All seven of Springfield’s high school football teams represented at the weekly Quarterback Club luncheon will be playing postseason football.
Lighthouse Christian coach David Staley, whose team plays yearly in the home school national tournament, welcomed Springfield Public Schools and Catholic coach Bobby Cornelison’s teams to the party.
“It’s a special thing for the kids,” Staley said at the weekly luncheon on Monday.
Four of the other teams open the Missouri State High School Activities Association postseason with games Thursday, while Central plays host to Belton on Friday. Parkview has a first-round bye in the state playoffs, which were changed by the state association this year to include every team.
Catholic (7-2) will play host to Buffalo in the Class 3 playoffs, and coach Bobby Cornelison is slowly getting players back from injury.
Junior running back Cameron Skornia had some second-half carries, and Antonio Panetta returned to the secondary last week in a win against Marshfield. However, defensive back Greg Morris was banged up and tight end/linebacker Nick Baron might be lost for the season.
Hillcrest will play host to Carl Junction in Class 4. Coach John Beckham said he’s been pleased with his first-team offense, which has not turned the ball over in four games.
Meanwhile, Central coach Pete Hanson said Belton is one of the toughest 1-8 teams he’s seen.
“They’re pretty hard-nosed, and they’ll come right at you,” Hanson said.
Kickapoo has a chance to guarantee a second straight winning season with a home win against Neosho in Class 5. Previous to the hiring of second-year coach Joel Wells, Kickapoo wasn’t over .500 for six straight years.
Glendale has a chance to turn around a disappointing first season for coach Tyler Overstreet at Branson in the Class 5 playoffs.
“It essentially is a whole new season,” Overstreet said. “In the new system, you survive and advance.”
Glendale is trying to get its first playoff win in nine years, and will be playing its first game on grass this season.
Parkview coach Anthony Hays, whose team has a bye in the first round, is giving his team two days off this week.
Also at Monday’s meeting, Missouri State University football coach Terry Allen walked in to a smattering of impromptu applause. Allen’s Bears beat No. 11 Illinois State on Saturday, 24-17.
The club will meet for the final time of the season next week, presenting its senior awards to the Player of the Year, Back of the Year and Lineman of the Year. A Coach of the Year award also will be presented at the noon banquet on Oct. 29. The luncheon is open to the public and costs $9.