Week Ten in Kansas City brought the start of the Missouri state playoffs, while district play culminated in Kansas. Scout breaks down some of the city’s best.
Bishop Miege traveled to St. Thomas Aquinas Friday night to play for the District 3 Championship in Kansas Class 5A. Both squads were already playoff-bound, but the Saints hoped to build upon the momentum they had captured with two straight wins. After missing time with a concussion, quarterback Ryan Willis looked to be back to full strength, throwing for 375 yards and four touchdowns with just one interception. The three-star prospect found senior receiver Jeffery Martin seven times for 253 yards and three TDs, including an 82-yard streak to the end zone. Sophomore running back Dawson Downing had 213 rushing yards and a TD on just 22 carries, as the Stags blasted Aquinas 50-16.
Eastern Kansas League Champion Gardner-Edgerton visited Olathe Northwest for the regular season finale, and the Blazers continued to flex their offensive muscles. Four-star RB and Kansas commit Traevohn Wrench bounced back with 207 rushing yards and six TDS, a week after being held to 76 yards on the ground by Olathe North. Gardner rolls, 56-21, taking the 6A District 4 Championship.
Leavenworth squared off against Wyandotte in what would be the final game of Dimonic McKinzy’s high school career. The Minnesota commit put on a show, as the Bulldogs QB completed nearly 64% of his passes, throwing for 371 yards and three TDs and two INTs, along with another 49 yards and a score on the ground. Pioneers RB Jason Randall ran for 106 yards and two TDs, but it wasn’t enough, as Wyandotte defeats Leavenworth 38-28.
Mill Valley looked to cap off an undefeated regular season with a championship in 5A District 2. Sophomore QB Logan Koch ran wild for the Jaguars, gaining 281 yards on just 10 carries, outracing the Lions defense for six TDs on the night. With 2015 tackle Evan Applegate paving the way, Mill Valley rolled up 544 rushing yards, as the Jaguars crush Lansing, 68-8.
The first round of the Missouri state playoffs saw Joplin trek to Lee’s Summit to take on the Tigers. Four-star quarterback Drew Lock was absolutely staggering with his performance against the Eagles. The 2015 passer was 22 of 26, completing almost 85% of his passes, for 562 yards and seven TDs, with just one INT. Lock’s favorite target on the night, senior receiver Caymen Metcalf, snagged 11 receptions for 306 yards and three TDs, also scoring on a 56-yard run. Lee’s Summit overwhelms Joplin, 56-24.
Blue Springs entered the playoffs on a 19-game winning streak, with all signs pointing to a return trip to the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis and a second-consecutive Missouri Class 6 State Championship. The Wildcats attacked Lee’s Summit North from every direction, as their defensive line dominated the Broncos. Kansas State commit Elijah Lee, and junior twin terrors Khalil Davis and Carlos Davis combined for 15 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, and an interception. Fellow KSU commit Dalvin Warmack ran for 123 yards and two TDs as Blue Springs blanks Lee’s Summit North 42-0.
Liberty played host to Raymore-Pecuilar, as Blue Jays junior A.J. Cambric looked to continue his development at the QB position in the playoffs. The Liberty passer had his best game to date, completing 62% of his passes for 227 yards and four TDs with just one INT. He also chipped in on the ground with 68 yards on 6 carries, as Liberty takes the playoff opener, defeating Ray-Pec 35-6.