Finally. Tonight it’s Week 2 and the Kansas City area high school football schedule is dripping with games on both sides of the state line.
By TOM IBARRA
The Kansas City Star
The schedule cabinet is fully stocked, so to speak. Specifically, there are 54 games and some intriguing storylines.
The Star will scatter five reporters and three photographers around town.
There’s a touching story to be told at the Spring Hill at Louisburg game tonight. Louisburg opens its season still dealing with the tragic death of Auston McLellan, who died in a car crash in mid August. If any community can sympathize with Louisburg and knows what the community is going through, it’s Spring Hill. That football program in October of 2010 suffered the loss of Nathan Stiles, a linebacker and running back who collapsed on the sideline and died early the next morning from a subdural hematoma, or severe bleeding on the brain.
We’ll spotlight Fort Osage at Blue Springs South on the Missouri side and Olathe East at Olathe North on the Kansas side. Fort Osage advanced to a state title game last season and opened its season last week with a 25-7 victory over Park Hill South.
Look for words, as well, from Gardner Edgerton and stud running back Traevohn Wrench at Blue Valley and Liberty at Raymore-Peculiar in a Suburban Conference Gold Division matchup.
Finally, don’t miss today’s feature story in The Star’s sports section and on this website about Olathe South’s all-planet lineman Braden Smith. He’s a nightmare for opposing coaches and has -- according to his father -- narrowed his college choices to this impressive list: Texas A&M, Alabama, TCU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and possibly Georgia.
Best part about tonight’s high school football schedule? Unlike last week, the temperatures are much more fan friendly and games times aren’t pushed back an hour. For you, it makes for more smiles in the bleachers. For us, it means less deadline stress.
Win, win. Snap!