A trip to the state semifinals is on the line Friday between the two eight-man football teams in the Big K listening area. North Shelby travels to Southwest Livingston County to play for the District 2 title.
The 9-2 Raiders are coming off a 54-6 victory at eighth ranked Orrick, and already have their winningest season their eight-man football history. Raiders coach Seth Bass credits his seniors for buying into the program when it started back in 2016.
The Raiders are playing in their first state football quarterfinal game since 1995. The 9-1 Southwest Livingston Wildcats are no strangers to the quarterfinals. They’re playing in their ninth consecutive, but have not won a district title since 2014. This could be their best chance because of the play of quarterback Mack Anderson. The senior compiles 88% of the teams offense, and has rushed for over 2,000 yards and 47 touchdowns. Coach Oren Magruder says Anderson’s physical tools are special.
The Wildcats lone loss of the year came Week 1 to top ranked East Atchison, which has allowed the least amount of points per game in eight-man football. If you omit the Raiders allowing 88 points to Pattonsburg in the highest scoring high school football game in the state of Missouri, North Shelby’s defense would be third on the list allowing 18.7 points per game. Bass says the Raiders will have a good test containing the 6’6″ quarterback.
The Wildcats defeated Stewartsville 80-6 last week. The trio of seniors for North Shelby, Dayton Mettes, Ethan Geisendorfer, and Elijah Greenwell have combined for 85% of the Raiders offense this year. Magruder explains how they plan to attack the North Shelby option.
The winner will take on the Pattonsburg vs. Worth County winner in the state semifinals next weekend. Coverage of Friday’s eight-man quarterfinal gets underway at 6:40pm on Glory 97 and centralmoinfo.com. Scott Lunte has the call.
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