THIS WEEK IN COLUMBIA SPORTS: Tigers kick off season with win over Murray State

Monday, September 2, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:02 a.m. CDT, Monday, September 2, 2013
Missouri running back Henry Josey slips away from Murray State lineman Felton Collins in the first quarter Saturday.

COLUMBIA — With classes in full swing, college football season kicked off this weekend, and the Missouri Tigers started the season with an emphatic victory over Murray State. Missouri volleyball and soccer also had strong starts to their season, while Columbia's high school football teams began their seasons Friday. 

Missouri football kicks off season with a win

With temperatures reaching 100 degrees, it may not have felt like football season, but the Missouri football team played its first game on Saturday, beating Murray State 58-14 at Memorial Stadium. The Tigers got off to a slow start and trailed 14-13 at the end of the first quarter but scored 45 unanswered points for a comfortable victory.

The game was highlighted by running back Henry Josey's 68-yard touchdown run in his first game since he suffered a knee injury in a 2011 game against Texas. Meanwhile, the heat didn't stop Missouri fans from tailgating, and the athletics department's efforts to keep fans hydrated got mixed reviews.

Missouri volleyball starts season with Tiger Invitational Championship

Missouri volleyball started its season on a high note by winning the Tiger Invitational for the sixth time in seven seasons. The Tigers kicked off the season with wins over South Dakota and Pittsburgh on Friday before wrapping up the tournament title on Saturday with victories against Idaho State and Arkansas State. Seniors Molly Kreklow and Lisa Henning were standouts for the Tigers, but true freshman Carly Kan had a breakout performance in the victory over Pitt on Friday. After missing the NCAA tournament last season, the team said it's working to be more consistent this year.

Missouri women's soccer improves to 2-1

The Missouri women's soccer team hosted Southeast Missouri State on Friday night and coasted to an easy 4-0 win. Freshman midfielder Lauren Selaiden scored two goals on the victory. Redshirt freshman Loudell Crumpler rejoined the team after missing last season with a season-ending injury in an exhibition match.

Battle football wins first game in school history

Columbia's newest high school had its first day of classes on Aug. 20, and its fans enjoyed the team's first football victory as the Battle Spartans cruised to a 56-6 victory against Kansas City East. The team was led by freshman quarterback Brevinn Tyler. While coach Justin Conyers was pleased with the win, he was already looking forward to the team's next game against Hannibal on Sept. 6.  

Hickman football defeated in season opener

Lee's Summit North visited LeMone Field at Hickman High School on Friday and handed the Kewpies a season-opening loss. Hickman lost by a final score of 27-16. Grant Jones, a returning tight end and defensive end for the Kewpies, is expected to be a leader for the Kewpies, who lost in the district championship last season. 

Rock Bridge opens season with a victory

The Rock Bridge football team opened its season with a 41-35 win at De Smet High School. Before the game, coach A.J. Ofodile praised his personnel, saying that many of his players were underrated going into the season.

Tolton routed by Valle Catholic

The Fr. Tolton football team was routed in its season opener as Valle Catholic jumped out to a 49-0 halftime lead en route to a 56-0 victory. Valle Catholic opened the season ranked No. 2 in the state. After finishing 1-7 last year in the team's first season at the varsity level, Tolton's players were excited to see how much they could improve in 2013Tolton will play its first home game this week when it hosts Southern Boone at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6.

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