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Championship berths at stake in Missouri, Kansas state football playoffs

Posted: 4:04 PM, Nov 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-20 17:07:14-05
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Raymore-Peculiar upset previously unbeaten Liberty North last week in the Missouri Class 6 state playoffs.

The Panthers’ reward — a semifinal showdown with another undefeated juggernaut.

Ray-Pec (11-2) will host DeSmet (15-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Class 6 semifinals.

But that’s not the only massive playoff showdown on tap this weekend.

The Kansas state playoffs resume at 7 p.m. Friday with Olathe North (9-2) hosting Blue Valley (8-3) in the 6A semifinals at the Olathe District Activity Center.

Meanwhile, undefeated St. Thomas Aquinas (10-0) will try to keep its perfect season rolling when it hosts Mill Valley in the Class 5A semifinals.

The reigning 5A champion Saints barely knocked off the Jaguars 28-21 on Sept. 27 at Mill Valley, which won 5A title in 2015 and 2016.

In Kansas 4A action, unbeaten Paola (11-0) will be an underdog at home against Bishop Miege (9-2), which is the five-time reigning Kansas 4A champion.

The Stags won all four 4A Division I championships from 2014-17 and added a fifth consecutive title last fall when the divisions were reunited again.

Several other local schools are set for quarterfinal clashes this weekend.

Fresh off the program’s first district championship since 1989, Raytown (10-2) will host Staley (11-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Missouri Class 5 quarterfinals at Ted Chitwood Stadium on the Bluejays’ campus.

Platte County will host Grain Valley in a battle of 11-3 teams at 7 p.m. Friday in the Missouri Class 4 quarterfinals.

Two undefeated small-class teams from the area will host Missouri state quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Unbeaten Odessa (15-0) hosts Savannah (13-2) in the Missouri Class 3 quarterfinals, while unbeaten Lathrop (14-0) will host Lee’s Summit-based Summit Chritian (14-1) in the Missouri Class 2 quarterfinals.

Finally, Mid-Buchanan (14-1), which is located south of St. Joseph, hosts South Harrison (13-1) in the Missouri Class 1 quarterfinals. The game also kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday.