Kyle Brown will be the starting quarterback tonight when Blue Springs plays host to the Class 6 defending state champion Rockhurst Hawklets at 7 p.m. at Peve Stadium.

Kyle Brown will be the starting quarterback tonight when Blue Springs plays host to the Class 6 defending state champion Rockhurst Hawklets at 7 p.m. at Peve Stadium.

“I’ll be sharing the quarterbacking with Wylson Lamb, and we’re both real excited,” said Brown, who suffered a broken ring finger on his throwing hand while playing catch with some friends with a football before the start of camp.

“I got the cast off Tuesday, got checked out and everything is a go.”

Because Lamb made such dramatic progress in Brown’s absence, coach Kelly Donohoe said the first-year quarterback deserves some time on the field.

“We’re going to have both of them in there against Rock,” Donohoe said. “Kyle was the starter last year, and he’s going to be the starter for us this year, too. But we’re going to put Wylson in, in some situations. He really mastered the offense is a short period of time and played really well in our jamboree.”

Lamb hit Deiondre Hall for three long touchdowns in the jamboree, including a 40-yard strike on his first pass of the night.

“I’m looking at all of this as just gaining valuable experience for when I am a senior and Kyle has graduated,” Lamb said. “I am excited about Friday night, though. To get the chance to play some quarterback against a great team like Rockhurst is exciting.”

The whole mood at Blue Springs High School changes during Rockhurst Week.

“The game is all anyone talks about,” Brown said. “It’s so exciting. They got us twice last year (7-6 in the first game of the season and 7-0 in the playoffs) and we are going to do everything we can to make this season successful from the first game on.”

The Wildcats dropped their first two games last year, then went on a nine-game winning streak before losing to the Hawklets in postseason action.

“It’s just such a good way to judge where your team is early in the season,” Donohoe said when asked about starting the season with the longtime rival. “They’re loaded, and we have a lot of new kids on both sides of the ball, but I really like our team. The atmosphere at our place is going to be electric.”

n On the south side of town, coach Greg Oder’s Blue Springs South team will play host to Raytown South.

Fans might want to pick up a program, because the Jags are going to offer a lineup with many new faces.

“We have one lineman – offensively and defensively – back from last season,” Oder explained. “Everyone basically returned last year and that gives a coach a good feeling heading into a season.”

But this season is much different, and more challenging.

“This year, Trevor Wescott is it on the line,” Oder said. “Clayton Lewis played a little bit, but that’s it. Some guys may be playing new positions this season, we’ll find out once we start practice.”

First-year quarterback Steve Sullivan, who replaces two-year starter Calvin Jacobson, will see his first varsity action in a starting role.

“We had Steve back up Calvin and he’s back, and he’s looked really good this summer,” the coach said. “On paper, there doesn’t look like a lot of other help, but we have some good JV kids, so it’s not all gloom and doom like someone might think after a great kid like Calvin graduates.”

n Ryan Schartz will take his experience-rich Fort Osage football team to Lee’s Summit North tonight and the Indians hope to make an early-season statement.

The Indians were a surprise in 2010, going 7-4 and making the postseason after seeing most of their starters graduate off a 2009 team that played for the Class 5 state championship.

“We had so many young guys on offense last year that we struggled a little bit,” Schartz said. “But this year, Steven and (running back) Ezra Vaiofi have a year’s worth of experience and Jaleel (Gordon) and Brandan (Reeve) are two hungry seniors.

“We could be pretty good on offense. Steven is so smart, and he is going to be so much better than he was last year. That just comes from experience and he’s bigger and stronger and knows what to do out there. His command of the offense is just unbelievable. He might be the smartest quarterback I’ve had at Fort Osage – and that’s saying something.”

n At Grain Valley, first-year coach Jimmy Tucker will finally get to see what his Eagles do against a team in a different color uniform.

“You’d always like to have a little more time,” said Tucker, who was 46-24 in six seasons at Class 3 Bowling Green before replacing longtime Eagles coach Forrest Rovello, “but I’m eager to see what the guys do this season.

“They have worked hard, they have paid attention and it’s time to play some football.”
Tucker took over a Bowling Green program in 2005 that had not been to the playoffs since 1991 and in three years had the team in postseason action, including a state runner-up finish in 2009 and a semifinal appearance last fall.

The Eagles play host to longtime power Platte County.