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High school football district playoffs set for this Friday

When the high school football playoffs fire up on Friday night, some spectators will wish they could be in multiple stadiums at the same time to see all the games.

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Springfield hosts three playoff games and one regular season game, while Parkview travels just up 160 to nearby Willard for a full slate of Springfield football on Friday night. It was very difficult to single out one game as the News-Leader Game of the Week presented by Murney Associates, Realtors, so we are stretching out the announcement to later in the week.

Lee’s Summit North (2-7) at Kickapoo (8-1)

Kickapoo clinched the top seed in its Class 6 district with only a 40-20 loss to rival Glendale blemishing the Chiefs’ record. Competition gets difficult with six of the eight teams in Kickapoo’s district coming from a loaded up Kansas City metro area.

While Lee’s Summit North is 2-7, Kickapoo coach Kurt Thompson cautioned his team against taking the Broncos lightly.

“They play all of those Class 6 schools week in and week out and they play with everybody; they just haven’t gotten over the hump in some games,” Thompson said. “We know we’re going to have to play well.”

Thompson called Lee’s Summit North running back Tori Hicks, “as good of a tailback as we’ve seen.” Hicks averages 5.8 yards per carry with 131 rushing attempts for 763 yards and six rushing touchdowns.

Broncos senior wide receiver Da’ron Davis is committed to play for the University of Missouri.

Bolivar (5-4) at Hillcrest (4-5)

Bolivar won five consecutive games before a 34-12 loss to Ozark derailed the Liberators to close the regular season. Hillcrest also comes off a loss to Class 6 Joplin, but the fact that the Hornets play six Ozark Conference games against teams from larger classes helped them secure the points needed to host a playoff game.

Coach John Beckham had good things to say about Hillcrest after the 38-35 loss to Joplin.

“I think we’re on the cusp of being a good football team. I was very impressed with how our kids played Friday night. We were behind the whole time, they kept battling, kept fighting, and we had a chance,” Beckham said.

Hillcrest’s top concern going into Friday’s game will be to slow Bolivar’s offensive skill position trio of Connor Sechler at quarterback, Lane Loomer at running back and Brandon Emmert at tight end.

Eldon (5-4) at Springfield Catholic (6-3)

Catholic used stingy defense to secure a 16-14 win over Reeds Spring on Friday night, which forced a three-way tie atop the Central Ozark Conference Small Division to close the regular season. The Fightin’ Irish share the conference championship with Bolivar and Reeds Spring.

Catholic ran the table in the second half of the regular season with four straight wins. While most coaches don’t like to look ahead, Steve Hancock did so in a long heart-to-heart talk with the Irish after a 35-7 loss to Bolivar.

“When we first started talking about it, I don’t know if they believed me or not or really thought we could do that, but as we got on a roll and we started winning, each game we won you could see the confidence level rise,” Hancock said.

Hancock feels Eldon is a better team than its records show. Three of Eldon’s four losses occurred against opponents who are either ranked in the top 10 or are at least receiving votes in the Missouri Media Rankings headed into the playoffs.

High school football district playoffs (Week 10)

Friday, Oct. 21, all games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Class 6

Lee’s Summit North (2-7) at Kickapoo (8-1)

Joplin (5-4) at Lee’s Summit West (7-2)

Class 5

Waynesville (0-9) at Branson (2-7)

Glendale (9-0) BYE (awaits Waynesville/Branson winner)

Central (0-9) at Lebanon (6-3)

Ozark (7-2) BYE (awaits Central/Lebanon winner

Parkview (2-7) at Willard (3-6)

Carthage (8-1) BYE (awaits Parkview/Willard winner)

Republic (2-7) at Neosho (5-4)

Nixa (5-4) BYE (awaits Republic/Neosho winner)

Class 4

Rolla (1-8) at St. Clair (5-4)

McDonald County (0-9) at Carl Junction (7-2)

Bolivar (5-4) at Hillcrest (4-5)

Marshfield (2-7) at Webb City (6-3)

West Plains (4-5) at Camdenton (6-3)

Class 3

Buffalo (2-7) at Owensville (9-0)

Rogersville (4-5) at Sullivan (4-5)

St. James (4-5) at School of the Osage (8-1)

Eldon (5-4) at Springfield Catholic (6-3)

Aurora (2-7) at Reeds Spring (7-2)

Hollister (5-4) at Mt. Vernon (5-4)

Seneca (3-6) at Monett (8-1)

East Newton (3-6) at Cassville (7-2)

Class 2

Houston (1-8) at Mountain View-Liberty (9-0)

Willow Springs (5-4) at Diamond (7-2)

Cuba (1-7) at Mountain Grove (8-1)

Strafford (3-6) at Ava (7-2)

Warsaw (0-9) at Lamar (8-0)

Versailles (3-6) at Stockton (5-4)

California (2-7) at Fair Grove (9-0)

El Dorado Springs (3-6) at Cole Camp (7-2)

Class 1

Miller (2-7) at Ash Grove (6-3)

Cabool (0-9) at Sarcoxie (5-3)

Pleasant Hope (1-8) at Thayer (4-5)

Marionville (2-7) at Pierce City (4-3)

Rich Hill (1-8) at Cass-Midway (8-1)

Archie (2-7) at Drexel (6-3)

Liberal (2-7) at Lockwood (7-2)

Jasper (3-6) at Adrian (5-4)

Osceola (0-9) at Lincoln (9-0)

Tipton (3-6) at Appleton City (7-2)

Lone Jack (2-7) at Skyline (6-3)

Windsor (4-5) at Crest Ridge (7-2)

8-man

Greenfield (7-0) BYE (awaits Northwest(Hughesville)(3-5)/Chilhowee (1-7) winner)

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