High School Sports

Platte County, Truman are Missouri high school football teams of the week


A new feature hits the Varsity Zone blog today.

I'll be selecting two Missouri high school football teams of the week — one from the 816 North area and one from the 816 area (south of the river).

This week's picks are Platte County and Truman. To nominate a school for team of the week, shoot me an email or find me on Twitter by the end of the day on Saturday. Both contacts are listed below.


A supposed rebuilding year has transformed into a 3-0 start for Platte County, which recorded its second shutout of the season in a 40-0 win against Ruskin on Friday.

The Pirates' offense features a bevy of new faces, and nearly all of them got in on the action Friday — a sign of diversity coach Bill Utz would gladly welcome over the remainder of the season. Alex Minter, T.J. Guillory, Michael McNair, Justin Mitchell and Tyler Clemens all scored in the win.

While the Pirates have certainly been impressive in the opening three games, the schedule undoubtedly toughens over the next month. Platte County travels to Park Hill South on Friday before returning home for a game against Winnetonka.


It had been a long time since the Truman Patriots celebrated a football victory — Sept. 28, 2012 to be exact. That changed Friday, when the Patriots rolled to a 54-35 victory at St. Joseph Central, securing second-year coach Gregg Webb's first win with his new program.

Truman has scored 103 points through three weeks, which is 33 more than it scored in all of 2013.

Both members of a two-headed rushing attack — Tre'Von Sorrells and Jordan Salima — have excelled this season. Sorrells ran for four touchdowns in Friday's win, and Salima topped 150 yards on the ground, most of them coming out of a Wildcat package.

Truman will look to make it two in a row with a trip to Ruskin on Friday.

To reach Sam McDowell, call 816-234-4869 or send email to smcdowell@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SamMcDowell11.