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Missouri football districts preview

Updated: 2013-11-08T17:10:23Z


The Kansas City Star

Here are two must-see games on Friday in the Missouri high school football district playoffs:

1. Class 6: Liberty (7-3) at Lee's Summit (9-1), 7 p.m. Friday

A playoff game between Suburban Gold Conference foes offers a second glance at one of the best games of the regular season. On Sept. 20, Lee's Summit kicker Travis Simonin booted a 49-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 31-28 win against Liberty. The victory highlighted Lee's Summit's eight-game winning streak. And after suffering their only loss to Blue Springs two weeks ago, the Tigers are definitely back on track. Quarterback Drew Lock passed for seven touchdowns, including three to Caymen Metcalf, in the playoff win over Joplin last Friday. Liberty produced its best defensive outing in two months during its 35-6 conquest of Raymore-Peculiar and will need a similar effort to slow the Tigers. If Liberty has one advantage, it's with its size on the offensive line.

2. Class 6: Blue Springs South (6-4) at Blue Springs (10-0), 7 p.m. Friday

Blue Springs South is finally reaching its preseason expectations. And just in time, too. The Jaguars are 3-0 since welcoming back quarterback Chris Swingle, who has added a complementary option to an offense that already features talented runner Emery Ester. But does that give Blue Springs South enough to make a run at its undefeated crosstown rival? Blue Springs has won its last five games — all against Class 6 opponents — by an average of 34 points per game. A lot of talk with the Wildcats revolves around tailback Dalvin Warmack and quarterback Ian Brown, but the defense is on a roll. Few offensive lines have been able to match up well against Elijah Lee, Khalil Davis and Carlos Davis.

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