Regular-season finales Friday, Oct. 19, saw Trenton jump over Carrollton, Brookfield for fifth seed in Class 2 District 8
The 2018 Missouri high school football regular season transitioned into history this past weekend with one C-T-area team wrapping up a conference co-championship, Maryville reascending to the Midland Empire Conference throne after a year’s ouster, and Southwest Livingston’s Wildcats officially earning a week off.
Marceline suffocated lowly Harrisburg 49-0 to split the Lewis and Clark Conference pennant with Fayette. Despite missing three-fourths of its starting offensive backfield, Maryville’s 27-7 victory over St. Joseph: Lafayette was more decisive than the score suggests as MHS led 21-0 at halftime and LHS did not score until about a minute remained.
Even though, mathematically, Southwest Livingston/Hale/Tina-Avalon was a lock for one of the top two qualifying spots in the 6-members 8-man District 3, its 54-22 stroll past Norborne/Hardin-Central and Pattonsburg/Gilman City/North Harrison’s vanquishing of Albany left Southwest’s Wildcats second to Pattonsburg in the final standings. Both of those will be idle this week, while the others in the district contest quarterfinal contests.
The ninth and final week of the regular season found Trenton catapulting itself from seventh place to fifth in Class 2 District 8 with a surprising 57-22 air raid of Maysville-Winston, passing blown out Carrollton and Brookfield in the process. Carrollton slipped to sixth as it lost to Higginsville 48-13 and Brookfield sagged to seventh when it fell at Clark County, 32-6.
Hamilton barely eked out a back=and-forth battle with host North Platte, but, because South Harrison bested Princeton/Mercer and Gallatin topped Putnam County, the Hornets’ 26-24 triumph was not enough to get them a first-round home game in Class 1 District 8 as they finished fifth behind Gallatin and South Harrison, in that order. Had either or both GHS and SHHS lost and Hamilton won, the Hornets would have hosted this week’s playoff game.
The area’s two victory-less clubs could not escape that fate in their finales, Polo falling to Grand River Conference-East champion Milan 36-6 and Braymer/Breckenridge’s 8-man troupe being overwhelmed 76-6 at North Andrew.
In the MEC, beyond Chillicothe’s win at St. Joseph: Benton and Maryville’s handling of Lafayette, Savannah sewed up the runnerup spot for itself with a mudfest 42-0 shutout at Kansas City: St. Pius X and Cameron squeezing by winless St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond 37-35 to avoid another cellar-dwelling league finish.
SW Livingston 54, Norborne/Hardin-Central 22
HARDIN — The guest Wildcats (8-1) posted the non-conference game’s first 48 points before coasting to the wire.
Wyatt Maddux had two touchdown receptions and Nate Reith one as Mack Anderson went nine of 15 for 131 yards throwing. Junior Anderson rushed for two scores as he picked up 144 yards on only five carries and Matt Daniels also toted for two scores for the Wildcats, who used the runaway to get sophomores Ethan Hoerr and Chase Neptune some valuable experience in the offensive backfield, SLHS coach Eric Fairchild reports. Another 10th grader, Parker Keeney, had a 28-yards pass reception from Anderson.
After a week’s break, Southwest Livingston/Hale/Tina-Avalon will host the winner of this Friday’s King City/Union Star vs. Braymer/Breckenridge contest in the District 3 semifinals.
North Andrew 76, Braymer 6
ROSENDALE — Parker Shoe caught a Keaton O’Dell pass for a second-period touchdown to generate the Braymer/Breckenridge co-op’s only points. North Andrew led 64-6 at the half.
The beaten Bobcats (0-9, 0-7 conf.) had a half-dozen tackles each from Dylan Jeffers and O’Dell, Jeffers making a handful of solo stops. Shoe ran 18 times for 48 yards and caught five balls for 64 yards as O’Dell hit on seven of 15 attempts for 73 yards.
For North Andrew, Ryan Wilmes twice returned kickoffs nearly the length of the field for touchdowns in addition to carrying the ball from scrimmage seven times for 99 yards and two scores and having a 33-yards pass reception. Cardinals quarterback Jaden Baker completed all except one of his eight throws for 215 yards and two TDs.
Braymer/Breckenridge will go to King City to play its District 3 opener this Friday.
Trenton 57, Maysville 29
TRENTON — With Maysville/Winston’s coach unpersuaded that Trenton could or would do significant damage to the Wolverines passing the ball, the visitors packed “the box” with eight or nine players. THS junior quarterback Sam Schilling and receivers Jadan and Jaren Whitney made them pay for that miscalculation.
Schilling shredded the Maysville defense for 266 air yards on 10 completions – all to the Whitneys – and two scores as the Bulldogs (3-6, 3-4 conf.) broke away from what was a 14-14 game late in the opening period.
After Mark Trump’s 1-yard run for his second ground score of the first frame snapped the tie, it was virtually all Trenton, thanks to Schilling’s unexpected missiles.
In the second quarter, 5’9”, 200-pounds senior Jad. Whitney caught a pass and turned it into an 88-yards catch-and-run score and more-slender (166 pounds) junior Jar. Whitney was on the receiving end of a 52-yards TD toss that gave THS a 3-scores cushion.
After Maysville managed to find the end zone a third time before intermission, the last two stanzas were all hosts.
Carson Radcliff, who ran for 103 yards on 10 carries, bolted in from 11 yards away and Jad. Whitney filched a Wolverines aerial and took it to the end zone 31 yards away. A 1-yard Matthew Sibbit run in the last frame closed the scoring in a game in which each side threw one interception and lost one fumble, according to stats provided by THS coach Brandon Boswell.
Trenton heads into its Class 2 District 8 playoffs opener at Macon this Friday with its first winning streak of the year, having won in week eight over Polo.
Hamilton 26, North Platte 24
DEARBORN — The teams alternated scoring until North Platte scooped up one of several Hamilton fumbles and ran it back for a touchdown that, on the heels of a third-quarter TD run, left it with its first lead, 24-19.
Hamilton had an answer, though, from – on this night – an unexpected corner. The Hornets reassumed the lead on a 15-yards pass from Ryan Cook to Connor Kavanaugh, only the second (and last) completion Cook had in 16 attempts on the night.
With time to respond, but not for two more possessions, North Platte’s offense could not get on the board again, allowing Hamilton (6-3, 4-3 conf.) to capture the KCI Conference clash, even though it didn’t translate to elevating the Hornets to the fourth spot in the final Class 1 District 8 standings.
Sawyer Morrow began the game’s scoring with a 7-yards run and opened the second half with an 82-yards runback to paydirt. He also kicked two successful conversions, which ended up being the margin of victory. He rushed for 191 yards on 27 carries in the contest.
Defensively, Eli Harper’s nine tackles – seven unasssisted – paced Hamilton. Tyler Trosper had three stops behind the NPHS line of scrimmage among his six total tackles. Kavanaugh and Derek Aikin each swiped a North Platte pass.
Hamilton will debut in the playoffs at Bethany against South Harrison (6-3) this Friday, a tough game, but one the Hornets reasonably could win. South Harrison’s Bulldogs edged past Princeton-Mercer 26-21 last Friday to hang on to the No. 4 seeding.
Clark County 32, Brookfield 6
KAHOKA — After streaking out of the starting blocks with a couple of quick scores each of the previous two weeks, only to fade to defeat, Brookfield’s visiting Bulldogs didn’t burn themselves out against the strong Indians last Friday.
Instead, their attack never really ignited.
Although Tim Izard’s 9-yards scoring run early in the second quarter allowed BHS to get within 14-6 on the heels of turnovers on the Bulldogs’ first two possessions that Clark County turned into touchdowns, that was the best the Bulldogs (1-8, 1-7 conf.) could do, due to continued giveaways that undercut an otherwise-competitive performance.
All told, Brookfield lost the ball five times on four interceptions and a fumble as it sank to seventh in the final district ratings, meaning a district opener at very strong Lawson this Friday.
“If you can find one stat that’s why we lost, it’s the turnovers,” Brookfield coach Scott Stevens told the Linn County Leader’s Henry Janssen after the Bulldogs unofficially out-gained the favored hosts 291-247 while impressively running 73 offensive plays to Clark County’s 40.
“Their record doesn’t show how good of a football team they are,” Ethan Allen, Indians head coach, said of the Bulldogs.
Unfortunately for Brookfield and its faint upset hopes in the clash with Lawson, Izard sustained what was believed to be a significant ankle sprain late in the game at Kahoka, making him questionable for this week’s battle.
Higginsville 48, Carrollton 13
CARROLLTON — Like Trenton and Brookfield, Carrollton eyed the “carrot” of a district-playoffs first-round clash at Macon this week as it took its home Stan Kee Field last Friday. Unlike the other two, the Trojans had their fate in their own hands, but, due in part to the huge plays generated by Higginsville’s Mason Gash, they fumbled that fate away and now will have to rematch with Missouri River Valley Conference tri-champion Lexington on the road this Friday.
Gash had about a 40-yards pass reception, an 89-yards touchdown run, and kickoff returns of 88 and 90 yards he took the distance to lead the visiting Huskers from Lafayette County. Higginsville led 26-6 at halftime.
Trojans quarterback Gage Fitzpatrick found Hayden Ritchhart five times for 59 yards, two of those going for touchdowns. All told, Fitzpatrick finished 15 of 25 in the air with 145 yards.
Darrik Diamond gained an impressive 68 yards on only five carries for CHS.
Carrollton threw four pass interceptions – two each by Fitzpatrick and Ritchhart – and fumbled the ball away once, although it did register three takeaways.
Lexington trampled the Trojans (3-6, 1-4 conf.) 52-0 three games ago.
Marceline 49, Harrisburg 0
MARCELINE — Liberally using its reserves and younger players to keep its front-liners fresh for the start of the postseason, Marceline’s Tigers (8-1, 7-1 conf.) still sauntered past Harrisburg to clinch their share of the Lewis and Clark title.
Clayton Stallo scored three times on four carries that netted 71 yards and Cullen Bruner picked up 73 yards and a score on 12 carries in the running game. In the air, Chase Billups (10-12, 173 yards) and backup Alex McCauslin (2-3, 61 yards) teamed for 234 air yards and three scores, including a 66-yarder to Colton Fisher. Desmond Harrison and Nick Cain also had TD receptions for the winners.
On defense against feckless Harrisburg, Jaxon Scmitt and Cooper Fisher each intercepted a pass in the shutout.
Marceline draws Maysville/Winston as its district-quarterfinals opponent at home this Friday night.
Milan 36, Polo 6
MILAN — After the unbeaten hosts needed overtime to win the week before and winless Panthers barely lost in week eight, their regular-season finale was decided long before the final moments of the Grand River Conference-East contest.
Hurting itself with penalties multiple times, Polo (0-9, 0-7 conf.) was shut out until about two minutes remained, first-year head coach Reid Stephens reports. Nick Myers, who gained 80 yards on the ground in the game, according to the coach, finally prevented the shutout by slashing in from four yards away.
“We could not find our (offensive) rhythm, due to costly penalties,” Stephens lamented. “One big run would be overshadowed by a mental mistake.”
As the Class 1 District 7 No. 8 seed, Polo will start the playoffs this Friday with the relatively-short trip to top seed Wellington-Napoleon (6-3).
Maryville 27, St. Joseph: Lafayette 7
ST. JOSEPH — Even with All-State halfback Eli Dowis out with an injury and sophomore starting quarterback Ben Walker and sophomore starting running back Connor Weiss also out for undisclosed reasons, the Spoofhounds (8-1, 7-0 conf.) had no real difficulty completing an undefeated MEC campaign.
With senior fullback Tyler Houchin rushing for 191 yards and two touchdowns, Maryville regained the title it had won outright or shared six years in a row until Chillicothe and Smithville split it a year ago.
Senior reserve back Korbin Koch, an 8-man football standout for North-West Nodaway’s program the previous couple of years, ran wide 46 yards for MHS’ first-possession touchdown. Houchin’s 4- and 11-yards runs bumped the lead up to 21-0 before halftime and Tyler McGary’s 1-yard plunge on the first series of the second half had the ’Hounds in the driver’s seat as the second half ticked away.
Lafayette did not put up any points until its last possession when quarterback Daeton McGaughy darted across the goal line from three yards away.
Maryville will open the Class 3 District 8 playoffs at home against lowly Kansas City: Northeast (1-8) this Friday. Lafayette (7-2, 5-2 conf.) will begin Class 4 District 8 competition with a trip to Excelsior Springs.
Savannah 42, KC: St. Pius X 0
KANSAS CITY — In a game that ended up being in mudbath on a torn-up field, Savannah handily rebounded from its decisive loss to Maryville a week ago to officially finish second by itself in the MEC standings, just as projected at season’s start.
The Savages (6-3, 6-1 conf.) rushed for 225 yards to St. Pius X’s 122. Each passed for between 50-60 yards.
While Savannah welcomes Kansas City: Central this week for what should be an easy win, St. Pius X’s chopped-up natural field – which essentially was barren of grass down the middle of the field from about 20-yard line to 20 by game’s end last Friday, is due to be the site of the SPX Warriors’ playoffs opener against Cameron.
Cameron 37, SJ: Bishop LeBlond 35
ST. JOSEPH — Back and forth and back and forth went the winless hosts and visiting Cameron Dragons, losers of six in a row.
When the final whistle blew, however, the guests’ three successful 2-points conversions and one point-after kick meant it was them who slipped out of the MEC basement in the final standings.
With Frankie Gall throwing touchdown passes to Hunter Heck, Kyle Knapp, and Gabe Robertson and then running two yards for a score in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Bishop LeBlond trailed only 30-28.
However, a few minutes later, CHS sophomore quarterback Tyler Campbell threw his third TD pass of the night – this one a killer 84-yarder to Ty Speer. When Colin McCarthy, in his only conversion attempt of the night, drove a kick through the goalposts, it was a 2-scores game for the third time at 37-28 with just over seven minutes to play.
Needing multiple scores and a defensive stop, Bishop LeBlond (0-9, 0-7 conf.) got the first payoff of its needed trifecta when Gall found favorite target Jaren Guck for a 7-yards touchdown pass with 4:53 to play. Kicking the extra point, the home team was within two.
The Dragons offense then found itself pushed back to near its own goal line with a couple of minutes remaining. With the possibility of a game-tying safety very real – a development which presumably also would deliver the ball to the Golden Eagles on an ensuing free kick, Cameron and Campbell came up clutch.
Throwing from his own end zone, the sophomore connected with Dalton Fuller for not only a first-down-producing gain, but a 48-yards pickup, taking the ball to around midfield where, with a fresh set of downs, the Dragons ran out the clock to gain their first conference victory since 2013. They had lost 34-straight MEC outings since defeating Smithville in the last week of the 2013 regular season.