Looking to break through

By Toriano Porter PrepsKC staff writer
Posted: October 26, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Playoff season is here, and it’s win or go home time for teams in the Interscholastic League - and the rest of Missouri for that matter.

Two teams are primed to make noise. But first-round matchups might prove tough for both league champion Lincoln Prep (6-3, 4-0 in IL) and league runner-up Southeast (4-5, 3-1)

Southeast is riding a four-game winning streak heading into postseason play. The Knights will take on undefeated Pembroke Hill (9-0) and its rugged run game led by Quinn Brandmeyer and Hank Newell.

The Raiders, the No. 2 seed in Missouri Class 3 District 7, toppled the seventh-seeded Knights 21-0 in Week 3.

Southeast has rolled since, turning an 0-5 start into ancient history with a 4-2 record over the last six weeks.

“We started trusting each other,” Southeast first-year head coach Sean Coffey said of the team’s surge. “It took them a while to start trusting me. They’re starting to believe. And we’ve had positive results.”

Lincoln Prep is seeded third in Class 4 District 7. The Blue Tigers will try to march on at the expense of 2-7 Harrisonville, the district’s No. 6 seed.

A surprisingly tough East Bears squad, led by punishing running back David Wilson, will try to spring a playoff upset. East (2-7, 2-2) is the No. 8 seed in Class 4 District 7. They face No. 1 seed Warrensburg (6-3). 

East would shock the Missouri playoff world with a win. The battle-tested Bears are coming off 6- and 12-point losses to Southeast and University Academy (4-5). They have also squared off on the road against Van Horn (6-3) and Hogan Prep (6-2).

“We’re going to always fight,” Bears head coach Greg Smith said.

Kansas City Central (1-8, 1-3) will try to earn a playoff win over 6-3 Savannah, the No. 2 seed in Class 3 District 8. The Blue Eagles are seeded seventh.

Northeast has forfeited to Maryville in the first round and its season is over.