Full C-T area, Midland Empire Conference 2018 week one results roundup

Opening week of the 2018 high school football season produced a composite 3-5 showing by the eight C-T-area teams and a 2-5 mark by Midland Empire Conference members (both excepting Chillicothe).
Triumphant in their debuts of the new season were Southwest Livingston in a back-and-forth, 8-man, road battle with East Atchison (Tarkio/Fairfax) and Hamilton by a healthy margin over Maysville-Winston, Marceline at home over Scotland County in Lewis and Clark Conference action, Cameron snapping a long losing streak by topping Kansas City: Northeast, and St. Joseph: Lafayette racing past host Clinton in 11-man competition.
In what to many was the highlight clash in the state in week 1, a neutral-site rematch of 2017 Class 3 state semifinalists saw defending state champ Maryville fall to Jefferson City: Blair Oaks 38-35 at Liberty.

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Southwest Livingston 52, East Atchison 42
FAIRFAX — Behind 28-14 in the second period, the visiting Wildcats scored five of the next six touchdowns to prevail.
Junior Mack Anderson, alternated between quarterback and other positions on offense to exploit his versatility and size, had touchdown passes of 60 yards to Wyatt Maddux, 55 yards to Nate Reith, and 12 yards to co-quarterback Caleb Eddins and ran 53 yards for the win-clinching score.
Eddins also threw for three scores, hitting Maddux twice and Reith once.
Statistically, Anderson had 180 rushing yards on 18 attempts and threw for 168 more. Eddins had 126 passing yards. Chase Neptune’s pass interception sealed East Atchison’s fate with a minute left.
Southwest Livingston (1-0, 1-0 275) will have its home opener against South Holt/Nodaway-Holt this Friday.
Stanberry 48, Braymer 2
STANBERRY — The visiting Bobcats avoided a shutout by getting a safety in the second quarter of a Grand River Conference-West 8-man runaway halted after two periods.
Braymer (0-1, 0-1 GRC-W) will welcome the Pattonsburg/North Harrison/Gilman City co-op team club for conference action this Friday.
Hamilton 43, Maysville-Winston 14
HAMILTON — While no longer featuring some of the program’s “big names”  of the past decade, the Hornets nevertheless flashed for the home crowd the ability to still produce the “big play” right away.
Sawyer Morrow ran 37 and 60 yards for first-quarter scores and Derek Aikin topped that with a 67-yards dash later as Hamilton zoomed ahead of the overmatched Wolverines 20-0 after one period.
Morrow later added two short scoring runs to give him four scoring runs in an 18-carries, 161 yards rushing performance.
Aikin also topped the century mark on the ground with 120 yards on 14 runs, while sophomore quarterback Ryan Cook went six of 12 throwing for 91 yards. Senior end Cale Whitt had half of the receptions, totaling six yards.
Defensively, according to team statistics posted online, Whitt led the tacklers with eight – half unassisted. Defensive end Ed Black was in on seven stops – four solo, which included two for losses and one sack. Connor Kavanaugh assisted on seven tackles.
Hamilton will have another non-conference outing this Friday, traveling just north to call on long-time rival Gallatin.
Lathrop 55, Trenton 7
LATHROP — The host Mules, expected to have a strong season, kicked around Trenton, which managed only a consolation score on Sam Schilling’s 2-yards run in the fourth quarter after Lathrop had completed its assault that began with Justin Burns running the season-opening kickoff back 85 yards for a score.
Bulldogs quarterback Schilling ran for 117 yards on only 12 carries, but did not complete either of his two passes.
Trenton will have its home opener this week against challenging Lexington.
Palmyra 7, Brookfield 6
PALMYRA — A contest which did not see any scoring for the first 47 minutes saw each team stick the ball in the end zone in the last minute. However, after scoring with 57 seconds left, the hosts also booted a conversion kick, BHS coach Scott Stevens reports. Brookfield desperately hurried the ball down the field and scored with seven seconds remaining on Derek Liebhart’s catch of a 12-yards pass from Castor Dodd. The Bulldogs did not convert, though, and lost by one.
Brookfield will welcome defending Class 1 state champion Monroe City – playing in Class 2 this year – this Friday. Monroe City won its opener easily.
Marceline 43, Scotland County 13
MARCELINE — Big plays by the host Tigers’ special teams spiced their season-opening, league win.
Marceline blocked a Scotland County punt attempt at the end of the season’s first series and took possession at the SCHS 12. Cullen Bruner ran for the touchdown on the next snap before having a rare missed conversion kick.
Scotland County responded with a touchdown drive and successful conversion to give it a 7-6 lead, but it was the visiting Tigers’ only advantage.
After neither side moved the ball on its next possession, MHS’ Clayton Stallo grabbed SCHS’ punt and ran it back 55 yards to the end zone.
He later had another lengthy punt return just before halftime that led to the first of Bruner’s three field goals of the night – a 37-yarder that made it a 23-14 game at the mid-game break. That helped break the momentum the visitors had gained from an 81-yards catch-and-run by Kaden Anders that drew Scotland County within six points.
Marceline’s defense found its “black rage” in the locker room at halftime and shut down the foe the final 24 minutes while MHS pulled away with two more touchdowns and two more Bruner field goals.
Marceline will have league play at Knox County this Friday before hosting the “Bell Game” with neighboring rival Brookfield next week.
Lenexa, Kan.: Christ Prep 47, Polo 0
POLO — The Kansas private school overwhelmed the home team in PHS’ debut under new head coach Reid Stephens.
Polo did not reach triple digits in total offense nor gain a first down all night, Stephens reports.
The Panthers’ defense was led in tackles by defensive end Nic Scott, the coach notes, and Gunner Keller had a recovery of Christ Prep’s lone fumble.
Polo will go to Slater this Friday.
Fayette 34, Carrollton 0
FAYETTE — The visiting Trojans were not able to generate either points or offensive yardage.
New head coach Scott Finley reports CHS netted only 29 rushing yards on 14 attempts and 58 passing yards on nine completions.
Cawyer Davis did make six catches for 52 yards among quarterback Gavin Claud’s hookups. Davis also led the defense with 10 tackles – two for losses – and forced a fumble. Dillon Staton recovered the fumble and Hayden Ritchhart intercepted a Falcons pass.
Carrollton will visit Westran this Friday.

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JC: Blair Oaks 38, Maryville 35
LIBERTY — Meeting in the middle at William Jewell University’s stadium, Blair Oaks used a different offensive style from what it used in last year’s postseason meeting to get a 19-0 first-quarter jump on the Spoofhounds.
Maryville recovered and moved in front 21-19 on a fumble-recovery return early in the third quarter, but the Falcons got back on track offensively after that.
The Jefferson City team punched it in on each of its next two possessions to reclaim a 2-scores lead, 31-21. The teams then traded touchdowns before MHS scored one last time on a long pass with seconds left.
Maryville will host Harrisonville this Friday.
Cameron 40, Kansas City: Northeast 22
CAMERON — Tyler Campbell threw for four touchdowns and 152 yards while Nathan Nelson ran for 106 and Elliot Turner made five catches for 92 yards and two scores as the Dragons outscored the fellow member of Class 3 District 8 to gain their first victory ever under third-year head coach John Kliewer and first “W” in just over three calendar years.
They’ll have a good chance to make it two in a row this Friday when they visit Kansas City: East.
St. Joseph: Lafayette 48, Clinton 0
CLINTON — New Fighting Irish starting quarterback Bayeon McGaughy had a big debut, running for two first-half touchdowns and throwing for two long scores (61 and 35 yards) in the second half.
Always-explosive LHS had three touchdown plays of more than 60 yards.
New head coach Eric McDowell’s Irish will visit Kansas City: Center this Friday.
KC: Winnetonka 34, St. Joseph: Benton 20
ST. JOSEPH — New head coach Kevin Keeton’s bow didn’t go as well as McDowell’s as Winnetonka scored three TDs in a row in the second half – the first on recovery of a blocked punt – after the Cardinals had taken their second lead at 13-12 on the first of Brennen Flint’s two scoring runs.
Benton has a trip to Excelsior Springs this Friday.
Grain Valley 34, Savannah 6
SAVANNAH — In a disappointing home opener for a team many pick for a high MEC finish this fall, the Savages scored on their first possession on quarterback Chase Spoonemore’s 13-yards dash, then were blanked the rest of the night while surrendering 34 unanswered points.
Spoonemore finished with a team-high 101 yards carrying the ball, but was only two of 11 throwing for 23 yards.
Savannah goes to Pleasant Hill this Friday.
Putnam County 26, St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond 12
UNIONVILLE — Bishop LeBlond quarterback Frankie Gall hit Jack Jarrett for a 12-yards score in the opening stanza and ran in from five yards out in the second, but the Golden Eagles were shut out in the second half and managed only 202 yards of total offense. Putnam County posted one touchdown in each period.
Bishop LeBlond hosts East Buchanan this Friday.
Odessa 48, KC: St. Pius X 0
KANSAS CITY — The MEC’s newest member surrendered two TDs in each of the first three periods while producing less than 200 yards of total offense.
St. Pius X will visit fellow metro Catholic school St. Michael the Archangel this Friday.