Missouri Class 1-2 Roundup

By PrepsKC staff
Posted: November 10, 2018 - 1:42 AM

Class 1
District 3
drian 29, Liberal 6

Adrian used a quick start to advance to the Class 1 quarterfinals for the first time since 2009.

The Blackhawks, 11-1, defeated Liberal 29-6 after scoring on each of their first three drives. The victory sets up a quarterfinal matchup with Lincoln, who defeated Cass-Midway 27-0.

On a bitterly cold night, the Blackhawks used a balanced approach to snap Liberal’s five-game winning streak. Hunter Steen led the way for the Blackhawks, throwing for one touchdown, catching a touchdown and hauling in an interception.

Defensively, the defensive line comprised of Keaton Cook, Anson Johnson, Kyler Six and Brody Ford slowed down the Bulldogs misdirection attack. Johnson also added a six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Class 1
District 7
Mid Buchanan 36, Wellington-Napoleon 6

By Levi Smith News-Press Now

Just a year removed from a season in which Mid-Buchanan managed just a 1-9 record, the Dragons are heading to the state quarterfinals.

They won 36-6 over Wellington-Napoleon in the Class 1 District 16 Championship on Friday at Wellington-Napoleon School.

Dragons (8-4) coach Aaron Fritz attempted to describe the gravity of the moment for the Mid-Buchanan program. He came up short of a mouthful.

“It’s hard to put into words what this has done for us,” Fritz said. “We’ve worked really dang hard and these kids deserved it. I’m really proud of them.”

Friday's win moves Mid-Buchanan into the farthest the program has ever made it. It matched a program record for wins and the district title was just the second for the school -- the first since 2003.

The spread attack of the Dragons adapted their scheme to the climate of November football, balancing their typical assault on the perimeter of the defense with a heavy dose of senior running back Caleb Kirschner and sophomore quarterback Javan Noyes up the gut.

Mid-Buchanan set the tone against the Tigers (8-4) early, as Kirschner took off from the first play of scrimmage for a 58-yard run to take the ball to the 1-yard line of Wellington-Napoleon.

Noyes ran it in on an option play on the next snap to give the Dragons an almost immediate 7-0 lead that the Tigers never overcame.

Fritz discussed the importance of both a fast start and dominance at the line of scrimmage in these frigid playoff months.

“I think it changed momentum early on. We had a little spell in the third quarter where we weren’t playing well, but we were already ahead. I think (that play) made a big difference because it showed we could run the ball a little bit,” Fritz said. “(Friday) was huge to be able to win at the line of scrimmage. It was windy, it was cold, it’s just rough out here. Our guys up front did a good job (Friday) and they’ve been doing a good job all year, so I’m dang proud of them.”

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Class 2
District 8

By Zach Spain PrepsKC

For the first time in six years, the Lathrop Mules are district champions and state quarterfinalists.

But the journey to get there Friday night wasn’t as difficult as expected as the host Mules used a second-half surge to roll past KCI Conference rival Lawson 41-6 in the MSHSAA Class 2, District 8 Championship game.

Running back Seth McKnight’s two first-half touchdowns -- from 1-yard with 3:32 left in the opening quarter, and a 6-yard run with 65 seconds left in the half -- had Lathrop ahead 13-0 at halftime. A lead, yes, but not insurmountable for the Cardinals.

It ended up being more than enough.

Lathrop quarterback Blake Gordon added a 39-yard touchdown pass to Justin Burns and a 1-yard touchdown run in a second half in which the Mules (12-0) -- last undefeated this late in the season in 1983, according to reporting by the Clinton County Leader -- never let Lawson (10-2) get back into the game.

This one was less competitive than their Sept. 28 game at Lathrop -- won 21-7 by the Mules -- which ended up deciding the conference title and district seeding. In that game, Lawson never led either but spent much of the game within a touchdown.

On Friday -- like in their previous game -- Andrew Stephens scored the Cardinals’ only touchdown. Again, it wasn’t enough.

Now the Mules will play in the state quarterfinals next week for the first time since 2012, where the opponent will be District 7 champion Summit Christian Academy (11-2).