High-SchoolMissouri: Abram Booty

Green-Beckham breaks national career receiving yards record

October, 27, 2011
There's a new king among high school wide receivers and his name is Dorial Green-Beckham. With an 81-yard catch-and-run score in the second quarter of Hillcrest's contest against Republic on Thursday, Green-Beckham cemented his place as the all-time national career receiving yards leader.

With the Hornets backed up at their own 19 on first down and just over a minute to go in the first half, Futrell found Green-Beckham over the middle. The senior burst toward the right sideline, cut back and history was written 81 yards later in the end zone.

Entering the contest, Green-Beckham sat just 61 yards behind Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) alum Abram Booty's old mark of 5,867 set in 1996.

Click here to read the full story of Green-Beckham's record-breaking night.

Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Records, rest are the focus in Week 9 Missouri football

October, 27, 2011
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.

Sixty-two yards separate Green-Beckham from all-time career receiving leader Abram Booty (Evangel Christian/Shreveport, La.) and high school immortality. DGB currently sits at second with 5,806 career yards and a source close to the team tells me that the plan is to gain the golden yards (and maybe more) on the first play. In other words, don't blink or arrive late because you might miss history.

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.

I'll be tweeting live updates from the game, so follow me @brandoncparker and check out ESPNHS.com for updated news and content throughout the night.

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 brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

Blue Springs takes rival's spot in Week 8 Missouri football rankings

October, 17, 2011
Results as of Saturday, Oct. 15

The score wasn't as high and it didn't end up being the first team to 42 points, as has been the case in recent years. But the battle between crosstown foes Blue Springs and Blue Springs South had plenty of what you would expect in an intense rivalry matchup.

This time, the underdog came through, as Blue Springs pulled out a 26-21 win. The outcome is quite the turnaround from the Wildcats' first two games, when they let Rockhurst and Staley run all over them. Against Blue Springs South, the Wildcats D held strong, limiting running back Steve Sullivan and quarterback Connor Harris as well as an offense that was averaging more than 40 points per game.

Deiondre Hall proved key, racking up 82 receiving yards and two touchdowns for Blue Springs, which held off a late comeback try by the Jaguars. With the win, the Wildcats re-enters the rankings at No. 10, but they can't get comfortable. Fort Zumwalt West has also rebounded from a slow start and faces a big matchup this week against No. 2 Jefferson City.

In other news, Dorial Green-Beckham had several familiar eyes watching him play this past week. Multiple sources have reported that Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino were in attendance as Hillcrest clinched its first Ozark Conference title in 10 years with a win against West Plains. DGB went for 116 yards and two touchdowns, leaving him just 253 yards from breaking the national career yards record of 5,867 set by Abram Booty (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian) in 1996.

Nationally, Christian Brothers College is knocking on the POWERADE FAB 50 doorstep, receiving votes for the first time this season and giving Missouri a chance to re-enter a team into the rankings after Rockhurst fell out last week.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

1. CBC (St. Louis) 8-0 (1)
The Cadets won again, this time in a 51-7 decision against Marquette. Next up: Parkway South.

2. Jefferson City 8-0 (2)
In their first game as the state's second-ranked team, the Jays looked strong, beating Troy by the count of 38-3. Next up: Fort Zumwalt West.

3. Staley (North Kansas City) 8-0 (3)
The Falcons keep on rolling, beating Park Hill by the score of 31-7. Next up: Central.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly Missouri football rankings.