Week Four of the 2013 football season in Kansas City brought a wave of great matchups in Missouri, featuring several of the elite programs in the metro. Kansas saw a number of big-name recruits put up big-time numbers, but the best games were in The Show Me State.
After torrential rains canceled games across the city on Thursday night, Bishop Miege and Blue Valley Northwest finally took the field on Friday. Quarterback Ryan Willis continues to impress in his first year with the Stags, throwing for 365 yards and four touchdowns versus the Huskies. Willis currently holds one Division 1 offer from Kansas State, but that number is likely to climb. Through his first three career starts, he has completed 59% of his passes for 965 yards and nine TDs, averaging 17.5 yards per completion. Stags win big, 45-14 over Blue Valley Northwest, moving to 3-0 on the season.
Olathe East traveled to Lawrence to take on Free State in a Sunflower League showdown. Firebirds quarterback and Kansas commit Joe Dineen had 309 yards of total offense, passing for 229 and three TDs, and adding another 80 yards and a score on the ground. Free State edges the Hawks, 28-26.
After exploding for over 250 yards and five TDs last week, Gardner Edgerton running back Traevohn Wrench followed up with another stellar effort, this time against Blue Valley Southwest. The four-star prospect and Kansas commit ran for 184 yards and three TDs on just 19 carries, good for almost 10 yards per rush. Wrench led the way for the Blazers, as Gardner defeated the Timberwolves, 48-17.
In a huge matchup of two of the premiere programs in Kansas City, Lee’s Summit West played host to Blue Springs. All-everything RB Dalvin Warmack showed the kind of explosiveness that earned him Player of the Year honors last season, as the Kansas State commit rushed for 188 yards and a pair of TDs on just 24 carries. Fellow KSU pledge Elijah Lee scooped up an errant lateral from Thomas Ganaden to Ryan Williams, returning it for a score, just minutes after Darrius Shepherd took an interception to the house. Despite the miscues, Ganaden was 32 of 48 for 469 yards and a TD, connecting with Nebraska commit Monte Harrison 15 times for 189 yards and a score. Harrison also added a pair of rushing TDs, but it wasn’t enough, as Blue Springs took down the Titans, 42-35.
Fort Osage looked to stay undefeated as they traveled to Oak Park. Senior running back Ezra Vaoifi continued to dominate on the ground, as the Indians RB rushed nine times for 144 yards and three TDs, a staggering 16 yards per carry. Class of 2016 QB Skylar Thompson continues to impress with his efficiency, as he completed 6 of 9 for 134 yards and 2 TDs. Fort Osage rolls, 73-7.
Kansas Class 6A power Hutchinson traveled to Kansas City to take on 0-3 Rockhurst, just one week after the Hawklets fell to defending Missouri state champion Blue Springs. Rockhurst junior T.J. Green split time at QB with senior Ahmad Tyler, and both players performed well against the Salthawks. Green was 6 of 12 for 135 yards and 2 TDs, while Tyler led the squad in rushing, carrying five times for 73 yards and a score. Linebacker Luke Arbanas had 6 tackles and a tackle for loss in a strong effort for Rockhurst, as the Hawklets post their first win of the season, dropping Hutchinson 41-7.
Kearney squared off against Liberty North in a thriller that saw the Bulldogs score 13 points in the fourth quarter. Kearney was again led by senior RB Brock Broughton, who raced for 246 yards and three TDs against the Eagles defense, including a 58-yard scoring run during that furious rally in the game’s final frame. Liberty North junior QB Bryan Sharp was 20 of 34 for 215 yards and 2 TDs, but it wasn’t enough, as Kearney wins it late, 26-25.
Liberty traveled to Lee’s Summit for a matchup of undefeated teams. Tigers QB Drew Lock was again the story, completing 22 of 34 for 246 yards and four TDs, but also had three interceptions on the night. Liberty junior Devon Bryant continues to see his workload increase each week, gaining 129 yards and 3 TDs against Lee’s Summit. It all came down to a last-second 48-yard field goal by Travis Simonin, as the Tigers top the Blue Jays, 31-28.