West Platte & marionville Meet for Class 1 Title
Class 1 Playoffs
Coaches: Marionville--Rick Sholten(15-7) updated
West Platte-- Danny Brown(177-91-2)
In his first year leading the Marionville Comets, head coach Rick Scholten(15-7) left his position as an assistant at Southwest Baptist following the departure of Will Christian to Lebanon. Scholten directs a Comet squad, that earned the 2003 Show-Me Bowl title and advanced to the semifinals last season.
The West Platte Blue Jays under the direction of veteran head coach Danny Brown(177-91-2) earned the Class 1 title in 2001 defeating Lockwood 20-13 in the title game. Brown has now guided the Blue Jays back to the Edward Jones Dome along with another talented quarterback Eric Humes. Humes, the leading rusher and passer for his club helped West Platte to a No. 1 ranking in the final MOsports.com Power Poll.
In a battle of contrasting styles, the run oriented Comets will take on the West Platte Blue Jays who have passed nearly 300-times this season, yet are capable of dominating on the ground as well. The Comets and Q.B. Blake Setzer showed they can also throw the ball when needed, and if junior running back Lee Flood gets a step, watch out!
The Scoop on the Comets
For the Marionville Comets, making the playoffs is becoming a habit. Marionville is entering the MSHSAA playoffs for the 13th time, the third year in succession. The Comets won the Show-Me Bowl title in 2003, and have also finished second, and have advanced to the semi-finals four other times including last season.
The Comets ranked No. 10 in the final MOsports.com Power Poll have defeated opponents this season by a margin of 41.5-10.8.
Junior running back Lee Flood(5-10 175) has been a huge key to Comet success this season. Flood rushed for 344 yards an five touchdowns in the district championship victory over Ash Grove. Flood has rushed for more 3,010 yards and has scored 49 touchdowns this season for the Comets, a new MSHSAA record.
In their semifinal overtime win over South Shelby quarterback Blake Setzer served as the hero, leading a late fourth quarter drive to tie the score, connecting with Brick Warth for a touchdown, then the tying 2-point conversion. Setzer then scored on a short touchdown run in overtime to give the Comets the 7-point victory. Setzer went to the air Saturday as the Cardinal defense filled the box to slow talented running back Lee Flood.
In the sectional win over McAuley Catholic, Flood led the way on offense, rushing for over 300-yards on 32 carries and scoring 5 touchdowns for the Comets.
Offensive Leaders (through 12 games)
The Scoop on the Blue Jays
In their 5th MSHSAA playoff appearance the Blue Jays enter ranked No. 1 in the MOsports.com Power Poll. This season West Platte has compiled a 12-1 record, averaging 39.8 points on offense and allowing just 11.2 on defense.
In their last playoff appearance in 2001, head coach Danny Brown and a team which included Adam and Brian Barmann, and a pair of talented Knighton brothers earned the Show-Me Bowl title with a 20-13 victory over Lockwood.
The Blue Jays are led by senior quarterback Eric Humes. Humes is one of the top passers in the Show-Me State as he has passed for 2,768 yards this season and has passed for 37 touchdowns.
Behind the stellar play of Humes, who rushed for 217-yards, passed for 212-yards and took part in five Blue Jay touchdowns West Platte overcame a 9-point half-time deficit to defeat Adrain 32-23 and advance to the Class 1 Show-Me Bowl.
In a sectional victory over Maysville Humes did the damage with his legs rushing for 150-yards and scoring 5 touchdowns.
Erick Roe and Ross Rennie are top offensive threats for the Blue Jays and among Humes favorite targets.
West Platte Offensive
West Platte Blue Jays
Head Coach: Danny Brown(175-90-2)
2005 Record: 10-1 2004 Record: 7-3
Record: 8-3 2002 Record: 4-6 2001 Record: 12-2, state champions
Head Coach: Rick Sholten(18-12)
2005 Record: 8-2 2004 Record: 11-2
2003 Record: 14-0 Class 1 Show Me Bowl Champions
2002 Record: 7-3 2001 Record: 4-5