High-SchoolMissouri: Luke Knott

Blue Springs South re-enters MO rankings after upset of Lee’s Summit West

September, 19, 2011
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They did it again. For the second straight year, the Blue Springs South Jaguars upset Lee's Summit West, this time by the score of 28-14.

In easily their biggest test of the season thus far, the Titans struck first on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Luke Knott to Shaq Harrison. But the Jaguars reeled off the next 21 points, taking a decisive lead on two touchdown throws by Connor Harris and a Steve Sullivan 22-yard score. Sullivan finished the night with 194 rushing yards and two TDs. With the win, the Jaguars re-enter the rankings at No. 10 and have a good chance of moving up. Their only loss on a brutal schedule is a 16-3 defeat at the hands of No. 1 Rockhurst.

As for the Titans, there is a silver lining. They played without All-State offensive lineman Evan Boehm (concussion), and remember what happened the last time the Titans lost to the Jags: a Class 5 championship. But it's safe to say the Titans, who rolled to easy wins in three contests against teams with one combined win, will take this as a wake-up call.

One team that doesn't need waking up is Kirkwood. Point much of the credit to Mike McHugh, who earned ESPNHS Southwest Region Player of the Week honors with 214 receiving yards and three touchdowns. The senior wideout and Northwestern commit also returned an interception 98 yards for a score in the Pioneers' 47-0 win against Hazelwood Central.

Here's how the state rankings shake out this week:

1. Rockhurst (Kansas City) 4-0 (1)
Hawklets keep on rolling, beating Liberty 34-14. Top OL Christian Eatherly has missed the last couple of weeks and tailback Jordan Walker missed much of last week's win after banging up his leg. But both are expected in uniform when the nation's No. 38 squad takes on Rock Bridge this week.

2. CBC (St. Louis) 4-0 (3)
Cadets put together a complete effort in 34-7 win against SLUH. QB Dalton Demos threw for 224 yards and two scores, Antonio Brown rushed for 105 scores and two more touchdowns and Marcus Wheat racked up 112 receiving yards and a TD. Next up: Howell.

3. Staley (Kansas City North) 4-0 (4)
Falcons rolled past Liberty North, 42-6, behind Morgan Steward's four touchdowns. A battle against Kearney is next on the schedule.

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Last week, Blue Springs South just faced the state's undisputed top team in Rockhurst, losing 16-3 in the Hawklets' closest battle this year. So what do the Jaguars get as a parting gift?

A date with No. 2 Lee's Summit West.

Quite the gamut for the Jaguars, but they can walk into this contest with confidence. After all, they were the only team to be Lee's Summit West during its run to the Class 5 title last season. And this was no barnburner. The Jaguars won 41-17.

Lee's Summit West has rolled to a 3-0 start against a relatively easy schedule, so the 2-1 Jags will be the Titans' first test of the year. Of course, the defending champs will be prepared. Quarterback Luke Knott's stock is rising, totaling eight scores while helping the Titans average more than 45 points per contest. On defense, linebacker Nick Ramirez will be key in slowing a solid run-by-committee Jaguars attack featuring QB Connor Harris joins Trey Ervin and Stephen Sullivan.

The contest will certainly be closer than last year, and with the Titans a year wiser, I expect the outcome to be different as well.

My pick: Lee's Summit West 35, Blue Springs South 27

Kirkwood (2-0) at Hazelwood Central (1-2)
It's been a tough go to say the least, for Hazelwood Central, last year's Class 6 runner-up. The *8 have dropped two of their first three games and losses aren't exactly acceptable for fans of a team that won the state title as recently as '08 and '09. Thing is, the Hawks' two losses have come against very good DeSmet and Rock Bridge squads. But the road doesn't get any easier with Kirkwood on tap tonight. The Pioneers are paced by wideout Mike McHugh, a Northwestern commit who has helped his squad put up 78 points in two games. The Hawks will put up a fight, but this non-conference opponent won't be any nicer than the others.
My pick: Kirkwood 31, Hazelwood Central 17

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

Stock is rising for Knott, Sheperd

September, 14, 2011
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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.

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