RE/MAX Big 3 Week 1

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: July 31, 2017 - 6:33 AM

Staley at Liberty North
7 p.m. August 18 at Liberty North Stadium

The season kicks off with two of the top Class 5 teams in the Metro squaring off.

It is the start of a new season for both teams but there is all kinds of new with North. The Eagles open play in their new on campus stadium and under the direction of new coach Greg Jones.

North’s new stadium ends a run of seven seasons where the Eagles and Liberty High School both played their home games at William Jewell College. Factor that change with Jones coming over from Kearney and this might be the most anticipated opening game since North first took the field in 2010.

Looking to spoil the party is Staley. The Falcons are coming off a run to the Class 5 semifinals where they lost to eventual champion Vianney. Staley lost a lot off that team but that hasn’t seemed to be a problem in the past. The Falcons came into 2016 with only three returning starters so don’t expect too much of a drop off again this year.

This is only the first week but these teams are in the same district so a win here could be huge when it comes to district seeding come late October.

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

A great Class 3 game kicks off the season as two Missouri River Valley Conference teams match up in an East vs. West game.

Richmond is coming off a great season in 2016 winning their first 11 games before falling to an undefeated Maryville in the district championship game. Oak Grove meanwhile is trying to bounce back from a 5-6 campaign that saw the Panthers never get on a roll.

A lot is gone from the Spartans 2016 squad but coach Rob Bowers always seems to put a good team on the field. The question this year will be if Richmond’s offensive line is ready to roll on week one after some heavy losses to graduation.

Oak Grove brings back some good players and a win in week one would go a long way to getting the Panthers back into the conversation as one of the better Class 3 teams in the Metro.

Lee’s Summit West at Blue Springs South
7 p.m. Friday at Larry Stewart Stadium

Last season the Suburban Gold Conference was arguably the toughest in the state and this year shouldn’t be any different.

The conference season kicks off with a great matchup of championship programs as Blue Springs South hosts Lee’s Summit West.

South is coming off a disappointing 4-6 campaign after winning the Missouri Class 6 title in 2015. The Jaguars battled injuries on both sides of the ball and a mid-season four game winning streak was answered by a four-game losing skid to end the year.

There are good players back on both sides of the ball for South so a win over a good West team to open the season could go a long way to winning season in 2017.

West brings back some good players and maybe the best overall player in the Metro in defensive back Mario Goodrich. He can make plays on both sides of the ball and on special teams so he will be key in anything that West is able to do this season.