Here are two games in the spotlight on Friday’s Kansas City area high school football schedule:
TRUMAN (1-2) AT RUSKIN (1-2)
A pair of programs that have been bottom feeders in the Suburban Red Conference evidently are ready to change that.
After three weeks, Truman already has surpassed last season’s win total. Ruskin has already matched its 2013 output. One of the programs will reach .500 Friday night.
Truman has scored 103 points through three weeks, which is 33 more than it scored in all of 2013. Why the sudden surge? The answer is a dominant rushing attack. Tre’Von Sorrells and Jordan Salima combined for more than 400 rushing yards in last week’s win at St. Joseph Central.
Ruskin has shown its biggest improvement on defense under first-year coach Kiwaukee Thomas, a former NFL defensive back. The Eagles are still looking to gather some momentum on offense.
| Sam McDowell, email@example.com
BLUE VALLEY WEST (1-0) AT BLUE VALLEY (1-0)
Although it is early, this game between perennial powers could have big implications in the Eastern Kansas League race.
Blue Valley is the Kansas Class 5A defending state champion and is a favorite to win the league title. Blue Valley West, though, is not far behind. The Jaguars are looking to make a deeper run into the playoffs after advancing to at least the quarterfinals the last two years.
A little more fire should come from the fact that Blue Valley edged the Jaguars by five points last season in the state semifinals. BV West QB Zev Mallin threw for three touchdowns last week. AJ Totta will be a threat on the ground for Blue Valley after rushing for two TDs last week.
| Kathleen Gier, firstname.lastname@example.org.
810 VARSITY ONLINE GAMES
810 Varsity will broadcast live high school events in the Kansas City area throughout the 2014-15 school year. Here are the Friday night football games that can be watched online on 810Varsity.com
▪ Basehor-Linwood at Lansing
▪ Blue Valley West at Blue Valley
▪ Gardner Edgerton at Bishop Miege
▪ Lee’s Summit North at Lee’s Summit
▪ Platte County at Park Hill South
▪ Raytown South at Kearney
▪ Rock Bridge at Lee’s Summit West
▪ SM South at SM East
▪ Wyandotte at St. James Academy
Schedule, week four
(Game times 7 p.m. unless noted)
Appleton City at Midway
Atchison at Sumner Academy
Basehor-Linwood at Lansing
Belton at Grandview
Bishop Ward at Ottawa
Blue Springs South at Raymore-Peculiar
Blue Valley Southwest at Shawnee Heights
Blue Valley West at Blue Valley
Bonner Springs at Chanute
Butler at Van Horn
Center at Lincoln Prep
De Soto at Paola
East at Schlagle
Eudora at Louisburg
Excelsior Springs at Columbia Battle
Fort Osage at North Kansas City
Fort Scott at Spring Hill
Gardner Edgerton at Bishop Miege
Grain Valley at Boonville
Harmon at Highland Park
Holden at Odessa
Labette County at Osawatomie
Leavenworth at Lawrence
Lee’s Summit North at Lee’s Summit
Liberty North at Staley
Maranatha Christian at Arma-Northeast
McLouth at Immaculata
North Platte at Lawson
Northeast at Pembroke Hill
Oak Park at William Chrisman
O’Hara at Nevada
Olathe North at Lawrence Free State
Olathe East at Olathe South
Orrick at Crest Ridge
Oskaloosa at Jefferson County North
Park Hill at Liberty
Piper at Baldwin
Platte County at Park Hill South
Pleasant Ridge at Valley Falls
Raytown South at Kearney
Richmond at Harrisonville
Rock Bridge at Lee’s Summit West
St. Joseph Central at Blue Springs
St. Pius X at Clinton
St. Thomas Aquinas at Blue Valley North
Santa Fe at Lone Jack
SM Northwest at SM North
SM South at SM East
SM West at Olathe Northwest
Smith-Cotton at Pleasant Hill
Smithville at St. Joseph Benton
Springdale Har-Ber (Ark.) at Rockhurst, 7:30 p.m.
Summit Christian at Sherwood
Tonganoxie at Turner
Truman at Ruskin
Warrensburg at Oak Grove
West Platte at Lathrop
Winnetonka at Raytown
Wyandotte at St. James Academy
Central at University Academy, 2 p.m.
Southwest at Hogan Prep, 1 p.m.