1. Park Hill at Lee’s Summit West (Friday Night Lights Tour Stop)
In 2017 this match up was like watching a State All star game. This year the winner will be the team that has the most players step up and perform well in their new roles. The Titans open up at home and will take the field with a Senior QB Ben Kobel. Kobel still has his favorite receivers to throw too while the Trojans have more key spots to fill. The Titans begin a new season with a hard fought victory.
2. Lee’s Summit at Liberty (Llywelyn’s Pub Pick of the week)
The Tigers start the new campaign on the road up north with a visit to Blue Jay country. The Tigers after a rough start a year ago closed the season on a high note. Coach Thomas and company are looking forward to keeping that positive vibe going against the defending Suburban Red Conference champions. Liberty’s experience and a shutdown defense will prove to be the difference in this one as the Tigers fall on the road.
3. Liberty North at Lee’s Summit North
The LS North Broncos surprised many area football fans last year as they sprinted to making 2017 a strong season. Now that the Broncos can’t hide their talent and speed expect the Broncos to work harder to claim a win this year. Liberty North will bring an inexperienced squad to Lee’s Summit but one being led by veteran coach Greg Jones. The Broncos speed and experience will be the difference on this night as they open 2018 with a victory.
4. Summit Christian at St. Michael
This is a good match up with two Lee’s Summit based teams getting 2018 started against each other. SCA enters their second season under coach Tom Berck while St. Michael is starting a second season as a program. Thanks to the Eagles experience and the progress seen under Coach Berck last year They will open the new year a Road win on this night.
5. Blue Springs South at Raytown (Wild Card game of the week)
Blue Springs South made plenty of noise at the end of last season before losing to rival Blue Springs in the playoffs. Raytown lost some talent from a year ago including a standout WR that may start at MU this fall. Expect the Jaguars to enjoy their stop in Raytown this weekend thanks to a season opening win.
6. Ray Pec at Park Hill South
2017 was an uncharacteristic one for the Ray Pec Panthers as long time Coach Tom Kruse saw his team go 2-8. The Panthers will be better this year and could be significantly better pending injuries to key players. Going up north to play a strong Park Hill South team won’t be an easy way to start the season. In fact South features a star performer who is headed to Clemson next year. The Panthers drop a season opener in this one.
This Football Forecast is sponsored by Llywelyn’s Pub at 301 SE Douglas in Downtown Lee’s Summit