Friday, Oct. 05, 2012
Friday Night football previews
Last game: 53-12 conference loss to Osceola
Record: 2-4 (1-4 conference)
Tonight’s game: Home vs. Appleton City, 7 p.m. Appleton City lost to Adrian 35-6 in last week’s game and has a 1-4 record.
Comments: “We have to rebound from last week’s game. We came out unfocused, unmotivated and Osceola embarrassed us. Appleton does some good things offensively and Coach (Kevin) Mitchell and his staff do a good job. Appleton is always physical and we have to be ready to play. Friday should be a good game.”
– Archie head coach Michael Toschi
Last game: 48-20 conference loss to William Chrisman
Record: 1-5 (1-3 conference)
Tonight’s game: Away at Grandview, 7 p.m. Grandview lost to Raytown South 48-36 in last week’s game and has a 2-4 record.
Comments: “It’s another important game for us. It’s going to be a difficult ball game. Grandview is a good football team. We are going to have to play a whole lot better than what we did against Chrisman if we are going to give ourselves a chance. We have a lot of things to get corrected and improved on and hopefully we can get that taken care of this week in practice.”
– Belton head coach Mark Thomas
Last game: 54-8 conference win over Rich Hill
Record: 5-1 (5-1 conference)
Tonight’s game: Home vs. Sherwood, 7 p.m. Sherwood beat St. Mary’s 40-18 in last week’s game and has a 3-3 record.
Comments: “Sherwood is a very hard nosed football team. They are big and have a very good running back. It is going to be a challenge to slow them down. We need to be just as physical as them, limit their big plays and have a few of our own to be the victors.”
– Drexel head coach Nate Danneman
Last game: 34-0 conference win over Grain Valley
Record: 5-1 (2-0 conference)
Tonight’s game: Home vs. Oak Grove, 7 p.m. Oak Grove defeated Pleasant Hill 14-7 in last week’s game and has a 6-0 record.
Comments: “We will have to play a complete football game in order to beat them. They are undefeated and playing very well right now.”
– Harrisonville head coach Chuck Lliteras
Last game: 48-15 non-conference win over Christ Prep
Record: 5-1 (4-1 conference)
Tonight’s game: Away at Rich HIll, 7 p.m. Rich HIll lost to Drexel 54-8 in last week’s game and has an 0-6 record.
Comments: “They are struggling. But they are good, young team and they are executing well. We just have to go down there and make sure we do our business.”
– Midway head coach Larry Burchett.
Last game: 14-7 conference loss to Oak Grove
Record: 2-4 (1-1 conference)
Tonight’s game: Home vs. Odessa, 7 p.m. Odessa lost to Excelsior Springs 28-16 in last week’s game and has a 3-3 record.
Comments: “Odessa will provide a very worthy challenge. They played a good Excelsior team close last week.”
– Pleasant Hill head coach Kyle Roach
Last game: 53-36 non-conference win over St. Joseph Central
Record: 5-1 (2-1 conference)
Tonight’s game: Home vs. Lee’s Summit West, 7 p.m.
Comments: “West is playing at a very high level and we will have to play our best in all phases to be able to compete with them. I like the way our team has responded and I feel like we are playing pretty well right now too. It should be a great atmosphere for football this Friday.”
– Raymore-Peculiar head coach Tom Kruse
Last game: 40-18 conference win over St. Mary’s
Record: 3-3 (1-2 conference)
Tonight’s game: Away at Drexel, 7 p.m. Drexel beat Rich Hill 54-8 in last week’s game and has a 5-1 record.
Comments:”They are a team with a lot of speed. They like to spread the field and get the ball into open space. We’ll have to do a really good job of being disciplined in our pass responsibilities and open field tackling this week. Offensively, we need to slow the game down, grind out long drives, and keep the ball out of their hands. It’s very important that we win the time of possession this game.”
– Sherwood head coach Jim Gurney