PREPCASTS FLASH OF August 20, 2012
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High School football kicks off their
season this weekend. Yes...it does seem early to me too. Let's
start off where it ended last year and then throw out some
things to watch, with key questions regarding their success, as
the wonderful 2012 HS football season unfolds.
....Class 6 was won by Blue Springs South over CBC 40-37
as Connor Harris put on a show! He rushed for 96 yards and
scored a TD, passed for 106, had 2 interceptions for 40 yards,
broke up another pass, punted 6 times for a 43 yard average and
kicked two field goals for the Jags. One FG came as the first
half ended and actually turned out to be the 3 point difference
in the game. He seemed to be wearing a big "S" on his chest
instead of his number! South always has the
challenge with Blue Springs, the Lee Summit schools and
Rockhurst in their district. Their program will stand up to the
challenges and will be knocking on the post-season door again.
More on district play later ...
.....CBC , while losing their QB-Dalton Demos(Coastal
Carolina), returns several key playmakers-- Jonathan
Parker,Aarion Penton and Corey Patterson on the o-side with both
LB Zach Turnure and Cy Stoltz returning to lead the d-side of
the ball. The Cadets, like all teams face multiple questions --
will they be able to maintain the balanced offense approach with
a new QB(s)? Will defense be strong enough in the line?
....other strong Class 6 teams to key your eyes on
....Francis Howell under Coach Bryan Koch has emerged as
a powerhouse out of the GAC South. 9-4 last year, the Vikes got
the monkey off their back when the tumbled FT Zumwalt West in
the post season. They lost to eventual State Champ-BSS 28-21 in
the semifinals last year. Coach Koch reloads his offense, shoves
out some more talented athletes on both sides of the ball and
hopes to lead them to one step further in the post-season.
...Rock Bridge Bruins (7-4 in 11) lost their 1st round
STATE game to Rockhurst 10-9. Coach A.J. Ofodile (48-44)
seems to always
have a pool of good athletes to put on the field. Questions- can
the Bruins get better play from their defense in key games (when
they do, they win); will the Bruins rugged schedule prepare them
for post season or erase some confidence if they all along the
...Can you ever rule out the Hawklets of Rockhurst?
Coach Tony Severino has a fabulous record of 322-83-1 in his
terrific career. Being in district with BSS, Blue Springs,
Liberty & Lee Summit schools presents another big challenge but
often the Hawklets seem to "find a way".
On a local level, some teams that may emerge to the
...Ritenour (8-2) won their first 8 games only to lose
to Haz Cen and McNorth in the last 2 weeks. Can the
Huskies build on that season and keep moving upward?
...Lafayette (8-3) won the Sub West with an 8-0 record
depite losing their QB early in the year. Coach Boyd Manne
(76-53) runs a steady, strong program year in-year out. Look for
a longer run in post-season for the Lancers this year.
Before class 5 notes....
....attended Rams pre-season game last night. Pre-season
games are so much more relaxed for players, fans,
coaches--everyone. But....I did like the way that the o-line
came out firing on all cylinders. The cut-back runs by Stephen
Jackson on first drive were magnificent. Bradford did hit an
early deep pass-GREAT! However, I don't remember many long
completions in his career on straight FLY patterns down the
field. His long completions are usually on some type of crossing
pattern(like last night). It almost seems to me that the
receivers outrun his throws on the FLY pattern or his throws go
OOB (can't catch them there). KC looked weak to me on pass
defense but heck...maybe they were "experimenting" or
"evaluating". It really doesn't matter until regular season.
The Class 5 championship game stunned the east side of
the STATE as Staley beat the Kirkwood Pioneers at the Dome
35-21. That Kirkwood team demolished their first 11 opponents as
they averaged 41.9 ppg while permitting just 13 ppg. Coach Matt
Irvin (64-18) has another bevy of great athletes who he
organizes, drills and x-o them as he works for another
successful year. The Staley Falcons, under Coach Fred Bouchard
(176-58), have quickly
established themselves as
a STATE power during their short history as a school.
Some other Class 5 teams with Dome dreams....
...Lee Summit West Titans (12-2) lost in 4 OT to the
Staley in the semifinal round. The Titans only losses were to
the Class 5 Champs (Staley in semifinal game) and to the Class 6
champ-Blue Springs South in midseason. Another offensive
juggernaut, the Titans averaged 41.8 ppg and never scored under
28 points in ANY game! LSW has become a traditional post-season
team under Coach Royce Boehm (80-21)
and I dont' see 2012 being any different.
...Ft Osage (12-2) hangs their hat on a stingy defense in
an era when scores seem to change quicker than electric
stop-lights. The Indians dropped a heart-breaking 7-6 game to
Staley in the STATE quarterfinals last year. Ft Osage,who won
the Suburban White Conference in KC, permitted only 10.0 ppg and
held eight (8) opponents to single digit scoring in 2011!
...Hazelwood East Spartans(7-4) started slowly last year
as they were 3-4 when district play began last year. Winning 5
straight games, the Spartans fell to Kirkwood in the Semifinals
40-21. Coach Brian Simmons (38-22) has a daunting schedule this
year. He catches Kirkwood in his 2nd game (after a week layoff),
Jeff City follows the Pioneers for game 3. Then the rough
sailing through the Suburban North waters will make or break
this team. I'm thinking that the Spartans will be ready.
...McCluer North slips back to Class 5. Coach Jim
Schottenmueller hase sent several teams to the Dome. Now in
class 5, instead of class 6, the North Stars immediately become
part of the STATE contender jig-saw puzzle.
....some passing Cardinals thoughts prior to Class 4...
....what a tough week for the Cards. Coming home for a 9
game home stand against Ari, Pitt, Hou--you'd expect 7+ wins.
Home stand begins with 2 nice wins over the D-Backs, then a 2 HR
explosion in the 9th lets one win slip away. Ariz wins the next
night followed by the Pirates winning 2 of 3 with great
pitching, no hitting and beat us in a loooonnnnnggggg game. Now
we're 3-3 for the stand...we should sweep Houston who is in a
real funk right now. New Mgr, new coaching staff, same very
young-weak team. I'm saying get the brooms out...it's what we
need to regain some momentum for the last tough 6+ weeks.
Class 4 has been dominated by the Webb City Cardinals
for a decade or so.. The Cards went 15-0 and outscored their
opponents 660-187 for the year-WOW! Coach John Rodrique
(176-19--read that record again!!) demands quick, precise
execution on offense. His O-Line and backs explode off the ball.
His defense is also very fast and fundamentally no one has been
better. How can one look anyplace else but SW MO for Webb City
to be at the Dome again.
Well, who will they face you ask?
...maybe MICDS? The Rams though face their widest
rebuilding in the tenure of Josh Smith. Don't feel sorry for
MICDS, they have a D-1 lineman and a speedy back (don't they
always?) but will they be able to pass it as they customarily
have done in the past?
...maybe Savannah? The Savages gave Webb City
their only close contest of 2011 as they lost 28-24 to the Cards
in the STATE semifinals. That game alone pushes them forward as
a STATE contender.
...Harrisonville Wildcats have been a regular visitor to
the Dome over the last decade and lost in quarters to Savannah
Discouraging news (at least for me)....last week
on a national radio interview, Victor Conti, Founder of Balco,
expressed the view that MLB still has around 50% of the players
using performance enhancing drugs. I checked the HR totals after that news...sure
enough, HR per team/per game have risen in the last 2 yeasr from
.9/game to 1.3/game. That's almost a 50% increase! Conte’s
most disturbing assertion to USA Today was when he compared
circumventing testing to “taking candy from a baby.” According
to Conte, “The only people that get caught are the dumb, and the
dumber.” Why believe him? Well...we discounted Canseco and
others who made claims about the usage and they turned out to be
right. Heck...we use to say, "It takes one to know one" and
that's the case here.
thought that occurred to me is....OK...50% of players are using....which
Cards would you guess? I don't think that the Cardinals
are immune from using the "stuff" so I assume that their usage
is typical of MLB. I'd focus in on players
who've really improved in the last 2 years, whose numbers were
never like he's performing now, real-real big arms for moderate
sized men. Think and look....
Class 3 defending champs is Logan-Rogersville(13-1) who
rallied to beat John Burroughs (13-1) in the Championship game
21-14 in a terrific game. JBS scored at 4:33 mark of 4th qtr to
take a 14-13 lead only see the Wildcats drive right down the
field and regain the lead 21-14 at 2:38 mark. The
defending champs are predominantly a rushing team (287 yards in
title game) and rely on fundamentally sound skills, quickness
off ball and ball control. I don't see that changing for L-R so
look for them in playoffs. Meanwhile JBS will send the
premier running back in the area-Ezkiel Elliott, back on the
field each week. Headed to Ohio State next year, Elliott raced
for 2,403 yards and 32 TD as a Junior.
...other contenders will include Cassville (12-1) lost
to L-R in quarters while having an established program year
...Richmond (12-2) , Dome visitor a couple times in last
10 years, made it to the semifinals last year. Their goal will
be to return to St Louis again in 2012.
...Boonville (10-2) hasn't made it the the final round
of the Playoffs recently but annually the Pirates pile up plenty
of points and wins. Look for them to "break through" and reach
the Dome soon.
Quick quiz....remember Placido Polanco? Played for Cards
1998-2002 and has been in MLB since that time with Phils (twice)
& Detroit. Would you believe that he has MORE hits than any
other current Cardinal? He has 2042 (Beltran is on his
heels at 2036 and Holliday at 1485)
Class 2 saw Lamar win big over Lafayette in the title
game. It was an exciting time for the Lamar community. We had
the opportunity to announce their HOME, semifinal game against
Maplewood R-H. You could really feel the pride. Lamar had
a huge line and rugged running backs, they'll be in the
post-season hunt again. I'm looking for Maplewood
Richmond-Heights, under new Coach Rich Nixon, to make it to the
Dome. Blessed with some great stars, overall quickness and a
deep desire to "go all the way", the Blue Devils will be tough
to handle for any Class 2 team. Prepcasts has the terrific
opening game of MRH vs MICDS on Saturday--dont' miss it.
...Blair Oaks (11-3) has established itself in its short
history as a STATE power. No change there in 2012.
....Caruthersville comes out of the Southeast part of
the STATE and annually fields an aggressive, quick team that
marches into the post-season.
Class 1 has been dominated by Valle Catholic High of Ste
Genevieve for years. One generation of players have passed the
torch to the next generation. They crunched S.Shelby 49-7 in the
title game last year. Many have graduated and I hear moans of
"losing so many key players" as I have previously but...the
Warriors find a way to win. Coach Judd Naeger's spread offense,
sound defense improves week-week. Only key injuries will slow
this high-flying offense down.
Usually the Warriors face the Concordia Orioles along
the way. I suspect it'll happen again.
That's it....here we go for High School football 2012!
Sit bac, enjoy! Prepcasts Broadcasting Network will have 9 games
for you this week...bounce around, listen to them all!
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