High School Sports

Friday night football (Oct. 9): Games to watch, 810 Varsity online games and KC area schedule


Where’s your favorite high school football team playing this week? Check out The Star’s Friday and Saturday schedule, as well as two Friday game previews and a list of Friday games that 810 Varsity will be broadcast online.

Odessa (7-0) at Harrisonville (7-0)

Harrisonville has skated through the first seven weeks of the season unbeaten, and — for a program that has won four state championships since 2003 — that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

But Odessa? Well, its undefeated record wasn’t quite so expected.

The Bulldogs had won only six games over a three-year span from 2011-2013 before winning seven last season, and they’ve upped the ante again this fall.

Odessa has a dynamic offense that scores 44.1 points per game, led by running back Kobe Hardin, who has rushed for 100-plus yards in all seven games and has 15 touchdowns this season.

And therein lies the intriguing matchup. Harrisonville has held every opponent this season to 14 or fewer points.

| Sam McDowell, smcdowell@kcstar.com

Shawnee Mission West (4-1) at Olathe East (3-2)

Both teams are coming off big victories and need to keep the momentum going with district play starting next week.

Shawnee Mission West’s one loss came against SM East, the Kansas Class 6A defending state champion, and no other opponent has come within seven points of the Vikings this season. SM West’s defense allowed just seven points in last week’s victory against Olathe South. Kirby Grigsby paces the Vikings’ offense with six rushing touchdowns in the last three games.

Olathe East presents a similar rushing threat in Alex Conley, who scored three touchdowns on the ground last week. The Hawks have won three consecutive games and seem to have found a groove under first-year coach Jesse Owen.

| Kathleen Gier, kgier@kcstar.com


810 Varsity will broadcast live high school events in the Kansas City area throughout the 2015-16 school year. Here are tonight’s games that can be watched online at 810Varsity.com.

Blue Valley North at Gardner-Edgerton

Chillicothe at Smithville

Coffeyville at St. James Academy

Lee’s Summit at Raymore-Peculiar

Lee’s Summit West at Blue Springs

Odessa at Harrisonville

St. Thomas Aquinas at Blue Valley


(All times 7 p.m. unless noted)


Belton at Kearney

Bishop Ward at Basehor-Linwood

Blue Springs South at Lee’s Summit North

Blue Valley North at Gardner Edgerton

Blue Valley Southwest at Bishop Miege

Blue Valley West at Blue Valley Northwest

Bonner Springs at Tonganoxie

Center at O’Hara

Central Heights at Osawatomie

Chillicothe at Smithville

Columbia Hickman at Liberty

De Soto at Louisburg

Excelsior Springs at Pleasant Hill

Field Kindley at St. James Academy

Grain Valley at Oak Grove

Harmon at Schlagle

Jefferson City Helias at Rockhurst, 7:30 p.m.

Knob Noster at Richmond

Lawson at Mid-Buchanan

Lee’s Summit at Raymore-Peculiar

Lee’s Summit West at Blue Springs

Liberty North at Fort Osage

Lone Jack at Sweet Springs

Midway at Lighthouse Christian

Mill Valley at Lansing

Oak Park at North Kansas City

Odessa at Harrisonville

Olathe Northwest at SM Northwest

Olathe South at Lawrence

Paola at Baldwin

Park Hill South at Ruskin

Pembroke Hill at Lincoln Prep

Piper at Turner

Platte County at Grandview

Pleasant Ridge at Oskaloosa

Raytown at Staley

St. Joseph Central at Park Hill

St. Pius X at Smith-Cotton

St. Thomas Aquinas at Blue Valley

SM East at Leavenworth

SM South at Lawrence Free State

SM West at Olathe East

Southwest ECC at University Academy

Spring Hill at Eudora

Troy at Immaculata/Maranatha Christian

Truman at William Chrisman

Washington at Sumner Academy

Washington County at McLouth

Wellington-Napoleon at Orrick

West Platte at Plattsburg

Winnetonka at Raytown South

Wyandotte at Atchison


African Centered at Hogan Prep, 1 p.m.

Gallatin at Summit Christian, 1 p.m.

Van Horn at Central, 1 p.m.