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State championship preview

Lauren Hammett

Lauren Hammett

Lauren Hammett

State championship preview

November 17, 2016

The KHS varsity football team will make its way back to the state championship game to take on Blue Springs (11-2) at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo., Friday, Nov. 18. The Pioneers advanced to state defeating Rockhurst 24-17 in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 11. The Pioneers have gone 11-1 overall in their 2016 season and currently stand as the number one team in the state according to MaxPreps. The Pioneers won the state championship in 2012 defeating Fort Osage 31-7 at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis.

 

Common Opponent: Rockhurst

KHS beat Rockhurst  24-17

Blue Springs beat Rockhurst 24-7

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Head Coaches:

KHS Farrell Shelton, 2 years

Blue Springs Kelly Donohoe, 16 years

 

KHS Seniors:

Reece Goddard, quarterback

Perry Jones, wide receiver

Joseph Jordan, wide receiver

Vashon Amison, wide receiver

Luke Moore, defensive tackle

Cevon Seymour, quarterback

Jack Ford, defensive back

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Antonio Phillips, defensive back

Isaac Moye, defensive back

Tyrie Wiley, defensive tackle

Howard Hayden, defensive tackle

Ivan Barnett, linebacker

Jeffery Hill, defensive end

Spencer Raymond, offensive line

Gavin DeBoor, offensive line

Matt Capriglione, offensive line

Tyreese Norris, offensive line

Caleb Beasley, offensive line

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KHS stats:

– Joseph Jordan is the only 1,000 yard receiver not named Jeremy Maclin in KHS history (1,026 yards as of Nov. 11)

– Reece Goddard is now the career passing record holder with 4,531 yards, after passing 2005 KHS grad Matt Krapfl with 4,379 yards

– Joseph Jordan has become only the second KHS player to ever catch 9 passes in a game; other player was Lion Boykin on Sept. 25, 2010

– Thru 12 games, Kirkwood has trailed at half once (vs. Chaminade) and been negative in turnover differential once (vs. Lafayette)

– The Pioneers at +18 in turnover differential & have allowed two 1st quarter touchdowns in 12 games. Opposing QBs have 5TD & 13INT

– Ranked number one in the state

– Ranked number 103 in the nation

– The Pioneers only loss was against Chaminade, 22-14

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Blue Springs Seniors:

Stephen Benson, cornerback

Tim Berg, quarterback

Jackson Blauw, defensive back

Tyler Bronston, linebacker

Dylan Cowling, quarterback

Mason Dunn, safety

Forrest Dodge, right guard

Josh Fox, linebacker

Jake Spencer, offensive line

Spencer Johnson, cornerback

Tyree King, wide receiver

Taylor Kriessler, defensive back

Holden Liptak, linebacker

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Keith McFarlane, defensive back

Johnnie Middleton, defensive line

Mohammad Alkhateeb, defensive end

Vincent Reyes, defensive line

Quinten Rice, defensive back

Ronnell Shelby, tight end

Connor Skinker, kicker

Tristin Williams, kicker

Joey Janes, wide receiver

Tanner Taula, wide receiver

 

Blue Springs Stats:

– 7-2 overall

– 5-1 conference play

– 5-time state champions: ‘92, ‘01, ‘03, ‘12, ‘13

– 2016 Suburban Gold Conference

– Class 6-District 3 champions

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– Ranked number two in the state

– Ranked number 108 in the nation

– Blue Springs two losses are to Ray-Pec, 21-26 and at Fayettville, AR, 21-26

 

 

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