RE/MAX Big 3 Games of the Week

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: August 23, 2015 - 8:37 PM

Oak Grove at O’Hara
7 p.m. Thursday at Paul Monteil Stadium

Oak Grove picked up where it left off after winning the Class 3 championship last season with a 55-0 win over Holden. O’Hara gutted out a tough 20-14 home win against Richmond to open its schedule.

Last year the Celtics won a shoot-out 31-14 in the regular season only to see the Panthers knock them out of the postseason with a big 63-35 win.

These teams are without some of the marquee players from last year’s games but it’s so far so good in 2015. Oak Grove plays as the hunted after spending the last few seasons as the team trying to take that final step. If the first game is any indication the weight of expectations isn’t too heavy for this group.

O’Hara is a squad that doesn’t have size on the line but does have good skill players. Those athletes will be tested by a defense that shutout its last opponent. If O’Hara can string together some big plays this should be another great game.

Blue Springs South at Liberty North
7 p.m. Friday at William Jewell College

If you like a lot of points this game isn’t for you. Blue Springs South has a 20-year reputation for playing tough defense and Liberty North has made a name for itself on that side of the ball over the past five years.

The first week of the season saw the Jaguars get a big 14-7 home win over Park Hill. South held the Trojans scoreless for most of the game and pulled out a win with a stop on fourth and goal with no time left on the clock. It was a big win for a team that started the season 0-3 last year.

North put up a strong effort on defense in the first week but the offense was almost missing in action. The Eagles excel when they are playing tough physical football and they will need to establish that this week. If North can get its running game going and wear down the South defense it could be two straight wins for the Eagles.

Staley at Raymore-Peculiar
7 p.m. Friday at Raymore-Peculiar Stadium

Both teams are ranked in the state in their respective classes and are coming off week one wins.

Staley turned in one of the more impressive victories of the week with a 35-0 blanking of Blue Springs. The Wildcats are young team but any time you beat a Blue Springs team by 35 points you’ve done something.

The Falcons controlled the game from the opening kickoff and never let Blue Springs be a part of the conversation. Staley’s defense played well keeping Blue Springs out of the end zone but it will be tested this week by a dynamic Panthers’ offense that put up 43 points in an opening win over Belton.

While Ray-Pec’s offense and kicking game were in high gear but the defense struggled at times. Belton is an improved team and it gave the Panthers all they wanted until the final whistle.

Staley’s defense could be the difference in what could be a great back and forth shootout of a game. If the Falcons can hold Ray-Pec out scoring range and maybe cause a few turnovers it could be there day. If the Panthers can keep their offense in high gear they can outlast Staley. If the game comes down to a big kick, look for Ray-Pec to have an advantage. No matter what happens it should be one of the better early season contests.