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October 17, 2007
MISSOURI CLASS 1
News & Notes
Top Week 8 match-ups
Several district matchups will be determined this week with the top teams in the district meeting in the opening week of district play.
District 3 Marionville(7-0) at Miller(6-1)
District 3 is loaded with 7-0 Marionville, 7-0 Thayer, and 6-1 Miller creating a district that won't be complete until the final play. This week No. 1 ranked Marionville will face No. 8 ranked Miller on the road.
District 9 Gallatin(7-0) at South Harrison(6-1)
Big games get no larger than this weeks Grand River Conference battle between Gallatin and South Harrison. Running back Stephon Wood is again leading Gallatin and has rushed for 1,144 and 19 touchdowns through the first 6 games of the season. One season ago Gallatin earned a 25-14 victory then advanced to the semifinal round of the playoffs.
District 13 Wellington Napoleon(6-1) at Orrick(7-0)
If anyone is to challenge the No. 3 ranked Orrick Bearcats it will have to be Wellington Napoleon. One season ago Orrick earned a 42-6 victory in this contest, the Bearcats enter the game with 322 points scored to date, and only 96 given up on defense. For the Bearcats Aaron Blyth and Taylor Eubank have combined for 1,600 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns.
The Tigers have rolled through I-70 Conference play, scoring 190 points, giving up only 92.
District 14 Salisbury(3-4) at Fayette(4-2)
The only two squads in district 14 with a winning record...this game should determine the district champion.
2007 District "Stone Cold Locks" (posted prior to Week 8)
The following teams are locks to earn 2007 district titles
No. 2 ranked Hayti is on a mission after being upset by St. Vincent in district play one season ago. The Indians are a lock in District 2
In District 5 the Lockwood Tigers(5-2) are the defending champions and a lock to win another district title.
In District 11 quarterback Ryan Humes and wideout Erik Roe will make sure the West Platte Blue Jays will win this district. Don't be surprised if the Blue Jays win piling up a +39 in the district standings.
In District 13 Wellington Napoleon(6-1) looks solid on paper, but the Orrick Bearcats will not be denied a deep playoff birth.
Best 2007 Districts
These are the most competitive districts with a balance of quality teams
1. District 3 is absolutely the deepest district in Class 1. No. 1 ranked Marionville is a solid pick to return to the dome, 7-0 Thayer is having its best season in years, 6-1 Miller, and 4-3 Greenfield will be tough to beat.
2. District 8 contains a pair of ranked squads in 7-0 Tipton and 6-1 Concordia. Sophomore Keil Allison has rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and Concordia quarterback Joey White is having an outstanding season with 779 rushing yards, 1,126 passing yards and has factored in 26 touchdowns for the Orioles.
3. As discussed above 7-0 Gallatin and 6-1 South Harrison, as well as 5-2 Princeton create a very solid District 9 chase.
District Winning Streaks entering 2007 playoffs
Salisbury enters with the longest current streak of 6 consecutive years of reaching the playoffs. The Panthers will be challenged this year.
In the past four seasons Marionville has advanced to at least the semifinal round, with three trips to the Show-Me Bowl and a title in 2003. The Comets are a model of consistency and ranked No. 1 entering the playoffs.
Other streaks: Gallatin 3, South Shelby 3, Putnam County, West Platte, Adrian, McAuley Catholic, and Valle each enter with streaks of two seasons. Of note McAuley Catholic has advanced to the playoffs in each season of varsity football.
Who are the top players in Class 1?
The MOsports.com staff put together a list of the top players in Missouri prior to the season.
MOsports.com fan Tom Orf is an avid football fan and does as much research into Missouri football as anyone in the state. Tom has used the most recent Masseyratings.com information to breakdown each district into winners, and used the same data to select the champion in class 1. This is just one person's (or computers) theory, but it is an interesting technique to break down the data. Here are the results: