High-SchoolMissouri: Devon Moore

Slew of upsets shake up Week 9 Missouri football rankings

October, 24, 2011
Results as of Sunday, Oct. 23

When your team converts a 3rd-and-44 with a 50-yard completion, it's safe to say things are going your way.

And it was that type of night for Fort Zumwalt West during its big matchup against previous No. 2 Jefferson City this past Friday. Led by Drew Hare's 269 passing yards and two scores, the Jaguars mostly had their way against a typically stout Jays defense during a 49-21 win. Jefferson City tailback Devon Moore had 111 yards rushing but the Jays didn't get much else, as the Jaguars outgained the Jays, 427-226.

Webster Groves and DeSmet also took a tumble. In a 34-13 loss, Webster Groves couldn't find an answer for Parkway Central WR Brandon Shepherd (two touchdowns, one interception) or RB Alan Gasnali (152 yards, three scores). Meanwhile, DeSmet blew a 14-point third-quarter lead and fell to SLUH, 37-31 in double overtime. It didn't help that star athlete Durron Neal missed parts of the fourth quarter with a tweaked knee, but the Spartans' second loss of the season was enough to plummet them out of the top 10.

Here's how this week's rankings shake out (last week's ranking in parentheses):

1. CBC (St. Louis) 9-0 (1)
Cadets survived an upset bid and held off Lafayette (Wildwood), 16-7. Next up: Parkway South.

2. Staley (North Kansas City) 9-0 (3)
The Falcons keep rolling, beating St. Joseph Central by a score of 28-14. Next up: Oak Park.

3. Rockhurst (Kansas City) 8-1 (4)
The Hawklets put up a season high in points during a 71-10 win against Lee's Summit North. Next up: Joplin.

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Jefferson City, Fort Zumwalt West battle in Week 8 Missouri football

October, 21, 2011
Just two weeks after pulling of the biggest upset of the season thus far by beating previous No. 1 Rockhurst, Jefferson City (8-0) will look to avoid an upset of its own against a surging Fort Zumwalt West team.

Senior RB Devon Moore leads the No. 2 Jays who are averaging 41 points per game this season. Often overlooked within this sea of points is the Jefferson City defense, which is giving up 10.1 points per contest -- and 30 of those total points came in the win against Rockhurst.

It's safe to say the Jays will need plenty of offense to overcome Fort Zumwalt West, which has plenty of weapons on offense. Some panicked when the Jaguars lost two of their first three games, but considering these defeats came at the hands of current No. 1 CBC and Bentonville, arguably the state's top team in Arkansas, there's no counting out the Jags.

Led by quarterback Drew Hare, the Jags have outscored their last four opponents, 178-36. In other words, this could be a shootout, with the onus on the Jaguar defense to slow Moore and the rest of the Jays' playmakers.
UPSET ALERT: Fort Zumwalt West 38, Jefferson City 35

No. 5 Webster Groves (7-0) at Parkway Central (7-1)
Ever since falling in last year's Class 5 championship game, Webster Groves has been on a tear, outscoring opponents by an average of nearly 32 points this season. But the Statesmen will be tested this weekend when they travel to face Parkway Central.

Star wideout Brandon Sheperd can make big plays for the Colts, whose only loss came against No. 8 Kirkwood. The senior has 1,028 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns, and with a potential home playoff game on the line, expect Shepard to step up to the challenge.

Webster Groves has a playmaker of his own in Rayshawn Simmons, who's totaled 23 scores and 1,801 passing yards this season. Based on experience and their shutdown defense, I give the Statesmen the advantage in this one, but not by much.
My pick: Webster Groves 42, Parkway Central 31

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Hare, Moore putting up big numbers in Missouri football

October, 13, 2011
It's time for the Missouri All-State football stock watch, but from here on out, we're going to switch things up some. Along with highlighting an All-State player who is ballin' out, we're adding a new category called On The Rise (OTR) for a player who didn't make the preseason list but is on his way to earning postseason recognition.

UP — Drew Hare, Fort Zumwalt West QB
Entering this season, the senior was known for putting up big numbers through the air, and after a slow start by the Jaguars, it appears Hare has found his rhythm. In last week's 45-10 win against Timberland, the gunslinger completed 25 of his 28 throws for 284 yards and three touchdowns. At this rate and with Rockhurst falling last week, the Jaguars appear on track to contend for the Class 6 title like most thought they would.

OTR — Devon Moore, Jefferson City RB
This choice was pretty obvious, as Moore has skyrocketed from backup to arguably the state's top tailback in just one year. The senior scored his 13th touchdown of the season to help the Jays topple previous No. 1 Rockhurst, 33-30, in double overtime last week. This won't be the last you hear about Moore and the Jays.

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For several weeks now, the momentum and hype has been building up to this contest, No. 1 Rockhurst (6-0) vs. No. 8 Jefferson City (6-0).

There's plenty of starpower, plenty of good matchups and really, it could go either way. Still, Rockhurst enters as the favorite, what with it boasting an inexperienced unit on both sides of the ball and coming into its own of late. Tailback Jordan Walker is expected to be ready after missing the last couple games with a leg injury, and his production will be key in jumpstarting the Hawklets' offense.

Of course, Jefferson City has its own big-time rusher in Devon Moore. In seven games, the Jays senior has pounded his way to 771 yards and 12 touchdowns, making his squad the surprise of the season thus far. Rockhurst's defense will focus most of its attention on stopping Moore, which makes the play of Jays QB Thomas LePage key to the outcome.

Jefferson City's offense is high-powered and can score in a hurry, but it has yet to be truly tested until tonight. Likewise, the Rockhurst defense hasn't faced an offense like the Jays, who are putting up more than 42 points per game. In other words, major state title implications are on the line and this one should be all it's cracked up to be.
My pick: Rockhurst 28, Jefferson City 20

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

ESPNHS Missouri midseason football awards

October, 5, 2011
Believe it or not, we're midway through the Missouri high school football season. Six weeks ago, everybody was dishing out predictions and opinions on which teams and players would shine this year. Now, it's time to see who's lived up to the hype with the ESPNHS Missouri midseason football awards.

Player of the Year: Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest WR
Talk about a no-brainer. In the season opener on ESPNU, the nation's No. 3 recruit showed the country how insane his skills are by catching 18 passes for 284 yards and three touchdowns. Call his competition inferior? I call you crazy. Despite seeing double and sometimes triple coverage, Green-Beckham has piled up 60 catches for 1,023 yards and 10 touchdowns. What's more, the Hornets are winning, sitting at 5-1 after going 7-5 in each of the last two seasons.

Offensive MVP: Mike McHugh, Kirkwood WR
There's was little doubt that McHugh was talented — he had 11 touchdowns last year and is committed to Northwestern. But the senior wideout has put up some serious numbers so far this season. In a win against Hazelwood Central, Kirkwood tallied 214 receiving yards, three scores and a pick-6; then a week later against Parkway North, he caught five passes for 209 yards. During the Pioneers' 5-0 start, he's racked up 523 yards and nine touchdowns on just 15 catches for an average of 34.9 yards per catch.

Defensive MVP: Michael Rose, Rockhurst LB
Rose is the anchor of a defense that returned eight starters from last year's Class 6 champions. And though the Hawklets' D started out a bit slow (relatively), Rose has helped them find their groove of late. In a 16-3 win against Blue Springs South, Rose had eight tackles (two for loss) and two pass break-ups. Since then, the top-ranked Hawklets have allowed just 20 total points in three games.

Breakout Player: Dalton Demos, Christian Brothers College QB and Jordan Walker, Rockhurst RB (tie)
It was impossible to choose between these two, so I went with both. Walker got things started by running for a school-record 400 yards in the season opener. Through three games, the Hawklets senior had 817 yards and eight touchdowns, but a leg injury has kept him out of the last two games. That's where Demos comes in. The CBC senior has thrown for 1,474 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions for an offense that is putting up nearly 50 points per game. Most importantly, both players have led their teams to 6-0 records and the top two rankings in the state.

Breakout Team: Jefferson City
It figured to be an average year for Jefferson City, what with Kody Walker, the school's all-time leading rusher, gone off to college. But behind the power running of Devon Moore (771 yards and 12 touchdowns), the Jays are off to their best start in eight years. Against a solid slate of opponents, the Jays have outscored the competition, 257-50. Just how legit the Jays are will be tested this Friday when they host No. 1 Rockhurst.

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

Kirkwood, Jefferson City continue to impress in Week 5 MO rankings

September, 26, 2011
All of the top 10 teams are who we thought they were last week, easily defeating their opponents. Along the way, Kirkwood and Jefferson City put up major shutouts. Wideout Mike McHugh continued his recent tear for Kirkwood, snagging five passes for 209 yards in a 41-0 win against Parkway North, while Jefferson City RB Devon Moore scored two more touchdowns in the Jays' 42-0 rout of Park Hill.

Oh and I remember when I said don't forget the name "Trent Hosick?" Well, here's why. Hosick has quite an arm, but in Staley coach Fred Bouchard's offense, Hosick's rushing prowess has been on full display. Fast forward to a little past the midway point of this KC Metro Sports video for a dose of Hosick's incredible athletic ability. And stay tuned to this spot for more on the junior quarterback.

Nationally, Rockhurst moved up to No. 34 in the POWERADE FAB 50 after beating Rock Bridge last week.

And without further ado, here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. Rockhurst (Kansas City) 5-0 (1)
The Hawklets' defense held Rock Bridge to 169 total yards of offense in a 35-6 win. Next up: Hickman.

2. CBC (St. Louis) 5-0 (2)
The Cadets took advantage of the absence of Howell QB Eric Siebenshuh and rode their own gunslinger to a 47-26 victory. Dalton Demos finished 369 passing yards and four touchdowns, giving the Cadets momentum before they face Vianney.

3. Staley (Kansas City North) 5-0 (3)
The Falcons cemented their claim as the new top team in Class 5, riding Trent Hosick's two touchdowns to a 22-10 win against Kearney. A road game against Grandview is next.

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CBC, Staley face tough tests in Week 4 Missouri football

September, 23, 2011
This weekend could give us a glimpse of which teams will be the last ones standing come championship team. Rockhurst, CBC and Staley all face formidable foes while Jefferson City is out to prove its 4-0 is no fluke.

Francis Howell (3-1) at No. 2 CBC (4-0)
No team has found an answer for CBC's explosive offense so far this season. Quarterback Dalton Demos is nearing the 1,000-yard mark and the tailback duo of Antonio Brown and Jonathan Parker has scored 15 touchdowns. But the Cadets could find themselves in a shootout against a tough Howell squad. The Vikings lost but were able to hang with the high-scoring Fort Zumwalt West last week, as quarterback Eric Siebenshuh has found a chemistry with wideout Corey King. In other words, defense will be the key. The Cadets gave up 49 points to Fort Zumwalt West while Howell surrendered 34, but CBC has shown its mettle in a win against DeSmet.
My Pick: CBC 35, Howell 28

Kearney (3-1) at No. 3 Staley (4-0)
Running — and running well — has become a habit for Staley, which is averaging more than 400 rushing yards per game. Morgan Steward and Trent Hosick account for most of that production, presenting quite the task for the Bulldog defense. Kearney isn't as explosive on offense, and quarterback Cole Davis will have lineman Nathaneal Lohn pursuing him all night. The key for Kearney is if it can dictate the flow of the game.
My pick: Staley 31, Kearney 21

Rock Bridge (3-1) at No. 1 Rockhurst (4-0)
Rock Bridge will look to bounce back from last week's loss to Jefferson City, but Rockhurst isn't exactly the team you want to be facing after defeat. Especially now. The Hawklets welcome back offensive lineman Christian Eatherly, who missed the last two games with injury, and Jordan Walker is ready to go after sitting out part of last week's win. Plus, their experienced defense is coming around, giving up just 17 points in the last two games. Rock Bridge will have to execute early and often to have a chance here, but yes, I'm saying there's a chance.
My pick: Rockhurst 28, Rock Bridge 14

No. 8 Jefferson City (4-0) at Park Hill (3-1)
It's been quite the start for Jefferson City, outscoring opponents by the count of 140-35. Much of the credit goes to running back Devon Moore, who reached paydirt four times last week and has been on a tear this season. Park Hill's defense is solid, giving up just 23 points through four games, but the Trojans offense must capitalize on stops if they want to pull off the upset.
My pick: Jefferson City 24, Park Hill 10

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