Monday, November 28, 2011
2011 final football rankings: Staley finishes at No. 1
By By Brandon Parker
2011 Final Rankings
Staley has been around for just four years, but in two weeks, the Falcons cemented themselves in Missouri football lore.
In the Class 5 semifinals, Staley outlasted defending champ Lee's Summit West, 76-70, in an instant classic. Then, the Falcons completed an undefeated season by downing Kirkwood for its first state title. Trent Hosick and Morgan Steward continued their dominance on the ground by combining for 285 yards and five scores in the 35-21 win. And with this impressive effort, the Falcons can lay claim to the top spot in state rankings.
Just behind them is Blue Springs South, which had an equally impressive run to the Class 6 title. The Jaguars downed the defending champs in Class 5 (Lee's Summit West) and Class 6 (Rockhurst) before beating the state's top team, Christian Brothers College, 40-37 in the final.
Steven Sullivan (three rushing touchdowns) and Connor Harris (two scores, two interceptions) proved to be the difference, as the Jags (12-2) stopped CBC from completing its perfect season. Blue Springs South also beat CBC in 2006 for its first state crown.
History repeated itself (and was made) in the Class 4 final. Webb City and MICDS lit up the scoreboard for the most combined points (98) and yards (1,048), but Webb City outlasted the Rams for its second straight title.
Here's how the final rankings shake out (last week's rankings in parentheses):
1. Staley (Kansas City) 14-0 (2) The Falcons beat Kirkwood, 35-21, to win their first Class 5 title in the school's four-year existence.
2. Blue Springs South 12-2 (8) The Jaguars beat previous No. 1 CBC, 40-37, to win their first Class 6 title since 2006.
3. CBC (St. Louis) 13-1 (1) The Cadets' drive for a perfect season came up just short, as they fell, 40-37 to Blue Springs South in the Class 6 final.