The worst week of the high school football season is here.
The 2020 high school football postseason in Missouri begins Friday and it will feature a crazy amount of blowouts across the state.
Everyone makes the postseason in Missouri, so you’re going to see some of the best teams in the state take on the teams at the bottom of their respective districts.
Here are some of the numbers from last year’s opening round of district play:
- Teams with the higher seeds were 138-22 (two games were forfeits)
- There were 27 shutouts out of 158 games played (17.1 percent)
- No 1 vs. 8 games finished closer than 24 points
Record by matchup (average score)
- 1 vs. 8: 36-0 (52.2-8.3)
- 2 vs. 7: 35-1 (45-10)
- 3 vs. 6: 30-6 (34.6-15.8)
- 4 vs. 5: 27-13 (29.3-20.4)
- 1 vs. 4: 4-0 (61.8-10)
- 2 vs. 3: 6-2 (36.3-21.8)
Unfortunately, there might not be a better postseason system this year because of the way COVID-19 has impacted the season. Everyone should have a chance to play in the postseason this year, but that shouldn’t change how games shake out too much.
While there won’t be too many good games around the area, here are the ones that might be worth attending:
No. 6 Seneca @ No. 3 Aurora
The Houn’ Dawgs (6-3) are in need of a bounceback game after falling to Nevada (6-3) 39-20 during the final week of the regular season.
Before that, Aurora was howling as one of the hotter teams in the area. It won its previous four games — which included a one-point win over Buffalo (7-2).
While Seneca (2-6) has been down this season, it’s still capable of putting up a good fight. Its best win came over none other than the same Nevada team that just beat Aurora.
The winner of this game could be in good shape heading into the district semifinals as a struggling Mount Vernon (4-5) squad awaits. The Mountaineers lost their final five games of the regular season.
No. 5 Branson @ No. 4 Republic
Death, taxes and Branson (3-6) playing at Republic (3-6) during the opening week of the districts.
This is the third year in a row that the two teams will play each other in Republic to begin district play. This will be the rubber match between the two as they both split the last two games.
Branson won a thriller in 2019 while coming away with a 33-27 victory in overtime. Like last year, the two teams will play for the opportunity to play *gulp* Carthage (8-0) in the district semifinals.
This will be the second week in a row Branson and Republic will play each other. Last week’s game ended with the Tigers winning 34-28.
No. 6 Strafford @ No. 3 Fair Grove
One of the best rivalries in southwest Missouri will take place in the postseason this Friday night.
Fair Grove (6-3) will look to pull off a season sweep over Strafford (3-6) after meeting on Oct. 2.
The Eagles pulled away for a 36-20 victory during a game in which they had over 300 yards rushing with 136 coming from Kody Stacye and 115 from Zeke Schaffitzel.
Fair Grove has been really high scoring as of late, with a 69-19 win over Clever and 51-25 win over El Dorado Springs in its last two games.
This might not be the best matchup on paper, but it’s an emotional one for the two programs and Strafford is going to want its revenge.
Area district schedule
Class 1, District 1
- No. 8 Crystal City @ No. 1 Thayer
- No. 5 Caruthersville @ No. 4 Portageville
- No. 7 Chaffee @ No. 2 St. Vincent
- No. 3 Malden @ No. 3 Hayti
Class 1, District 3
- No. 1 Skyline vs. BYE
- No. 5 Cole Camp @ No. 4 Lincoln
- No. 7 Pleasant Hope @ No. 2 Windsor
- No. 6 Russellville @ No. 3 Tipton
Class 1, District 4
- No. 1 Marionville vs. BYE
- No. 5 Ash Grove @ No. 4 Pierce City
- No. 7 Miller @ No. 2 Lockwood
- No. 6 Diamond @ No. 3 Cabool
Class 2, District 3
- No. 1 Springfield Catholic vs. BYE
- No. 5 Houston @ No. 4 Mountain View-Liberty
- No. 7 Willow Springs @ No. 2 Forsyth
- No. 6 Strafford @ No. 3 Fair Grove
Class 2, District 4
- No. 1 Lamar vs. BYE
- No. 5 Clever @ No. 4 El Dorado Springs
- No. 2 Sarcoxie vs. BYE
- No. 6 Stockton @ No. 3 East Newton
Class 3, District 5
- No. 1 Buffalo vs. BYE
- No. 5 Eldon @ No. 4 Osage
- No. 2 Ava vs. BYE
- No. 6 Clinton @ No. 3 Mountain Grove
Class 3, District 6
- No. 1 Cassville vs. BYE
- No. 4 Reeds Spring vs. BYE
- No. 2 Mount Vernon vs. BYE
- No. 6 Seneca @ No. 3 Aurora
Class 4, District 5
- No. 1 West Plains vs. BYE
- No. 5 Marshfield @ No. 4 McDonald County
- No. 7 Monett @ No. 2 Carl Junction
- No. 6 Hillcrest @ No. 3 Logan-Rogersville
Class 4, District 6
- No. 1 Helias Catholic vs. BYE
- No. 5 Harrisonville @ No. 4 Nevada
- No. 2 Bolivar vs. BYE
- No. 6 Marshall @ No. 3 Warrensburg
Class 5, District 5
- No. 1 Lebanon vs. BYE
- No. 5 Central (Springfield) vs. No. 4 Willard
- No. 2 Glendale vs. No. 3 Waynesville (Nov. 6)
Class 5, District 6
- No. 1 Carthage vs. BYE
- No. 5 Branson @ No. 4 Republic
- No. 2 Webb City vs. BYE
- No. 6 Neosho @ No. 3 Ozark
Class 6, District 3
- No. 8 Lee’s Summit @ No. 1 Raymore-Peculiar
- No. 5 Joplin vs. BYE
- No. 2 Nixa vs. BYE
- No. 6 Kickapoo @ No. 3 Lee’s Summit West
Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at email@example.com or Twitter at @WyattWheeler_NL. He’s also the co-host of Sports Talk on Jock Radio weekdays from 4-6 p.m.