The Lincoln Cardinals pitched a shutout for the first time since returning to a full 11-man varsity football schedule.
Lincoln opened the season with a 40-0 win over Rich Hill. Last year, Lincoln allowed an average of more than 26 points per game and held just one team, Harrisburg, under 10.
The Cardinals hope the defense holds again, hosting Wentworth week 2.
Wentworth will open the 2015 season on Friday after going 1-6 last year, the lone win coming against African Centered Prep. Wentworth lost 49-7 to Windsor in week 8 last season.
Knob Noster at Lighthouse Christian
Knob Noster’s offense, which averaged four points per game in 2014, took a major step forward on Friday, but it was not enough.
Knob Noster’s losing streak extended to 20 games with a 29-28 loss to Versailles, a game which saw the Panthers lead 21-14 at halftime thanks to a Kylen Moore touchdown pass to Kyle White and long TD scores from Darryl Davis and Kodie Bellury before Versailles rallied in the second half.
Paced by 365 rushing yards, the Panthers put up the most a Knob Noster team has scored in a game since beating Versailles to open the 2013 season.
The Panthers will take on Lighthouse Christian at Hillcrest in Springfield on Friday. Lighthouse Christian handed the Panthers a 14-6 loss last season.
Warsaw at Cole Camp
Homefield has not been much of an advantage in recent years when Cole Camp and Warsaw meet. The Bluebirds won 19-13 in overtime at Warsaw in 2012. Warsaw won 49-25 at Cole Camp in 2013. Cole Camp won 20-7 at Warsaw in 2014.
Cole Camp is hoping home is a little more kind to them this time around after losing 48-8 on the road at Skyline week 1.
Warsaw is also 0-1, coming off a 19-7 loss to Clinton.
Sweet Springs at St. Paul
After they were unable to win the Greyhound Trophy away from Windsor in week 1, the Sweet Springs Greyhounds travel to Concordia to face St. Paul week 2.
The Saints have shut out Sweet Springs in the last three meetings, including a 28-0 win last year.
The Saints lost 46-32 in 8-man football to Sacred Heart in week 1. They will play their first 11-man game of the year on Friday.
Tipton at North Callaway
Tipton will try to bounce back from a 35-0 loss to Lexington as they face North Callaway on Friday.
North Callaway also enters the game coming off a loss, having fallen to Mexico 39-6.
North Callaway beat Tipton 27-6 last year.
Windsor at Christ Prep
Coming off a win to keep the Greyhound Trophy, Windsor will travel to the Kansas City area to face Christ Prep on Saturday. The Greyhounds will face the Lenexa, Kansas based squad at Olathe Northwest.
This will be Christ Prep’s first game of the season.
Joplin McAuley at Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart’s transition to 8-man football got off to a good start with a 46-32 win over St. Paul on Friday.
They hope to continue the trend, facing Joplin McAuley Catholic on Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
McAuley is also transitioning to 8-man football after going 2-8 in 11-man last year. McAuley did not play last week.
Appleton City at Northwest
Northwest will hope for better things in week 2 after losing its opener 86-0 to Southwest Livingston. The Mustangs will face Appleton City on Monday.
Appleton City opened its season last week with a 58-56 loss to Drexel in 11-man football.
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