After Further Review: Cole Young 10/31

Cole Young

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: October 31, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Forget the elections, there is a battle of complete opposites taking place Friday in the Class 6 District title game between Lee’s Summit West and Rockhurst.

Of all the great games across the metro this Friday, this one might be the most intriguing. Lee’s Summit West has had success at every level, winning titles state titles in Classes 4 and 5. Now though, the Titans get to take on what is fair to say is the king of Class 6, Rockhurst.

While the Hawklets haven’t won a state title since 2010, they’ve racked up nine state titles.

Add to that intrigue that Friday is the first time the two schools will have faced each other in football, after playing in seemingly every other male sport.

What makes this game so fun to me is that their styles are totally opposite.

Rockhurst has really no stars, plays a fairly boring and ugly style of football and prides themselves on all of those things.

Lee’s Summit West is the team with the Division I talent, likes to run some fancy plays each game and honestly couldn’t be much different than the Hawklets.

The differences go all the way down to their successful coaches. Rockhurst head coach Tony Severino has been at Rockhurst since the city of Lee’s Summit had just one high school. Meanwhile Vinny Careswell is in his first season as head coach for the Titans.

One area they aren’t much different this season is their records. Both have just two losses.

* Classes 1-5 are down to 16 teams each and thus far they’ve followed seed in nearly every instance. Just two of the teams left in Class 1 weren’t a top two seed. All the top seeds remain in Class 2 while five teams have beat their seed in Class 3.  In Class 4, three of the 16 teams left aren’t a top two seed, while two Class 5 teams have made it despite being seeded below the second line.

The one outlier in all of this is Class 6. With only eight teams left, three of those teams, including Rockhurst, weren’t projected by the computers to make it this far.

While some teams have played two playoff games thus far, Greenfield in eight man is still waiting to play its first game. The Wildcats had a first round bye before drawing Northwest (Hughesville) in the second round. Here’s where it gets interesting, their opponent forfeited their playoff game, despite playing in the first round of the playoffs.

When Greenfield played Northwest the first time, Greenfield won 88-20.