On Friday Night, the Rockhurst Hawklets take on the highly ranked Bishop Miege Stags. This game features one of the top teams from each state, as the Hawklets enter the season 4-1, while the Stags come in at 4-0.
This is the first time the teams have faced each other on the football field since 1984. For reference, a gallon of gas cost $1.10, and a movie ticket was just $2.50 in 1984.
The Stags are led by head coach Jon Holmes, who took over after former Kansas City Chiefs star Tim Grunhard left to coach at the University of Kansas. During Holmes 7 year tenure, Miege has won 4 consecutive state championships, dating from 2014 to 2017. This season, expectations are high for Miege as they look for championship number 9. They have gotten off to a quick start as they have rolled over their first 4 opponents. The closest game was a 2 possession win over Blue Valley North in their season opener. Coming into this game, Bishop Miege is the top rated team in the state of Kansas
Meanwhile in Missouri, the Hawklets have rebounded nicely from their season opening loss to Rock Bridge. More specifically, the defense has led the Hawklets to wins, including 2 of their 4 wins coming from a defensive shutout. The team looks forward to going into a hostile environment and steal a win from the home team. “We know what to expect,” said Junior linebacker Tucker Atwood. “It’s going to be an electric atmosphere that we are all very excited to play in. I can’t wait for the opportunity to compete against a very good team in front of a very large crowd.”
The game is expected to be a sell out, extra seats are being brought in to meet the anticipated attendance. So many adults are expected to attend, that presale tickets are being sold for $10 or $50 to guarantee a seat. The Hawklets leads the all time series, 21-6-1, and look to defend state line on Friday night at 7:00.