Tuesday, September 20, 2011
McHugh, Jones reach new heights on gridiron
By By Brandon Parker
In this week's edition of the Missouri All-State Football Stock Watch, wide receivers are the toast of the town, as two top wideouts have led their teams to undefeated records and top 10 rankings through the first four weeks.
UP — Mike McHugh, Kirkwood WR While Northwestern fans watched what they used to have in quarterback Mike Kafka, who subbed for the concussed Michael Vick during the Eagles' loss to the Falcons, they can also bask in what they will have in another Mike. Mike McHugh, that is. The Kirkwood senior wideout and Wildcats commit exploded this past week, catching four passes for three touchdowns and returning an interception 98 yards for another score in Kirkwood's 47-0 blowout of Hazelwood Central. McHugh's effort earned him ESPNHS Southwest Regional Player of the Week honors.
DOWN — Evan Boehm, Lee's Summit West OL The Titans' top offensive lineman could only watch as his Lee's Summit West squad lost to Blue Springs South for the second straight year. A concussion during the prior week forced Boehm out of the contest, and with the new rules and rightful precaution surrounding head injuries, there's no guarantee the senior will return for this week's game against Winnetonka. Regardless, the defending Class 5 champs will be hungry to bounce back.
UP — Jarvis Jones, Webb City WR Jones has never experienced a regular-season loss in his four years at Webb City and his effort in Friday's 37-7 win against Neosho shows why. The senior caught four passes for 59 yards, including 50-yard touchdown reception just before halftime. The Cardinals' 75-game win streak will be tested this week against undefeated Nixa, but with Jones on their side, chances for yet another victory are good.
Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.