RE/MAX Big 3 Games of the Week

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: August 9, 2015 - 4:08 PM

Park Hill at Blue Springs South
7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 at Larry Stewart Memorial Stadium

The season opens with a blockbuster of a game between traditional Class 6 power Blue Springs South and last year’s Class 5 semifinalist.

Park Hill was one of the surprise teams of 2014 with an undefeated regular season, followed by a strong run through the postseason, including a thrilling last-second win over an undefeated Fort Osage.

This year the Trojans bring back a good group of skill players on both sides of the ball. The new faces this season will be mostly on the offensive line and linebacking corps. Park Hill has proven it can play with anyone and this will be a good road test to start the season.

South was a young team last year that was hampered by injuries from the jamboree on. The Jaguars finished the regular season at 4-5 but still were able to earn a postseason win before falling out of the playoffs.

The Jaguars bring back a big senior class that has been a winning group at every sub-varsity level. South has talented skill players as well and much like Park Hill, is looking at an almost brand new offensive line.

The team who's line settles in the fastest will probably have the advantage in what should be a good game.

Raytown South at Fort Osage
7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 at Fort Osage Stadium

These two programs have a long history of playing big games in the regular season and playoffs over the last decade. Now that South is down in Class 4 this matchup will only be in the regular season for a while.

This is a good matchup any time these two teams play, but this year it is a showdown between two of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the Metro.

Fort Osage is led by senior QB Skylar Thompson who is one of the best passers in the Midwest with two years of starting experience under his belt. He helped lead the Indians to an undefeated regular season and a run to the Class 5 quarterfinals where they fell short against Park Hill.

The Indians have key players back on offense led by Thompson and tailback Bailey Williamson, but it may be the defense that carries the day. Fort has always been good at keeping the ball out of the endzone and this year should be more of the same with eight starters back on that side of the ball.

The Fort Osage defense will be tasked with stopping South’s Jabril Cox. The senior quarterback is a true dual threat and can make things happen on every play. Cox is coming back from a knee injury suffered last season so this will be his first big test after surgery.

One key for the Cardinals will be the play of the young receivers and running backs around Cox. It’s a young group, and for some, this will be their first time as starters under the Friday night lights.

St. Pius X at Odessa
7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 at Odessa Stadium

The first week gives us a good showdown in Missouri Class 3 when St. Pius X travels to Odessa.

Both teams had successful seasons last year that included multiple wins in the postseason. Last year Odessa ended a six-game losing streak with a tight 21-20 win at St. Pius X.

The Bulldogs have battled low numbers the last few years, but even with a small group they have improved. This could be another step in that improvement, and a win over the Warriors for the second straight year would go a long way.

Pius is always consistent and the last few years has played its best football late in the season. The Warriors are looking to get a win to start the season and trying to avoid a 0-2 start like last year when they followed the loss to Odessa with a defeat at the hands of Maryville.

Either way there will be two teams hungry for a win to open the season.