After Further Review: Cole Young 8/14

Cole Young

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: August 14, 2017 - 7:51 AM

As the Missouri football season opens, there’s plenty to be learned in the opening week.

That’s perhaps nowhere more evident than in the Suburban Gold Conference. The league starts the season with three conference games and an intense geographical rivalry.

Starting the season with some good conference games provides some intrigue early on that is often missing with non-conference games. For me, the best game in Week 1 is Lee’s Summit West at Blue Springs South. This matchup is a little bit of a role reversal from the opener last season.

When the two squads met in 2016, it was Blue Springs South who was the younger team, figuring out who the starting quarterback would be. This season, the Jaguars return 15 starters while the Titans take on the more inexperienced role, bringing back just seven starters from their 9-3 squad. That said, the Titans also have one the best players in the city on their squad in Mario Goodrich.

This game holds even more significance given each team’s week two opponents. Blue Springs South travels to Rockhurst and Lee’s Summit West hosts Blue Springs.

While the biggest schools in the area are all staying local, one of the smallest is hitting the road for a massive road trip.

Cass-Midway is headed to Murfreesboro, Tenn., just over 600 miles away from Freeman. The Vikings will take on Middle Tennessee Christian School after both teams found themselves staring down a bye week in the first week of the season.

When Osceola dropped to eight-man football in the middle of the summer, Midway had to scramble. Other schools in the WEMO were able to find closer games with teams in central Missouri or eastern Kansas, but the Vikings had no such luck.

Instead they’ll be forced to trade the longest road trip in the WEMO out for a nine-hour bus ride.