Southern Boone Football starts post-season play tonight. The Eagles are looking for another District Championship and a deep run in the playoffs. Southern Boone won the Class 3, District 4 Championship last year by defeating Moberly 12-6. The Eagles then ran into the eventual State Champions, Trinity Catholic, and lost 17-27 in a thrilling State Quarterfinal’s match-up. Now the Eagles have been moved out to the western side of the state where they have only matched up with one of the teams. Here are the breakdowns of the teams in the Class 3 - District 7 tournament.
Odessa grabbed the #1 seed in the tournament with a 9-0 record on the season. The Bulldogs are ranked #2 in Class 3 and have pounded pretty much everyone they have faced this year. The team is averaging 56.1 points per game this year while only giving up 6.9 on average. Odessa is 3-0 against district teams, beating 5th Seed Oak Grove 42-10, 7th Seed Pleasant Hill 57-7, and the 8th Seed (and their first round opponent) Clinton 67-0. Odessa is tough, only giving up double-digit points in 3 games this year. They are also coming off a State Semi-Finals run from last year where they lost to Maryville 6-29 to finish off a 12-1 season.
Kansas City-Center is the 2nd seeded team with a 8-1 record and ranked #6 in Class 3. The Yellowjackets come into districts winner of their last 4 games (outscoring opponents 171-19 in those games). Their only loss is to Bolivar 12-28 who is ranked #8 in Class 4. Center is 3-0 against district opponents, defeating Clinton 47-0, St. Michael 35-6, and Oak Grove 41-10. The Yellowjackets are scoring 38.3 points per game and have a tough defense of their own, holding opponents to 10.9 points per game. Center will host Pleasant Hill in the first round of districts.
Southern Boone comes in to this tough district as the #3 seed. The Eagles are 7-2 on the season with both their losses coming to ranked opponents. The Eagles have won their last two games and are 3-1 in October. The only district opponent they have seen is Tri-County Conference rival Boonville who they defeated 32-21 just last week. The Eagles are averaging 32.6 points per game but are giving up 24 per contest. The Eagles face a better than average 6 seed in St. Michael the Archangel and will have to come out ready to play.
The Boonville Pirates limp into districts as the #4 seed and losers of their last 2 games. Boonville is 6-3 on the season and was ranked as high as #5 earlier in the year. All 3 of their losses were to teams who were ranked or ranked at one time this season. Boonville is another team averaging over 30 points per game this season (32.8) while giving up 21.3 per game. The Pirates will host Oak Grove in the first round.
Oak Grove is the #5 seed in districts with a 4-5 record on the season. The Panthers are better than you think and will give Boonville a good run for their money. Of their 5 losses, 3 were to ranked teams (#1 Blair Oaks, #2 Odessa, and #6 Center) and their other 2 losses were to Class 4 schools (Harrisonville and Warrensburg). That tough schedule may help them make a run in the post-season. They will travel to Boonville for the first round .
St. Michael the Archangel is the sixth seed in this district. The Guardians are 3-6 on the season and 1-1 against teams in this district as they defeated Clinton last week 31-12 and lost to Center 6-35 earlier in the year. This team is hard to judge as their 3 wins have all come against teams with 1 or no wins on the season. They average 15.1 points per game and give up an average of 29.4. They travel to Ashland to face Southern Boone.
Pleasant Hill comes into districts win-less on the year (0-9). The Roosters had one of their better games last week, losing 20-38 to a good Excelsior Springs team. They can have their moments as they lost a close one to Boonville earlier in the year (14-19). They have to get their offense going to have a chance though and they are only averaging 15.6 points on the season while giving up 37 a game. They will have the challenge of traveling to KC-Center in the first round.
The Clinton Cardinals come in as the ultimate underdogs of this district tournament. The Cardinals are 0-9 on the season and have lost 21 in a row going back to 2017. They are 0-3 against teams in this years district, losing 12-31 to St. Michael, 0-47 to Center, and losing 0-67 to Odessa who is their first round opponent. It’s going to be a tough game and long odds for Clinton as they are averaging less than a touchdown per game (6.6) and giving up over 50 per game (51.2). I see the losing streak moving to 22.