It will be an emotional night in the Spartan community when Moberly hosts Sedalia Smith-Cotton in the high school football opener Friday. Fans attending are asked to wear red in memory of longtime Spartan coaches Ken Asbury and Sam Richardson, who both died in the offseason. Moberly coach Cody McDowell explained the thought behind the “Red Out”.
The Spartans are coming off an 8-2 season that included a North Central Missouri Conference championship. That season started with a 32-6 win over Smith-Cotton. McDowell expects a much tougher test against the Tigers Friday.
Cody McDowell enters his seventh season leading the Moberly football program. The Spartans begin the new season minus 10 seniors that earned All-Conference honors, and most of those players earned the recognition at two positions.
Smith-Cotton went 0-8 in its first season in the Central Missouri Activities Conference. Head coach Charlie McFail discusses the Tigers’ response to last year’s struggles.
McFail reveals where the Tigers have improved.
Smith-Cotton returns junior quarterback Lane Simmons, but the Tigers replace three offensive linemen and their entire defensive line. You can hear the Smith-Cotton at Moberly game from Dr. Larry K. Noel-Spartan Stadium Friday on AM 1230 KWIX and centralmoinfo.com following the Lindy’s College Football Report at 6:35pm.