KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2019, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 21 Oct 2019 HH:10:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Mizzou volleyball overpowers Tennessee https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-volleyball-overpowers-tennessee/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-volleyball-overpowers-tennessee/ Sports Sun, 20 Oct 2019 5:05:59 PM Robbie Liapis, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou volleyball overpowers Tennessee

COLUMBIA - Although it wasn't a clean sweep, Mizzou volleyball stayed in control to defeat the Tennessee Lady Volunteers on Sunday.

The Tigers swiftly blew through the first two sets, winning 25-14 and 25-16 respectively, but Tennessee wouldn't go down without a fight.

The Lady Vols won the third set 25-18, but Mizzou stopped them from mounting anymore of a comeback.

The Tigers finished off Tennessee with a 25-14 victory in the fourth set to win the match 3-1.

Mizzou improves to 12-4 on the season while going 4-2 in SEC play. The Lady Vols fall to 9-9 overall and 3-5 in conference.

The Tigers will hope to stay hot as they travel to Fayetteville to play SEC rival Arkansas on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

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Mizzou suffers heartbreaking 21-14 loss to Vanderbilt https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-suffers-heartbreaking-21-14-loss-to-vanderbilt/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-suffers-heartbreaking-21-14-loss-to-vanderbilt/ Sports Sat, 19 Oct 2019 7:02:44 PM Nick Swanson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou suffers heartbreaking 21-14 loss to Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, TN - The Missouri Tigers suffered a heartbreaking 21-14 loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores in their homecoming game.

Mizzou traveled to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt in an attempt to go 3-0 in SEC play.

It was a very slow game with both teams unable to get anything going through the first quarter. Vanderbilt started off the second quarter with a methodical drive and marched down the field for the first score of the game by Ke'Shawn Vaughn.

Mizzou answered with a touchdown pass from Kelly Bryant to Albert Okwuegbunam to tie up the game at 7-7. After a pair of empty possessions, Vanderbilt blew past the Mizzou defense with a 61 yard catch and run from Ke'Shawn Vaughn for a touchdown to go into halftime up 14-7.

It was a rough third quarter for the Tigers as the offense couldn't get anything going. When it looked as if it couldn't get any worse, it did. Junior safety Tyree Gillespie committed a blatant helmet to helmet hit on Vanderbilt quarterback Mo Hassan that got him ejected for targeting and sent Hassan to the sideline.

The very next play, Vanderbilt's backup quarterback Riley Neal threw an interception to Cameron Wilkins. The turnover led to a 6 yard touchdown rush by Larry Rountree III to tie the game 14-14 going into the fourth.

Vanderbilt capitalized on its first drive of the fourth quarter going 65 yards for the game sealing touchdown.

Mizzou kicker Tucker McCann missed two field goals, one from 48 yards out and the other from 50.

Vanderbilt picked up a win going into its bye week. The Commodores play South Carolina on November 2 while Mizzou looks to next week when it travels to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats on October 26.

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Blues Shutdown By Canadiens, Lose 5-2 https://www.komu.com/news/blues-shutdown-by-canadiens-lose-5-2/ https://www.komu.com/news/blues-shutdown-by-canadiens-lose-5-2/ Sports Sat, 19 Oct 2019 5:02:19 PM Nick Swanson Blues Shutdown By Canadiens, Lose 5-2

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues fell to the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Saturday.

The Canadiens opened up Game 2 of the season series against the Blues with a solid offensive series that led to a goal by Jordan Weal. The Blues, looking to bounce back, answered soon after with a goal of their own from Jaden Schwartz to tie up the game 1-1.

The Blues couldn't maintain the momentum going into the second period, allowing a score from Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher after a mere six seconds of play. The Canadiens went on to mount an offensive assault against the Blues with goals from Jonathan Drouin and Nick Suzuki to extend the lead to 4-1 going into the third period.

It appeared the game was over until Blues forward David Perron scored in the final minute to bring the score to 4-2. The celebration didn't last long, however, as just seconds later Canadiens defensemen Shea Weber pushed the game officially out of reach with the fifth goal of the night for Montreal to bring the score to 5-2.

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Mexico feasts on Fulton for the 54 Bowl win https://www.komu.com/news/mexico-feasts-on-fulton-for-the-54-bowl-win/ https://www.komu.com/news/mexico-feasts-on-fulton-for-the-54-bowl-win/ Sports Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:51:33 PM Quinn Ritzdorf, Columbia Missourian Mexico feasts on Fulton for the 54 Bowl win

MEXICO - The trophy for the 54 Bowl might as well have been a dog bowl, rather than the highway sign Mexico hoisted after it devoured Fulton Friday in a 42-6 win. 

Mexico running back Dante Billups gobbled up yards against Fulton's weak run defense, thanks to the large holes opened up by the offensive line. When the Bulldogs didn't run, they relished in their passing game led by quarterback Ty Prince and wide receiver Isaiah Reams.

Mexico was able to feed on Fulton's costly mistakes, like muffed kicks and failed trick plays. The Hornets were able to put together a scoring drive in the in the middle of the fourth quarter.

Mexico's next game is at 7 p.m. Friday at Moberly. Fulton's next game is at 7 p.m. Friday at Missouri Military Academy. 

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Injuries plague Tolton football in latest loss https://www.komu.com/news/injuries-plague-tolton-football-in-latest-loss/ https://www.komu.com/news/injuries-plague-tolton-football-in-latest-loss/ Sports Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:48:54 PM Emma Moloney, Columbia Missourian Injuries plague Tolton football in latest loss

WARSAW - The final score of Friday’s Tolton football matchup — 44-20, in favor of the other team — looked just like any other game this season.

But as various Trailblazers left Warsaw High School on crutches, holding ice packs to their limbs and covered with medical tape, one thing was clear: This battered and bruised team had put up a fight.

“I think it’s important for them to know what the feeling of a game like this feels like,” Egnew said. “This is one of the only games we were competitively in it for a long time … this is one that they understood that they lost, but that they could have won.”

Tolton came out strong in the first quarter with a touchdown by senior running back Connor Fogue on the Trailblazer’s first drive.

When the Wildcats answered on the next drive with a touchdown of their own, the Trailblazers appeared unphased. The team worked its way back downfield with ease, and junior quarterback Gabe Pfenenger reached the end zone to put Tolton ahead 13-6.

“We did some really good things in the first half,” Egnew said. “The guys that really love football came out and played, and I think they did really well.”

The Trailblazer offense refused to let up, as junior wide receiver Dylan Block evaded defenders left and right to score the team’s third touchdown. Though Warsaw responded with one touchdown of its own, Tolton managed to hold off the Wildcat offense and maintain its lead heading into the half.

With the Trailblazers leading 20-14, Egnew took his players into the locker room after the back-and-forth half for an intense halftime conversation.

“We really called on the guys to come out and continue to fight a little harder,” Egnew said.

Confident, the Trailblazers jogged back to the sideline prepared for and expecting an equally competitive second half. 

But that wouldn't be the case.

In a complete reversal from the first half, the Wildcats came onto the field with a vengeance and tied the Trailblazers almost immediately.

Throughout the third and fourth quarters, the Trailblazers were plagued with injuries and struggled to contain an unrelenting Warsaw offense. Wildcat runners slipped through Tolton’s defensive gaps, and a series of interceptions and fumbles kept the ball out of the Trailblazer’s hands for most of the second half.

“Sometimes you have these unfortunate games where you just have too many injuries from your seniors and upperclassmen and you just can’t hang on,” Egnew said. “By the third quarter we were playing guys in places they had never played before.”

Three unanswered Warsaw touchdowns and a safety later, Tolton was down 44-20 and wouldn't score from there. 

Despite yet another loss, Egnew doesn’t believe his players have anything to hang their heads about on the bus ride home.

“This was one of those games where you start off well, and we just weren’t able to last,” Egnew said. “But what we’re doing is we’re trying to build and learn how to fight. Right now, we’re young … this is one of those years we’re going to have to build and continue on. That’s just how it has to go.”

Tolton will celebrate senior night and its final regular season home game at 7 p.m. Friday against Christian High School.

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Rock Bridge comeback falls just short of stunning Helias https://www.komu.com/news/rock-bridge-comeback-falls-just-short-of-stunning-helias/ https://www.komu.com/news/rock-bridge-comeback-falls-just-short-of-stunning-helias/ Sports Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:45:55 PM Liad Lerner, Columbia Missourian Rock Bridge comeback falls just short of stunning Helias

JEFFERSON CITY — Fourth-and-goal, four yards to go.

Rock Bridge had once again clawed its way back after another poor first-half performance. Down 27-10 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Bruins trailed by just seven with half a minute left in the game.

A few minutes earlier, Rock Bridge safety Tre Manuel intercepted Helias quarterback Zachary Wolken for the second time in the quarter, setting up the drive that ended on this final, crucial fourth down. The Bruins marched the ball down to the 3-yard line, but were stuffed three straight times by the Crusader defense.

Now it was do-or-die. Score and go to overtime, or fail and lose for the first time in a month.

Grant Hajicek took the snap, rolled to the left and pitched the ball to running back Bryce Jackson. The lane was sealed, so Jackson took a step back and kept trying. It still wasn’t there.

He doubled back and ran to the right. He was cut off there, too. He tried one last effort down the middle.

He didn’t make it.

Game over. Helias 27, Rock Bridge 20. The Bruins fell to 3-5 with the loss.

“We came back and fought to try to get back in the game,” Bruins' coach Van Vanatta said. “But we had the ball on the 3-yard line and we didn’t get it done. They wanted it a little bit more than us in the end.”

But how did the Bruins make it so close in the first place? It seemed impossible against one-loss Helias after the first half, when Rock Bridge had no answer for Wolken’s high-tempo, quick passing offense.

Wolken was 14-for-20 for 185 yards and one touchdown, a 62-yard deep ball to a wide-open Dylan Weaver, in the first half. A blocked punt returned to the 5-yard line set up a quick rushing touchdown from Alex Clement to give the Crusaders (8-0) a 14-3 lead heading into the break. It could have been even more if not for a dropped pass on 4th-and-3 and a goal-line fumble from running back Carson Brauner.

“We had a good plan (to deal with Helias’ offense), but it was just blown assignments,” Vanatta said. “One play doesn’t lose the game. There were a lot of plays where we didn’t execute.”

Meanwhile, Hajicek, Wolken’s counterpart, struggled, completing just three passes for 17 yards in the first half.

Bryce Jackson ran 33 yards up the middle on Rock Bridge’s first snap of the game, which set up a 42-yard field goal from Will Norris. But then the offense sunk back into its pattern of slow starts and disappeared for the rest of the half, only converting one more first down before the break.

“I don’t have an answer for (Rock Bridge’s slow stars this season),” Vanatta said. “We’re not getting ready and focused to play (before the game).”

But inexplicably, Rock Bridge’s offense once again came alive in the second half.

A 50-yard field goal from Vito Calvaruso extended the Crusaders’ lead to 17-3; but in response, Hajicek found Brant Bowers for 42 yards. Then he found Spencer Nivens for 32 yards. Then Bryce Jackson grabbed Rock Bridge’s first touchdown of the night with a 7-yard run.

Calvaruso kicked another field goal, this one from 42 yards, to make it 20-10, and then the Crusaders really seemed to put a stamp on the game. Corner Griffin Buschjost picked off Hajicek near the end of the third quarter, and Clement burst 71 yards untouched up the middle on the next play.

Seventeen point deficit. One quarter remaining.

But Hajicek and the Bruins would not quit.

Nivens gained 37 yards on a double-reverse trick play that led to a 13-yard pass from Hajicek to Max Vanatta in the end zone. 27-17.

Manuel grabbed his first interception around midfield with seven minutes left. Then Hajicek pulled off a miracle of a play when he broke four tackles in the backfield and dumped the ball off to Jackson, who plowed through a defender en route to a 25-yard gain. Norris converted a 38-yard field goal and all of a sudden it was a one-possession game.

Manuel grabbed his second interception on a deep third-and-nine attempt from Wolken, and now there were three minutes left for Rock Bridge to go 43 yards and complete a stunning comeback.

Hajicek found Nivens for 25 yards, and then fought through a crunching tackle on a quarterback sneak to convert a third-and-two.

First-and-goal on the 3-yard line. Four consecutive stops.

Game lost.

“It’s tough,” Vanatta said. “You win with class and you lose with grace. We had our opportunity and we didn’t capitalize. They wanted it a little bit more than us in the end.”

Rock Bridge will return home to face Francis Howell on senior night at 7 p.m., Friday.

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Friday Night Fever Week 8: High school football photos and videos https://www.komu.com/news/friday-night-fever-week-8-high-school-football-photos-and-videos/ https://www.komu.com/news/friday-night-fever-week-8-high-school-football-photos-and-videos/ Sports Fri, 18 Oct 2019 5:44:44 PM Melody Cox and Greta Serrin, KOMU 8 Digital Producers and Joe Miller, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Friday Night Fever Week 8: High school football photos and videos

COLUMBIA - Friday Night Fever’s Week 8 Game of the Week features a dominant Helias (6-1) visited by a surging Rock Bridge team (3-4).

Helias has had a dominant offense all season and has consistently limited their opponents with a good defensive presence. 

Rock Bridge has really come alive in the last three weeks winning every contest. Their offense has taken off, scoring 39, 41, and 48 in three consecutive games. 

This looks to be an exciting match-up between two formidable opponents. 

Be sure to tweet your game photos and updates to @komusports. This live blog will feature photos and videos from high school football games around mid-Missouri. Items are in reverse chronological order, with the newest on top. 

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MRI reveals dislocated kneecap for Patrick Mahomes https://www.komu.com/news/mri-reveals-dislocated-kneecap-for-patrick-mahomes/ https://www.komu.com/news/mri-reveals-dislocated-kneecap-for-patrick-mahomes/ Sports Fri, 18 Oct 2019 3:07:56 PM James Stanley, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter MRI reveals dislocated kneecap for Patrick Mahomes

KANSAS CITY - The extent of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' leg injury sustained during the team's Thursday night 30-6 win over the Broncos is now known.

NBC Affiliated KSHB reported Friday an MRI revealed Mahomes suffered a dislocated knee cap on a QB sneak in the 2nd quarter.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said in a tweet sources told him Mahomes will return to the gridiron after a "brief absence", which according to the Washington Post via a report from the Associated Press, could be four to six weeks.

The Chiefs (5-2) next host the Green Bay Packers (5-1) on Oct. 27 and may have to rely on backup quarterback Matt Moore who finished last night's game 10-19 with 119 passing yards and a touchdown through the air.

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Even in injury, Lewis still contributing to Bruins https://www.komu.com/news/even-in-injury-lewis-still-contributing-to-bruins/ https://www.komu.com/news/even-in-injury-lewis-still-contributing-to-bruins/ Sports Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:59:18 PM Liad Lerner, Columbia Missourian Even in injury, Lewis still contributing to Bruins

De Smet quarterback AJ Fraser took the snap, faked a handoff on the read option play and started running toward the line of scrimmage midway through the second quarter of the Spartans’ game against Rock Bridge on Sept. 6.

Bruins linebacker Jaden Lewis was blitzing on the play, and had to adjust when Fraser decided to take it for himself. Lewis caught up to Fraser and brought him down, landing at the bottom of a dog pile in the process.

De Smet would go on to win that game 50-7, but Lewis wouldn’t be a part of the rest of it. His night — and perhaps his season — ended on that play.

“I knew something was bad (as soon as) I went down, because I had never felt pain like that before, especially in my foot,” Lewis said. “I knew something was bad right away and I couldn’t get up when I fell.”

Lewis was diagnosed with a fractured right ankle later that night. The initial tests said he would miss 4-6 weeks. But a couple of days later, it was apparent that Lewis would likely be out for the entire season. His senior season.

“It was very sad,” Lewis said. “I didn’t know what to think because it was my senior year and I just didn’t know how to respond to it. It was a very life-changing moment.”

After spending much of his junior season as a backup, Lewis had been set to star as a middle linebacker this season alongside Will Norris, a fellow senior who committed to play football at Missouri in July.

“He’s got a dog mentality for sure,” Norris said. “He’s always been the underdog, but he can do some great things.”

Lewis performed well against Rockhurst in Week 1 with one sack and three assisted tackles, but he was really on a roll in the next game against De Smet.

He had already racked up two tackles, one of which was for loss, and three assisted tackles less than 14 minutes into that eventual blowout at the hands of the Spartans. But then came that fateful pileup and the injury that came with it. All of a sudden, the rest of Lewis’ career was potentially up in smoke.

“You’re always one snap away,” coach Van Vanatta said. “You just never know when you’re going to have something taken from you.”

But that hasn’t stopped Lewis from doing everything he can for his Bruins. The senior shows up to every practice, boot on his right foot, and is always on hand to assist the players and coaching staff. Lewis says that even though he’s not on the field, he’s still a teammate and he still wants to help his “brothers” out.

“A lot of kids would be in a funk,” Vanatta said. “But he’s here every day; he supports his teammates and he does it with a smile.”

And when Lewis visited the doctor again Wednesday, he was given a lifeline of hope. He was cleared to start rehab, and he could start fully practicing again as soon as Oct. 23. While Rock Bridge’s game against Francis Howell on Oct. 25 comes too early for him to return, Lewis is aiming toward being back on the field at some point in the playoffs.

“I was relieved,” Lewis said. “It’s like, ‘Wow, it’s not over until they say it’s over.’”

Now the Bruins just have to stay alive long enough for him to get healthy.

Lewis was disappointed with Rock Bridge’s 0-4 start; he thought a few of those games could have gone the other way if the Bruins had executed better. But now that the team has won three consecutive games, he is confident the Bruins can keep things rolling against Helias (6-1) and Francis Howell (6-1) in the final two weeks of the regular season.

Whether or not he makes it back onto the field, Lewis’ teammates say they know he’ll continue to contribute.

“I’m glad he’s getting the chance to come back,” Norris said. “I know it means a lot to him to finish out his senior year and he can benefit our team a lot.”

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Battle's biggest questions heading into Jefferson City https://www.komu.com/news/battle-s-biggest-questions-heading-into-jefferson-city/ https://www.komu.com/news/battle-s-biggest-questions-heading-into-jefferson-city/ Sports Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:52:30 PM Adam Cole, Columbia Missourian Battle's biggest questions heading into Jefferson City

Things were uncharacteristic in every sense of the word last week for the Battle Spartans.

In a 29-0 defeat to Rockhurst — only the second shutout in program history — Battle (4-3) had what seemed to be a freaky Friday moment. An usually explosive offense seemed shut down by the Hawklets’ defense and, despite giving up four touchdowns, the Battle defense seemed to have its best performance yet.

Between the role reversal on both sides of the ball and the amount of injuries allotted, the Spartans will face a lot of questions when they head to Missouri’s capital city this weekend to take on the Jefferson City Jays.

What’s the status of Gerry Marteen, Landon Ray and others?

The injury bug may have been the biggest issue for the Spartans in last week’s loss to Rockhurst.

Marteen didn’t dress out for the second week in a row and, as the game went on, Battle continued to lose players.

Offensive coordinator Matt Herman said earlier this week that the team will likely be without both of its tackles — Ray and Sam Ennis — this week, but both should be back for the Spartans’ matchup with Hannibal the following week.

How cautious will the Spartans be with Harrison Keller and Khaleel Dampier?

Arguably the biggest players bit by last week’s injury bug were both of Battle’s quarterbacks, Keller and Dampier.

Late in the first quarter against Rockhurst, Dampier came off the field with a leg injury. About two minutes later, Keller was on the ground with what looked to be a shoulder injury. Dampier returned in Friday’s loss, but Keller — who had apparently been playing through injury the last couple of weeks — sat out the next three quarters.

Battle coach Atiyyah Ellison said Wednesday that both quarterbacks are expected to play, but didn’t give much of an update on their injuries.

Quite frankly, it’s unclear just how careful Battle will be with either of its quarterbacks. Assuming both are at full health, it’s likely the offense will see the same “hot hand” approach it has seen all season.

If either is not at full health, that’s where things get interesting. Herman has said the offense has “a few surprises” up its sleeve moving forward, and the thought of Battle crafting a new wrinkle to keep both quarterbacks as fresh as possible is intriguing.

Will Battle manage to generate offense without a quarterback? If so, how?At the end of last week, the Spartans saw someone not named Harrison or Khaleel take a direct snap for the first time all season.

Running back Darren Jordan took a direct snap in what looked to be a wildcat formation and cut to his left for a 13-yard gain. Jordan and junior DaleShaun Coleman both shared snaps out of the formation, and Jordan even threw a pass at one point.

Coleman said after the loss that the formation has been something the offense has been working on since Week 1.

“If both quarterbacks go down, that’s something we can throw in,” Coleman said.

Beyond the direct snap and one pass play that the offense ran out of that formation, Coleman said there’s not much more variety in the scheme. However, he said it’s likely to become more complex as the team grows more comfortable in the formation.

Can the defense follow up on maybe its best performance yet?

Ellison said he tries not to over-praise his team, but he definitely gave the Spartan defense its due and “sang them sweet” songs after it put up a fairly staunch performance against Rockhurst.

As a unit, Battle’s defense had six tackles for loss, four passes defended, three sacks and a forced fumble and blocked field goal. The defense also stopped the ball at or behind the Rockhurst line of scrimmage about half the time.

The quality of opponent may be a little different this week for the Spartans, as Jefferson City is currently riding a four-game losing streak. The Jays — who are averaging 21.1 point per game so far — are also winless at home this season.

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How they prepare: following the Tolton Trailblazers' routine on game week https://www.komu.com/news/how-they-prepare-following-the-tolton-trailblazers-routine-on-game-week/ https://www.komu.com/news/how-they-prepare-following-the-tolton-trailblazers-routine-on-game-week/ Sports Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:46:51 PM Emma Moloney, Columbia Missourian How they prepare: following the Tolton Trailblazers' routine on game week

For many Tolton football fans, setting aside each Friday night for the sole purpose of filling the stadium and cheering on the Trailblazers is routine.

The parents of players spend a little more time during the week contemplating football as they pick up their kids from practice.

Players spend nearly three hours a day, six days a week, either at practice or games and are constantly thinking about their upcoming match up.

However, no one lives and breathes Tolton football more than coach Michael Egnew. For him, preparing the Trailblazers for another week of play is an everyday undertaking.

Immediately following Tolton’s loss to St. Mary’s, Egnew and the other coaches go through the game tape and load it online, later exchanging the tape with Tolton’s upcoming opponent, Warsaw.

The tape is then set aside for Saturday morning.

The Trailblazers' players and coaches meet bright and early to go over film for their weekend practice.

“First, we as coaches watch the tape, evaluate it and get our coaching points ready to go,” Egnew said. “Then, we meet with the players and go over with them all our coaching points and corrections.”

This week, the team discussed flaws in Tolton’s technique and fundamentals, making sure the players were lined up correctly in their formations and were executing their varying roles.

“In any given game there could be 100 corrections,” Egnew said. “They could be slight things; no one’s perfect. You try to make everything right, and it’s up to the coaches to come up with their points and get them across.”

Time allowing, Egnew then takes his players outside to do a couple of walkthroughs based on the new adjustments.

While the players may get to take the day off, Egnew and the other coaches do not.

Sunday consists of a coaches meeting where the group does an evaluation of their team’s next opponent and starts to come up with a game plan for the week of practice ahead.

Come Monday afternoon, Egnew’s game plan is set into action.

“We’re always working the same things: fundamentals,” Egnew said. “Then, you work toward the things your scheme needs that week depending on the team you play.”

In spite of the absence of junior quarterback Gabe Pfenenger in last Friday’s game, Tolton managed to record 81 passing yards with the help of sophomore backup quarterback Jonah Lybeck-Brown.

Compared to only three rushing yards, the Trailblazers spent the week developing their run game while building on last week’s success with passing. Additionally, Egnew continued to work on fortifying his offensive line to afford protection for whoever is playing quarterback.

Tolton also worked to further limit its turnovers at practice this week. Coming off a three turnover performance against St. Mary’s, the Trailblazers will need to do a better job of limiting major miscues against Warsaw.

Thursday is a “finalizer day” for the team, Egnew said, as the Trailblazers put the finishing touches on their preparation for the next day’s match up.

It’s game day for Egnew and the Trailblazers.

“Every team that we play right now is a huge challenge for us; winning is not going to be easy,” Egnew said. “We believe we can do it, we believe we can bring our team out and make stuff happen. We see this game just like we see every game, and they’re another good team … we’re going to go out and see what happens.”

The Trailblazers will face the Wildcats at 7 p.m. Friday at Warsaw.

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Hickman is prepared for last road game of the season https://www.komu.com/news/hickman-is-prepared-for-last-road-game-of-the-season/ https://www.komu.com/news/hickman-is-prepared-for-last-road-game-of-the-season/ Sports Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:33:21 PM Joseph Hernandez, Columbia Missourian Hickman is prepared for last road game of the season

Hickman coach Cedric Alvis isn’t going to Kansas City for barbeque.

While Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que would be his choice, it’s another business trip for the Kewpies (2-5), as they are on the road for a Friday matchup against Truman (1-6).

Truman was shut out last week by Park Hill South, losing 38-0, while Hickman lost its opportunity to shock the Missouri high school football world in the final seconds, falling to undefeated North Kansas City 38-35.

Both teams have something to prove come Friday and by the end of the night, one of them will have put an end to its losing streak.

Despite losing its Homecoming game, there were a lot of positives that Hickman coaches took away from the player’s performances. The team has been able to move the ball on offense at a consistent pace on the ground.

Senior running back Felix Pippenger had 177 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns, and senior quarterback Jevean Brown added 72 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown that tied the game in the fourth quarter.

The high numbers in the running game are not possible without the improvements on the offensive line. Will Schommer, Zeke Arnold, Brandon Rhen, Declan Irelan and Adison Barnett-Hill have stepped their games up and are playing at high levels at the right moment.

“The players have come together and we work more as a unit now,” Irelan said. “It’s more of a brotherhood among the O-line and everyone on the team.”

The offensive line continuing to play at this level is going to be key for its upcoming game against the Patriots. It’s going to be another intense game for Hickman, as it’ll match ing up with a Truman team that has size on the defensive line and is known to be physical.

On the defensive side, it’s about getting back to the basics and working on the fundamentals of the game.

That includes tackling, a key aspect of the game that Hickman has struggled with the past few weeks. The Kewpies have allowed 100-yard rushing performances in their past two games, with North Kansas City having two players go for 134 yards and 130 yards, respectively.

Hickman had North Kansas City on third-and-short numerous times throughout the game and could not get the defense off the field because it could not bring the ball carrier down.

Broken tackles, jukes and all kinds of evasive maneuvers that opposing offenses put on the Kewpie defense have kept them out of the win column and is something that will have to stop.

Assistant coach Kole Hinton said that the team has done a nice job of playing its style of football and has found its identity in the past few games, with the focus now being on ironing out the wrinkles.

Hickman will have the perfect opportunity to iron out its wrinkles at 7 p.m. Friday in Independence.

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Rock Bridge can measure season's progress against 6-1 Helias Friday https://www.komu.com/news/rock-bridge-can-measure-season-s-progress-against-6-1-helias-friday/ https://www.komu.com/news/rock-bridge-can-measure-season-s-progress-against-6-1-helias-friday/ Sports Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:27:14 PM Liad Lerner, Columbia Missourian Rock Bridge can measure season's progress against 6-1 Helias Friday

Van Vanatta wasn’t moving around as much as he usually does at Rock Bridge’s practices this week.

The football coach was on crutches Tuesday after undergoing a minor back surgery, but he had already left them behind by Wednesday. He expects to recover fully before Friday’s game against Helias.

By that time, Vanatta will be more worried about how successful his running backs are at moving around than about his own mobility. Bryce Jackson and Miles Cheatum have been on a tear recently and have scored a combined 10 touchdowns since the start of Rock Bridge’s three-game winning streak. Cheatum, especially, has been turning heads with three touchdown runs of 50 or more yards in that span.

“We just do what we can every game,” Jackson said. “Our goal is to help our team win. Performance is important to me and I want to perform well for my team.”

But even in the purple patch that the pair finds itself playing in right now, it will take some effort to eclipse former Bruin running back Nate Peat’s performance against the Crusaders last year. The current Stanford running back amassed four touchdowns and 376 yards in Rock Bridge’s 52-28 victory in 2018.

One of the team’s biggest questions heading into the season was how adequate Jackson, Cheatum and Peyton Carr would be in replacing the Bruins all-time leading rusher. Carr hasn’t played in the position since going down with a hamstring injury in Week 3, and while Jackson and Cheatum have really kicked-on recently, they were inconsistent early in the season.

“I think we’ve improved a lot,” Cheatum said. “We weren’t really hitting the holes in the beginning and we weren’t blocking that well in the beginning. But now everyone’s blocking well and we’re hitting the holes better. Our vision is better and we’re just getting the job done.”

Friday’s game could act as a real measuring stick for how well the 2019 Bruins have done in moving on from Peat.

But this evaluation doesn’t have to stop at the running back position. Rock Bridge began the season 0-4 after losing to teams that now have a combined record of 19-9. They have since blown out three teams with a combined record of 4-17. It is difficult to determine how much of the Bruins’ recent results have been due to genuine improvement in the team rather than worse opposition.

But the next two games against Helias (6-1) and Francis Howell (6-1) will once again offer stiff tests against quality teams. If the Bruins get past them, the games could serve as necessary momentum heading into the playoffs, which begin in November.

Rock Bridge will face Helias at 7 p.m. Friday at Helias High School in Jefferson City.

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Fulton seeks to flip the script against Mexico https://www.komu.com/news/fulton-seeks-to-flip-the-script-against-mexico/ https://www.komu.com/news/fulton-seeks-to-flip-the-script-against-mexico/ Sports Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:15:32 PM Alex Burke, Columbia Missourian Fulton seeks to flip the script against Mexico

While Fulton and Mexico is considered a rivalry game, Mexico has dominated the matchup for the majority of this decade, winning six straight and losing only once in 2012.

Not only has Mexico won the game during some of its stronger seasons, there were years where it had a poor season and still beat Fulton. In 2013, Mexico was 2-6 heading into its game against Fulton and shut out the Hornets, 21-0. Just last year, Mexico’s 49-14 blowout of Fulton was sandwiched between the Bulldogs losing 37-7 to Kirksville and 34-7 to Moberly.

Fulton may have a chance this year however, as Mexico has not played strong football consistently throughout the course of the season. Mexico’s three wins so far have come against opponents that have a combined 2-19 record.

In the Bulldogs’ four losses, the defense has been fairly good at times, but the offense never showed up. The Bulldogs could get nothing going against the speed of Southern Boone’s defense in Week 1 and got shut out. Then the Bulldogs managed to only scrape together 10 points in a loss to their other rival, Centralia. Prior to this season, Centralia had not defeated Mexico since 2011.

For the Hornets to also change their fate against Mexico, they will need to bottle up the Bulldogs’ run game. Mexico runs an option offense, so stopping junior quarterback Ty Prince, junior running back Dante Billups and sophomore running back Isaiah Reams is especially important.

The game is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Mexico.

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Mahomes injured as Chiefs beat Broncos https://www.komu.com/news/mahomes-injured-as-chiefs-beat-broncos/ https://www.komu.com/news/mahomes-injured-as-chiefs-beat-broncos/ Sports Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:08:25 PM Ethan Becker, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mahomes injured as Chiefs beat Broncos

DENVER - Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes left in the 2nd quarter Thursday night against the Denver Broncos after suffering a knee injury on a QB sneak.

Mahomes had to be helped off the field, but walked back to the locker room on his own and was seen later with a brace.

He will undergo an MRI in Kansas City to determine if there is any ligament damage to his knee that could alter his time on the sidelines.

Matt Moore filled in for the Chiefs. He finished the game 10-19 passing for 117 yds and a touchdown to wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the 3rd quarter to help give Kansas City the 30-6 victory.

The Chiefs improves to 5-2 on the season, but will wait to see about Mahomes' condition before they host the Green Bay Packers next Sunday night.

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Blues lose in shootout to Canucks https://www.komu.com/news/blues-lose-in-shootout-to-canucks/ https://www.komu.com/news/blues-lose-in-shootout-to-canucks/ Sports Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:48:20 PM Jack Shimanek, KOMU 8 Sports Blues lose in shootout to Canucks

ST. LOUIS - The Blues lost 4-3 in a shootout at home against the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night to begin a four game homestand.

The Blues were the first to strike after 15 minutes with a goal from center Robby Fabbri to make the score 1-0 in the first period.

Vancouver equalized two minutes into the second period, getting a goal from forward Micheal Ferland to even the score at 1-1.

St. Louis responded quickly with a goal from captain Alex Pietrangelo, as the two teams traded goals within minutes, giving the Blues the lead again at 2-1.

The Blues kept this momentum going, scoring again just 47 seconds later, as Vladimir Tarasenko increased their lead to 3-1 early in the second period.

The Canucks fought their way back throughout the second period and cut into the lead with a strike from #9 J.T. Miller, bringing the score to 3-2.

The Blues held the lead throughout the third period until Canucks' center Bo Horvat brought the game back to a 3-3 tie with an easy finish in front of the goal.

The game remained tied 3-3 until the end of regulation, forcing overtime.

The overtime period brought about no goals for either team, despite numerous shots on goal for the Blues in the final minute, sending the game to a shootout.

The two teams went five scoreless rounds until Canucks' forward Josh Leivo ended the game with a goal in round six of the long shootout, giving the Canucks the 4-3 victory.

With the loss, the Blues drop to 3-1-3 on the season and will look to turn it around Saturday against the Canadiens.

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Kansas City Chiefs head to Denver for Thursday night football https://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-chiefs-head-to-denver-for-thursday-night-football/ https://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-chiefs-head-to-denver-for-thursday-night-football/ Sports Thu, 17 Oct 2019 4:43:01 PM Danielle King, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Kansas City Chiefs head to Denver for Thursday night football

DENVER - The Kansas City Chiefs will be heading to the new home of former Mizzou quarterback, Drew Lock, on Thursday night to take on the Denver Broncos.

Lock has been out due to a thumb injury.

The Chiefs will be going into the game 4-2, with a two game losing streak. 

The improvements needed for Kansas City come from the defense, which has allowed an average of 190 rushing yards in the last four weeks.

The Broncos are in hope of improving their offense for Thursday night's game. Some of the help will come from wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who will be coming back after a sore knee.

The Broncos are looking for a win against the Chiefs, given the fact that they have not been able to defeat the team in four years and will be going up against quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Mahomes won his regular season debut at Mile High stadium two years ago.

The Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs will kick-off at 7:20 P.M.

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Columbia men's soccer remains undefeated https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-men-s-soccer-remains-undefeated/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-men-s-soccer-remains-undefeated/ Sports Wed, 16 Oct 2019 9:07:14 PM Grace Taylor, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Columbia men's soccer remains undefeated

COLUMBIA - Number two Columbia walked off with its 13th straight win on Wednesday in an intense match up against Lindenwood-Belleville University.

Columbia had possession of the ball for most of the first half, but the game remained scoreless until the final seconds.

Matheus de Albuquerque took advantage of a defenseless goalie and shot one in to put the Cougars ahead with four seconds left on the clock.

One of last week's AMC players of the week Joe Spotanski rolled in a goal for Columbia ten minutes into the second half.

Shortly after, referees denied Columbia's goal from Aaron Noel after the Cougars were offside. One minute later, Noel hit in another, this time securing the lead, 3-0.

Columbia remains undefeated this season with a 13-0 record. The team will travel to take on Harris-Stowe University on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. 

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Columbia women's soccer defeats Lindenwood https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-women-s-soccer-defeats-lindenwood/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-women-s-soccer-defeats-lindenwood/ Sports Wed, 16 Oct 2019 8:04:51 PM Grace Taylor, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Columbia women's soccer defeats Lindenwood

COLUMBIA - Columbia improved its record on Wednesday after defeating Lindenwood University-Belleville, 2-1, in an AMC matchup.

Sarah Garcia gave the Lynx an early lead in the 5th minute when she landed a shot in the net over Cougars defenders. 

Columbia's Lucy Kingsley set the ball up for Kelsey Mirts in the 23rd minute to tie the game, 1-1.

The rest of the game was quiet until Columbia's Brianna Heath jumped to save a ball from the line. Heath headed it to Mirts, who then headed it past Lindenwood's goalie to make it 2-1.

Cougars goalie Kate Marshall didn't let another goal past her, walking off with five saves.

The win drove Columbia's record up to 10-3 on the season and 7-0 in conference play. The team will play Harris-Stowe State on the road on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Nationals headed to World Series after sweep of Cardinals https://www.komu.com/news/nationals-headed-to-world-series-after-sweep-of-cardinals/ https://www.komu.com/news/nationals-headed-to-world-series-after-sweep-of-cardinals/ Sports Tue, 15 Oct 2019 10:20:49 PM Jack Knowlton, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Nationals headed to World Series after sweep of Cardinals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Washington Nationals reached their first World Series in franchise history with a 7-4 victory over the Cardinals.

Early offense was key, and the Nats got off to an explosive start in the first inning. Anthony Rendon hit a sacrifice fly driving in the first run, Juan Soto drove in another with an RBI double to give the Nats a 2-0 lead.

A huge communication breakdown led to an error in the Cardinal outfield giving Victor Robles a free RBI single, making the score 3-0.

A two run RBI single from Yan Gomes made it 5-0, and the Cardinals decided to pull starter Dakota Hudson after just 15 pitches.

Adam Wainwright replaced Hudson but continued to struggle. The Nats drove in two more off the bat of Trea Turner, extending their lead to 7-0 on just six hits to close out inning number one.

St. Louis got on the board in the fourth after a solo homer to left center by Yadier Molina. Cardinals continued to mount a brief comeback in the fifth after an RBI ground out from Tommy Edman made it 7-2. Jose Martinez made it 7-4 for St. Louis, belting one into center for a two run RBI double.

However, St. Louis was unable to overcome the huge volume of first inning scoring by the Nats in the opening inning. The game finished 7-4, and the 2019 National League pennant will be hung in Washington.

On the mound Patrick Corbin got the win for the Nationals, Daniel Hudson earned the save. Dakota Hudson picked up the loss for the Cards.

The Nationals will face the winner of the Astros-Yankiees series currently 3-1 in favor of the Astros.

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