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Staley, Belton are Missouri high school football teams of the week

Belton running back Zach Willis is averaging 125 rushing yards per game through the first four weeks of the season.
Belton running back Zach Willis is averaging 125 rushing yards per game through the first four weeks of the season. Special to The Star

A pair of second-half comebacks marked the theme for this week's selections for Missouri high school football teams of the week.

Staley and Belton erased double-digit deficits to eke out wins.

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. 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).

More on this week’s selections…

BELTON

Todd Vaughn inherited a program two years ago that had won four games over its past three seasons. In less than a year and a half on the job, he has already surpassed that number.

Belton improved 2-2 with a 31-28 victory against Grandview on Friday. The Pirates trailed 28-17 in the third quarter but used their rapidly-improving ground game – led by tailback Zach Willis – to gain the lead and then run out the clock. Willis is averaging 125 yards per game through four weeks.

The Pirates were 3-8 last season but have taken significant steps forward this fall. Their two victories have come against teams they lost to last season (North Kansas City and Grandview). Belton will play at Oak Park on Friday.

STALEY

Liberty North silenced the Staley’s offense for more than two quarters Friday before Falcons quarterback Beau Baker broke the shutout with a 1-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.

Then the flood gates opened.

Beau Baker ran for two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to give the Falcons their first lead of the game. Conrad McMahon added a 34-yard scamper to ice the victory.

The Falcons, 3-1, have reeled off three straight victories since an opening-week loss at Blue Springs. They travel to face Fort Osage in a matchup that has provided some memorable finishes over the past few seasons.

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

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