RE/MAX Big 3 Week 4

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: September 4, 2017 - 8:54 PM

Blue Springs at Park Hill
7 p.m. Friday at Park Hill District Football Stadium

The two highest ranked teams in Missouri Class 6 from Kansas City square off in a showdown that could decide the Suburban Gold Conference.

Park Hill enters riding a three-game winning streak where it has looked almost perfect. The Trojans have dominated Lee’s Summit North, Lee’s Summit and Park Hill South in the first three weeks but the degree of difficulty will go up.

Park Hill’s offense has been unstoppable led by quarterback Billy Maples who threw nine touchdowns in a week No. 2 win over Lee’s Summit. The defense turned things up this past week blanking Park Hill South in a 42-0 win.

Blue Springs schedule has been a little tougher facing Lee’s Summit West in week No. 2 and the No. 1 team in Arkansas last week. The Wildcats came up short in the game against Fayetteville and no enter coming off their first loss of the season.

These teams were in similar positions last year when Blue Springs used a big comeback to stop Park Hill. In that game, the Trojans jumped out early but ran out of gas. If that happens again the Wildcats can’t count on this year’s Park Hill squad to surrender a lead again.

No matter how it starts it should be a good game right down to the final whistle.

Raytown at Liberty
7 p.m. Friday at Crosley Family Stadium

For the second straight week Raytown finds itself in a Big 3 game. While a Big 3 designation isn’t new, Raytown’s 3-0 start is something nobody on this team has ever seen. The Bluejays have won their first three games since 1991 but will face their toughest test of the season so far.

Liberty enters with a 3-0 mark of its own. The Jays haven’t been tested and look like one of the best Class 5 teams in the Metro. The offense has been balanced with the running of Robert Rawie and the passing of Thomas Heinrichs.

The offense what expected but the Jays defense has been stellar all season. Liberty has allowed just 27 points in three games but the Jays will be tested this week. Raytown sophomore quarterback Joe Campbell is coming off a career game where he threw for more than 400 yards and combined for seven touchdowns threw the air and on the ground.

The winner of this game should be the favorite in the Suburban Red and have a key win that could be huge when it comes to district seeding.

Platte County at Harrisonville
7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium

Two of the top Class 4 programs clash coming off their first losses of the season. Harrisonville went on the road and lost at Pittsburg, Kan. While Platte County fell at home to Staley.

This game will give both teams’ defenses the chance to bounce back from their worst weeks of the season. Platte County gave up 62 points after giving up just 13 in its first two games and Harrisonville allowed 37 after holding its first two opponents to a combined 14.

Platte County’s offense has been the more consistent scoring in the 40s the first two weeks and then putting up 27 against a good Staley defense. In fact, for half of that game Platte County and Stale traded scores until the Falcons pulled away.

Harrisonville got down early and never could challenge Pittsburg. The Wildcats will need to find what worked for them in a week No. 1 41-6 win over St. Joseph Benton to have a chance to bounce back this week.

No matter who wins this game it could easily be a quarterfinal preview later in the season.

Blue Valley Southwest at St. James Academy
7 p.m. Friday at Bonner Springs Braves Stadium

Coming off impressive starts to the season Blue Valley Southwest and St. James Academy meet up in a key early season Eastern Kansas League Battle.

Southwest got its offense in gear right from the start hanging 70 points on Blue Valley West in a 70-49 win. The Timberwolves scored early and often to start the season off with a big win.

St. James was equally impressive jumping out to an early lead on two-time defending Class 5A state champion Mill Valley and cruising to a 45-21 win.

This week one of the team’s defenses will have to step up and provide some stops and some turnovers. With each team’s offense clicking on all cylinders right out of the gate it could be another track meet.

One thing is certain is it will be an interesting home atmosphere for St. James. The Thunder will play this home game at Bonner Springs which will be one of three home venues this season. St. James will also play two home games at Bishop Miege and another at Mill Valley.

Bonner Springs at DeSoto
7 p.m. Friday at DeSoto Stadium

Both Bonner Springs and DeSoto had to be pleased with the way each opened their season. Bonner Springs rolled Turner 56-0 while DeSoto handled a good Ottawa squad 30-8.

The Braves jumped on Turner early and never looked back. The offense was balanced and the special teams play put Bonner Springs in good position to score all night. Those two units will need to play well again this week against a big physical DeSoto squad.

The Wildcats won a classic Frontier grind it out contest. DeSoto’s defense kept Ottawa at bay while it’s offense was strong all night. The Wildcats will look to use that formula again to try to open the season 2-0.

One thing each team must do this week is not get caught looking ahead. DeSoto takes on Frontier League power Louisburg while Bonner Springs gets back into Kaw Valley League play against Piper.

St. Thomas Aquinas at Blue Valley North
7 p.m. Friday at the Blue Valley D.A.C.

It a tough Eastern Kansas League, this game could be big in determining a conference champion.

Aquinas and Blue Valley North looked as good as anyone in Week No. 1 with big in league victories. Aquinas topped Gardner-Edgerton 35-14 while North defeated Blue Valley Northwest 48-13.

The Saints had a good night on offense led by quarterback Will Swanson, tailback Cameron Jackson and receiver Jack Morrissey. Swanson was an efficient 6 of 8 for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Morrissey was his main target grabbing four balls for 151 yards and a touchdown. Jackson finished with 12 carries for 103 yards and one score but was one of nine Saints to run the ball.

That is what North will have to stop. Aquinas will be asked to slow down a Mustangs attack led by Graham Mertz. The junior quarterback had a huge game for his new team finishing with 267 yards and six touchdowns with all six of those scores landing in the hands of Vincent Allen who finished with 252 yards receiving.

With all of that scoring it will come down to the ability of each team’s defense to put up just enough stops to get the win.