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
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
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
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
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.
Players No. 11 - No. 100
Players No. 1 - 10
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: