By RICHARD GRAHAM
Times Sports Editor
State football playoffs were decided over the weekend at the Edward Jones Dome in St.Louis on Saturday, Dec 1. In class 1 Hayti defeated Lincoln 44-0. A source here at the paper says Hayti employed a running back who has signed with Indiana. You must be good to average around 10 yards a carry for the year and get offered to a Big Ten school. It stands to reason that good players will be found anywhere, even at small class schools. If you are good enough, the Power Five schools will find you.
Blair Oaks defeated in Lathrop in another blow out, 54-0 in class 2 play. Trinity Catholic beat perennial power Cardinal Ritter 45-19 in class 3, the same level as Pleasant Hill in football. Odessa defeated the Roosters en route to a district title to end Pleasant Hill’s season. Odessa spent most of the year blowing out all of their opponents. However, Maryville ended up beating the Bulldogs 29-6. Trinity Catholic then beat Maryville in the next playoff round.
Ladue Horton Watkins defeated MCIDS 48-11 in class 4. Vianney beat local school Fort Osage in class 5 play, 28-14.
Rockhurst, another local school located in Kansas City, Mo, was beat 45-21 by St. Louis power CBC (Christian Brothers College).
I’ve started the slow transition from watching football to basketball. It can be painful at times. There has been some not so great basketball on T.V. early this season. But, basketball does expand what can be watched and when. For example, yesterday I watched the Chiefs in football and Mizzou in basketball at virtually the same time. One room had the Chiefs on and the other Mizzou. Both teams won, and both had to hold on in the very end.
Mizzou came back from early deficits to rally and beat a one loss UCF team in overtime. UCF you say…do not laugh, it was a quality win for Mizzou. UCF had won five games in a row, and MU had lost two in a row. Hopefully the Tigers can go 6-0 the rest of December and defeat Illinois in the annual bragging rights game. Mizzou lost last season and had no reason losing that game. The SEC is no powerhouse this season either, but losing Jontay Porter for the year is a blow I’m not sure the Tigers can recover from this season.
The Chiefs held on to defeat the hated Raiders 40-33. It is certainly hard to criticize an offense that scores 40 points, but the Chiefs just looked off in all three phases of the game.
The offense had drops and Mahomes had a series of just bad passes in the first half. He settled down in the second half, but the defense never woke up ever period. Bad tackling and the same old terrible pass defense was put on in example after example. Penalties again rocked the team. The penalties are going to cost them a game, mark my words. Hopefully it isn’t the “BIG” game.