RE/MAX Big 3 Games of the Week

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: August 22, 2016 - 9:14 AM

Hogan Prep Academy at O’Hara
7 p.m. Friday at Paul Monteil Stadium

Both teams got good wins to open the season and will be tested this week. Hogan Prep easily took care of Lincoln College Prep 46-14 while The Celtics won by a similar 48-18 margin.

These teams are similar in size and style which should provide for a good matchup. O’Hara doesn’t have the numbers it has had in the past but it has breakout athletes like Peyton Jones. The senior is a dominant defensive back but is also a weapon on offense. The Rams will need to keep him in check to win the game.

Hogan answers with an offense that pounded Lincoln Prep into submission in a game that was spread out over two days. The Rams offense is led by quarterback Jai’len Jones and running backs Damon Buford and Jordan Carrick. The trio combined for four touchdowns in the first half including a 96-yard scoring pass from Jones to Roosevelt Cooper.

O’Hara’s defense will be challenged to stop the balanced Rams attack. This could be one of those games where the offense rules the day.

Winnetonka at Smithville
7 p.m. Friday at Smithville Stadium

This is a battle of two schools that will get very well acquainted with each other over the next few years. Winnetonka dropped  down to Class 4 this season and are in the same district as the Warriors and starting in 2018 Smithville will join the Suburban Conference and the pair could be in the same league at that time.

The Warriors enter week No. 2 after a close 14-11 win over Pleasant Hill. Smithville has a lot of new starters on both sides of the ball and went on the road and got a solid win. This week the Warriors will see where they stand with a Winnetonka team that played solid defense in their first game of the year.

The Griffins look to get on the scoreboard for the first time this year after being shutout 19-0 by Park Hill South. Winnetonka’ s defense played well but the offense couldn’t find the endzone.

No matter how this turns out these two teams might just see each other again down the line when district play pops up and a win here would be big in those district seedings.

Lee’s Summit West at Blue Springs
7 p.m. Friday at Peavey Stadium

This matchup of highly ranked teams could go a long way to deciding the Suburban Gold Conference title.

Both teams got wins in the first week but both had to work to get those wins. Blue Springs trailed at halftime 30-23 when the game was suspended due to Friday night’s storms. Saturday morning was much kinder to the Wildcats as they hung 35 second-half points on Lee’s Summit to earn a 58-45 win.

The big star of the game for Blue Springs was tailback Jaylen Ivey who busted out for 365 yards and seven touchdowns on only 26 carries. West will be charged with slowing down a Blue Springs offense that scored at will against Lee’s Summit.

The Titans defense played pretty well in its 35-23 win over Blue Springs South. West led 21-14 when the storms came and then finished off the Jaguars on Saturday morning. The Titans offense looked good led by quarterback Cole Taylor who finished with 196 yards and three TDs in the win over South.

There could be a lot of points scored in this game if the offenses run wild again. The team that gets the last stop of the game might just be the one that wins the game.