KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Football Football en-us Copyright 2020, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 17 Feb 2020 HH:02:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Battlehawks suffer first loss in franchise history https://www.komu.com/news/battlehawks-suffer-first-loss-in-franchise-history/ https://www.komu.com/news/battlehawks-suffer-first-loss-in-franchise-history/ Football Sun, 16 Feb 2020 8:05:04 PM Jack Soble, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Battlehawks suffer first loss in franchise history

HOUSTON - After a week-long run of dominance, the St. Louis Battlehawks' all-time franchise win percentage dropped 50 points on Sunday evening with the worst loss in franchise history, a 28-24 defeat in Houston at the hands of the now 2-0 Roughnecks.

Of course, it was also St. Louis's first loss in franchise history. In the second game of the team's existence, costly turnovers plagued the Battlehawks. Quarterback Jordan Ta'amu, a former Ole Miss standout, completed 30 of 37 passes for 284 yards - a solid 7.7 YPA - but threw two interceptions, including one in the fourth quarter that all but sealed the game.

The Battlehawks ran a deep passing play on 2nd and 14, and Ta'amu threw it down the right sideline to a receiver who was never open. Cornerback Jeremiah Johnson picked it off and ran it back to the St. Louis's six yard line.

Three plays later, Roughnecks quarterback PJ Walker found receiver Cam Phillips in the end zone on a designed roll-out. The score was Phillips' third of the game and the subsequent extra point gave Houston a 28-18 lead, from which St. Louis would not recover.

The game did not end before a Missouri Tiger made his mark on the scoresheet, however. Former Mizzou receiver L'Damian Washington took a quick screen pass 36 yards for a touchdown with 1:41 left in the fourth quarter, but by then it was too little, too late. Walker and the Roughnecks got the ball back and were able to run out the clock.

Football will return to St. Louis for the first time since 2015, after which the Rams left for Los Angeles, on Sunday, February 23. The Battlehawks will host the New York Guardians at 2:00 p.m. at The Dome at America's Center.

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Battlehawks win first ever game over Dallas Renegades https://www.komu.com/news/battlehawks-win-first-ever-game-over-dallas-renegades/ https://www.komu.com/news/battlehawks-win-first-ever-game-over-dallas-renegades/ Football Sun, 9 Feb 2020 8:01:03 PM Jack Soble, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Battlehawks win first ever game over Dallas Renegades

DALLAS - St. Louis has a football team again, the Battlehawks of the XFL, and they began their existence with a 15-9 win on Sunday evening over the Dallas Renegades at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX.

The Battlehawks trailed for most of the game, but they eked out a victory with a touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Former Ole Miss standout quarterback Jordan Ta'amu found receiver Alonzo Russell on a post route to the back of the end zone for a nine-yard score, putting St. Louis up 12-9 and giving them the lead for good.

Kicker Taylor Russolino added a field goal, his third of the day, eight minutes later to stretch the lead to six. The defense stood strong to close it out, culminating in an interception by former Baltimore Ravens safety Will Hill.

The newly founded XFL is a remodeled version of the league that failed in 2001, folding after only one season. WWE and Alpha Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon founded the current iteration in 2018.

The league's inaugural weekend has been lauded as a success, with teams in St. Louis, Dallas, and Tampa Bay, Houston, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC generating ratings and ticket sales that have far exceeded expectations.

The Battlehawks will remain on the road in Week Two and face the Houston Roughnecks. Their home opener is on Sunday, Feb. 23 at The Dome at America's Center, where the Battlehawks will take on the New York Guardians.

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Every dog from a Kansas City shelter found a home thanks to Chiefs player https://www.komu.com/news/every-dog-from-a-kansas-city-shelter-found-a-home-thanks-to-chiefs-player/ https://www.komu.com/news/every-dog-from-a-kansas-city-shelter-found-a-home-thanks-to-chiefs-player/ Football Fri, 7 Feb 2020 8:29:26 PM Scottie Andrew and Francisco Guzman, CNN Every dog from a Kansas City shelter found a home thanks to Chiefs player

(CNN) -- Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi vowed to pay the adoption fees for more than 100 dogs if his team won the Super Bowl.

The Chiefs won. And Nnadi made good on his promise.

Now, thanks to his generosity, every kennel at one of KC Pet Project's animal shelters is empty.

"Because of Derrick Nnadi's generous sponsorship, our Petco Adoption Center has no more dogs to adopt," the non-profit wrote on Facebook on Thursday with a photo of dogless kennels. "Yay for so many lives saved!"

Nnadi partnered with the Missouri animal rescue organization this season: For every Chiefs win, he'd pay a dog's adoption fee. The Chiefs won 15 games total, including the postseason.

And when the Chiefs made the Super Bowl, Nnadi decided he would pay for every dog's adoption fee, if his team won. That ended up being 109 dogs at an average adoption fee of $150.

Celebrity chef Rachael Ray chipped in, too: She offered a free supply of pet food for a whole year for every dog that Nnadi paid for, provided through her dog food line.

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Patrick Mahomes wins Super Bowl MVP https://www.komu.com/news/patrick-mahomes-wins-super-bowl-mvp/ https://www.komu.com/news/patrick-mahomes-wins-super-bowl-mvp/ Football Sun, 2 Feb 2020 10:00:37 PM Jack Soble, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Patrick Mahomes wins Super Bowl MVP

MIAMI - Patrick Mahomes took home Super Bowl LIV MVP honors, leading the Chiefs past the San Francisco 49ers and to their first championship in 50 years.

The superstar third-year quarterback threw for 286 yards on 42 attempts (6.8 YPA), two touchdowns and two interceptions. He added 29 yards on nine carries (3.2 YPC) on the ground. Mahomes followed an MVP 2018 season with the highest honor on the biggest stage.

Mahomes dominated the playoffs, throwing for eight touchdowns in two home wins against the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans, respectively. He struggled through three quarters of the Super Bowl, falling behind 20-10 after two interceptions.

However, Mahomes got the ball back with just under nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter and delivered a comeback. He converted a third and 15 with a 44-yard bomb to wide receiver Tyreek Hill, and followed it with a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce to narrow the score to 20-17.

His heroics continued on the ensuing drive after a 49ers three-and-out. Receiver Sammy Watkins beat All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman on a fade route, and Mahomes dropped a beautiful ball right in the basket to the San Francisco 10 yard line.

Two plays later, Mahomes threw a five-yard touchdown pass to running back Damien Williams, giving Kansas City the lead for good.

Still just 24 years old, Mahomes will give the Chiefs a chance in every game they play. The Chiefs will be a threat to return to the Super Bowl as long as he is under center in Kansas City.

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Chiefs win the Super Bowl https://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-win-the-super-bowl/ https://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-win-the-super-bowl/ Football Sun, 2 Feb 2020 9:29:42 PM Jack Soble, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Chiefs win the Super Bowl

MIAMI - The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in comeback fashion to win Super Bowl LIV, bringing the Vince Lombardi Trophy to Missouri.

This was the Chiefs' second Super Bowl championship and first in 50 years, when they beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid finally won his first ring, and Patrick Mahomes took home Super Bowl MVP honors, with 286 passing yards and two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to win the game.

The Chiefs trailed 20-10 heading into the fourth quarter, falling behind due to two interceptions from Mahomes. Mahomes was picked off by linebacker Fred Warner in the third quarter and by safety Tarvarius Moore in the fourth, the latter giving San Francisco the ball up 10 with 12 minutes to go.

Kansas City's defense held up in the final frame, however, holding the 49ers to one first down in the fourth quarter. Defensive lineman Chris Jones, injured for much of the playoffs, put forth a critical effort in both stopping the run and deflecting two passes in the final frame to give Mahomes a chance.

Given that chance, Mahomes completed a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce - made possible by a 44-yard bomb to Tyreek Hill on third and 15 earlier in the drive - to cut the lead to 20-17 with six minutes left.

The Chiefs took the lead for good at the 2:44 mark with another Mahomes touchdown, this time for five yards to running back Damien Williams. San Francisco was left with plenty of time, and they drove the ball to midfield, but quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked by edge rusher Frank Clark on fourth down to squash the comeback attempt.

Williams issued the dagger two plays later, breaking free for a 38-yard touchdown run two plays later.

Mahomes became the third quarterback under 25 years old to win the Super Bowl, following the Patriots' Tom Brady and the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger, respectively. The Chiefs capped off an incredible season, coming from behind to win all three of their playoff games.

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Chiefs fan saves the day, drives player's grandparents to AFC Championship https://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-fan-saves-the-day-drives-player-s-grandparents-to-afc-championship/ https://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-fan-saves-the-day-drives-player-s-grandparents-to-afc-championship/ Football Sun, 19 Jan 2020 3:32:57 PM Juliana Tornabene, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Chiefs fan saves the day, drives player's grandparents to AFC Championship

ST. LOUIS- One Kansas City Chiefs fan saved the day by driving wide receiver Tyreek Hill's grandparents to the AFC Championship game on Sunday. 

Dakota Fearn tweeted that his father, David Fearn, was on the same flight from Atlanta to Kansas City as Hill's grandparents, Virginia and Herman. That flight was canceled and the three needed a new solution to get to the game.

They decided to book a one way flight to St. Louis and David Fearn rented a large SUV to drive them the rest of the way to the game. He drove Hill's grandparents and three other Chiefs fans.

Tyreek Hill tweeted at Dakota Fearn, thanking his father for driving his grandparents to the game.

Dakota Fearn said his father is a life long Chiefs fan. He even raised Dakota and his daughter in Tennessee, but raised them to root for the Chiefs.

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Drew Lock returning to practice this week for Broncos https://www.komu.com/news/drew-lock-returning-to-practice-this-week-for-broncos/ https://www.komu.com/news/drew-lock-returning-to-practice-this-week-for-broncos/ Football Tue, 12 Nov 2019 5:07:57 AM The Associated Press Drew Lock returning to practice this week for Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Drew Lock will get the chance to salvage his rookie season in Denver and show Broncos general manager John Elway his next quarterback won't be found on a college campus or in the NFL's bargain bin but right here on the roster.

Coach Vic Fangio said Lock will return to practice Tuesday, nearly three months after the raw right-hander sprained his right thumb in the preseason against the 49ers and landed on injured reserve to start the season.

Lock's return starts a 21-day clock in which the Broncos will have to decide whether to bring him off IR or leave him on, ending their hopes of evaluating the second-round pick from Missouri in a regular-season game this year.

It's that three-week window that prevented the Broncos from bringing Lock back to practice two weeks ago when Joe Flacco (neck) went on IR.

"If we would have brought him back earlier, that would have counted as a week of practice even though we didn't practice," Fangio said. "That was part of that whole equation there.

The priority for the Broncos (3-6) this week, however, is preparing quarterback Brandon Allen for his first career road start Sunday at Minnesota (7-3).

So, the 27-year-old waiver wire pickup from the Rams who beat Cleveland in his NFL debut two weeks ago will get the majority of snaps with the starters this week.

As for Lock, "we'll try and get him as many as we can," Fangio said. "Some of that will be scout team, too. You've got to remember this guy hasn't taken a snap or been in the huddle since the middle of August."

Fangio said no decision has been made whether to bring back Lock down the stretch.

"He'll be determined as one of the two that we can bring off IR," Fangio said. "That doesn't mean that he'll be activated."

One player the Broncos did bring back from IR the week before the bye was wide receiver Tim Patrick (hand), and Fangio said a decision will be made by week's end whether to activate him.

The Broncos don't really have a blueprint for Lock over the next few weeks.

"No, it's not mapped because it's going to be determined by how he looks and what we think," Fangio said.

What exactly will convince the Broncos that he's ready is also nebulous.

"Good quarterback play and that he belongs," Fangio said.

Of course, Allen's play will also play a role in any decision on Lock.

"That's part of the equation, also," Fangio said.

What isn't a factor is the team's playoff prospects.

"Our whole focus is on trying to get to 4-6," Fangio said. "As bad as that sounds, we're trying to win the game we play this week. Whether that includes or doesn't include Drew down the road remains to be seen."

Another player expected to return this week is cornerback Bryce Callahan, who has been on the 53-man roster but hasn't practiced since aggravating a foot injury in July.

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Son of Mizzou football Hall of Famer takes plea deal before rape retrial https://www.komu.com/news/son-of-mizzou-football-hall-of-famer-takes-plea-deal-before-rape-retrial/ https://www.komu.com/news/son-of-mizzou-football-hall-of-famer-takes-plea-deal-before-rape-retrial/ Football Tue, 5 Nov 2019 4:48:55 AM The Associated Press Son of Mizzou football Hall of Famer takes plea deal before rape retrial

VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to raping an unconscious teen in 2003 and to sexual battery involving a 54-year-old hitchhiker in a deal that spared him the possibility of life in prison.

Winslow initially hesitated and seemed to agonize over his decision.

"I'm sorry. I'm just not thinking very clearly," Winslow told the judge at one point.

He asked the judge for more time before he finally entered the guilty pleas moments before he was about to be retried on six felonies including kidnapping, sodomy, forced oral copulation and two charges of rape in San Diego County Superior Court that could have sent him to prison for life if he was convicted.

In exchange for his plea, the court agreed to sentence him to between 12 and 18 years in prison for the two charges and dismiss the others.

In June, a jury found him guilty of raping a homeless woman in Encinitas, north of San Diego. Jurors also convicted him of two misdemeanors -- indecent exposure and a lewd act in public -- involving two other women.

But that jury failed to agree on other charges, including the alleged rape of the hitchhiker and the rape of the unconscious 17-year-old girl in 2003 when he was 19. Under the plea deal, the attack on the hitchhiker was reduced to sexual battery.

The 36-year-old former tight end -- at one point one of the highest-paid in the NFL -- had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges. His attorney, Gretchen von Helms, had said the sex was consensual.

Five women took the witness stand this summer, and three of them were expected to testify again.

Prosecutor Dan Owens said outside of the courtroom that the women were brave to want to testify again but that he was glad they would not have to put themselves through that again.

"Each of these victims, they didn't try to come out here in order to try to frame Mr. Winslow," Owens said "The fact that they had that courage to come forward and speak with law enforcement and to testify to all the things that he had done while facing all these cameras, I think it was important to me to make sure that that truth was heard, and it was important to me to make sure that he was held accountable for each one of those crimes."

Defense attorney Marc Carlos said Winslow made a difficult choice to accept the plea deal.

"The downside of any conviction would land him in prison for the rest of his life, and he made this decision based upon his family, his father, his children, and he wanted to be there for them in the future," Carlos said.

Defense attorneys attacked the credibility of the five women and pointed out inconsistencies in their stories in the first trial.

The court had planned to allow the new jury to hear that Winslow was convicted of raping the homeless woman, who would have been among those testifying again.

Jurors would also have been told about the indecent exposure conviction, though that woman was not expected to take the stand.

Winslow, who played for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets, earned more than $40 million over 10 seasons in the NFL.

He is the son of Missouri Tigers and San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame receiver Kellen Winslow, who was in the courtroom throughout the first trial and on Monday.

Winslow Jr. repeatedly looked back at his father before entering his plea. As he left the courtroom Monday, he reached an arm out to his father, who responded by touching his fist to his heart.

Winslow's attorneys said he suffers from traumatic brain injury from his football playing and a motorcycle accident that ended his career.

They will argue that information should be taken into consideration at his sentencing hearing.

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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/ Football 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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These high school sports have the highest concussion rates https://www.komu.com/news/these-high-school-sports-have-the-highest-concussion-rates/ https://www.komu.com/news/these-high-school-sports-have-the-highest-concussion-rates/ Football Tue, 15 Oct 2019 6:29:48 AM Jacqueline Howard, CNN These high school sports have the highest concussion rates

(CNN) -- When it comes to concussions in high school sports, there is good news and bad news, a new study suggests.

The rates of football practice concussions and recurrent concussions across all sports have gone down in recent years, according to the study, published in the journal Pediatrics on Tuesday. The bad news: Concussion rates increased in football games.

"These results matter for all stakeholders involved in high school sports: parents, coaches, athletes, as well as researchers," said Avinash Chandran, a post-doctoral research associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who was an author of the study.

"This study updates our understanding of concussion patterns in high school sports using injury surveillance data," he said. "It adds to our existing understanding by providing the most recent 'time-stamp' in concussion incidence in high school sports."

The study found trends in concussion rates not only for football but also more than a dozen other sports, including soccer, ice hockey and cheerleading -- which were among the sports with the most concussion incidence.

The study also found that among all sports, there was only one in which the concussion rate was higher during practice than in competition.

The high school sports with high concussion rates

The study included data on 9,542 concussions across 20 high school sports that occurred between the 2013-2014 and 2017-2018 school years.

Those sports were: boys' football, wrestling, soccer, basketball, baseball, cross country, ice hockey, lacrosse, swimming and diving, and track and field; girls' volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, swimming and diving, and track and field; and coed cheerleading.

The data came from the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study database, or HS RIO.

For the study, a concussion -- a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head -- was defined as occurring as a result of practice or competition, requiring medical attention and being diagnosed as a concussion.

For each sport, the rate of concussion was measured as the occurrence of a concussion per each exposure athletes had to participating in their respective sport, either in practice or competition.

Overall, the data showed that the three sports with the highest concussion rates were:

  1. Boys' football, with 10.4 concussions per 10,000 athlete exposures.
  2. Girls' soccer, with 8.19 per 10,000 athlete exposures.
  3. Boys' ice hockey, with 7.69 per 10,000 athlete exposures.

When examining concussion incidence specifically in practice, the highest rates were observed in boys' football, with a rate of 5.01 per 10,000; followed by cheerleading, with a rate of 3.6 per 10,000; and boys' wrestling, with a rate of 3.12 per 10,000.

The data showed that, between the 2013-2014 and 2017-2018 school years, football concussion rates during competitions alone increased, but practice-related concussion rates dropped.

The only sport with a higher concussion rate in practice than competition

The study found that across all sports, most concussions -- 63.7% -- occurred during competitions. Only one sport had a concussion rate higher in practice than in competition: cheerleading.

The researchers noted in the study that where and how cheerleaders practice could play a role in that finding, but more research is needed.

"For instance, unfortunately, not all states recognize cheerleading as a sport -- which may impact the conditions in which cheer squads may practice," Chandran said, which could be in hallways or on asphalt, putting them at higher risk of concussion.

"It is also possible that cheer squads have less access to medical care and coaching support than other high school sports," he said, referring to the observed patterns in practice.

The study had some limitations, including that only data from high schools with athletic trainers were included, and most of the data were based on athletes disclosing concussion symptoms during either a competition or a practice.

"Underreporting may have occurred if players chose not to disclose concussion symptoms, thus compromising our ability to fully understand athlete injury histories," the researchers wrote in the study.

In the United States, more than 800,000 traumatic brain injury-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths occur in children every year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These types of injuries have become more concerning as youth sports have grown in popularity and because research has shown that repeated blows to the head, such as from playing football or heading a soccer ball, can lead to long-term memory loss, dementia and other serious health issues.

More research is needed to determine exactly why certain trends in concussion rates have been found, since the new study only examined incidence and trends, but experts have some ideas.

'The legislation is having impact'

The top sports with the highest concussion rates in the new study came as no surprise to Dr. John Leddy, a primary care sports medicine physician, clinical professor and medical director of the Concussion Management Clinic at the University at Buffalo in New York, who was not involved in the new study.

"In our area, it's boys' football and boys' hockey, followed by girls' soccer, cheerleading and girls' hockey," Leddy said, referring to the types of athletes treated at his clinic.

The new study also found that, overall, 8.3% of reported concussions were recurrent, but rates of recurrent concussions decreased between the 2013-2014 school year and the 2017-2018 school year -- which Leddy called an "interesting" trend.

"There was reduced rate of recurrent concussions, and I think that speaks to the fact that we now have legislation in every state that says you have to pull a kid out of sport when a concussion is suspected and the child can't return to play until being cleared by a physician," he said.

As of 2015, all 50 states have adopted some form of concussion legislation with minimum return-to-play guidelines for students who have had concussions.

"It's been shown in college athletics that that introduction of the mandatory removal and then a return-to-play progression has really reduced the rate of recurrent concussions," Leddy said. "I think that's what's happening here in high school sports -- that shows, I think, the legislation is having impact."

Laura Dreer, an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, agreed that the study's findings may be a reflection of return-to-play legislation -- but she would like to see the findings validated with more rigorous research.

"It could be that there's more education awareness. All 50 states now have laws in place for return-to-play and all high school coaches have to go through training," said Dreer, director of psychological and neuropsychology clinical research services in the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, who was not involved in the new study.

She praised the study for shedding light on the public health issue of concussions, which she said often gets more attention at the collegiate and professional sports levels than in high school sports.

"It really starts with the kids," Dreer said.

By the time young athletes make it to collegiate or professional levels, "the damage is done," she said. "We need more studies at the high school level, and even backing it up further with the little kids, to get more longitudinal data and better understand this issue so we can do things to prevent it, manage it and hopefully keep kids safe but active as well."

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Jeff City Jays no match for SLUH's toughness https://www.komu.com/news/jeff-city-jays-no-match-for-sluh-s-toughness/ https://www.komu.com/news/jeff-city-jays-no-match-for-sluh-s-toughness/ Football Sat, 21 Sep 2019 12:30:33 AM Alex Burke, Columbia Missourian Jeff City Jays no match for SLUH's toughness

JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City's stadium sits at the bottom of a long, steep hill, and like the fans who walked back to their cars after the game, the Jays had a big slope to climb early against SLUH.

Although the Junior Billikens were an opponent the Jays dominated last year, getting beat consistently in the trenches from start to finish led to a reversal of outcomes this season.  

An inability to keep senior quarterback Cole Gresham upright in the first half, namely the first quarter, was a game wrecker for the Jays. Gresham seldom had enough time to even consider lobbing a ball to his receivers and had to either improvise and try to get back to the line of scrimmage or was taken down almost immediately for a sack. 

Jays head coach Terry Walker said that the game came down entirely to execution. Winning one-on-one battles is how games are usually won in high school football and the home team was unable to do that with any consistency. 

"There was some great individual performances that were occurring on some plays, but individual performances never win a game," said Walker. 

This was a point of emphasis from Walker to his huddled team after the loss where he repeatedly told his team that more consistency was needed.

Among the individual performers who stood out on Friday night for Jefferson City were junior wide receiver Darrell Jones and sophomore running back David Bethune. Jones was quiet for most of the first half because of the pressure that Gresham was under, but once Gresham was given any time to throw, Jones uncloaked himself as a true threat in the passing game.

After going down 21-0 and giving the ball right back to SLUH near the middle of the second quarter, SLUH had a touchdown called back because of a block in the back call. Momentum shifted ever-so-slightly into the Jays favor and they took advantage. After SLUH's stalled drive, Jefferson City scored with a great catch by Jones in the front corner of the end zone to make it 21-7 going into halftime.

The second half was when Bethune got most of his opportunity to carry the football, which was a positive in the sense that it offset a lot of SLUH's aggressiveness in the pass rush. However, it led to longer drives for the Jays and took a lot of time off the clock, draining the Jays chances at making a comeback. 

One positive that the Jays can take into next week is how their success running the ball in the second half led to some success with play action. The balance was a way to take some of the pressure off of the struggling offensive line and let their play-makers get involved. The Jays will need to do just that next game when they take on Chaminade at 7 p.m. on Friday in Jefferson City. 

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Fulton Middle School dedicates gym to Carl E. Lee https://www.komu.com/news/fulton-middle-school-dedicates-gym-to-carl-e-lee/ https://www.komu.com/news/fulton-middle-school-dedicates-gym-to-carl-e-lee/ Football Wed, 11 Sep 2019 9:41:05 PM James Stanley, KOMU 8 Reporter Fulton Middle School dedicates gym to Carl E. Lee

FULTON - Fulton Public Schools honored Carl E. Lee on Wednesday evening by dedicating the Fulton Middle School gym to the former coach.

Lee was born in Fulton and was a standout in football, basketball and track at Fulton High School.

After graduating from high school in 1956, Lee attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

As a halfback for Blue Tigers football he received all-conference honors from 1958-1960, was named to the Lincoln University's Who's Who List in 1958 and was an All-American in 1960.

Following college, Lee joined the United States Army Reserve and became a second lieutenant.

In 1965, Fulton Middle Schools hired Lee as a P.E. teacher and a coach for its football and basketball programs.

Lee was the first African American coach in the Fulton Public Schools system.

He remained a coach and teacher for 29 years until his retirement in 1994.

In 2002, Lee was inducted into the Fulton High School Wall of Fame.

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Mahomes will play on sprained ankle Sunday https://www.komu.com/news/mahomes-will-play-on-sprained-ankle-sunday/ https://www.komu.com/news/mahomes-will-play-on-sprained-ankle-sunday/ Football Mon, 9 Sep 2019 8:08:09 PM Grace Taylor, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mahomes will play on sprained ankle Sunday

KANSAS CITY - The Chiefs won't play without their star quarterback in Oakland on Sunday.

Kansas City's head coach Andy Reid said Mahomes is doing fine after spraining his ankle Sunday and plans to play this week.

Tyreek Hill's return won't be as sudden. The Chiefs wide receiver left Sunday's game after suffering a joint injury involving his sternum and clavicle.

Hill won't play Sunday in Oakland, but not all hope is lost for Chiefs Kingdom.

He has avoided being put injury reserve, which would have guaranteed his absence for eight weeks. Although this leaves an empty spot on the Chiefs active roster, Hill could be back on the field before week nine.

The Chiefs will likely depend on their wide receiver Sammy Watkins again on Sunday when they take on the Oakland Raiders.

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Nick Bolton named SEC defensive player of the week https://www.komu.com/news/nick-bolton-named-sec-defensive-player-of-the-week/ https://www.komu.com/news/nick-bolton-named-sec-defensive-player-of-the-week/ Football Mon, 9 Sep 2019 7:33:58 PM Grace Taylor, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Nick Bolton named SEC defensive player of the week

COLUMBIA - Mizzou's sophmore linebacker, Nick Bolton, is the SEC defensive player of the week after leading the Tigers to a 38-7 victory over West Virginia Saturday.

Bolton walked away with a career high 10 tackles and three tackles for loss. His performance didn't stop there.

He managed to make his first two interceptions, including a 20-yard pick six return in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Bolton is the first Mizzou linebacker with two interceptions in a game since Kentrell Brothers in 2015.

Missouri is looking for another win against Southeast Missouri State at Faurot Field Saturday to go 2-1.

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Antonio Brown released, signs with Patriots https://www.komu.com/news/antonio-brown-released-signs-with-patriots/ https://www.komu.com/news/antonio-brown-released-signs-with-patriots/ Football Sat, 7 Sep 2019 4:42:34 PM Jack Knowlton, KOMU 8 Sports Antonio Brown released, signs with Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MA- Antonio Brown has agreed terms with the New England Patriots following his release from the Oakland Raiders.

Brown has signed a one year 15 million dollar deal, with a nine million dollar signing bonus according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Brown's release from Oakland follows a number of sagas between Brown and the Raiders organization since he was acquired in March.

From issues regarding Brown's helmet to most recently posting a video of a recorded call with Raiders coach Jon Gruden, the short, bazaar chapter of Brown with the Raiders has come to a close. Gruden wished Brown the best after his release.

After signing Brown on the same day he was released from Oakland, the Patriots boosted their roster by giving Tom Brady a very powerful weapon on offense.

Questions remain concerning Brown's ability to gel with coaches in the wake of his past disputes.

Brown will be ineligible to play in week one, but can return to action for week two.

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Missouri debuts new QB Bryant on road against Wyoming https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-debuts-new-qb-bryant-on-road-against-wyoming/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-debuts-new-qb-bryant-on-road-against-wyoming/ Football Fri, 30 Aug 2019 9:27:40 AM The Associated Press Missouri debuts new QB Bryant on road against Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — When Wyoming coach Craig Bohl looks at the Missouri offense this year, he doesn’t see signs of any drop-off from an offense that averaged 36.6 point a game last year behind quarterback Drew Lock, who has since moved on to the NFL.

Rather, Bohl sees that the Tigers heading to Laramie on Saturday to meet the Cowboys have reloaded at the quarterback position with the addition of Clemson graduate transfer Kelly Bryant.

“It’s an explosive offense; he’s an explosive player,” Bohl said.

Bryant led Clemson to the 2017 national championship game before losing his job to Trevor Lawrence after four games last season and has a 16-2 career record as a starter. At Missouri, he’ll be asked to replace Lock, who accounted for 12,193 yards and 99 touchdowns over his career and led the Tigers to bowl games each of the past two years.

Bryant has a strong and experienced supporting cast that includes receiver Johnathon Johnson, who had 59 catches for 737 yards and five touchdowns last season, and running back Larry Rountree III, who ran for 1,216 yards as a sophomore and ended the 2018 season with three consecutive 100-yard games.

“I like the group that we got going into week one,” Missouri coach Barry Odom said. “I’m at ease with the group that we’ve got and our entire organization because I know that everyone’s aligned with the vision that we want and how we’re going to move this program forward.”

Bohl also likes his team heading into the new season.

“There comes a point where there’s a confidence that a team has and as a head coach you always look forward to how the team is going to play,” he said. “And typically you’re going to play how you practice, and I think we’ve been practicing well.”

Wyoming’s offense will be led by quarterback Sean Chambers, who played in four games last year and accounted for 595 total yards and five touchdowns before breaking his right leg in the second-to-last game of the season.

Other things to know heading into Saturday’s game:


Missouri’s visit to Laramie is only the second time in history that Wyoming has hosted an SEC opponent. In 2004, Wyoming hosted Ole Miss and defeated the Rebels 37-32. The Cowboys played at Missouri last year and lost 40-13. Overall, Wyoming has a 3-10 record against SEC teams. Wyoming last defeated an SEC opponent when it beat Tennessee 13-7 in 2008.


Both teams finished their 2018 seasons strong. Missouri won five of its last seven games to finish 8-5, while the Cowboys ended last season with four straight wins to finish 6-6. However, Missouri has lost four straight season-openers on the road since a 3-0 victory at Notre Dame to begin the 1978 season.

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Hickman football reclassified for upcoming season https://www.komu.com/news/hickman-football-reclassified-for-upcoming-season/ https://www.komu.com/news/hickman-football-reclassified-for-upcoming-season/ Football Mon, 26 Aug 2019 8:14:33 PM Connor McCann, KOMU 8 Reporter Hickman football reclassified for upcoming season

COLUMBIA - Hickman high school is returning to Class 6 football this season after spending three years in Class 5.

The move is due to CPS changing its boundaries in February. The Kewpies gained around 300 athletes, band members and other students who participate in extra-curricular activities, according to head coach Cedric Alvis.

Alvis said the move to Class 6 caught him off guard.

"I envisioned us being in Class 5 for one more year before we moved up," Alvis said. "But we're excited to go up against bigger and better competition."

Hickman finished last season with an 2-8 record, and their overall record in three years of Class 5 was 4-26.

"We're expecting wins this season," senior quarterback Brayden Rother said. "This year its about hitting it hard and keeping the same mentality every week, instead of getting over-hyped for wins."

Alvis is entering his second year with the team, and said even though the reclassification might be a challenge, his guys will be ready.

"Our training started in November, we've been going at it since then," Alvis said. "The idea has been it only takes eleven to play. It's some old-school, iron man football."

Rother has been playing in Class 5 for his entire high school career, and said he is looking forward to this season.

"It's honestly a whole new team," Rother said. "It feels more like a family this season, like we're playing for each other and not for the next level."

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Missouri A.D. Jim Sterk joins Sports Xtra https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-a-d-jim-sterk-joins-sports-xtra/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-a-d-jim-sterk-joins-sports-xtra/ Football Sun, 19 May 2019 11:21:21 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri A.D. Jim Sterk joins Sports Xtra COLUMBIA - Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk sat down with Chris Gervino Sunday night to talk all things Tigers on Sports Xtra.Sterk discussed the University's NCAA sanctions appeal, the new south end zone and Tigers on the diamond.

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Lincoln Football coach resigns https://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-football-coach-resigns/ https://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-football-coach-resigns/ Football Thu, 16 May 2019 5:45:24 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Lincoln Football coach resigns

JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln University head football coach Steven Smith resigned Wednesday, the school announced.

In two seasons, Smith led the Blue Tigers to a 4-17 record.

Offensive coordinator for the past two seasons, Malik Hoskins, has been named interim head coach for the 2019 season.

"I'd like to thank coach Smith for his work building the Lincoln football program the past two years, and I wish him the best in his future endeavors," said Lincoln athletic director John Moseley. "The team made some positive strides last season, and Coach Hoskins' familiarity with the program and our players should allow that development to continue this fall."

According to a release from the school, Smith plans on pursuing an opportunity in professional football. 

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KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 5-12-19 https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-5-12-19/ https://www.komu.com/news/komu-8-sports-podcast-5-12-19/ Football Mon, 13 May 2019 3:08:59 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports KOMU 8 Sports Podcast 5-12-19

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