The second week of September brought Week Three of the 2013 high school football season in Kansas City. With squads taking the field in Kansas for the second time, programs in The Show Me State entered Week Three. Scout.com checks in on some of the top recruits in KC.
A pair of Class 5A powers squared off in a huge early season tilt, as Blue Valley hosted Eastern Kansas League rival Bishop Miege. Stags QB Ryan Willis impressed again in his second start, completing 18 of 38 attempts for 289 yards and two touchdowns. McKinley Johnson continued to cement his status as one of the top receivers in Kansas City, snagging 6 passes for 159 yards and a TD on Thursday night. All-everything linebacker Bradley Ivey led a stellar defensive effort with 10 tackles as Miege moves to 2-0, defeating the Tigers 24-15.
Several Division 1 prospects took the field in a huge Sunflower League matchup, as defending Class 6A State Champion Shawnee Mission West took on Olathe South. Vikings playmaker Andre Maloney was everywhere. The three-star cornerback and Kansas commit had 209 all-purpose yards, much of them coming on a 72-yard TD reception and a 61-yard punt return for a score. Three-star offensive tackle and BYU pledge Austin Chambers was a force at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, logging three tackles and a tackle for loss from his spot on the defensive line. Five-star prospect Braden Smith continued to dominate, but it wasn’t enough as Olathe South fell 23-8 to Shawnee Mission West.
Ryan Ralston led Blue Valley West against Saint Thomas Aquinas Friday night, and the player widely-regarded as the top QB in the class of 2014 in The Sunflower State did not disappoint. Ralston completed nearly 50% of his passes on the night for 206 yards and a TD, adding 94 rushing yards and a TD on 25 carries. Missouri commit Mike Fairchild paved the way for Ralston’s dual-threat effort, as the Jaguars prevail 24-17.
Four-star running back Traevohn Wrench rebounded in a big way after a disappointing effort in Week One. Wrench led Gardner Edgerton against Blue Valley Northwest Friday night, gashing the Huskies for 257 yards and five TDs on just 23 carries. The Kansas commit averaged over 11 yards per carry as the Blazers win 49-27, evening their record at 1-1.
The week’s marquee matchup in Kansas City was on the Missouri side, as tradition-rich Rockhurst High School went looking for their first win of the season against defending Class 6 State Champion Blue Springs. Again, transfer QB Ian Brown was the story for the Wildcats as he faced his former squad for the first time. Brown was good on 76% of his passes, completing 13 of 17 for 239 yards and three TDs. Kaleb Prewett caught scoring passes of 88 and 39 yards from Brown, as the Kansas State commit had four receptions for 145 yards on the night. Elijah Defensive end Elijah Lee was a factor, logging five tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack as Blue Springs tops Rockhurst 22-7. The Wildcats are 3-0, while the Hawklets are 0-3 for the first time since 1977.
The Titans continued their roll through the early season, as Lee’s Summit West dismantled St. Joseph Central. Senior QB Thomas Ganaden threw a pair of TDs and ran for another. Receiver Monte Harrison also showed his skills as a dual-threat, catching four passes for 44 yards and a score, while the Nebraska commit also completed a pass for a 9-yard TD. Lee’s Summit West blanks the Indians 47-0, moving to 3-0, setting up a titanic Week Four matchup with Blue Springs.
Grandview hosted Winnetonka, as 2015 prospect Marquise Doherty continued his one-man assault on the stat sheet. After scoring five TDs in a Week Two win over Raytown South, including two interception return scores, Doherty put up more of the same against the Bulldogs. The standout athlete logged 87 yards and three TDs on offense, along with 6 tackles and 2 TFLs on defense. He was a demon on special teams, as he had 145 yards on two kickoff returns, including a 94-yarder that he took all the way back for the score. Grandview offensive lineman and Kansas commit Apa Visinia helped his squad generate 367 yards of total offense, but Doherty was the story, carrying Winnetonka as they down Grandview 31-28.