Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The coach and players of Kirkwood High School's first State Championship Football team receive the highest honors in the region.
Kirkwood High School football coach Matt Irvin and six KHS football players were selected by the Missouri Football Coach’s Association for the all state football team. Head Coach Matt Irvin has been awarded as: For his High School Coach of the Year Award, Coach Irvin will be recognized at the 43rd Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Jack Buck Sports Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The KHS players nominated for the all-state football team are: First Team offense: Offensive Player of the Year First team Defense: Defensive Player of the Year Information provided by Kirkwood School District. For more on the 2012 Kirkwood Football State Championship team, see:
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Staley's rushing attack proved too much for Kirkwood. Miscues in the fourth quarter end hope.
Kirkwood football finally met its match in a junior and a senior from Staley. Their combined 285 yards proved too much for the Pioneers in the Class 5 state final game at the Edward Jones Dome. Kirkwood battled back from two-score deficits in the second and third quarters, but fell in the end 35-21 to the Staley Falcons, from Kansas City. The Pioneers finished with a 12-1 record. Staley finished at a perfect 14-0. The Staley duo of junior quarterback Trent Hosick and senior running back Morgan Steward ambushed Kirkwood with 53- and 20-yard runs by Steward followed by Hosick’s 2-yard finish. The Falcons were on the board 29 seconds into the game. While the Staley offense was primarily running – quarterback Hosick had only three completions …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Kirkwood's advancement to the Class 5 State Championship Game has set the stage for the 2011 Turkey Day Game to be played by the Pioneers and Statesmen junior varsity teams for the third year in a row.
For the third straight year and sixth time in the last 10 years, the annual Kirkwood-Webster Groves Turkey Day Game will not feature varsity squads. The annual Thanksgiving Day matchup between Kirkwood and Webster has been a tradition since 1907. The two teams met nearly 100 times in that span with the Frisco Bell and year-long bragging rights on the line for the winning team. But in recent years, the Turkey Day Classic has been played with a little twist. Specifically, it has become a showdown between the schools' junior varsity teams because one of the two varsity teams had earned itself a shot at the Show-Me Bowl State Football Championship game, which is usually played on the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving. In 2009 and 2010…
Saturday, October 1, 2011
The Pioneers ride a hot start to a 40-21 victory over the previously unbeaten Colts despite playing most of the game without star receiver Mike McHugh.
On the biggest stage of the season so far for Kirkwood and Parkway Central, one team was clearly ready for the spotlight, and one team clearly was not. As it turned out, with TV cameras rolling and college scouts and recruiters watching from the sidelines, it was the fourth-ranked Pioneers (5-0) who proved to be ready. Behind a sensational performance in all three phases of the game, Kirkwood turned in a convincing 40-21 win over the fifth-ranked Colts (5-1). “The kids played hard and we got some breaks,” Kirkwood coach Matt Irvin said. “We’ve got some more work to do, clearly, but I’m pretty pleased with our kids, that’s for sure.” Indeed he should be, as Kirkwood dominated the action from the opening possession, when it forced a three-…
Friday, September 23, 2011
The Pioneers' B. J. Buckner catches a touchdown pass and throws for 192 yards and two TDs in 41-0 victory over the Vikings.
Kirkwood seniors Mike McHugh and B.J. Buckner turned a football game into a track meet in the second quarter of the Pioneers' game against Parkway North on Friday. The duo caught touchdown passes of 31 and 56 yards on consecutive offensive possessions to turn a 13-point lead into a 41-0 blowout Suburban Conference victory at The Wood. “The first series set the tone, and then we got a couple touchdowns with some great individual plays,” Kirkwood coach Matt Irvin said. “Of course, they were set up by some blocks and good throws, but both receivers made some great plays. "You do everything right, and one kid makes a great play … that can be discouraging for a defense.” With 8:27 left in the second, quarterback/wide receiver Buckner found …
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Senior Mike McHugh scores four TDs and Kirkwood racks up over 500 yards in a 47-0 win at Hazelwood Central.
After blowing a 16-point second-half lead on their home field exactly 365 days ago against Hazelwood Central, the Kirkwood Pioneers trekked to North County on Saturday afternoon looking to avenge its most bitter defeat of the 2010 season. And, boy, did the Pioneers exact their revenge in a big way, bullying the host Hawks in nearly every way possible for a blistering 47-0 nonconference win. “It is satisfying to see our kids play so well,” Kirkwood head coach Matt Irvin said. “We feel like we’ve been getting better and better. And I’m happy for the kids that they performed so well today.” Several Pioneers had especially big days for the visitors, but the biggest day had by anyone was clearly the effort senior Mike McHugh gave. The 6-foot-2…
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Senior quarterback B.J. Buckner hopes to lead the Pioneers to a better mark than their 9-4 record in 2010.
On the heels of leading Kirkwood to a 9-4 season, and a berth in the 2010 Class 5 semifinals, head coach Matt Irvin enters his second season with the Pioneers. Before everything plays out under the lights as the leaves begin to turn brown and the weather cools, Kirkwood could again be making noise in the Suburban South Conference race and the Class 5 playoffs. “It will be a tall order, but we feel like we can be more consistent and get better as the season moves on,” Irvin said. Kirkwood has seven starters back, and there is perhaps no more important piece to the puzzle than senior quarterback B.J. Buckner. Offense: The key to Kirkwood’s ability to light the scoreboard up will rest almost squarely upon the shoulders of Buckner, one the …