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A season of promise ended early for Southeast. The Knights have canceled the remainder of their 20021 season.

One year after locking down an undefeated Interscholastic League championship, a team led by second-year head coach Julius Foster has been reduced to practice and skill work. The Knights were low on numbers to start the season. Injuries mounted. COVID-19 protocols and precautions have made the situation worse. The decision to pull the plug on the season was made this week.

Southeast finished the year 1-1 with a shutout win over Central and a shutout loss to Mid-Buchanan.

didn’t back down.”

Washington eked out a 2-point win in its first game in almost two years. Schlagle was blasted 35-0 by Pembroke Hill in its first contest since the 2019 season. The two Kansas City Atchison League foes will square off Friday at Washington in league action for the first time in two seasons. The game is PrepKC’s Dipasquale-Moore Game of the Week.

In other KCAL news, Wyandotte, 0-2, will look to get in the win column on the road at Atchison, which is 1-1 on the young season. Harmon is scheduled to make its season debut against Turner on Friday. The Hawks’ first two games were canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. And as mentioned previously, Sumner, 0-2, will host East, 0-3.

Lincoln Prep head coach William Lowe and the Blue Tigers have had one heck of a week. The last several days has seen a makeup game scheduled early in the week, a second opponent added on Saturday and the team was still coming to terms with a one-game suspension levied against Lowe, who was ejected late in the fourth quarter during a week 2 beat down over Cameron.

Per MSHSAA rules, a player or coach ejected from a game must serve a one-game suspension. There is no appeals process.

On Tuesday, without Lowe on the sideline, Lincoln spanked Interscholastic League opponent East 63-0 in a makeup game rescheduled from Sept. 11. East was in quarantine and unable to play last Friday. The depleted Bears were intent on canceling the game altogether to prepare for its week 4 contest with Missouri small class power Cardinal Ritter of St. Louis. Lincoln had its sights set on Sumner Academy.

The postponement set off a chain reaction that concluded with a schedule swap. East agreed to Tuesday’s game against Lincoln on the condition that the Blue Tigers would play Cardinal Ritter in place of the Bears, who agreed to play Sumner instead.

The Blue Tigers, 3-0, and Lions, 2-1, will kick off Saturday night at Lincoln. The game will be Lincoln’s biggest challenge thus far. Lowe’s squad has blasted opponents by a combined 169-14 through three weeks.

“I really like this team,” Lowe said this week. “They play hard, they compete and they are physical. But the best part is they are all playing for each other and pulling in the same direction.”

Cardinal Ritter was 4-4 last season and lost in the Class 3 semifinals to eventual state champion Blair Oaks. The Lions played perhaps the toughest schedule in Missouri last year, taking on three state champions in eight games. They have some players, Lowe said. The Class 4 Blue Tigers will have their hands full.

“I am so proud of my coaches and administration for getting this done,” Lowe said hours before he sat out the shutout win over East. “We had an opportunity to play a tough team and be challenged and we had an opportunity to play a tough team and be challenged and we didn’t back down.”