After Further Review: Cole Young 9/28

Cole Young

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: September 29, 2017 - 10:37 AM

What does the future of high school football in Missouri hold?

That’s a question that I’ve pondered over the last few weeks.

Over the last week a handful of games across the state have been cancelled, almost all pitting a team that was severely overmatched verses a powerhouse in Missouri.

This week, Priory cancelled its game against Lutheran North. Priory isn’t a Class 1 school with 40 boys in the high school – It’s a Class 4 school. The same class Harrisonville, Kearney, Platte County and other schools play in. Now being fair, they are faced with a host of multipliers that make their enrollment seem bigger than it really is. The fact is though, this is a real problem for high school football.

A year or two I had the chance to chat with a superintended at a large Class 2 school. He was lamenting the fact they couldn’t get anyone on their team. The reason was simple “Lamar is in our district, the kids aren’t stupid, they know no matter how good they are they’ll be down 40 in the first half.”

While this isn’t a full-blown crisis, it’s an issue that’s going to have to be addressed over the next few years, especially in smaller classes. How long will schools of 150 kids continue playing 11-man football? Osceola was in the state semifinals not long ago and this year went to 8-man. A handful of other schools have considered it that have deep playoff runs to their credit in the last decade.

As we look at what the future of football does hold, I think it includes more Class 1 schools making a jump to 8-man. In order for this to happen though, teams need to be successful south of 36 Highway. The vast majority of success in this football division has taken place in the northwest corner of the state.

What needs to happen is someone like Sedalia Sacred Heart (my 8-man sleeper this year) needs to show they can compete with the best teams in 8-man.