries, Hogan Prep gets a chance to make a statement.
It’s fair to say the Rams haven’t played the toughest schedule around, but being 10-0 is being 10-0. They’ll get a chance to see just how good they are when they go on the road to take on Oak Grove, 8-2.
The highlight in Class 5 is a rematch between Liberty North and Staley, a game the Falcons won in the regular season. The week of district finals in Class 5 has the chance to be huge. Potential matchups could include Fort Osage and Winnetonka and Park Hill against the Liberty North/ Staley winner, but there’s still a lot of football to play before that.
The best part of it all is that the matchups just keep getting better. What makes this week the best though is the sheer volume of great games.
In every class from Class 1 to 6 there are games that could have state title implications.
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East Buchanan Bulldogs
Shawnee Mission South Raiders
Bishop Ward Cyclones
West Platte Bluejays
Turner Golden Bears
Lees Summit Tigers
North Kansas City Hornets
Pembroke Hill Raiders
St. Joseph Central Indians
St. Joseph LeBlond Golden Eagles