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Missouri 816 football: Five games to watch

Updated: 2013-10-08T19:16:28Z


The Kansas City Star

Here are five must-see games this week involving area high school football teams.

1. Van Horn (6-0) at Hogan Prep (6-0)

Two months ago, Van Horn coach Jeff Tolbert said he had the most complete football team in his six years with the school. His reasoning was simple. This team, he explained, had the ability to run the option. He wasn't kidding. Van Horn tailback J.J. Rivers and quarterback Tony Winningham form a potent offensive duo that has the Falcons averaging 45 points per game. Their biggest test of the season, however, comes Friday night. Hogan Prep also has a 6-0 record for the second straight year. The Rams have allowed only 36 points in six games, and Van Horn might be their only opponent remaining in the regular season capable of blemishing the undefeated mark.

2. Harrisonville (5-1) at Oak Grove (5-1)

The streak is over. After 713 days without a regular season loss, Oak Grove fell 26-22 to unbeaten Pleasant Hill last week. The Panthers don't have time to sulk. They welcome perennial power Harrisonville to town this week. A win could put Oak Grove back in the race for the Missouri River Valley Conference West championship hunt. Continuing his flair for the dramatic, Harrisonville do-everything quarterback Zach Davidson scored a touchdown with less than a minute to play to defeat Grain Valley last Friday. It's the second time the Wildcats have won in the waning seconds with Davidson providing the late-game magic on both occasion.

3. Blue Springs South (3-3) at Blue Springs (6-0)

Blue Springs' 2013 graduating class was the school's first class to complete a four-year cycle without a football loss to crosstown rival Blue Springs South. This senior class has the opportunity to repeat the accomplishment. Blue Springs looks every bit the equal of the team that won the Missouri Class 6 state title last season. The offensive line has found its groove, and tailback Dalvin Warmack subsequently has, too. On the other hand, this has been a second straight season of inconsistency for Blue Springs South, which has lost two straight.

4. Raytown (2-4) at Raytown South (1-5)

Records can be deceiving. Just look at the two football teams in Raytown. For starters, Raytown has lost two games after leading at halftime. That was no problem last week when running back Josh Drake scored four touchdowns in a blowout of Oak Park. Nevertheless, the Bluejays feel they are better than their record shows, and that's a feeling to which Raytown South can relate. The Cardinals lost to Grandview in overtime last Friday. Both of these teams are capable of late-season turnarounds, but the clock is ticking.

5. Lee's Summit North (2-4) at Lee's Summit (6-0)

It has been feast or famine for the Lee's Summit North offense. The Broncos have scored at least 27 points in three games and have been held to three points or fewer in the other three games. If they are to upset their crosstown rival, it had better be feast Friday, and expect them to turn to tailback Josh Caldwell to make it happen. Lee's Summit has already doubled last season's win total. Quarterback Drew Lock has passed for 20 touchdowns.

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