High School Sports

Five things I learned from high school football opening night

OK, so we didn’t predict


right. Here are five things I learned from Friday night:

1. Monte Harrison is the most dynamic football player in the metro

And most certainly the top baseball prospect, too. Staley double-teamed Harrison most of the night, and he still managed five catches, 115 yards and a 77-yard touchdown. He ran for another touchdown and had a punt return for a third score called back for a penalty. There may be no player more fun to watch on a football field this season than Harrison, who said the cornerback played him perfectly on his 77-yard long ball. He still caught the pass anyway. "He was supposed to bite, but he never did," Harrison said. "I went up, made the catch and just ran."

2. Fort Osage can run the football ... even without Steven McBee

Quarterback Steven McBee led the Indians with 1,396 rushing yards last season, but he graduated in the spring. So what are the Indians to do? They can give Ezra Vaoifi a heavy workload. In a 25-7 win against Park Hill South, Vaoifi ran 30 times for 313 yards and two touchdowns. And he produced this money quote: "I've never had a game like that. Well, maybe on Madden."

3. Liberty is good. No, really good.

I went 4-1 in my picks last night, but it feels dirty tallying Liberty in my win column. Why? Well, I picked the Blue Jays for a one-point victory against Winnetonka and they rolled to a 35-0, run-the-clock pounding. Liberty could produce the metro's most-improved team this season because it's so strong on the offensive and defensive line. Running back David Graves is no slouch, either.

4. I may have underestimated Lee's Summit North ... just a tad

Although Lee's Summit North is a senior-laden team, I didn't expect to see much growth from the Broncos this season. Wrong. Lee's Summit North pulled off the most surprising win in the area last night, a 27-16 victory on the road at Columbia Hickman, which won nine games a year ago. Lee's Summit North has already matched last season's win total and its improvement makes the Suburban Gold Conference awfully, awfully tough.

5. A Harrisonville-Helias matchup is a guaranteed classic

Stop me if this sounds familiar. Harrisonville scores a late touchdown against Helias to pull within one. Coach Chuck Lliteras opts to go for two. Harrisonville quarterback Zach Davidson successfully converts on a run option. Yes, it happened again. Harrisonville pulled out a late victory against Helias at Adkins Stadium last night in the EXACT SAME manner it did to open last season. Here's the best news: These teams may meet again in the postseason. Don't miss it.

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