The Missouri high school football playoffs begin tonight in Classes 1-4 and Classes 5-6 will get underway on Friday night. In Classes 1-4, 16 teams are still alive and there are eight teams apiece in Classes 5-6. Here’s a preview: CLASS 4—Three undefeated teams are alive and there are two teams with just one loss. Two of the state’s most prolific performers in Class 4 are in it. Webb City and Camdenton, who will meet in the quarterfinals with wins tonight, have won a combined 10 state titles since 1987. Webb City, which is ranked #1 in Class 4, will face Ozark, while Camdenton takes on Republic. North County is the class’ only other undefeated team at 10-0 and they’ve done it under first-year head coach Steve Aubochon. The most interesting team in Class 4 has to be Lee’s Summit West, which is in its first year of existence. Head coach Royce Boehm saw his team lose its first seven games before winning all three district contests to earn a spot in the field of 16. They’ll take on Raytown South with is 9-1….CLASS 3—The possibility of a re-match of the 2003 title game is still possible as Harrisonville and Ste. Genevieve are both in the 16-team field in Class 3. Harrisonville, which beat Ste. Genevieve 35-0 in the title game, will take on School of the Osage, which is making its first trip to the playoffs since 1986. Ste. Genevieve is just 6-4 and will face another team that got hot late to make it into the post-season—Perryville, which is 5-5. Mary Institute-Country Day is the only undefeated team in the Class 3 sectionals at 10-0. MICDS head coach Ron Holtman is the state’s winningest active coach and is looking for his second state title—he and his team will face Herculaneum, which is 9-1. Heculaneum, along with Mt. Grove and Richmond were in the Class 3 playoffs last year as well.…CLASS 2—Last year, the only team to beat Blair Oaks was Centralia. This year, Blair Oaks is the team to beat and Centralia, which won the Class 2 title last season, is at home. The Falcons are 10-0 and ranked number one in the state. They’ll face a Montgomery Co. team which enters the playoffs averaging 48.9 points per game. Both teams were in the playoffs last season. Caruthersville, Springfield Catholic and Brookfield are the only other teams that also made the playoffs in 2003…CLASS 1—If things look a little familiar in Class 1 it’s because nine of the teams who made the playoffs in 2003 are back in 2004. Those teams are ST. Vincent, Salisbury, Tipton, Marionville, Greenfield, Orrick, Santa Fe, Rock Port and Scotland Co. Marionville and Tipton, which met for the Class 1 title, could meet again in the quarterfinals with wins tonight. Marionville beat Tipton 21-6 earlier this season. Marionville, which is 9-1 on the season will take on undefeated Pierce City tonight and Tipton with is 9-0 takes on 10-0 Salisbury. East Buchanan is the other unbeaten team and they’ll get Rock Port.
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