High School Sports

August 26, 2014

816 football: Three games to watch in Week 2

Here are three spotlight high school football games to watch involving 816 area teams during Week 2 of the season.

1. Blue Springs (1-0) at Fort Osage (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday

It's No. 1 vs. No. 1.

As the two-time defending state champions, Blue Springs opened the season as the top-ranked team in Missouri Class 6, and it followed through with an impressive showing against Staley. The Wildcats' counterparts Friday, Fort Osage, is ranked first in the Class 5 state media poll. That makes for an especially intriguing non-conference matchup.

Fort Osage has been known for its intimidating defense in recent seasons, but the offense isn't short on talent this fall. Skylar Thompson threw for two touchdowns in a win against Raytown South last week, and Jesse McBee ran for four scores in his first start at running back.

The key battle Friday will be up front, where an inexperienced Fort Osage offensive line will look to slow down a Blue Springs defense line that features Carlos Davis, Khalil Davis and Trevon Warmack.

2. Webb City (1-0) at Rockhurst (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday

Rockhurst coach Tony Severino commented last week that he wasn't sure how his team would stack up against a loaded schedule. But he knew he would find out quickly with a season-opening trip to Rock Bridge, last year's Class 6 state runners-up.

The answer came even quicker than imagined.

Rockhurst scored four touchdowns in the first quarter on its way to an unexpected 49-14 rout. T.J. Green threw three touchdowns and ran for another.

The schedule doesn't let up. Webb City has won four straight Missouri Class 4 state championships, and it's considered the favorite to make it five straight.

Webb City makes no secret about its offensive game plan. It won last year's state title game without completing a pass.

3. Raymore-Peculiar (1-0) at Staley (0-1), 7 p.m. Friday

The Panthers and Falcons charged into their season openers expecting to show early signs of improvement after their 2013 campaigns left much to be desired.

Indeed, those signs were evident in Week 1 — even if Staley's came in defeat.

Raymore-Peculiar has a highly-touted rushing attack led by running back Isaiah Truss. Quarterback Reed Davis has also proved capable of moving the chains with his legs. The two combined for more than 200 yards in a win against Belton.

But with Parker Mertz leading the way, Staley has the linebackers to help slow Raymore-Peculiar's run-first offense. Staley stayed competitive with two-time defending state champion Blue Springs before fading late for a 39-13 loss. The Falcons face a potent early schedule, with Liberty North and Fort Osage also on the first half of the slate.

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