RE/MAX Big 3 Games of the Week

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: September 16, 2015 - 9:42 AM

Blue Springs South at Rockhurst
7:30 p.m. Friday at Dasta Stadium

A year ago these teams were in exact opposite positions. South was looking for its second win while Rockhurst was building a state championship caliber resume.

This time around the Jaguars are the team building a resume and the Hawklets are just looking for a win. South has been impressive each week with a defense that shut out Raymore-Peculiar in its last game.

Rockhurst has played a murders row to start the season with two state champs in the mix as they have fallen to 1-3. The quarterback position has been in flux since losing starter Tyler Benninghoff in the loss at Webb City. That position will need to stabilize against a tough South defense.

South is battling Rockhurst but it is also battling history. The Jaguars are 1-12 during the regular season against Rockhurst with the only win coming in 2006 as South went undefeated and won a state title.

Right now South is the team playing better. We will see if they can beat the Hawklets and history Friday night.

Fort Osage at Staley
7 p.m. Friday night at the North Kansas City D.A.C.

Since Staley moved up to Class 5 in 2010 this has been one of the best games in the Metro almost every season. The teams have both beaten each other in dramatic fashion in the regular season and playoffs.

Both teams enter undefeated with each having a win over Blue Springs on its resume. It shapes up as a battle between Staley’s defense and Fort Osage’s offense. The Falcons first-teamers haven’t allowed a point all season while the Indians are led by quarterback Skylar Thompson and a talented group of skill players.

Staley’s offense is very good as well though it took a hit prior to last week’s 21-0 win over Liberty North. Faizol Bouchard was lost for the year but Staley’s offense rallied for a solid win over North. With two weeks of practice under its belt the Falcons should be in a good position to start moving past that injury.

Fort Osage’s defense has long been one of the better units in the Metro and it is starting to round into form. No team has scored more than 16 points in any game and last week it was solid again as the Indians beat North Kansas City 42-7.

No matter who wins this game it could just merely be round one of a two-round fight with the winner of the second round quite possibly going on to win a Class 5 title.

Odessa at Oak Grove
7 p.m. Friday at Panther Stadium

This is another rivalry that doesn’t need the teams to be having a good season to be a great game. Of course this year both teams are 4-0 and playing great football so it makes it that much better.

Oak Grove is the defending Class 3 champ and is undefeated. After a week No. 2 scare at O’Hara the Panthers have rolled along in dominating fashion. The defense looks like it is rounding into form and the new players on offense have been solid all season long.

Odessa started off strong with a 33-14 win over St. Pius X and has gotten better each week including a 65-0 win over Carrollton and a 40-0 win at Holden last week.

This is a game that could come down to the last snap with the winner earning bragging rights and the inside track to a possible No. 1 seed in district play.

Bishop Miege at Blue Valley
7 p.m. Friday at Blue Valley Stadium

It’s just the third week of the season but this could be a matchup of future state champions. Miege looks a lot like the team that rolled to the Class 4A title last year while the Tigers have two impressive wins over Shawnee Mission Northwest and Rival Blue Valley West

Blue Valley has been an offensive machine. The first week quarterback Colton McCumber ran wild in the win over Northwest and last week it was a balanced approach that keyed the attack.

Miege has weapons all over the field led by running back Dawson Downing and receiver Jafar Armstrong. The first week it was the Downing show while in week No. 2 it was quarterback Carter Putz and Armstrong that got the job done.

These are programs that can score points but have always prided themselves on defense as well. While they love defense this could be a shootout down to the final minute.

DeSoto at St. James Academy
7 p.m. Friday at St. Thomas Aquinas Stadium

This is one of those under the radar rivalries that has gained a lot of steam over the years. The schools sit just a few miles apart and there are several DeSoto students who attend St. James.

This year both teams are off to impressive 2-0 starts with similar victories on their resume. Each has a blowout win against a Kansas City, Kansas school and a good victory over a traditionally good program.

DeSoto blew out Harmon in week No. 1 and then followed that with a 23-7 win over Paola. The Thunder opened their season with a 28-8 win at Pleasant Hill and pounded Wyandotte 60-0 last week.

St. James has a lot of good athletes and a dynamic offense. The Thunder struggled with penalties in week one and that can’t be a problem this week or St. James could be looking at its first loss of the season.

A win by DeSoto could put them in position to have its first winning season since 2011 and be a player in Class 4A and the Frontier League while a win for St. James would put them down the road of perhaps their best season in school history.

Lawrence at Lawrence Free State
7 p.m. Friday at Free State Stadium

This is a great game every year and the favorite doesn’t always come out on top. This year Lawrence comes in with the shiny 2-0 record while Free State has lost two games in the final minutes by a combined 12 points.

The Lions opened with a 35-14 win over Blue Valley West and matched that with a 41-14 victory at Leavenworth. In the second game standout tailback JD Woods had 184 yards and five touchdowns on just 16 carries. Stopping him and the offense will be job one for Free State.

The Firebirds looked like they were on their way to a win last week at Olathe North but a fumble that was returned for a touchdown was the difference. Free State was running out the clock when the turnover swung the game the other way.

This is a game Free State has dominated the last three years so the Lions will be looking to end a streak while Free State will be looking for its first win.