High-SchoolMissouri: Dorial Green-Beckham

Elite 11 Watch: Missouri QB Trent Hosick

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Trent HosickTom Hauck/ESPNHSStaley (Kansas City, Mo.) quarterback Trent Hosick makes a throw at the Oakland NFTC on May 20. The junior will compete at the Elite 11 regional in Las Vegas on June 16.
Throughout this offseason, we’ve spotlighted Class of 2013 quarterbacks who have a shot at making the Elite 11 finals in July. This week, we profile Staley (Kansas City, Mo.) junior Trent Hosick, who will compete in the Las Vegas Elite 11 regional on June 16.

Since transferring from Ozark (Mo.) after his freshman year, Trent Hosick has adjusted nicely at Staley (Kansas City, Mo.). After sitting out a year, he excelled in his first season under center this past year, maintained a high GPA and even made waves on YouTube by creating a video on how to "Heisman" with teammate Morgan Steward. But there is one thing the junior quarterback has not grown accustomed to since becoming a Falcon — losing.

In the fall, Hosick totaled 2,403 yards and 31 touchdowns on the ground while throwing for 1,422 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead Staley to a 14-0 record and the Class 5 championship, a first for the football program. Then in the winter, the 225-pound Hosick went 29-0 en route to the Class 3 heavyweight wrestling title, besting competitors who were sometimes 70 pounds bigger than him.

With his past success driving his thirst for more, Hosick will join some of the nation's top gunslingers for the final Elite 11 regional on June 16 in Las Vegas. Rated the nation's No. 23 pocket passer by ESPN, Hosick took time out to talk about his victorious junior campaign, commitment to Missouri and intense competitive drive.

ESPNHS: After going undefeated and winning a state title in football, what was it like doing the same thing in wrestling?
Hosick: I've been wrestling for 13 years and since I'm graduating early next year, I won't be around to wrestle as a senior, so what's not to love about what happened? It was a great conclusion to my wrestling career and made me even more competitive. It's definitely made me a better football player, too. It's taught me discipline and helped take my training to another level because no one works harder than wrestlers. That's the hardest type of training there is. I think what gives me an edge is the way I train, so there's no doubt that wrestling has helped me out in football, too.

ESPNHS: How hard was it wrestling guys who were sometimes 70 pounds bigger than you?
Hosick: I tried to put weight on during the season, but it's hard when you're wrestling because you have four-hour practices almost every day. I ended up wrestling state at 218 and most of the year I was weighing 212.

ESPNHS: After leading a run-first offense last season, what are you looking to show at the Elite 11 regional next month?
Hosick: At this point, I'm already committed to Missouri, so I'm not into impressing recruiters. Number one, I love competition, so winning is very important to me. What I hope to show at the camp is that I am one of the best throwing quarterbacks in the country. I have confidence in that. Our offense doesn't always showcase that, and that's fine because we won a state title, which is most important. But whatever doubts people had about me throwing, I plan on changing them and making them say "Wow, this kid is a great thrower."

ESPNHS: What would it mean to get an invitation to the Elite 11?
Hosick: I'd of course be really excited to be a part of the Elite 11, but at the same time I feel like I belong. There will be a lot of phenomenal players out there and I feel confident that I can throw with the best guys in the country. I'd be honored if the coaches thought that as well and invited me to the competition.

ESPNHS: What made you commit to Missouri as a junior?
Hosick: The number one thing to me in looking for a school was finding a place where the coaching staff, particularly the coach I would spend the most time around, were people I could consider a friend and who were winners. That's the type of relationship I have with [Staley] coach [Fred] Bouchard now. I don't want it to be a serious business relationship. I really love [Missouri assistant] coach [David] Yost and that's the biggest thing I found at Missouri, guys I can go to work with and consider family. The other thing was I wanted to go to a place where they were good but not quite national champions like Alabama or LSU. I wanted to be at a school that was just on the cusp of becoming the best team in the country and I want to be that piece that helps put them over the top. Plus, the guys they are bringing in and the move to the SEC make it even better. If I had waited eight more months, I still would've made the same decision to go to Missouri.

ESPNHS: One of those guys coming in next season is Dorial Green-Beckham. What would it be like to potentially be throwing to a player like him?
Hosick: It's very exciting. Dorial is an extremely rare high school football player and is going to be a great college player. At the same time, he will be a teammate and I hope he's willing to go to work because we have work to do as a team. I think we can do something special together. I know Dorial a little bit and I'm also very excited to play with Morgan Steward again, who is one of my best friends.

ESPNHS: What have you been working on in anticipation for your senior year and the next level?
Hosick: I watch my own video and critique myself and there are a few things I'm changing about my game. I'm working on my timing and trying to grow in making my reads quicker. I want to look off safeties better and be able to zip the ball in there. I'm also working on my "two throw," which is when you throw over the linebacker and in front of the safeties. My pocket presence is another thing, where I don't feel like I have to rush too soon. I can make plays with my feet if I need to, but the area I need to grow in most is taking a step up in the pocket and throwing with confidence even if there's a guy coming for me.

ESPNHS: With all the winning you've done, how much more pressure does that create for you to succeed as a senior?
Hosick: It does raise the bar and we have a very high standard for our team this coming year. I was a little worried at first about coming out again after such a wonderful season and having that same passion. But it didn't take long for it to come back and for me to start getting excited again. And we're going to do it again. Our first game is against Lee's Summit West and I'm confident we can push our team as hard as we can and win the championship again.

ESPNHS: At this point, do you even remember what it's like to lose in sports?
Hosick: I remember it enough not to want to do it again [laughs]. I don't like losing. It's the same thing that pushes me in academics, too. If I get a B, there's an A to be had in the class and if I got a B, then I know someone did better than me. I don't know why the Lord made me this way, but I just don't like losing in anything. And I won't do anything unless I know I will win at it. A lot of my friends like to challenge me in HORSE because they know I'm a cruddy shooter. So even though I like shooting hoops, I won't do it sometimes because I don't like losing. It sounds crazy, I know. But that's just the way I am.

Trent Hosick
School: Staley (Kansas City, Mo.)
Position: QB
Class: 2013
2011 Team Record: 14-0 (Class 5 state champ; No. 1 in Missouri POWERADE state rankings)

2011 Stats
Passing Yards:
2,403
TDs: 31
Rushing Yards: 1,422
TDs: 10

Brandon Parker covers high school sports for ESPNHS. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.
After games on Sunday, March 11

While one team chased history, another fought to make sure history didn't repeat itself. In the end, they both accomplished their tasks.

McCluer North capped an impressive string of 26 wins with its second straight Class 5 title, beating Nixa 69-60. Nixa entered the contest on a win streak as well (30 straight), but it wasn't enough to overcome Jordon Granger (26 points, 16 rebounds) and the experience of a team that's won three state championships and made four title-game appearances in the last six years. The Stars moved up to 35th in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

In the Class 4 final, Soldan finally got over the hump and won its first state crown in 31 years. The last two seasons had seen the Tigers settle for third place, but behind a tough regular-season schedule and Paul McRoberts' 18 points, Soldan was able to hold off Dorial Green-Beckham and Hillcrest by the score of 55-42.

Classes 1-3 are winding down their state tournaments, and perhaps the shot of all tournaments came in the Class 1 quarterfinal. Check out the video above for Brandon Shank's halfcourt buzzer beater to lift St. Joseph Christian past Jefferson, which made the No. 1 slot in SportsCenter's Top Plays.

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

1. McCluer North (Florissant) 28-1 (1)
Stars marched to their second straight Class 5 title by beating Nixa 69-60 behind Jordon Granger's 26 points and 16 rebounds.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 27-2 (2)
Golden Griffins had their best season ever, but Class 5 quarterfinal loss to eventual champ McCluer North left them short of a title.

3. Nixa 30-2 (3)
Eagles saw their 30-game win streak in a Class 5 title-game loss to McCluer North.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly Missouri hoops rankings.

Missouri snags Green-Beckham

February, 1, 2012
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Dorial Green-Beckham, the nation's top receiver and arguably the state's most coveted recruit ever, has decided to stay home and join the Missouri Tigers.

The Hillcrest senior receiver, who broke the national prep career receiving yards record this past fall, made the announcement in front of a packed gym at his high school on Wednesday. As a Tiger, Green-Beckham will join another record-breaking high school player in quarterback Maty Mauk, who broke the national passing yards record at Kenton (Ohio) and committed to the SEC's newest member in the fall.

Click here for more on Green-Beckham's commitment and here for full Signing Day coverage.

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

The Top 10 Stories of the Year in Missouri

December, 29, 2011
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The year 2011 is winding down to a close and what a year it's been in the world of sports. Here are the top 10 stories from the Missouri high school sports scene:

10. Pin 'Em Down
Blue Springs dethroned two-time defending Class 4 champ Park Hill to win its first state title in 12 years. Lewis Foutz, Greg Hegarty, Darick Lapaglia and Daniel Lewis all won individual crowns for the Wildcats.

9. Solid as a Rock
In swimming, it's almost become a question of by how much and not who will win the state championship, thanks to Rockhurst's recent run of dominance. The Hawklets extended their reign to a state-record eight titles this past fall and this time they did it without fielding an individual champ.

8. Zach Attack
A year after winning Gatorade State Runner of the Year, it appeared Zach Herriott was headed for a disappointing senior season after finishing 13th at the cross country state meet. But the Rockhurst harrier bounced back with a ninth-place showing at the prestigious Nike Cross Nationals meet.

7. Perfect Saint
In the strive for a state championship, St. Louis Priory's soccer team one-upped itself. The Rebels went 27-0 to complete the second undefeated season in state history and cop the Class 2 crown. The only other program to go undefeated were the 2005 Rebels, who went 26-0.

6. Falcons Soar
In just its fourth year of existence, Staley made its mark in the history books by marching its way to the Class 5 state football title. Led by rushing machines Trent Hosick (2,054 yards and 31 TDs) and Morgan Steward (2,226 yards and 27 scores), the Falcons went 14-0 and downed previously undefeated Kirkwood in the title game.

5. Cardinal Rule
After graduating nearly 30 players from last year's Class 4 state championship squad, it appeared that 2011 would be a rebuilding year for Webb City. But the Cardinals didn't miss a beat, extending their regular-season win streak to 81 games and going undefeated en route to a repeat Class 4 title. In their 56-42 win against MICDS, the Cardinals helped set championship game records for combined points and yards (1,048).

4. Shooting Stars
For most of the 2010-11 season, Chaminade appeared to be the favorite with All-American Bradley Beal and a 27-0 start. But McCluer North avenged an early-season loss to the Red Devils by beating them 57-56 in the Class 5 quarterfinals behind B.J. Young's 27 points. The Arkansas recruit went on to lead the Stars to the Class 5 title.

3. Big Beal
Although his team fell short of the Class 5 hoops title, Bradley Beal ended his senior season on a good note. The Chaminade senior was named Gatorade National Player of the Year after averaging 32.4 points for the Red Devils. Beal is currently a freshman starter for the Florida Gators.

2. Notorious DGB
He's been the talk of the state football scene since his freshman year and as Dorial Green-Beckham capped his prep career in 2011, he showed just why. The Hillcrest senior shattered the national mark for career receiving yards by finishing with 6,356 yards and broke his own state record by recording 2,233 receiving yards to go with 24 touchdowns and 119 catches. Green-Beckham also led the Hornets to their best season ever, going 11-2 and reaching the Class 4 quarterfinals.

1. Joplin Recovers
The 2011 sports season got off to a rough start for many when a tornado tore through Joplin in May, killing 160 while destroying much of the town and Joplin High School. The Eagles football team proved to be a source of unity and healing, as many came out to the games and the team helped raise money en route to a 3-8 season.

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

Boehm, Green-Beckham named ESPNHS All-Americans

December, 22, 2011
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Dorial Green-Beckham has been named to the ESPNHS All-American team. Shocker, we know. The Hillcrest senior and nation's career leading receiver was joined on the squad by Lee's Summit West senior Evan Boehm.

Click here to see who else made the team.

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

Five Days of List-Mas: MO's A-List

December, 12, 2011
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Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: A-Listers.

In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. But who are the A-Listers in Missouri? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state. Can you think of an A-Lister we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.

5. Zach Herriot (SR), Rockhurst, Cross Country
Credentials: Won Class 4 state XC title and Gatorade State Runner of the Year in 2010, finished ninth at 2011 Nike Cross Nationals,

4. Durron Neal (SR), DeSmet, Football
Credentials: Oklahoma recruit, U.S Army All-American, can play five positions

3. Evan Boehm (SR), Lee's Summit West, Football
Credentials: No. 51 in ESPNU 150, nation's top-ranked offensive guard, Under Armour All-American, led Titans to 2010 Class 5 state title

2. Cameron Biedscheid (SR), Cardinal Ritter, Basketball
Credentials: Notre Dame recruit, No. 62 player in ESPNU 100, led Lions to Class 3 title in 2010

1. Dorial Green-Beckham (SR), Hillcrest, Football/Basketball
Credentials: Nation's all-time leader in career receiving yards (6,356), No. 3 overall recruit in ESPNU 150, state record holder in single-season receiving yards (2,233) and career touchdowns (72), two-time Gatorade State POY, led Hornets to Class 4 hoops title in 2010

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

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

Green-Beckham named Gatorade POY

December, 1, 2011
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For the second straight season, Dorial Green-Beckham has been named Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year.

The Hillcrest senior ended his prep campaign with a bang, recording a state-record 2,233 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns to lead the Hornets to an 11-2 record and the Class 4 quarterfinals. Green-Beckham also set a new national record with 6,356 receiving yards for his career.

For the breakdown of Green-Beckham's award, click here.

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

Football state championships to be decided

November, 23, 2011
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The day before Thanksgiving. It's like Christmas eve for your stomach, with dreams of turkey, stuffing, mac and cheese and sweet potato pie dancing in your head right up until the moment you sit down at the table.

But for you, Missouri football fans, it's also time for us to take a glimpse at the intriguing slate of championship football games set to take place this weekend. All the hard work, hitting and offensive firepower has built up to this, 12 teams vying for state supremacy at Edward Jones Stadium.

Class 6: CBC vs. Blue Springs South (7:30 p.m. Friday)
After meeting at this same high-stakes juncture five years ago, these two get to do it again in 2011. Last time, Blue Springs South took the crown, but this time CBC, ranked No. 31 in the POWERADE FAB 50, enters as the favorite after running the table up until this point. The Cadets have morphed into an incredibly balanced team this season behind QB Dalton Demos (2,434 yards, 31 TDs) and a defense that's given up 10.8 points since surrendering 49 in a season-opening win against Fort Zumwalt West.
The Blue Springs South defense has also been solid and poses the greatest challenge to the Cadets this season. The Jaguars shut down a powerful Rockhurst team in the quarterfinals and have given up a touchdown or less in three of their last four wins. Plus, when the Jaguars D isn't on the field, the rushing attack of RB Steven Sullivan (1,303 yards, 17 scores) and QB Connor Harris (738 yards, nine TDs) eats up the clock. Whichever offense can control the clock and has the least amount of turnovers will win this game.
My pick: CBC 28, Blue Springs South 20

Class 5: Staley vs. Kirkwood (6:30 p.m. Saturday)
Imagine being Staley, fresh off a 76-70, quadruple-overtime win against Lee's Summit West to avenge last year's semifinal loss and produce arguably one of the state's greatest games ever...and that wasn't even the biggest game of your season. But quarterback Trent Hosick says that shouldn't be a problem.
"We're already back down to the earth," says Hosick, who scored seven times last week. "The goal this year wasn't to beat Lee's Summit West, even though we knew they were very good and would probably have to beat them sometime, but that was just another step in achieving the ultimate goal. So it's not hard for us to get ready for this game against a very, very good Kirkwood team."
Offensive weapons will be on high in this one. Staley boasts Hosick along with standout tailback Morgan Steward while Kirkwood possesses one of the state's top wideouts in Mike McHugh (20 TDs) and has scored 40-plus points in 11 of its 12 games. Staley will look to eat up clock behind its talented rushers, especially considering the Pioneers' solid secondary. One team will emerge with its first loss of the year while another hoist its first-ever title.
My pick: Staley 35, Kirkwood 31

Class 4: Webb City vs. MICDS (4:15 p.m. Friday)
Scoring has never been a problem this season for MICDS. The Rams are averaging nearly 42 points per game behind gritty running back Michael Scherer, who has racked up 1,542 yards and 27 scores this year.
Winning has rarely been a problem for Webb City this season...and long before now. The defending champ Cardinals have won three state titles since 2006 and triumphed in their last 81 regular season games. Defense has been the Cardinals staple this year, as the unit has posted four shutouts, including one against Hillcrest and its All-American wideout Dorial Green-Beckham in the quarterfinals.
The Rams will be closely studying film of last week's Webb City, as the Cardinals had to overcome a 21-point deficit to win. It'll be interesting to see which unit bends (or breaks) between the MICDS offense and Webb City defense.
My pick: Webb City 34, MICDS 28

Class 3: Burroughs vs. Logan-Rogersville (3:15 p.m. Saturday)
Burroughs pulled off a major upset last week against Osage behind RB Ezekiel Elliott (40 TDs) but stopping a Logan-Rogersville offense that had 400 yards against defending champ Richmond last week will be no easy task.
My pick: Logan-Rogersville 28, Burroughs 17

Class 2: Lamar vs. Lafayette County (1 p.m. Friday)
Lafayette County has the moment after winning its last 13 games and knocking off two-time defending champ Penney in the quarterfinals but Lamar has had its way for most of the postseason.
My pick: Lafayette County 24, Lamar 18

Class 1: Valle Catholic vs. South Shelby (Saturday at noon)
A week before districts, South Shelby was 3-4. But after seven straight wins, the Cardinals find themselves in the state championship as perhaps the biggest underdog. Valle Catholic has won 10 titles and outscored its last eight opponents 334-54.
My pick: Valle Catholic 31, South Shelby 21

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

Rockhurst, DeSmet tumble in Class 6 football playoffs

November, 14, 2011
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There will be a new champion in Class 6 football, as three favorites, including defending champ Rockhurst, fell in the quarterfinals over the weekend.

*For the first time in five tries, Blue Springs South finally got the upper hand on Rockhurst — and in a big way. The Jaguars scored the first four touchdowns in a 28-7 win while holding the Hawklets to under 100 yards rushing.

*Next the Jaguars will face Francis Howell, which downed another powerhouse in Fort Zumwalt West. Howell beat FZ West at its own game, striking early and often in a 49-28 victory. The Vikings' defense came up big, recording eight sacks to get FZ West QB Drew Hare under wraps, and allowing Howell to score 21 straight points in the second and third quarters.

*While Howell earned vengeance for an early-season loss, DeSmet couldn't do the same in its matchup with SLUH. Despite another big performance from Durron Neal (244 rushing yards, five total touchdowns), it wasn't enough to overcome the Junior Billikens, who blew an 18-point deficit but held on for the 47-46 win. Quarterback Trevor McDonagh had another big day for SLUH (368 yards and five scores), but it was his favorite target who was the talk of the game. Stefan Sansone set a school record with 13 catches for 276 yards and four scores. What's more, he intercepted a pass with less than a minute left to eliminate DeSmet's hopes of a comeback.

*Amid all the upsets, one thing held true in Class 6: top-ranked CBC won. The Cadets took care of McCluer North, 31-10, to set up a semifinal contest against SLUH and move to No. 38 in the latest POWERADE FAB 50.

*In Class 5 action, a team from Hazelwood will once again be in the semifinals -- it's just not the one you think. A down year for Class 6's Hazelwood Central and a huge weekend upset of Parkway Central pushed Hazelwood East into a semifinal matchup with Kirkwood. Mind you, the Spartans pulled out a 42-15 win after watching the Colts score on their first play from scrimmage. But behind Jimmy Jones' 120 rushing yards and three scores, the Spartans scored 42 of the next 49 points.

*As expected, Staley will battle defending champ Lee's Summit West in the other semifinal. Staley barely squeaked by Fort Osage for a 7-6 win in the quarterfinals while the Titans easily downed Nixa, 42-3. Does Lee's Summit West have enough momentum to pull off the win or will Staley continue its victorious ways behind Trent Hosick and Morgan Steward? Stay tuned.

*Finally, Dorial Green-Beckham's prep career came to an end with a 49-0 loss to defending Class 4 champ Webb City. The star Hillcrest receiver had seven catches for 58 yards, pushing his career receiving yards record to a grand total of 6,356.

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

DeSmet-SLUH rematch highlights next round of Missouri football playoffs

November, 11, 2011
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Two weeks from now, several fortunate teams will be ready to eat. Yeah, Thanksgiving is around then, too, but I'm talking about those squads that were hungry enough to reach the Missouri state football championships and will be starving to hoist that crown. Here are some of this week's big matchups:

DeSmet at SLUH
The last time DeSmet tasted defeat this season, it came at the hands of SLUH, which rode QB Trevor McDonagh's 424 yards and five scores to a 37-31 double-overtime win. The Spartans will look to put some more pressure on McDonagh, while building off the 263 rushing yards that they churned out in that same game. The fact that DeSmet could have such a good offensive output, including 165 yards from star Durron Neal, shows how key stopping McDonagh will be in the Spartan's overall success.
My pick: DeSmet 31, SLUH 27

McCluer North at CBC
McCluer North enters this game riding a 10-game win streak, yet it still pales in comparison to what the state's top-ranked team has done this season. Cadets QB Dalton Demos has thrown for 29 scores to anchor an offensive attack that averages more than 44 points per game. CBC will face a test in the Stars' defense, which has the ability to slow down opponents with aggressive play.
My pick: CBC 35, McCluer North 24

Fort Zumwalt West at Francis Howell
A massive crowd is expected at this matchup, which revives an intense contest earlier this season that saw Fort Zumwalt West win 34-28. Both teams can score and in a hurry behind strong-armed quarterbacks (West's Drew Hare has 30 total touchdowns; Howell's Eric Siebenshuh has thrown for 28 scores) and big playmakers (West RB Ray Harris has scored 31 times; Howell's Alex Strong and Corey King have both tallied more than 1,000 receiving yards). Whichever team strikes first will gain a helpful upper hand in what could be a shootout.
My pick: Fort Zumwalt West 42, Howell 41

Webb City at Hillcrest
It doesn't get much bigger than this in Class 4. One of the greatest prep wide receivers ever in Dorial Green-Beckham will go up against one of prep football's greatest dynasties in Webb City this Saturday. For the Cardinals, the focus will obviously be on slowing down DGB, but the Hornets showed in their first-round win against St. Clair that they aren't a one-man team, as Stuart Andress ran for 132 yards and two scores. Webb City, which has won 27 straight games, also has its own ground weapons, which combined to pile up 494 rushing yards in last week's win against Helias. Whichever team wins this contest will be the favorite to win it all.
My pick: Webb City 28, Hillcrest 24

Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.
Dorial Green-Beckham has already cemented his place in the record books as the all-time career receiving yards later. Now it's his team that's making history.

For the first time in school history, Hillcrest advanced past the second round of the playoffs with a 28-21 win against previously undefeated Union on Monday. Two third-quarter touchdowns allowed the Hornets to break a tie at 14 and gain enough cushion for the road win. Green-Beckham finished with six catches for 116 yards and a touchdown, pushing his career receiving yards mark to 6,287 yards and counting.

The Hornets will meet the state's No. 7 team and defending Class 4 champs Webb City in a Saturday quarterfinal.

*Parkway Central pulled off a tough task, beating Webster Groves for the second time in three weeks. Behind Alan Gasnali's 183 rushing yards and three scores, the Colts overcame a 13-point halftime deficit to pull out a 42-26 win in Class 5 sectional playoff action. They will host Hazelwood East in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

*In Class 6 action over the weekend, CBC finally overcame the obstacle that is Hazelwood Central by beating the Hawks, 35-0. The Cadets had fallen to the Hawks in the first round in each of the last two seasons. CBC's victory pushed the team up to No. 40 in the POWERADE FAB 50. They now advance to face McCluer North on Friday in the quarterfinals.

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

First round of Missouri football playoffs underway

November, 3, 2011
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Classes 4 and 5 already got the first round of the postseason off to a dramatic start. Here are a few highlights:

-In a powerhouse first-round matchup, Webb City began its Class 4 title defense by bouncing Bolivar from the playoffs with a 35-21. Cardinals will host Helias next week.

-St. Clair resorted to double-teaming Dorial Green-Beckham the entire night in their contest at Hillcrest, so tailback Stuart Andress picked up the slack, running for 132 yards and two scores in a 41-14 win. DGB had two scores but only added 62 yards to his career record total, which now sits at 6,171. Hornets will travel to rival Union next week.

-In Class 5, Webster Groves nearly got knocked off for the second time in three weeks. In a furious fourth quarter, Summit cut a 24-point lead to two with 30 seconds to play. On the two-point conversion try, Webster Groves LB E.J. Clayborn stuffed Ian McIntosh at the goal line to give the Statesmen the dramatic win. Next up: a rematch with Parkway Central, which defeated Webster Groves just three weeks ago.

Class 6 action starts Friday. Of the seven games, here are two to watch out for:

Hazelwood Central at No. 1 CBC
Perennial power Hazelwood Central backed into the playoffs this year and as a result, gets to face the state's top-ranked team. On the Hawks' side is the fact that they've eliminated CBC in the first round for the last two seasons. It's safe to say, though, that the tables have turned, and with Cadets QB Dalton Demos playing at a high level, CBC should overcome this hurdle on Friday.
My pick: CBC 35, Hazelwood Central 21

DeSmet at Eureka
Durron Neal returned from injury last week to score three times and help the Spartans blow past Mehlville to gain momentum for the playoffs. Thing is, with Neal susceptible to injury and the Spartans sometimes struggling in big games this year — along with the fact it's the playoffs — the door is open for a Eureka upset. The Wildcats won their last three to finish 8-2 and are led by the QB-WR duo of Seth Pratt and Jaron Henderson.
My pick: DeSmet 31, Eureka 21

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

More records set in Missouri football

November, 1, 2011
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On the same night that Hillcrest's Dorial Green-Beckham was shattering the national career receiving yards mark, two teams in Missouri were setting some records of their own.

Owensville outlasted Shawnee, 80-75, in a game that surprisingly didn't need overtime to produce such eye-popping numbers.

Click here to read more about the wild contest.

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

Green-Beckham breaks national career receiving yards record

October, 27, 2011
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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
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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.

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