View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 9/19
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
What a crazy night for high school football. We had real life drama, football drama along with upsets and a few impressive blowouts.
The real life drama was the weather as powerful storms swept across parts of the Metro and surrounding areas. Dozens of games were delayed and even a few were postponed. At Cass-Midway the game was moved to Saturday after a tornado passed close enough to the school that the bleachers were tossed on the field and the scoreboard was blown down. Some windows were blown out of the school building but as of right now it sounds as if no one was hurt.
Once the storms moved through most of the football got going and what a set of games we had on both sides of the state line. In all there were 17 of the 61 games played were decided by seven points or less with several coming down to the last play or plays of regulation and three of those going to overtime.
Some weeks it can be blowout city but this Friday night games weren’t decided until late in the game. Through in the weather and many games weren’t decided until late in the evening.
It made for a late night for fans, players, reporters and editors but it was worth it. There were great games between teams all over the map.
What made it even better was that the biggest matchups didn’t disappoint. Of the six RE/MAX Big 3 games, only St. James 26-10 win over DeSoto was the only game decided by more than 10 points. The other Kansas Big 3 Games were nail biters. Blue Valley topped Bishop Miege 42-35 while Lawrence outlasted Free State 14-12.
The Missouri games were just as good. Blue Springs South topped Rockhurst 37-27 in just its second-ever regular season win over the Hawklets. Odessa scored in the final seconds to beat rival Oak Grove 21-14 and Fort Osage rallied from a 14-0 halftime deficit to beat Staley 17-14 in overtime.
While those were the marquee games that were preselected plenty others were just as good. In Kansas Bonner Springs topped Basehor-Linwood 27-21, Mill Valley rallied to beat Derby 27-20 in a matchup of ranked teams, Paola edged Eudora 28-21 and Perry-Lecompton held off Baldwin 26-20 giving the Bulldogs their first loss of the season.
On the Missouri side Pleasant Hill topped Grain Valley 15-12 for its first win, Lexington topped Holden 12-7, Lee’s Summit North rallied to beat Lee’s Summit West 13-9 for the Broncos first-ever win over the Titans, Blue Springs got past Lee’s Summit 32-29 in overtime, Lathrop held off rival Lawson 14-7 and Raytown South earned the first win in its new home stadium with a come-from behind 17-14 overtime win.
That’s an unbelievable night. It wasn’t easy but it was a great night of high school football. Maybe one of the best in years.
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