A state championship football game in the state of Missouri, for the first time since the 1990’s, was played outdoors, as Stanberry and North Andrew took to the turf at Faurot Field in Columbia on Friday afternoon to battle for the eight-man title.
Behind 35 carries and 176 rushing yards from Deryk Goff, the GRC 8 champion Cardinals walloped the Bulldogs, 50-22. NAHS scored two unanswered touchdowns in the opening quarter, and led 30-8 at halftime, ending the season at 13-0.
Stanberry’s first half touchdown was a 25 yard strike from Cory Luke to Brad Hailey, with the Bulldogs adding a seven yard run for score by Trey Schieber (third quarter) and a four yard pass from Luke to Hailey in the fourth quarter. The defending state champions end the season at 11-3, with two of the losses coming at the hands of North Andrew.
In the Class 6 state title game, played Friday night in windy and chilly Columbia, St. Louis took “bragging rights” over Kansas City in an eastern Missouri vs. western Missouri showdown, as Jeremy Maclin’s alma mater, Kirkwood, took down Blue Springs by a final score of 31-14.