Thursday, October 27, 2011
Records, rest are the focus in Week 9 Missouri football
By By Brandon Parker
Dorial Green-Beckham began his career with 37 catches and 801 yards as a freshman wideout at Hillcrest. Notable? Yes. But his numbers didn't exactly glow with greatness — especially when you consider what's at stake during the Hornets' regular-season finale against Republic on Thursday.
What's more, Hillcrest, which is having its best season in DGB's career, has a chance to wrap up the district title with a win and gain a high seed in next week's Class 4 playoffs.
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In some ways, records are the focus for most other teams in Missouri this week. With the sectional playoffs starting next week and most seeds already decided, all but one of the top 10 teams are playing squads with records below or one game above .500. That makes it likely that most starters will get pulled by halftime or perhaps not play at all in an attempt to rest. The lone exception is...
No. 10 Blue Springs (7-2) at Rock Bridge (6-3) Last year, after needing just one victory in their last two games to advance to the sectional playoffs, Rock Bridge couldn't find the winning formula.
Last week, needing just one more win to advance to the sectional playoffs and after pulling within one point on a fourth-quarter touchdown, Rock Bridge had its extra point blocked to shift the momentum in Blue Springs South's favor and open up a 35-20 defeat.
This week, it's do-or-die once again for Rock Bridge, as it hosts Blue Springs for another chance at making the sectional playoffs for the first time since 2005. A victory won't be easy for the Bruins, who face an emerging Blue Springs squad that knocked off rival Blue Springs South earlier this year.
Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.