After Further Review: Cole Young 12/3
By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Now a few days after we put a bow on the 2014 football season, we’re able to back up and take a look at the year that was.
Despite bringing home just three state titles this year, we’ll look back at this year as one that featured some great games, some emerging stars and teams along with a lot of parity.
Shawnee Mission East and Bishop Miege moved methodically through the season each finishing undefeated seasons. While most years it wouldn’t be uncommon for four or even five local teams to roll to undefeated seasons, the Lancers and Stags were the cream of the crop this year, combining for a 26-0 record.
On the Missouri side, Oak Grove provided the lone state title for the area. Additionally their path was a little more winding. Simply put, if the Panthers would have fallen to Maryville in the quarterfinals, no one would have been surprised.
Instead, the Panthers put together the most surprising win of the year, not only snapping the Spoofhounds’ 42-game winning streak, but winning by 46 points.
Beyond the state titles, we’ll remember plenty more.
As a guy who spent the majority of my season reporting on the Missouri side, my memories are obviously skewed in that direction.
Class 5 provided some of the best football in the city. Fort Osage and Park Hill battled in a game that will go down as one of the best of the year. The best part of this, is that neither team looks like they are going anywhere either. Add in Staley and Liberty North and 2015 could be even better.
While Park Hill provided one of the surprises of the year, Raymore-Peculiar did as well. The Panthers are never down too far, but this year they rattled off victories over Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit West (twice) and Blue Springs, before ultimately falling to the Wildcats in the playoffs.
Speaking of Blue Springs, as we transition to the offseason, we thought we’d likely heard the last from twin defensive linemen Carlos and Khalil Davis. The duo that verbally committed to Nebraska seemed ready to head to Lincoln.
Now though with Bo Pelini being fired, the duo hasn’t announced they’ve reopened the process, but you can bet two teenagers in Blue Springs will probably get visits from coaches in Columbia, Manhattan and more after saying on Sunday that things were “a little shaky now” and they are “keeping their options open.”
And hey, we thought the season was over.
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