Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Hosick leads Staley, Newsome goes down
By By Brandon Parker
Remember this name, folks: Trent Hosick.
After transferring from Ozark and sitting out last season as a result, the Staley quarterback entered this season with some hype after performing well at several combines. Now, just two games into the season, the junior is wasting no time justifying the looks he's received from several BCS colleges.
And it's not just his arm that's impressive. In the Falcons' 47-25 rout of Blue Springs, the junior helped Staley overcome an early deficit by rushing for 214 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. Tailback Morgan Steward also held his own, racking up 203 yards and three touchdowns and continuing a disturbing defensive trend for Blue Springs (Remember, the Wildcats surrendered 400 rushing yards to Rockhurst's Jordan Walker last week.)
AROUND THE STATE *Parkway North's 38-20 loss to Summit on Friday stung more than usual, as the Vikings learned that All-State RB/LB Donavin Newsome has an injured MCL. The knee injury actually occurred in the Vikings' season opener, when Newsome had 150 yards on 11 carries and an 102-yard interception return. But the senior struggled last week, gaining just 45 yards on 11 carries while showing signs of injury. Coach Bob Bunton expects to hear an update Tuesday, so stay tuned.
*Joplin gots its first win a season that will carry a much more different meaning as clean-up from the tornado continues. The Eagles took down the West Plains Zizzers (what a name), 35-7, behind a stout defensive effort. Joplin will have quite the test for its first home game, as Dorial Green-Beckham and Hillcrest come to town Sept. 10.
*Jordan Walker had quite the letdown in week two. Just one game after rushing for a school-record 400 yards on 33 carries, the Rockhurst senior tailback "only" had 151 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in the Hawklets' 35-20 win against Hutchinson.
Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.