Friday, Oct. 12, 2012
Friday Night football previews
Last game: 35-9 conference win over Appleton City
Record: 3-4 (2-4 conference)
Tonight’s game: Away at Tipton, 7 p.m. Tipton defeated Cole Camp 55-17 in last week’s game and has a 7-0 record.
Comments: “Friday will be the toughest game we have played thus far. Tipton is good. They are ranked in the top three in the state in Class 1. We will have to play a great game and come out firing on all cylinders and play tough, physical football. Our kids are looking forward to the challenge.”
– Archie head coach Michael Toschi
Last game: 28-24 non-conference loss to Grandview
Record: 1-6 (1-3 conference)
Tonight’s game: Home vs Raytown, 7 p.m. Raytown lost to Raytown South 18-12 in last week’s game and has a 2-5 record.
Comments: “It’s more of the same of what we have been dealing with. It will be a difficult contest because everybody is for us. We just need to play well. We may have played our best football game last week, but we made some errors toward the end of the game that hurt us...We just have to learn how to close them out. Hopefully that’s a step we will have learned from last week.”
– Belton head coach Mark Thomas
Last game: 27-25 non-conference win over Sherwood
Record: 6-1 (5-1 conference)
Tonight’s game: Home vs. Derrick Thomas Academy, 7 p.m. Derrick Thomas Academy lost to Sedalia Sacred Heart 27-14 in last week’s game and has a 3-4 record.
Comments: “We don’t know much about them. They have some good speed and they have had some success this year. Our boys will just have to be ready for the unexpected.”
– Drexel head coach Nate Danneman
Last game: 21-14 conference loss to Grain Valley
Record: 5-2 record (2-1 conference)
Tonight’s game: Away at Odessa, 7 p.m. Odessa lost to Pleasant Hill 28-7 in last week’s game and has a 3-4 record.
Comments: “They are struggling. But they are a much better football team than they were last year. Anything is game now since we lost to Oak Grove...We have to get our focus back and get our confidence back or it’s going to be a long two weeks.”
– Harrisonville head coach Chuck Lliteras
Last game: 42-1 conference win over Rich Hill
Record: 6-1 record (5-1 conference)
Tonight’s game: Home vs. Butler, 7 p.m. Butler defeated Stockton 39-0 in last week’s game and has a 5-2 record.
Last game: 28-7 conference win over Odessa
Record: 3-4 (2-1 conference)
Tonight’s game: Away at Excelsior Springs, 7 p.m. Excelsior Springs defeated Grain valley 47-19 in last week’s game and has a 6-1 record.
Comments: “The Tigers from Excelsior have had an exceptional season. Their speed will create some challenges for us to deal with.”
– Pleasant Hill head coach Kyle Roach
Last game: 40-20 non-conference loss to Lee’s Summit West
Record: 5-2 (2-1 conference)
Tonight’s game: Away at Blue Springs, 7 p.m. Blue Springs defeated Blue Springs South 35-14 in last week’s game and has a 6-1 record.
Comments: “Blue Springs is a very good football team who’s only loss was to Lee’s Summit West in overtime earlier in the year. They have played a very tough schedule and this will be a tough game for us. We are going to have to play much better defensively and we are going to have to find a way to score offensively against a team only giving up about 10 points a game. We can work ourselves back into the conference race with a win and this would set us up very nicely in the district seeding as well.”
– Raymore-Peculiar head coach Tom Kruse
Last game: 27-25 non-conference loss to Sherwood
Record: 3-4 (1-2 conference)
Tonight’s game: Away at Adrian, 7 p.m.
Comments: “Adrian is always a well-coached and hard-nosed team. This is a must-win for us as far as district seedings go. If we want to host a week 10 game, we’ll need to go out and take care of business this week.”
– Sherwood head coach Jim Gurney