Varsity Zone

September 7, 2013

Five things to take away from the second week of Missouri high school football

Bounce-back wins, offensive shootouts, surprising starts and a defending state champion poised for a repeat.

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A much cooler night marked the second week of high school football in Missouri. Here are the five things I'm taking away from this week's results:

1. Winnetonka bounces back

OK, so it's probably a bit early in the season to start labeling games as must-wins, but don't underestimate the important of Winnetonka's 41-27 victory against Raytown South. It was an impressive night for junior two-way player Marquise Doherty, who scored once on a pass reception, twice on runs and twice on interception returns for touchdowns. A week after getting blown out by Liberty in a nonconference matchup, the Griffins picked up a big Suburban Blue Conference victory. Just like that, they're back on track.



2-0? Really?

It's no surprise Blue Springs is off to a dominate 2-0 start. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 90-20 in two weeks. As for a few other teams, however, a 2-0 start can be classified as quite the turnaround from 2012. That list starts with Lee's Summit North, who has quickly reached two victories a year after winning only one game. Grandview and Lee's Summit are 2-0 after finishing 3-7 last season. Lee's Summit can thank quarterback Drew Lock for that. He threw for seven touchdowns in a 77-55 win Thursday against Kearney. Speaking of offense...

3. Lighting up the scoreboard

Does anyone play defense anymore? The second-week matchups provided plenty of offense Friday. There were 12 games on the slate featuring two teams from one of the four suburban conferences. Of the 12, all but one included a minimum of 43 points. Heck, 10 teams in those games totaled 40 themselves — Blue Springs, Fort Osage, Lee's Summit, Kearney, Liberty North, North Kansas City, Lee's Summit West, Liberty, Winnetonka and Grandview.

4. Liberty North defense on lockdown

Well, at least there's one team still focusing on defense. Look at the Liberty North Eagles, who posted a shutout for the second consecutive week. Sure, the Eagles have played two opponents (Ruskin, Truman) in rebuilding mode, but Liberty North allowed three touchdowns to those two schools last season. How good is the Eagles defense exactly? We'll have our answer when they travel to Fort Osage next week.

5. The champs are still the champs

Lost in the shuffle of the first two weeks of the season is just how good Blue Springs has been out of the gate. I talked to one coach last night who told me the defending Class 6 state champions are actually better than they were a year ago. Blue Springs is more than Dalvin Warmack running the football. First-year quarterback Ian Brown threw six touchdowns last night, including four to his top target, Darrius Shepherd.

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