NL’s Game of the Week: Springfield teams square off in season opener

NL’s Game of the Week: Springfield teams square off in season opener

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NL’s Game of the Week: Springfield teams square off in season opener

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News-Leader's Game of the Week

News-Leader’s Game of the Week

Kickapoo's Malachi Stout (left) will start at running back and cornerback in the Chiefs’ season opener against Parkview.

Kickapoo’s Malachi Stout (left) will start at running back and cornerback in the Chiefs’ season opener against Parkview.

Two Springfield schools clash in the Ozark Conference in the Springfield News-Leader’s high school football Game of the Week.

Parkview and Kickapoo meet in a game that will give one Springfield team a great start to a new campaign. For Class 5 Parkview, a win would continue the momentum the Vikings gained in the second half of 2014, and for Class 6 Kickapoo, the game offers a fresh start.

The game marks the first in coach Kurt Thompson’s second stint at Kickapoo. Thompson previously served as Kickapoo’s coach from 1998 to 2006. His career includes stops at Webb City and Republic.

Thompson was a 2011 inductee into the Missouri Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Former Kickapoo coach Joel Wells, also a member of the hall of fame, left Kickapoo to coach in Harrison, Arkansas.

Kickapoo went 7-4 last season while Parkview finished 7-5. The Vikings extended a six-game winning streak into the playoffs before a loss to eventual Class 5 state runner-up Nixa ended the season.

Kickapoo hosts Parkview at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jim Pearson Field at Pottenger Stadium.

The Springfield News-Leader’s Game of the Week showcases one high school football game per week through the regular season. The Game of the Week is selected by News-Leader staff based on an array of criteria including quality of play, rivalry, conference significance and playoff implications.

News-Leader Game of the Week

News-Leader Game of the Week

News-Leader Game of the Week

Parkview (0-0) at Kickapoo (0-0)

Friday, Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Jim Pearson Field at Pottenger Stadium

3710 South Jefferson Avenue, Springfield

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