Kirkwood (10-0) will square off against Rockwood Summit (8-3) in the Class 5 quarterfinals at 1:30pm on Saturday, November 10 at Rockwood Summit High School. The winner of the game will face either Camdenton or Parkway Central on Friday, November 16. A full playoff bracket can be viewed on MSHSAA.org
Kirkwood beat Summit 28-24 earlier this season at the Edward Jones Dome as part of the Great American Football Classic. Summit jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first half while piling up over 200 yards of offense. After halftime, the Pioneer defense limited the Falcons to 50 yards and won the game with two touchdowns in the last six minutes of the game. Kirkwood RB Ramon Alton finished with an outstanding 200 yards rushing on 24 carries. The potent Summit rushing attack was held to 37 yards on 22 carries.
Summit’s fortunes this season have been directly tied to their rushing offense. The average statistics are incredibly different: in their eight wins, Summit averages 224 yards rushing (6.3 per attempt) compared to 61 yards (2.3 per attempt) in their three losses. The Falcons are actually 0-3, if they pass for more than 170 yards. All three Summit losses also occurred while Mizzou recruit, LB Eric Beisel, was out with a broken bone in his foot. Beisel has lead Summit with 16 tackles, 4 assists and a sack in the two games since his return. Key Summit Players:
- LB Eric Beisel (#38) - 55 total tackles, 1 sack & 1 INT (committed to Mizzou)
- RB Ian McIntosh (#5) - 160 rushes for 1062 yards & 14 total TDs (also has 84 total tackles)
- QB James Crockett (#19) - 120 for 197 passing for 1827 yards passing,15 TDs & 4 INTs (also has 534 yards rushing & 5 defensive INTs)
- DL Alex Brinker (#67) - 87 total tackles, 2 sacks & 4 fumble recoveries
Team career rushing leader, RB Ramon Alton, hasn’t topped 50 yards rushing in a game since he broke the record against Seckman in September. That said, a slew of other Pioneers have also carried the load - ten different players have scored rushing touchdowns. The Pioneers cycle a myriad of players through just about every position on the field to keep their players fresh through the each game as the season grinds on. It is no coincidence that the Pioneers have several comeback wins this season (Hazelwood East, Summit and Webster Groves). Those opponents each have several players playing almost the entire game, “both ways” (offense and defense). The Pioneers have worn down their opponents and seen increased success, particularly running the ball, late in close games. Key Kirkwood Players:
- QB Jordan Bishop (#7) - 86 of 152 for 1557 yards passing, 22 TDs & 2 INTs
- WR Andre Harris (#21) - 25 catches for 529 yards & 7 TDs (also 3 defensive INTs)
- LB Jarrod Bishop (#4) - 67 total tackles, 3 sacks & 2 INTs
- LB Blake Goddard (#15) - 61 total tackles, 4 sacks & 2 fumble recoveries
|Points Scored (per game)||38.3||37.9|
|Points Against (per game)||11.8||15.3|
|Yards Offense (per game)||370.9||365.1|
|Rushing Offense (per game)||207.1||179.4|
|Passing Offense (per game)||163.8||185.7|
|Turnover Differential (total)||+6||+19|
Ticket Sales: Advance tickets ($6 each) are available for purchase in the Kirkwood High School Athletic Office from 8:00am to 3:00pm on Thursday and Friday. Tickets will also be available at Summit on gameday.
Broadcast Options: Prepcasts Online Broadcasting Network will be streaming live audio play-by-play. Listen to the broadcast online here.
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After the game: the scoring summary and standout performances will be posted here on Kirkwood Patch!