RE/MAX Big 3 Week 2

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: August 20, 2017 - 9:08 PM

Belton at Liberty
7 p.m. Friday at Liberty Stadium

Last week it was Liberty North opening its home stadium with a big game this week it is Liberty. The Jays will play their first game in its home field with home and visitor stands and a brand-new track and complete facilities.

While everything will be new the Jays will need to be careful to not overlook their opponent. Belton is a legit team even after a loss to Raymore-Peculiar in the first game. The Pirates have a veteran quarterback and running back and have proven over the last few seasons they are a program on the rise.

Liberty opened its season with a dominating win at St. Joseph Central. Robert Rawie had his usual good game but the Jays defense may have been the star holding Central to just three points. They will be tested this week against a Belton offense that moved the ball and scored against a good Ray-Pec team.

If Liberty can overcome the opening jitters that might come with a game like this it could be a very good win. Belton on the other hand, could ruin Liberty’s opening night with an early-season signature win.

Kearney at Raytown South
7 p.m. Friday at Cardinal Stadium

Kearney comes into its week 2 showdown with the Cardinals after dropping its season opener for the first time since losing to Raymore-Peculiar in 2005. That season they would lose their second game to Lee’s Summit West and the Bulldogs haven’t started a season 0-2 since that time.

Raytown South finds itself in the same position it did this time last year. Big win over Ruskin followed by a game with Kearney. This time around the Cardinals bring in the more experienced group with more than 15 starters back from last year’s squad.

The Bulldogs defense looked solid in the loss to Fort Osage but its offense only mustered 15 points in the loss to Fort Osage. The offense will need to pick things up this week in what is shaping up to be a key early-season Suburban Blue Conference game.

The Cardinals offense looked great but it must limit mistakes against Kearney. The Bulldogs are a great turnover and field position defense and that could be key to what they want to do.

Either way this is a great Week No. 2 matchup with several storylines.

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

This could come down to the team vs. the stars. Blue Springs is probably the deepest most talented team in the Metro and maybe the state of Missouri.

West may not have the experience and depth that the Wildcats have but the Titans feature some of the best players in the Midwest.

The Wildcats opened the season in very impressive fashion pounding Lee’s Summit 43-7 in a game that was all Blue Springs. Newcome Cade Musser was a weapon out of the backfield both running and catching the ball and the defense never let the Tigers become part of the game.

The Titans rolled into Blue Springs South and struck early on the strength of big plays by tailback Philip Brooks who ran for more than 100 yards while catching five passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns. Brooks scored three on a night when he looked like a man among boys.

This week’s game should come down to which defense steps up. Can Blue Springs corral Brooks along with do everything receiver and defensive back Mario Goodrich or can the Titans defense stop a Blue Springs offense that has power, speed and depth all over the field