To compare how the team’s started and finished see our Week 1 Power Rankings posted back on August 26th before the first snap of the 2013 season. As you will see, some we were spot on with, others we were not so close.
(Final season record and average weekly Power Ranking are in parenthesis)
- * Lamar (14-1, average ranking: 2) – To quote Denny Green, “the Tigers are who we thought they were!” The preseason quote was “Lamar will make it a three-peat” and they did just that. The Tigers won their third straight Class 2 State Championship in as dominating of fashion as any time EVER! They scored a state record 883 points while allowing just 123.
- * Webb City (14-1, average ranking: 1.5) – The Cardinals made it a state a 4th straight state championship, increasing their total to a state record tying 12 titles. They did it with a slightly less eye popping roster and it did include the rare early season loss (Springdale Har-Ber), but a title is a title, one we predicted from day 1; “rest assured Coach Roderique has the next tier of talent ready to roll.”
- Seneca (11-4, average ranking: never ranked) – Admittedly I didn’t see this one coming (reaching the state championship). Taking a closer look at some of their losses will show that the Indians were still a very good team, but I wasn’t expecting a big year for class 3 teams in general in our area. This is a great example of a quality program taking its lumps in a strong conference with it ultimately paying off in the end.
- Osceola (12-2, average ranking: 13) – After a season opening loss I lost track of the Indians for a few weeks. We jumped on the Indian band wagon week 5 with them “knocking on the door”. After seeing them dismantle Archie on Homecoming it was clear to me that this young, run-oriented ball club had a chance to do something special (quarterfinal loss to eventual state champ Valle Catholic). I expect the Indians to be very good again next year.
- MV-BT/Liberty (12-1, average ranking: 2.5) – The Eagles are a team that would have won a state championship almost any other year. It just so happens their “dream team” was trumped by Lamar’s “super dream team”. Our preseason prediction was pretty spot on, “the Eagles should be considered the favorite in the SCA and have a good shot to run the table to the Class 2 quarterfinals.” The Eagles are going to really miss this senior class next fall.
- Kickapoo (11-1, average ranking: 8.7) – We had an itching feeling the Chiefs were going to be very good this year and they may have been even better than expected. I alluded to the comparison to last year’s Ozark team several times during the season and aside from falling to top ranked Lee’s Summit West in the quarterfinals they were almost identical. The entire coaching staff has done a great job building the Chiefs program back to prominence and while it will be tough to replace this senior class, they do have some nice pieces to build on in 2014.
- Bolivar (12-1, average ranking: 4.9) – Preseason I said, “2013 could be the Liberators biggest challenge.” While that may be partially true, Coach Roweton’s club turned a lot of heads with a 12 win season and another undefeated conference championship. Quarterback Rafe Peavey was everything he was advertised as, but give a lot of credit to the rest of the team, including fellow senior Drew Legan, for a tremendous season.
- Mtn. Grove (10-2, average ranking: 7.5) – The Panthers picked a bad year to be very good. Ten wins, a top 5 state ranking and a trip to the district championship are nothing to scoff at, but it just so happened Lamar and MV-BT/Liberty were slightly more stacked. Rich Johnson’s got the Panther machine fully oiled and you can expect another team ready to compete for the SCA title next fall.
- Camdenton (10-2, average ranking: 9.7) – We started the season with the Lakers at number 10 saying, “The Lakers are another team that will need to prove their power this season.” Well, they did prove it with a fourth straight trip to the class 5 quarterfinals. When you talk about “programs”, Camdenton is the epitome and they will be back in the hunt for an OC title next season.
- Nixa (9-2, average ranking: 7.1) – Nixa was our preseason number 5 team and they were very close to that all season. An overtime loss and a rough outing at Kickapoo were the only two hiccups that separated this group from being good to be great. The Eagles have a lot to be proud of this season and persevered through some tough injuries to get it done.
Knocking on the Door:
Strafford (10-1, 4.7), Carl Junction (10-2, 10.6), Reeds Spring (9-2, 9.3), Ash Grove (10-2, 11), Marionville (10-3, 11.8)