Yes, yes, this is late today. Life is hard.
Cats take their fifth straight Showdown, and Ken Corbitt notes that by the end of the day the season turnover margin had pulled to dead even. Corbitt also sings the praises of one John Hubert in light of his huge day. (Yes, Corbitt had two Hubert headlines in one weekend.)
Kevin Haskin says it was an imperfect win, but a win nonetheless.
Report card. Sean Snyder, you got an F.
First-and-42, an event which will probably live in infamy.
Presented with a low-major opponent, the Cats couldn't help but win a game. How? Out-rebounding a team with nobody taller than 6-7 by a 52-22 margin, that's how. Thomas Gipson is finally shaking off that concussion and returning to form, which is a good thing.
The women ended their skid Friday in the Bahamas, topping Virginia 49-46 behind 13 from Haley Texada.
The Lady Cats closed out the regular season with a home sweep of the Cyclones to finish at 18-11 (6-10) on the year. Unfortunately, a season which started out with so much promise at 12-1 ended there, as there was no NCAA bid extended on Sunday. Texas earned the top seed in the NCAA field, along with Kansas (14) and unseeded Oklahoma and Iowa State.
The big-class games in Kansas were thrillers, while over in Saint Louis they were routs. Shawnee Mission East suffered four turnovers, including an interception with 14 seconds left that ssealed Derby's 28-21 win in Topeka. Down in Emporia, Salina South staged a frantic comeback late, but Blue Valley held on for a 27-26 victory. Buhler, Silver Lake, and Centralia/Wetmore also took home state trophies Saturday.
On the Missouri side, Dalvin Warmack had 69 yards before being pulled due to what appears to be a minor injury (and props to coach Kelly Donohoe for placing Warmack's future ahead of immediate necessity), while Kalem Prewett hauled in five passes for 96 yards as Blue Springs routed Columbia-Rock Bridge 35-14. The 5A game was even more lopsided, as Lee's Summit West rolled to a 51-14 win over Parkway Central. Webb City, Lamar, Maryville, and Valle Catholic captured state in their classes as well.