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August 26, 2016 - Sedalia Democrat
2016FootballPreview
August 26, 2016
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Table of Contents
Smith-Cotton......................................3-7
Lincoln...............................................20-21
Sacred Heart.....................................8-10
Warsaw................................................22-23
Cole Camp..........................................11-13
Warrensburg........................................14
Northwest.............................................15
Schedules..........................................16-17
Windsor...................................................24
Sweet Springs.......................................25
Tipton..................................................26-27
Knob Noster..........................................18
Central Missouri..........................28-29
Marshall................................................19
Mizzou..................................................30-31
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Smith-Cotton to build on last season’s success
week. Let’s not worry about week eight
or what’s in districts. Let’s buy into the
offseason and the weight room.”
Senior John Carney returns at offensive guard for Smith-Cotton, while
Cymson Couch will play tackle again
in his junior year. Senior Noah Cooper,
who saw increased playing time as last
season went on, will help fill out the
offensive line.
Defensively, All-District middle linebacker Brice Pannier returns to anchor
a defense that held opponents to 19.6
points per game in 2015. Juniors Elijah
Choate, defensive back, and Chandler
Koetting, defensive end, also return to
starting defensive positions for 2016.
Pannier also looks to share time at
running back with fellow juniors Zach
Powell and Gauge Young.
Now graduated, wide receiver Blake
Jackson was by far the favorite target at
receiver last season. Boyer said 2016’s
receiving corps appears to offer more
tight ends than wide receivers.
Corbin Scott, Isiah Snyder, Zach Woltney and Satnan will get reps at tight end,
while AJ Wilkinson and Spencer Seton
look to be the top wideouts.
“They’re all there,” Boyer said. “It’s
just finding out the system that works
best for them, becaise it is a little bit of
a different dynamic. Last year we were a
little more ground and pound and physical. This year, we’re a little more speed. I
don’t want to say more finesse.”
Smith-Cotton returns to Tiger Stadium on Friday, Aug. 26 to host Marshall
after its season-opener in Moberly,
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Smith-Cotton’s undefeated regular
season was an appropriate inaguration
for Tiger Stadium at Jennie Jaynes Complex.
But, with 19 returning lettermen and
just five returning starters, it could be a
hard act to follow.
Third-year head coach Ryan Boyer
said last year’s record, 9-1, was not just
based on talent, but on the group buying
into a system.
“We had great leadership with those
boys, those seniors that went through,”
head coach Ryan Boyer said. “They had
some talent there, but a lot of the kids
bought into what we were doing, and the
record reflected that … We always tell
our kids going into this year, don’t dwell
on last year. Try to built off it, but make
your own identity. Hopefully they were
able to learn somethings to takeaway
from that group.”
Junior quarterback Jaden Kendrick
is one looking to find his identity. After
five carries for 12 yards last season, Kendrick takes over for senior Caleb Reed,
who passed for over 1,000 yards in 2015.
“(Kendrick) was able to pick up and
learn a lot behind Caleb Reed,” Boyer
said. “He just shows up to everything.
He’s a student of the game. If we were
talking basketball, I’d say he’s a gym rat.”
Boyer said he’ll lean on senior leadership, from every position, to keep
Smith-Cotton steady. Long snapper Chaz
Satnan and kicker Blake Grupe, along
with Trintuun Quinn, Max Diaz and Jake
Brown were ones Boyer called by name.
“Those guys, they show up every day,
they put in the work,” Boyer said. “The
thing that we stress is, go 1-and-0 on the
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2016 Smith-Cotton Football
Schedule
Aug. 19 at Moberly, 7 p.m.
Aug 26 Marshall, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 Warrensburg, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Pleasant Hill, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 Nevada, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 at O’Hara, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Clinton, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 at St. Pius X, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 Center, 7 p.m.
2015 Results
W, 42-14, Republic
W, 41-14, at Marshall
W, 35-23, at Warrensburg
W, 31-13, Pleasant Hill
W, 16-13, at Nevada
W, 26-21, O’Hara
W, 28-7, Clinton
W, 38-20, St. Pius X
W, 27-17, at Center
L, 54-28, at Belton
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Sacred Heart: year one was stepping stone to lofty goals
Sacred Heart head coach Ben
Lyles watched the Missouri High
School 8-man Football State title
game between Stanberry and North
Andrew last season, nearly a month
after being eliminated from the District 4 tournament.
He thinks the Gremlins aren’t far
from that caliber.
Four more wins — as many as
Sacred Heart had all season in 2015
— was how far the Gremlins were
from the State champion ship game.
The goal, while lofty, seems more
approachable consdering the Gremlins’ assets.
All-district lineman David Moreno
and Ty Wissman return on the line
for Sacred Heart, blocking for quarterback Trent Lyles and running
back Rae Quan Williams, who ran for
more than 1,000 yards last season.
Nick Cashman and Micah Tanguay
will look to have utility roles, running and catching passes for Gremlins. Ben said Kyle Kennon, 6-foot-5,
has the ability to be Sacred Heart’s
No. 1 receiver.
“We’re expecting big things out
of (Kennon),” Ben said. “It’s pretty
exciting because we’ve got the whole
core back … We’re still young in a lot
of ways.”
The edge for Sacred Heart, Ben
said, will be exploiting matchups and
staying in shape.
A competitive 8-man football game
can reach nearly 200 points combined and last around three hours.
Ben said the team worked on cardio
during preseason practices.
“Obviously, these games take quite
a bit more time,” Ben said. “That’s
something we want to monitor, the
condition of the players. We were
really pushing the cardio the first
few days. The biggest takeaway, is
probably physically we weren’t conditioned for a three-hour type game,
especially early in the season.”
Ben said the Sacred Heart staff
will look for advantages position-toposition each game be it matchups
out wide or to limit big plays down
the sideline.
“We want to really control the
matchups a bit better than we have
in the past,” Ben said. “Especially
when you have such a wide range
from freshman to seniors out there
on the field.”
After opening its season on the
road, the Gremlins are home for four
straight games. Sacred Heart plays
its first game in Sedalia at 7 p.m.,
Aug. 27 against Greenfield.
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W, 46-32, at St. Paul Lutheran
W, 60-56, McAuley Catholic
L, 76-46, at Greenfield
L, 82-26, Stanberry
W, 62-52, at Northwest
L, 62-58, KC East
L, 53-34, Albany
W, 74-32, at Northwest
L, 71-20, Southwest
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Cole Camp’s starters bring talent and experience
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in 2014 and returning many key seniors,
had bigger hopes for 2015.
Head coach Kevin Shearer said the
Bluebird’s 7-4 was disappointing, but
acknowledged the luxury of such high
expectations.
“That group, they had a lot of adversity before the season even started,”
Shearer said. “We faced those things,
but I think that group will tell you they
underachieved. But in the big picture of
things, you know, most coaches, we’re
going to take 7-4.”
Nine seniors graduated from Cole
Camp, while six starters apiece return to
the Bluebird offense and defense.
Kendrick Logan, who scored seven
touchdowns on 275 rushing yards and 15
receptions should be a leading weapon
after earning all-conference and district
honors last season.
Austin Berendzen also earned all-conference and district honors on defense,
tallying 66 tackles and five interceptions.
Three seniors who may tip the scales
for Cole Camp are stepping into their
respective positions after sitting for
2015.
Holt Wroten takes over at quarterback
for the Bluebird, and Shearer said he
expects great things. Adisen Harms, who
played just three quarters in week one
last year before a season-ending injury
joins the receiving and defensive back
corps. Vance Hesse, also coming off injury, joins the offensive and defensive line.
While Cole Camp has experienced
starters, Shearer said the team lacks
depth and physical size. He said the
team has focused on fundamentals to
combat and inexperienced bench.
“We had to start from scratch at a lot
of positions,” Shearer said. “We really
have to start back with the basics from
the get-go. We even started today as
simple as, ‘this is what a neutral zone is.’
“That’s been our approach with these
kids. I think they have a chance to be
extremely successful, there’s a lot of
quality talent … but a lot of young kids
are going to have to step up for us.”
While the expectations are not quite
as high as say, 2015, 12-year Cole Camp
coach Shearer brings perspective that
helps level the odds for a program still
developing depth and depending on
underclassmen.
“At the end of the day, you’ve got to
realize everybody’s playing with high
school kids,” Shearer said. “Kids are
kids, and that equalizes the playing field.
You also have to be realistic in what your
expectations are against these people,
such as Lamar or California, both of
them perennial powers, great foot programs, great histories, but somebody has
to take that away from them eventually.”
The Bluebirds open at home Aug. 19
hosting Concordia and travel to Warsaw
in week two. Both games kick off at 7
p.m.
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Aug. 19 Concordia, 7 p.m.
Aug. 26 at Warsaw, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 Carrollton, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Cuba, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 Sherwood, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 at Windsor, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 Tipton, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 at Osceola, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 Lincoln, 7 p.m.
2015 Results
L, 48-8, at Skyline
W, 43-0, Warsaw
L, 48-7, at Lockwood
W, 35-18, Fayette
W, 16-13, at Sherwood
W, 7-6, Windsor
W, 28-0, at Tipton
W, 22-17, Osceola
L, 32-6, at Lincoln
W, 47-27, at South Callaway
L, 38-0, at Lafayette County
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New head coach and approach for Warrensburg
As Tom Scarbrough takes over as
head coach of the Tigers, he hopes to
lead his team to improve on their 3-7
record last year, one week at a time.
“We are going to put a lot of time,
effort and energy into winning our
first game,” Scarbrough said. “From
there, we will make adjustments and
prepare to win the next game. Offthe-bat, we’ll focus on being .500 and
building on that goal, eventually and
hopefully finishing top of our conference, but we’ll take it one week at a
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He hopes to achieve these goals by
teaching fundamentally sound offense,
defense and special teams concepts
that players and coaches can understand and execute with ease.
“The staff and I have really sat down
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where everyone can master it, and
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The Tigers have been a fairly young
team that started undersclassmen
the past two years. As those underclassmen developed, the Tigers have
survived graduation and have a good
amount of returning juniors and
seniors that can play both sides of the
ball.
Seniors Kevin Hardin, Mike Flores,
Jake Wirthwein and Djon Cole will all
be on the offensive side of the ball,
working with senior quarterback Ben
McClung to put points on the board.
The Tigers will stick to their WingT offense, but adjust a little to take
advantage of the players’ talent this
year.
“I feel like we’re looking pretty
good,” Wirthwein said. “We’re running
the ball downhill really well, and we’ve
got big guys up front.”
Defensively, the scheme won’t
change much from last year with the
Tigers starting out in an odd front,
helping them take advantage of the
athletic bodies put in place.
The Tigers will be playing ironman
football, as most of their defensive personnel are also offensive players. But
with the current plan set in place, the
Tigers hope handle the extra strain on
those two-way athletes.
“When the staff sat down and identified key strengths and weaknesses all
these points kept coming up: depth,
2016 Warrensburg
Football Schedule
Aug. 19 at Excelsior Springs, 7 p.m.
Aug. 26 Van Horn, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 at Smith-Cotton, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 Odessa, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 Clinton, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 at St. Pius X, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 Center, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 at Nevada, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 O’Hara, 7 p.m.
knowledge and experience,” Scarbrough said. “We simplified things
on both sides, where we can move
multiple guys in and out … maximizing playing time, limiting thinking and
maximizing execution.”
The first-year head coach is optimistic for this season, and working with
his players to change the culture, climate and atmosphere of Warrensburg
Tiger football.
“I’m excited about watching our kids
change the culture, climate and atmosphere,” Scarbrough said. “We made
great strides this summer and we look
forward to stepping back and watching
these kids shine.”
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W, 39-13, at Pleasant Hill
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L, 40-30, at Clinton
L, 35-31, St. Pius X
L, 50-28, at Center
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L, 65-36, at Grandview
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Mustangs building 8-man program with respect
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Northwest head coach Garry Walker
learned how quickly things turn around
in 8-man football in week one of the
Mustang’s 2015 season.
He admits he was surprised at the
nature of an 86-0 loss to open his tenure
at Northwest. However, harsh, Walker
said it was a lesson in 8-man football.
“8-man football can change in a
minute,” Walker said. “Once you’re
up, you’ve got to keep your foot on
them. If you lay back a little bit, scores
can change instantly … It’s a lesson
learned.”
That same, unforgiving volatility is
also a reason for positivity in Hughesville, where the Northwest Mustangs
enter its second year of 8-man football
after finishing 1-8 in 2015.
Sophomore Connor Tichenor returns
at quarterback for Northwest, along
with all-conference running back Garren
Powell in the backfield.
“Garren (Powell) is one of the fastest
kids in all the conference,” Walker said.
“He has a lot of talent. We didn’t have a
lot of blocking, but most of his yardage
came after the fact.”
The Mustangs six seniors on the
roster — two of which improved their
grades to become eligible to play —
along with Daniel Blaylock, who Walker
is very high on.
“In my opinion, he can play anywhere
he wants to,” Walker said. “He’s 6-4,
240 pounds — He’s Ben Roethlisberger!
I’m a Steelers fan, but this kid’s a
beast.”
Problem is, Northwest’s opponents
appear to share the same opinion.
“Nobody who you play with in the
8-man arena, everybody knows him,”
Walker said. “They double-team, tripleteam him, whatever they can do to take
him out of the play.”
Chandler Crosswhite and Rylan
Chamberlin set up out wide for Northwest, with Morgan Lcoke and Phillip
Black on the offensive line. Blaylock is
listed at linebacker, but will play multiple positions.
Northwest lacked no talent per capita
last season — but rest came springly
with just nine players. Walker said 16
players attended the first day of practice
Aug. 1, twice as many as last season.
Walker said treating student-athletes
with respect has been key to retention,
and a program theme going into his second season.
“These kids, they’re brilliant kids,”
Walker said. “They grew up in a small
town, they’re family-oriented, they work
for their families, they help their dads
in the farm, stuff like that.
“If you give them a hard time and
treat them with disrespect — as hard as
they work — they walk away from you
… Every man deserves respect. Even
young men deserve respect.”
The Mustangs hit the road Aug. 19 to
face North Shelby and return home in
two weeks, Sept. 2, to host KCity East,
Leawood, Kansas. Both kickoffs are
scheduled for 7 p.m.
Garren Powell runs for a touchdown along the sideline last season.
2016 Northwest
Football Schedule
Aug. 19 at North Shelby,
7 p.m.
Sept. 2 KC East, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Chilhowee, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 Chilhowee, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 at Sacred Heart,
7 p.m.
Sept. 30 Greenfield, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 at Norborne, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.
2015 Results
L, 86-0, Southwest
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W, 54-36, Appleton City
L, 50-28, DeKalb
L, 58-6, KC East
L, 42-34, at Chilhowee
L, 62-52, Sacred Heart
L, 92-36, at Greenfield
L, 80-12, Norborne
L, 76-38, Stewartsville
L, 74-32, at Sacred Heart
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Northwest
at KC East
Chilhowee
at Northwest
at North Shelby
KC East
Chilhowee
at Sacred Heart
Greenfield
at Norborne
Sacred Heart
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran
North Callaway
Windsor
Knob Noster
Liberal
at Lincoln
at Cole Camp
Lighthouse
Christian
10/14/2016 7 p.m. at Concordia
University of Central Missouri:
9/1/2016
7 p.m. Pittsburg State
9/8/2016
7 p.m. Fort Hays State
9/17/2016
6 p.m. Missouri
Western
9/24/2016
1 p.m. Emporia State
10/1/2016
5 p.m. Northwest Missouri
(at Arrowhead
Stadium in
Kansas City, Missouri)
10/8/2016
1 p.m. Nebraska-Kearney
10/15/2016 6 p.m. Missouri Southern
10/22/2016 1:30 p.m. Washburn
(Homecoming)
10/29/2016 1 p.m. Central Oklahoma
11/5/2016
2 p.m. Northeastern State
11/12/2016 1 p.m. Lindenwood
University of Missouri
9/3/2016
11 a.m. West Virginia
6:30 p.m. Eastern Michigan
9/10/2016
9/17/2016
6:30 p.m. Georgia
Delaware State
9/24/2016
TBA
10/1/2016
TBA
LSU
10/15/2016 TBA
Florida
10/22/2016 TBA
Middle Tennessee
10/29/2016 TBA
Kentucky
South Carolina
11/5/2016
TBA
11/12/2016 TBA
Vanderbilt
11/19/2016 TBA
Tennessee
11/25/2016 1:30 p.m. Arkansas
Warrensburg:
8/19/2016
7 p.m. Excelsior Springs
8/26/2016
7 p.m. Van Horn
9/2/2016
7 p.m. Smith-Cotton
9/9/2016
7 p.m. Odessa
9/16/2016
7 p.m. Clinton
9/23/2016
7 p.m. St. Pius X
9/30/2016
7 p.m. Center
10/7/2016
7 p.m. Nevada
10/14/2016 7 p.m. O’Hara
Warsaw
8/19/2016
7 p.m. Clinton
8/26/2016
7 p.m. Cole Camp
9/2/2016
7 p.m. California
9/9/2016
7 p.m. Osage
9/16/2016
7 p.m. Versailles
9/23/2016
7 p.m. Eldon
9/30/2016
7 p.m. Hallsville
10/7/2016
7 p.m. Southern Boone
10/14/2016 7 p.m. Blair Oaks
Tipton
8/19/2016
8/26/2016
9/1/2016
9/9/2016
9/17/2016
9/23/2016
9/30/2016
10/7/2016
9/16/2016
9/23/2016
9/30/2016
10/7/2016
10/14/2016
Windsor
St. Paul Lutheran
Concordia
Wentworth
Military Academy
Orrick
Santa Fe
Crest Ridge
Lone Jack
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Chillicothe
Smith-Cotton
Mexico
Kirksville
Fulton
Moberly.
Hogan Prep
Academy Charter
Hannibal
Boonville
Rich Hill
Wentworth
Military Academy
Osceola
Windsor
Marionville
Tipton
Slater
African Centered
College Preparatory
Cole Camp
Versailles
Lone Jack
Butler
Tipton
Carrollton
Lexington
Lafayette County
Richmond
Holden
Concordia
at Warsaw
Carrollton
at Cuba
Sherwood
at Windsor
Tipton
at Osceola
Lincoln
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8/26/2016
7 p.m.
9/2/2016
7 p.m.
9/9/2016
7 p.m.
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Sacred Heart
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8/27/2016
4 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
7 p.m.
Cole Camp
8/19/2016
8/26/2016
9/2/2016
9/9/2016
9/16/2016
9/23/2016
9/30/2016
10/7/2016
10/14/2016
2016 Football Schedule
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Knob Noster gets fresh start with 2016 season
By Eli Lake
For the Democrat
Knob Noster’s Darryl Davis celebrates with Matt Walsh after Davis Paul Watson and Mason Hoagland drag down Carrollton’s
Sean Puffpaff in the first quarter on Friday.
scored a 61-yard touchdown early in the third quarter on Friday.
because our entire offense and defense
is already installed. We’re just ready roll
and fine tune everything.”
With the addition of Lone Jack, Tipton and Butler to its schedule, the Panthers look forward to new competition
from surrounding towns.
Villigram said the schools being so
close adds a different level of intensity
to the mix, because players from opposite teams know each other, personally.
“They play at a different level when
they know the man across from them,”
Villigram said.
The Panthers hosts its first nonconference opponent of the season at 7
p.m. at agaubst the Versailles Tigers.
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After finishing out last year’s season
with a 0-10 record, the Panthers look to
improve with one of their most competitive football groups to come through the
program.
“Last year we saw some times we
played really well, and times we played
really poorly,” said head coach Richard
Villigram. “But this year, our main focus
is playing at high performance and playing consistently for four quarters.”
The Panthers begin its season with
an experienced group of good athletes,
most of which will be playing both sides
of the ball.
Returning juniors and seniors such
as Matt Walsh at linebacker, and DJ
Smith on the defensive line, make for
good personnel in key positions on the
defense.
“DJ (Smith) on the D-line is really
going to help us out,” Villigram said.
“He’s a big strong kid, squats almost
500 pounds and bench presses 335. He’s
a really high level kid that could play in
any school in the KC Metro area if he
wanted.”
Size combined with veterans like
junior Cody Bellury at middle linebacker, who has seen playing time since his
freshman year, makes for a strong mix
for the Panthers defense, based out of
a 3-4 set, with senior Clarence Valelo at
outside linebacker.
Offensively, the Panthers are starting
a new quarterback after Kylen Moore
injured his foot last year against Richmond. With Moore still injured, Andrew
Harvey will be taking over as captain of
the offense.
“(Harvey’s) done a great job over the
summer getting prepared, so we feel
confident we can be a good mix of running and passing.” Villigram said.
Harvey has been working hard with
his offense in the offseason, as the team
had started training in May, almost as
soon as school got out.
“It was basically training camp right
then and there,” Villigram said. “They
grasped it and just ran with it. We’re in
a much better position than we were
last year with our football IQ, just
2016 Knob Noster
Football Schedule
Aug. 19 Versailles, 7 p.m.
Aug. 26 at Lone Jack, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 at Butler, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 Tipton, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 at Carrollton, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Lexington, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Lafayette County, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 Richmond, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 Holden, 7 p.m.
2015 Results
W, 42-14, Republic
W, 41-14, at Marshall
W, 35-23, at Warrensburg
W, 31-13, Pleasant Hill
W, 16-13, at Nevada
W, 26-21, O’Hara
W, 28-7, Clinton
W, 38-20, St. Pius X
W, 27-17, at Center
L, 54-28, at Belton
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The Owls have many roles to fill in 2016
By Alex Agueros
[email protected]
Marshall football endured an
unpredictable, 3-7, season in 2015
graduating 19 seniors, but won just
three games.
Those three games came against
Kirksville, Moberly and Boonville,
who rebounded to defeat SmithCotton in game one of the district
tournament.
Head coach Jon Stockman said
he is counting on the new upperclassmen to establish consistency,
starting with junior quarterback
John Haug, entering his first year as
starter after the departure of Zach
Maupin.
“We’re just going to have to have
some upperclassmen step up and fill
those voids,” Stockman said.
Haug said while the large graduating class opened up new roles for just
about everyone, he’s been personally
preparing for the quarterback position for some time.
I kind of knew this time would
come,” Haug said. “It’s crazy that it’s
gotten here this fast. Probably, since,
freshman year of high school I knew
there weren’t too many quarterbacks
and I knew when (Maupin) graduated, it would eventually be my time.”
Stockman said senior tackle Jake
Miller will both lead the offensive
line and play “a bunch” of defense in
2016.
“He’s going to have to be one of
our top D-lineman,” Stockman said.
Jaylen Varner steps into the lead
wide receiver role in his sophomore
year. Chase Kateman and Duffin
Makings will also share time at
receiver and in the backfield.
“We’ve got a lot of bright, bright
kids coming up,” Stockman said.
While the Owls are developing talent, its opponents are notoriously
tough. Marshall opened its season
last year 0-3 against Chillicothe,
Smith-Cotton and Mexico. They face
the same trio to open 2016, and compete with Hannibal, Moberly and Fulton in the North Central Conference.
Stockman, entering his fifth year,
said rush defense was an element to
improve going into the season, but is
focused on day-to-day achievement.
“As long as we’re progressing
and not regressing, the scoreboard
doesn’t tell it all about these kids,
all the time,” Stockman said. “It was
maybe one of the best conditioning
summers we’ve had since I’ve ben
here. I’m excited and I think our kids
are too.”
Marshall opens its season on the
road for two weeks against Chillicothe Aug. 19, and Smith-Cotton
Aug. 26. The Owls host its first home
game at 7 p.m. against Mexico.
2016 Marshall Football Schedule
Aug. 19 at Chillicothe, 7 p.m.
Aug. 26 at Smith-Cotton, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 Mexico, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Kirksville, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 Fulton, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 at Moberly, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 Hogan Prep Academy
Charter, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 Hannibal, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 at Boonville, 7 p.m.
2015 Results
L, 41-13, Chillicothe
L, 41-14, Smith-Cotton
L, 36-0, at Mexico
W, 28-12, Kirksville
L, 53-35, at Fulton
W, 28-25, Moberly
L, 62-21, at Truman
L, 57-14, at Hannibal
W, 35-14, Boonville
L, 17-10, at Warrenton
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The Sedalia DemocratT
Lincoln coaches, players expect a lot in 2016
By Alex Agueros
[email protected]
Depite three key departures for Lincoln, there’s little reason to think the
Cardinals slow down in 2016.
After an 11-1 campaign that took Lincoln to the Class 1, District 4 championship, the Cardinals return all but one
starter on offense.
Head coach Danny Morrison said Lincoln can and will go for it all in 2016.
“We always set our goal for the top,”
Morrison said. “If we can win a state
championship, obviously, that’s our top
goal.”
Boone Kroenke starts at quarterback
again for his senior season. Tyler, who
also starts on the line, and Trevor
Kroenke line up out wide for the Lincoln
offense.
Aaron Kranz, Derrick Stephens and
Dominic Simmons, share time at running back with the graduation of Lane
Johnson and 2015 All-State member,
Heath Renno.
Starting defensive back Cody Gregory
also graduated, but left the Cardinals
defense in good hands. Lincoln returns
five all-conference selections and 10
starters to the defense.
Linebacker Connor Spunaugle, a
senior, leads a Lincoln defense that
recorded five shutouts and allowed
no more than 15 points in 12 games.
Blake Roberts, All-State defensive back,
returns to the Lincoln secondary 2016.
Lineman Sykler Stephens, who battled
a knee injury much of 2015, should also
have an impact on defense, Morrison
said.
“(Stephens) got to play about a quarter for us last season,” Morrison said.
“He’s a great player for us, and we’re
hoping we can keep him healthy for us,
and have some big games.”
Football-wise, things look good. Morrison also said the team focuses on
intangibles in the offseason, coordinating off-field hangouts to help cultivate a
family-like feel.
“When we hand out our jerseys, we
make a big deal out of it,” Morrison said.
“It’s usually Remember the Titans we
watch, we order pizza, and kind of make
it a big deal for them.”
Morrison said addressing the seniors
on the first day of practice helps set the
tone for the season.
“One thing we like to do is, we take
the upperclassmen, before we even start,
down to the locker room and let them
know what we expect,” Morrison said.
“We expect a lot. The leadership, we
know the younger players on the team
are going to be looking up to what they
do. We put that responsibility on them to
be good leaders on and off the field.”
Lincoln begins another shot at a district title, and perhaps more, when they
face Rich Hill on the road Aug. 19. The
Cardinals face Wentworth Military Academy, Friday, Aug. 26 and Osceola, Friday,
Sept. 2 on the road before its first home
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Aug. 19 at Rich Hill, 7 p.m.
Aug. 26 at Wentworth Military
Academy, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 at Osceola, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 Windsor, 7 p.m.
Sept 16 at Marionville, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Tipton, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 Slater, 7 p.m.
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W, 54-14, Sarcoxie
W, 42-6, Tipton
W, 60-14, at Cuba
W, 48-0, at Harrisburg
W, 32-6, Cole Camp
W, 50-6, at Appleton City
W, 52-0, at Windsor
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Warsaw working hard to improve
For the Democrat
Coming off of last years record of
0-10, the Wildcats have been improving and working hard in the weight
room with new coaches and an older,
more experienced team.
“We’ve started freshman since I’ve
been here,” head coach Paul Thomas
said. “And in anyone’s conference, if
you start freshmen, you can automatically count it up as two losses for
every freshman you start. Same goes
for sophomores. I’m a firm believer
in that. I’ve been coaching for 32
years. We had six seniors graduate
last year, now we’re looking at 40 out
of 50 kids, mostly upperclassmen,
in the weight room religiously. The
past few summers have really been
hit or miss.”
With many veteran seniors like
Dakota Bilderback, Nate Faquier,
Aaron Reno, Johnthan Kirmse and
sophomores Jacob Luebbert and Eli
Hawkins returning to the offensive
and defensive line, the Wildcats have
a strong offensive front set up for
quarterback Matt Luebbert, as well
as a defensive wall that could spell
trouble for opposing offenses.
Luebbert moved from his previous
position at wide receiver to quarterback this year and looks strong early,
leading the Wildcats primarily running veer offense,
“Matt (Luebbert’s) been working good with the offense and he’s
a good athlete,” Thomas said. “I
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Thomas’s first priority is putting
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defense and special teams, to win
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“I want to win the first game,”
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biggest on our, schedule going 0-10
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2016 Warsaw Football Schedule
Aug. 19 at Clinton, 7 p.m.
Aug. 26 Cole Camp, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 California, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Osage, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 at Versailles, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Eldon, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Hallsville, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 Southern Boone, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 at Blair Oaks, 7 p.m.
2015 Results
L, 19-7, Clinton
L, 43-0, at Cole Camp
L, 42-13, Osage
L, 46-14, Versailles
L, 65-7, at Eldon
L, 43-24, Hallsville
L, 67-6, at Southern Boone
L, 0-57, Blair Oaks
L, 0-36, at California
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Windsor look to break .500 mark with new coach
By Alex Agueros
[email protected]
The Windsor Greyhounds have
hovered around .500 for the past
five years, during an era in which
two things were sure: Dave Wanninger was coaching, and Sweet
Springs was the opponent week
one.
The Greyhound Trophy game
is still week one, but Wanninger
retired after 39 years of coaching last November. His first stint
with Windsor was in the 80s, but
returned to the Greyhounds in
2006, leading them to a combined
40-62 record.
Jake Vencill takes over head
coaching duties for Windsor going
into 2016. The Greyhounds return
six starters, including senior quarterback Cole Paxton, to a team that Nate Hargett (79) and a Windsor teammate put pressure on Sweet Noah Roberts runs past Marcus Barney on his way to a 61-yard touchdown run during a
finished 5-6 in 2015.
Springs quarterback Austin Knipmeyer last season in Sweet Springs.
game last season at Sweet Springs.
Last season also saw Windsor’s
first-ever playoff victory, a 43-18
2016 Windsor
win over Crest Ridge in the first
2015 Results
round of the Class 1, District 4 tourFootball Schedule
W, 38-14, at Sweet Springs
nament.
Aug. 19 Sweet Springs, 7 p.m.
L, 40-20, at Christ Preparatory Academy
The Greyhounds averaged more
L, 32-20, Tipton
Aug.
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p.m.
than 21 points per game last season
L, 46-0, Lincoln
Sept. 1 at Tipton, 7 p.m.
but allowed a touchdown more per
W, 13-0, Sacred Heart (11-man)
game on defense.
Sept. 9 at Lincoln, 7 p.m.
L, 7-6, at Cole Camp
Windsor hosts two games at
Sept. 16 Appleton City, 7 p.m.
W, 42-7, Wentworth Military Academy
home to open the season. First
Sept. 23 Cole Camp, 7 p.m.
L, 52-20, at Jasper
against Sweet Springs Aug. 19,
Sept. 30 at Wentworth Military
and Miller at 7 p.m., Aug. 26. The
W, 47-40, at Crest Ridge
Greyhounds hit the road for two
W, 42-18, at Crest Ridge
Academy, 7 p.m.
conference games against Tipton
L, 52-0, at Lincoln
Carlton Fowler makes a catch for a first
Oct. 7 at Slater, 7 p.m.
and Lincoln in weeks three and four, down during last season’s game between
Italics indicate postseason
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2016 Sweet Springs
Football Schedule
Aug. 19 at Windsor, 7 p.m.
Aug. 26 St. Paul Lutheran, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 at Concordia, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Wentworth Military
Academy, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 Orrick, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 at Santa Fe, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 Crest Ridge, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 at Lone Jack, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 Wellington-Napoleon,
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L, 38-14, Windsor
L, 32-14, at St. Paul Lutheran
L, 22-20, Concordia
W, 56-26, Wentworth Military
Academy
W, 20-6, at Orrick
L, 48-26, Santa Fe
L, 55-0, at Crest Ridge
L, 24-22, Lone Jack
L, 59-14, at Wellington-Napoleon
L, 51-12, at Westran
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After a final record of 2-8 last year,
head coach Kris Conley said almost
half of the losses last year were due to
not finishing the games once they had
gained the lead.
“Finishing games will be one of our
biggest goals this year,” Conley said.
“It seems like the last few minutes of
the half we would lose the ones we
were leading. Another theme we talked
about — that will be our biggest is no
excuses.”
A change in attitude for the 2016
season may not be the only change taking place for the Greyhounds, as the
quarterback position is up for grabs
early.
Junior quarterback Zack Griffin
started nine games last year as a sophomore leading the flexbone offense.
This year, he’s going to have to fight
for that kind of playing time with sophomore Jacob Hall.
“We’ve got a guy with experience
that’s proven well,” Conley said. “And
another kid who’s a really good athlete, Austin Knipmeyer tackles Jakob Erdmann during Friday’s game at Sweet Springs in Aug. 2015.
who does everything right. It’s a good
thing to have.”
Whichever player is named captain,
his offense will supplement the Sweet
Springs defense, based out of a 4-4 set.
Senior middle linebacker Logan
Combs said the defense, with the rest
of team, has really focused on its teamwork. He also said that their brotherhood — combined with the heat at
practice — puts them in better condition for games this season.
“We’re all prepared because we’ve
been practicing in it,” Combs said.
“We know how to move the ball in
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Senior linemen, aggressive defense lead Tipton
By Eli Kemp
For the Democrat
Not so far removed, Tipton football looks to get back to the winning side.
Last year’s fairly young team with
only four starting seniors ended the
season with a 3-7 record. With six
returning seniors in 2016 playing
both sides of the ball, combined
with a brand new quarterback, look
to change Tipton’s game for the
better.
Drew Williams, Tate Combs, and
Ricky Capestro are three returning seniors on the offensive line,
blocking for halfback Seth Gibson
and sophomore quarterback Dalton
Weaver.
“They’ll be our leaders, and a
group of hard workers,” said head
coach Tony Braby.
This, being Weaver’s first time
ever playing the quarterback position, the sophomore said he’s made
big strides with the senior-heavy
offense early in the season.
“The first jamboree went really
smooth,” Weaver said. “And with
this new offense, I think it (the
season) will go pretty well. It’s definitely a big responsibility, but coach
thinks I’m best for the position, so
I’m going to do the best I can to fill
that spot.”
The Cardinals expect the majority of points to come from its
running game, led by senior running backs Dylan Becker and Seth
Gibson.
Defensively, the Cardinals are
going back to its roots, using a
defensive scheme that allowed
them to get to the state semi-finals
in 2012.
“It’s a big-risk type of defense,”
Braby said. “It’s an attacking
defense. Gap control and fly to
the ball. Linebackers like Mathew
Grunder will have big responsibilities. We can get a lot of losses and
sacks but can also give up a lot of
big plays. It’s a defense that we feel
we’ll make more plays than we give
up.”
The Cardinals face three new
teams this season, dropping Skyline, Father Tolton, and Lexington
from its schedule. In exchange, they
added Concordia, St. Paul Lutheran
and Liberal High Schools to their
schedule. Tipton’s first game of the
year is 7 p.m. in Urbana, Missouri,
against the Skyline Tigers.
2016 Results
L, 35-0, Lexington
L, 8-22, at North Callaway
W, 32-20, at Windsor
W, 48-0, at Harrisburg
L, 47-0, at Father Tolton
L, 42-6, at Lincoln
L, 28-0, Cole Camp
W, 49-8, at Hickman JV
L, 53-18, Skyline
L, 54-24, at Osceola
Italics indicate postseason
2016 Tipton
Football Schedule
Aug. 19 at St. Paul Lutheran, 7 p.m.
Aug. 26 North Callaway, 7 p.m.
Sept. 1 Windsor, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Knob Noster, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 Liberal, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 at Lincoln, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Cole Camp, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 Lighthouse Christian, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 at Concordia, 7 p.m.
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By Alex Agueros
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The margin for error is slim in the
MIAA.
With a 23-6 lead and more than a
quarter and a half to play, Central
Missouri saw its lead melt away to
the Northwest Missouri Bearcats,
capped off by a five-play, 73-yard
game-winning drive from Brady
Bolles and company.
Northwest won out and won its
second national championship in
three years. The Mules won seven
straight and finished 8-3 with victories over Pittsburg State, Missouri
Western and Central Oklahoma to tie
for third in the MIAA.
Central Missouri returns 48 lettermen going into the 2016 season,
including senior quarterback Gar-
rett Fugate, and the No. 2 preseason
conference pick rematch the Bearcats
Oct. 1 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
Defensively, the Mules welcome
first-year coordinator Wes Bell from
Missouri Western. Bell totaled nine
years with the Griffons, who finished
No. 2 in total defense last season
allowing 19.7 points per game.
Bell adjusted the Central Missouri
scheme to 3-4, which compliments a
handful of players with skills best for
a position somewhere between defensive back and defensive end.
Head coach Jim Svoboda, in his
seventh season, said the defensive
transition is going well.
“It’s been a refreshing change,”
Svoboda said. “Coach Bell brings a
lot of energy. One of the features of
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Svoboda said UCM may run by
committee between a pair of junior
college transfers, Marquel McNac of
Trinity Valley and Xavier Washpun of
Ellsworth, beside fifth-year seniors
Gabe Vandiver and Spencer Stein.
Redshirt freshman Steven Ford also
moved from defensive back to running back to fill out the backfield.
“We’ve got a whole bunch of dudes
there right now,” Svoboda said.
“They’ve paid their dues and have
had good offseasons, and played well
in the spring … I think we’re in good
shape there.”
While the backfield appears crowded, UCM is deepest at wide receiver.
The Mules return four of its five
leading receivers from 2016, between
fourth and fifth-year starters Alex
Strong, Jaylen Zachery, Andrew Bakker, Tyler Jones and Kyle Echols.
Fugate’s favorite red-zone target,
however, will be on the sidelines in
2016. Ian Toalson caught seven of
23 Central Missouri passing touch-
downs in 2015, and is currently a
graduate assistant on the coaching
staff.
The Mules must immediately mesh
defensively and capitalize on a deep
stock of offensive weapons amid a
perilous five-game slate to open the
season. Pittsburg State, Fort Hays
State, Missouri Western and Northwest Missouri are each a season or
two removed from playoff berths,
and Emporia State — UCM’s week
four opponent at home, Sept. 24 —
handed the Mules its first loss of the
season, 45-34 in a weather-delayed,
three-day road game in 2015.
“Who’s got it tougher?” Svoboda
said.
2016 Central Missouri
Football Schedule
Sept. 1 at Pittsburg State, 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 Fort Hays State, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 at Missouri Western, 6 p.m.
Sept. 24 Emporia State, 1 p.m.
Oct. 1 at Northwest Missouri, 5 p.m.
(at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas
City, Missouri)
Oct. 8 Nebraska-Kearney, 1 p.m.
Oct. 15 at Missouri Southern, 6 p.m.
Oct., 22 Washburn (Homecoming),
1:30 p.m.
Oct. 29 Central Oklahoma, 1 p.m.
Nov. 5 at Northeastern State, 2 p.m.
Nov. 12 Lindenwood, 1 p.m.
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New coach Barry Odom tries for turnaround at Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — It’s up to
Barry Odom to put a halt to the negativity surrounding Missouri. The new
coach certainly seems confident he can
get the program back on its feet.
“Well, it’s going to be really hard to
get me down,” Odom said after the
first day of fall workouts. “I think we’ve
got a chance to win championships
here.”
The news has been all dismal, on and
off the field, the last several months.
The Tigers slid to 5-7 last year,
including 1-7 to share the cellar in the
SEC East, in Gary Pinkel’s final season
before resigning to battle cancer. Two
productive defensive linemen were dismissed before drills began, and that’s
not to mention carry over from campus
upheaval.
Protests last fall led to the team
threatening to boycott a game if changes weren’t made in the administration.
Pinkel and then-athletic director Mack
Rhoades backed the players.
Now there’s a new coach and AD,
too, with Jim Sterk appointed this
week.
“We’re not a campus of turmoil,”
Sterk said.
The 39-year-old Odom was defensive
coordinator last year for a unit ranked
ninth in the nation, allowing 302 yards
per game, after resume-building the
previous three seasons as defensive
coordinator at Memphis. That earned
the nod to replace Pinkel, who won
consecutive SEC East titles in 2013-14
and is the school career wins leader
with 118.
Missouri will need to keep scores
down again given concerns on the
other side of the ball. The offense
produced just 13.6 points per game,
has no returning starters on the line
and lacks proven producers at the skill
positions, raising the challenge for new
offensive coordinator Josh Heupel.
Sophomore quarterback Drew Lock
was highly touted out of high school
but threw just four touchdown passes
after taking over last fall.
“I told our guys we’ve got to live up
to our expectations, not so much to
media or conference or any of those
things,” defensive coordinator Demontie Cross said. “We know what we’re
capable of.”
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The toughest stretch could be early
in conference play with LSU (Oct.
1) and Florida (Oct. 15) both on the
road. Both schools are projected to
finish second in their respective divisions. It’ll help a bit to have a week off
between games.
PREDICTION
A 7-5 finish is doable if the offense
can produce just a little more and Missouri avoids stumbles but it very easily
could be 5-7 again.
BIG HITS
Defensive line depth was a strength
and it’ll be tested after the dismissal of
Walter Brady Jr. for violation of team
rules and Harold Brantley due to academics. Brady tied for the team lead
with seven sacks.
“I can’t wait for the year to show
everybody,” tackle Rickey Hatley said.
“The whole D-line is going to be real
good.”
Junior end Charles Harris was a
standout with seven sacks last season
and senior linebacker Michael Scherer
is an experienced hand. Don’t forget
sophomore tackle Terry Beckner, one
of Missouri’s most heralded recruits
in years and looking strong coming off
knee surgery.
Missouri must replace production of
departed linebacker Kentrell Brothers,
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Pinkel generally named captains on
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“Things change from the first day of
camp before you get to Sept. 3, so I’m
challenging our team,” Odom said.
SEASON OPENER
The Tigers begin Sept. 3 at West
Virginia, a much more challenging foe
than in recent seasons. Skyler Howard
set a Cactus Bowl record with 532
yards passing in a 43-42 victory over
Arizona State. The Mountaineers were
8-5 last year and are predicted to finish
seventh in the Big 12. They’re inexperienced at linebacker and the secondary with just one starter back.
Missouri looks to beef up anemic
rush attack
By Jade Washburn
Associated Press
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Highlighted
by Leonard Fournette of LSU and Alabama’s Derrick Henry, the eventual Heisman trophy winner, the Southeastern
Conference boasted some of the nation’s top
rushing attacks in 2015.
Missouri’s was not one of them.
In the wake of back-to-back division
championships, the Tigers’ struggles in
2015 were historic. Tallying 1,385 rushing
yards and only five rushing touchdowns,
Missouri finished the season ranked 127th
out of 128 Bowl Subdivision teams in scoring — the worst finish in school history.
The offense was riddled with setbacks
seemingly every week. From nagging
injuries on the line to running back Russell
Hansbrough’s ankle sprain in the season
opener to the suspension and eventual
dismissal of quarterback Maty Mauk, the
Tigers never found a rhythm to their season.
2016 University of Missouri
Football Schedule
Sept. 3 at West Virginia, 11 a.m.
Sept. 10 Eastern Michigan, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 Georgia, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 Delaware State, TBA
Oct. 1 at LSU, TBA
Oct. 15 at Florida, TBA
Oct. 22 Middle Tennessee, TBA
Oct. 29 Kentucky, TBA
Nov. 5 at South Carolina, TBA
Nov. 12 Vanderbilt, TBA
Nov. 19 at Tennessee, TBA
Nov. 25 Arkansas, 1:30 p.m.
2015 Results
W, 34-3, Southeast Missouri
W, 27-20, at Arkansas State
W, 9-6, Connecticut
L, 21-13, at Kentucky
W, 24-10, South Carolina
L, 21-3, Florida
L, 9-6, at Georgia
L, 10-3, at Vanderbilt
L, 31-13, Mississippi State
W, 20-16, BYU
L, 19-8, Tennessee
L, 28-3, at Arkansas
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A 1,000-yard back in 2014, Hansbrough’s
injury gave way to Ish Witter as the Tigers’
primary ball carrier. He rushed 126 times
for 518 yards and a touchdown in 2015.
Witter said the team wouldn’t simply
forget about what happened in 2015, but it
won’t dwell on it, either.
“It’s in the past,” said Witter, a junior
from Tampa, Florida. “We can’t look back.
We’ve got to worry about what’s going on in
the future.
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