Week Eight in Kansas City saw Missouri draw a week closer to the postseason, while district play began in Kansas. Scout recaps some of the top performances from the names to know on both sides of the state line.
Blue Valley Northwest and Shawnee Mission South got Week 7 started in Kansas with a Thursday night matchup in Class 6A District 3. Miles Alexander continued to impress, as the junior running back was again the centerpiece of the Huskies’ rushing attack. Alexander ran for 189 yards and 3 touchdowns, giving him 645 yards and 8 TDs in his last three games, as Northwest beats the Raiders 35-10.
Gardner Edgerton squared off against Olathe South in the opening round of Class 6A District 4 action. Four-star RB Traevohn Wrench was again the story for the Blazers. The Kansas commit is seen as a frontrunner for the annual Simone Award, presented to the most outstanding player in Kansas City. Friday night was just another in a long line of dominant performances, as Wrench outraced the Falcons for 240 yards and six TDs on just 24 carries, including a 67-yard sprint to the end zone. After opening the season with a loss to EKL rival Blue Valley, Gardner runs their winning streak to six games as the Blazers take down Olathe South in a blowout, 52-7.
In one of the wildest games of the week, Blue Valley West played host to Pittsburg in Class 5A District 4. Dragons standout Alex Barnes was as good as advertised, as the junior scored three times, including a 38-yard screen pass, and a 68-yard run to open the second half. Jaguars quarterback Ryan Ralston was a man possessed, rolling up 360 yards of total offense on the night. The senior completed 53% of his passes for 232 yards and a TD, adding another 128 yards and two scores on the ground. Luke Curtis was the game’s leading receiver, snagging five Ralston passes for 184 yards. West hands Pittsburg their first loss of 2013, as the Jaguars defeat the Dragons, 56-35.
Atchison hosted Piper in Class 4A District 1, and 2015 prospect Colton Beebe continued to do it all for the Pirates. He was Piper’s second-leading rusher, with 50 yards and two TDs, and was also his squad’s leading tackler, logging 13 stops and two tackles for loss. He also saw a pair of his punts land inside the twenty yard line, with a long of 48 yards. Beebe leads the way as Piper defeats the Redmen, 28-20.
Week 8 in Missouri saw Grandview on the road at Kearney, and the hosts were less than friendly. Kearney QB Austin Hinck had 160 passing yards and three TDs through the air, while Brock Broughton continued his campaign for the Simone Award. The senior RB carried the ball 21 times for 243 yards and five scores on the ground, adding 56 receiving yards and another TD through the air. With 320 all-purpose yards on the night, Broughton led the way in a route. Kearney blasts Grandview 63-7.
Winnetonka headed to Platte County 6-1, looking to stay perfect on the road. The Griffins’ two Division 1 prospects did their part, as 2015 prospect Marquise Doherty had 159 all-purpose yards, highlighted by a 63-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Iowa commit Aaron Mends chipped in with 101 rushing yards and a pair of TDs, including a 48-yard score in the first. Platte County’s Tyler Cooper put on a show for the Pirates, as the junior QB completed just over half of his passes for 281 yards and four TDs. Jordan Branson ran for 146 yards and a score, but it wasn’t enough as Winnetonka prevails 49-33 over Platte County.
Liberty looked to stay undefeated at home as they played host to Columbia Rock Bridge The Bruins Logan Twehouse was dealing, as the senior QB completed nearly 55% of his passes for 294 yards and three TDs. He found receiver Zach Reuter 6 times for 156 yards and two scores, with 81 of those yards coming on a scoring pass late in the fourth quarter. Blue Jays QB A.J. Cambric had 135 total yards and a TD pass, while senior RB David Graves ran for 140 yards and a score as Liberty slips past Rock Bridge 28-27.
Fort Osage traveled north of the river to take on the Hornets of North Kansas City, and it was all Indians. 2016 QB Skylar Thompson hit on almost 65% of his throws for 130 yards and two TDs, along with a 50-yard scoring run on the ground. Ezra Vaoifi led Fort O in rushing with 185 yards and four TDs, as the Indians down North Kansas City 49-7.
Blue Springs continued their drive to a second consecutive Missouri Class 6 State Championship Friday night as they traveled to Raymore-Peculiar. Kansas State commit Dalvin Warmack needed only the first half to rack up 224 yards and four TDs on just 14 carries, highlighted by a 75-yard sprint across the goalline on the game’s first play from scrimmage. 2015 defensive lineman Khalil Davis led the way defensively with eight tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack, as Blue Springs rolls past the Panthers 41-14.