Quick Slants: High school football preview capsules for Oct. 29-31 games
QUICK SLANTS: HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW CAPSULES
William Chrisman (4-5) vs. Winnetonka (6-3)
When/Where: 7 p.m. today at North Kansas City High School.
Last time they met: Winnetonka defeated William Chrisman 36-7 last year.
The game: William Chrisman qualifies for the state playoffs for the first time since 2006 and third in school history with a victory in the Class 5 District 10 matchup. A loss ends the season. … Winnetonka advances into the playoffs with a victory. … Winnetonka running back Darrell Jobe has rushed for 1,862 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Truman (1-8) vs. Kansas City Northeast (4-5)
When/Where: 7 p.m. today at Independence All-School Stadium/Norm James Field, William Chrisman High School
Last time they met: Truman defeated Northeast 49-6 last year.
The game: The game ends a disappointing Truman season. The Patriots have already been eliminated from playoff contention with last week’s loss to Raytown. … The teams meet for only the second time. … Truman has lost six in a row and Northeast two in a row. … Northeast tied for the Interscholastic League title.
Grain Valley (8-1) vs. Harrisonville (8-1)
When/Where: 7 p.m. today at Harrisonville Middle School.
Last time they met: Harrisonville defeated Grain Valley 42-0 last year.
The game: Both teams have qualified for the playoffs. … The winner clinches the Missouri River Valley Conference West Division title and the Class 4 District 13 title. … Harrisonville has won eight in a row after a season-opening loss to undefeated Webb City. … Grain Valley has won six in a row after a Week 3 loss to Chillicothe. … The teams meet for only the third time. … Grain Valley quarterback Austin Gouldsmith has scored 17 touchdowns and running back Trace Goade has 14. … Harrisonville is ranked No. 4 and Grain Valley entered the state poll this week at No. 10 after last week’s thrilling 56-49 win over eighth-ranked Sedalia Smith-Cotton.
Oak Grove (0-9) vs. Holden (2-7)
When/Where: 7 p.m. today at Holden High School.
Last time they met: Holden defeated Oak Grove 30-14 last year.
The game: Despite experiencing perhaps its worst season ever, Oak Grove can qualify for the Class 3 state playoffs. But the Panthers, in the District 13 game, have to defeat Holden by at least 13 points and Pleasant Hill has to lose to Clinton by at least 11. If that occurs Oak Grove would have minus-five points, Pleasant Hill would be at minus-six and Holden at minus-nine, giving them second behind Clinton, which has already clinched a playoff spot. In district play, regardless of the score, a team can gain only a limit of 13 points or lose a limit of 13.
St. Mary’s (5-4) vs. Orrick (9-0)
When/Where: 7 p.m. today at Orrick High School.
Last time they met: Orrick defeated St. Mary’s 42-0 last year.
The game: A Class 1 District 13 victory advances St. Mary’s into state playoffs for the first time since 2002. … Orrick is the two-time defending Class 1 state champion, has qualified again for the playoffs and has won 38 consecutive games. The Bearcats have been ranked No. 1 in the Class 1 state poll all season. … St. Mary’s running back Henry Handley has scored 16 touchdowns to lead the Trojans. He rushed for 296 yards and scored five touchdowns in last week’s 48-30 win over Wentworth Military Academy.
Van Horn (0-9) vs. Lathrop (0-9)
When/Where: 7 p.m. today at Lathrop High School.
Last time they met: Lathrop defeated Van Horn 46-20 last year.
The game: The Class 2 District 15 game is the season finale for both teams. … With a victory, Van Horn snaps a 19-game losing streak. Lathrop has lost nine in a row since defeating Van Horn in the 2008 season finale. … The teams meet for only the second time.
Lee’s Summit West (6-3) vs. Springfield Central (2-7)
When/Where: 7 p.m. today at Titan Stadium, Lee’s Summit West High School.
Last time they met: Lee’s Summit West defeated Springfield Central 52-7 last year.
The game: Lee’s Summit West will be favored to defeat Central in the Class 5 District 8 game and keep intact the streak of earning a state playoff berth for the sixth time in as many years the school has been in existence. … The teams meet for only the second time.
Fort Osage (9-0) vs. North Kansas City (1-8)
When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Fort Osage High School.
Last time they met: Fort Osage defeated North Kansas City 56-28 last year.
The game: Fort Osage has qualified for the Class 5 state playoffs for the fifth time and third consecutive year. A victory in the District 10 game gives Fort Osage its first undefeated regular season in history and the undisputed Suburban Middle Six championship. … E.J. Gaines has scored 10 touchdowns, Kamryn Tillmon has nine and Edward Pearl has scored eight for the balanced Indians. … Fort Osage remains No. 2 in the Class 5 state poll.
Blue Springs (8-1) vs. Columbia Rock Bridge (5-4)
When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Peve Stadium, Blue Springs High School.
Last time they met: Blue Springs defeated Rock Bridge 49-7 last year.
The game: Blue Springs has qualified for the state playoffs for the 16th time. A victory assures a 16th district title. … Rock Bridge remains alive for a playoff berth with a victory. … Blue Springs running back Darrian Miller has scored 168 points with 25 rushing and three receiving touchdowns. He needs 140 yards to break the 2,000-yard milestone for the season after getting 201 yards last week against Liberty to bring his total to 1,840. … Keeston Terry has scored 12 touchdowns, including 10 receiving. … Blue Springs is ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 6.
Blue Springs South (4-5) vs. Liberty (7-2)
When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday at William Jewell College, Liberty.
Last time they met: Blue Springs South defeated Liberty 28-21.
The game: The Suburban Big Seven and Class 6 District 8 game could atone for a disappointing Blue Springs South season. The Jaguars could qualify for the playoffs but must defeat Liberty and then wait for the score of the Blue Springs-Columbia Rock Bridge game. If Rock Bridge wins, South can’t qualify for the playoffs. South is a minus-20 points, Liberty is even and Rock Bridge is currently at minus-six. … With a loss, South has its first losing season since 1992, the first year of the school when the Jaguars went 1-9 in their inaugural season.
Lee’s Summit North (3-6) vs. Lee’s Summit (3-6)
When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Tiger Stadium, Lee’s Summit High School.
Last time they met: Lee’s Summit North defeated Lee’s Summit 42-21 last year.
The game: The winner of the Suburban Big Seven and Class 6 District 7 game qualifies for the state playoffs. … Lee’s Summit hasn’t claimed a playoff berth since 1987 and North seeks a playoff spot for the second consecutive year. … North leads 9-4 in the rivalry. … Lee’s Summit is led by University of Missouri commitment Corbin Berkstresser at quarterback. … North running back Montereal Robinson is averaging 104.6 yards rushing per game. He has 941 yards and 7 TDs on 131 carries. North QB Caleb Cole is averaging 200.2 total yards per game.
Raytown South (6-3) vs. Raytown (3-6)
When/Where: 2 p.m. Saturday at Ted Chitwood Stadium, Raytown High School.
Last time they met: Raytown South defeated Raytown 56-14 last year.
The game: The rivals clash in not only a Suburban Middle Six game, but for the Class 5 District 9 championship. … Raytown has qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1989 and South earned a playoff berth for the ninth time and third consecutive year. … South leads 23-22 in one of the area’s most hotly contested rivalries and has won the last five years.