On the first Friday night of September, the 2013 high school football season got underway in The Sunflower State, with teams on the Kansas side of State Line Road finally getting underway. Missouri squads took the field for the second time after kicking off the season in last week’s record heat. Playmakers were everywhere with great matchups throughout the metro.
Five-star offensive tackle Braden Smith made his season debut for Olathe South in a special Thursday night matchup against Lawrence High. The 6-foot-6, 292-pound prospect helped pave the way for the Falcons, as Jeff Gourley’s squad rolled up 454 yards of total offense. Olathe South quarterback Jake Seuer threw for 222 yards and four touchdowns behind Smith as they take the opener over the Lions 33-20.
Running back Venus Triplett was everywhere for Olathe North Friday night. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound junior was a dynamo for the Eagles, gaining 161 total yards, including a 67-yard punt return for a TD and a 28-yard scoring run from scrimmage. Four-star linebacker and TCU commit Jimmie Swain had a key stop on the Hawk’s final drive, helping preserve North’s 26-23 rivalry win over East.
QB Ryan Willis made his first career start at Bishop Miege, as the Stags hosted Eastern Kansas League rival Blue Valley North. Willis entered the game holding a Kansas State offer, despite having never played in a varsity game. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior didn’t disappoint, hitting 12 of 18 passes for 311 yards and 3 TDs as Miege rolls in the opener, 46-3.
The story of Week 2 in Missouri was Lee’s Summit quarterback Drew Lock. The 6-foot-4, 175-pound passer went off Thursday night as the Tigers took on Kearney. The four-star QB put up fantasy football worthy stats, completing 18 of 26 for 381 yards and a staggering 7 TDs. Lock wasn’t the only story in this game, as Brock Broughton again carried the load for the Bulldogs. The senior RB rolled up 224 yards and 4 TDs, giving him back-to-back games with over 200 yards and four scores. It wasn’t enough to take down the Tigers, as Lock and Lee’s Summit overpower Kearney, 76-55.
Defending Missouri Class 6 State Champion Blue Springs was impressive again this week, rolling for 486 yards of total offense against Park Hill South. 2015 QB Ian Brown, a transfer from Rockhurst, introduced himself to the Wildcat faithful, throwing for 326 yards and 6 TDs in just his second start. Brown connected with senior wide receiver Darrius Shepherd 8 times for 229 yards and 4 TDs, as Blue Springs rolls, 49-14.
Belton travelled to Nixa, and 2015 running back Alec Murphy put on a show for the Eagles. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound speedster ran for 152 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 17 carries, averaging nearly nine yards per carry. Murphy is one of the top juniors in The Show Me State, and he showed why on the last play of the first quarter, racing 67 yards for the score as Nixa prevails, 28-14.