HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: By the numbers
Lee’s Summit West and Staley are welcoming just the second coaches in the history of their respective programs on Friday night. Lee's Summit West coach Vinny Careswell replaces Royce Boehm, who retired after winning three state championships. Staley coach Phil Lite takes over for Fred Bouchard, who led the Falcons to a state title in 2011.
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The fifth week of the Missouri high school season will include 10 teams from the Suburban Conferences matching up against Kansas Sunflower League teams, potentially solving a longtime debate — which side of the state line produces better football?
For the first time in 21 years, the Missouri state football championships will be played somewhere other than the dome in St. Louis. The Class 6 state title game will be played at Memorial Stadium in Columbia on Nov. 19. The Class 1-5 championships will take place Nov. 25-26 in Springfield.