High-SchoolMissouri: KeVonn Mabon

Stock is rising for Knott, Sheperd

September, 14, 2011
In this week's edition of the Missouri All-State Football Stock Watch, offense reigns supreme as we highlight the quarterback of the state's second-ranked team and a talented wide receiver with a tough college decision on his hands.

UP — Luke Knott, Lee's Summit West QB
The defending Class 5 champs have rolled to a 3-0 start and Knott has been a big reason why. The senior quarterback threw two touchdown strikes in last week's 42-7 win against North Kansas City. Knott now has eight total scores on the season for the No. 2 Titans, who are averaging more than 45 points per contest.

DOWN — KeVonn Mabon, DeSmet LB
It's been a rough last couple of weeks for Mabon. The senior defender missed most of the second half with cramps during the Spartans' 14-12 victory against Hazelwood East. Then in last Friday's 52-22 loss to No. 3 CBC, the Spartans D was picked apart by Cadets quarterback Dalton Demos, who led his team to six straight scores during its second-half comeback. Of course, in Mabon's defense, the Missouri heat has been scorching of late and Demos has put up similar numbers against just about every defense he's faced this year, including Fort Zumwalt West.

UP— Brandon Sheperd, Parkway Central WR
Sheperd has been a beast so far this season, which is no surprise to most. The senior wideout has not only caught 17 passes for 265 yards and five touchdowns but he's also scored five other times on running plays. The better that Sheperd plays, the more difficult his college decision could become, as Big 12 programs Missouri and Oklahoma State are vying hard for his services.

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

CBC easily tops DeSmet in battle of top-five teams

September, 12, 2011
DeSmet had the better ranking, the talented duo of Durron Neal and KeVonn Mabon and, by the second quarter of Saturday's clash with Christian Brothers college, an 11-point lead.

But CBC had Dalton Demos.

The senior quarterback proved unstoppable for the No. 5 Cadets, who erased their early deficit by scoring on seven straight possessions for a relatively easy 52-22 win against No. 3 DeSmet. Demos finished with 280 yards and three scores through the air as well as a 56-yard touchdown reception.

Scoring hasn't been a problem for CBC, which is averaging 56 points during its 3-0 start. Meanwhile, its defense proved stout, holding Neal to just one score on the night.

Rockhurst 16, Blue Springs South 3
With the big play of Jordan Walker at tailback, somewhat lost in the discussion of Rockhurst's powerhouse football team has been the defense — until now. The Hawklets D stuffed Blue Springs South on Friday, allowing just 177 total yards. Walker still made his mark, rushing for 166 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown.

Hillcrest 21, Joplin 9
For once, the attention wasn't on Dorial Green-Beckham — and rightfully so. The talented Hillcrest receiver took a backseat to the emotion surrounding Joplin's first home football game since a tornado destroyed much of the town in May. More than 6,500 fans came out for the contest, but it wasn't enough for the Eagles to pull out a win. Despite holding DGB to six catches and 94 yards, Hornets tailback Stuart Andress broke loose for two touchdowns and 136 total yards.

Park Hill South 13, Park Hill 7
For the first time since 2004, Park Hill South got a win against its crosstown rivalry. Behind an Eddie Soal rushing score and a recovered fumble in the end zone by Craig Scott, the Panthers reeled off 13 straight points to seal the big win.

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-CBC showdown highlights Week 3 Missouri Football

September, 9, 2011
In the season opener, CBC went head to head with one of the state's top programs in Fort Zumwalt West. The Cadets ended up outlasting the Jaguars in a 52-49 shootout.

Tonight, the No. 5 Cadets (2-0) will have another chance to prove themselves Saturday and climb up the rankings when they face an explosive No. 3 DeSmet squad (2-0), led by ESPNHS September cover boy Durron Neal.

Dalton Demos leads a Cadet offense that has racked up 866 yards in just two games, racking up 378 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception while spreading the ball around the field. The senior will be tested, though, against a DeSmet defense that has allowed just 12 points per game during its 2-0 start. And with Neal making plays on both sides of the ball as well as KeVonn Mabon leading the defense, the Spartans will give CBC all it can handle.
Prediction: DeSmet 45, CBC 42

No. 10 Blue Springs South (2-0) at No. 1 Rockhurst (2-0)
No one disputes that Rockhurst is the top squad in the state, but that doesn't mean Blue Springs South is going to back down. In their two meetings last year, the Jaguars played the Hawklets close, losing by just a touchdown on both occasions. Jordan Walker has emerged as the Hawklets' offensive threat, but Blue Springs South has its own weapon in Stephen Sullivan, who recorded 289 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns last week.
Prediction: Rockhurst 35, Blue Springs South 20

Hillcrest (1-1) at Joplin (1-1)
Emotions will run high for Joplin this weekend, as the Eagles play their first home game since a tornado ravaged the town this past May. Joplin, which is expecting more than 7,000 fans for the Saturday contest, gained momentum with last week's win at West Plains, but of course, Hillcrest boasts the nation's top receiver in Dorial Green-Beckham. Despite the Hornets' loss to Rogers Heritage (Ark.) last week and snagging just two passes in the first half, DGB finished with seven catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
Prediction: Hillcrest 24, Joplin 14

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