Fall football is back in Wyandotte County. But it's anyone’s guess as to what Friday's Week 1 matchup between Washington and Harmon will look like. Both teams were sidelined a year ago due to COVID-19 concerns.
The contest at Harmon is the DiPasquale-Moore Law Firm Metro Matchup of the Week and marks the Kansas City Atchison League and season opener for both squads.
Neither team returns much experience. And that's understandable having not played a full season since 2019.
Washington finished 6-3 two years ago and claimed the KCAL title with a 5-0 mark. Harmon was 2-7 and 0-5 in league play the same year.
The Wildcats are led by seniors Savyan Powell, a quarterback and defensive back; do-everything defensive end/fullback/linebacker/tight end Quantre Moore; and wide receivers Cam Allen and Rashad Barker, both of whom double as defensive backs.
John Ross, a junior running back and linebacker, and sophomore running back/wide receiver/linebacker Xavyer Powell are expected to contribute as well.
Standouts aside, the Wildcats are young, head coach Camron Smith said. Inexperienced players will be tested against the Hawks. But that’s high school football, Smith said.
"It's hard to say what Friday night will look like," he said. "I'm sure Harmon is as jacked up and ready to go as we are."
Harmon's Pat Hansen is in his first year as the Hawks head coach. Hansen said he was focused on building confidence and relationships with his players during the first DiPasquale-Moore Law Media Day held in August. On Friday, the Hawks will be put to the test.
"I know better than anyone that a coaching change should never be underestimated," Washington's Smith said. "It will be a good game, and I'm excited to be a part of bringing football back to KCK."
In other KCAL action, Atchison is scheduled to host St. Joseph Lafayette while Sumner welcomes Bishop Ward. Wyandotte is expected to travel to Hogan Prep on Saturday, but Schlagle's season-opening game was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols.