Brad Smith made big play after big play but rendered them moot with a critical mistake late in the game in Missouri’s 45-35 loss to New Mexico on Saturday night. Smith passed for 248 yards and a touchdown and ran for 165 yards and three more touchdowns to became Missouri’s all-time leading passer and rusher. But the Tigers lost their home opener to the Lobos in front of 50,701 fans at Faurot Field.
This couldn’t have come as a surprise. Not to the 50,701 Missouri fans in attendance, with memories wrapped tightly around last season’s late-game breakdowns that sent Missouri spiraling to a 5-6 disappointment.
Hickman football coach Gregg Nesbitt has a routine. The day after a game, he awakes in darkness and gets to school by 5 a.m. to review game film. Last season, most Saturdays also included spending the day reflecting on wins. Both habits were broken Saturday, when Nesbitt and his family woke up in a Kansas City motel after Friday’s loss. He wanted to reduce the driving time to Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., where his oldest son was playing for Central Missouri State’s football team against the Ichabods.
Missouri senior Tim Ross officially won his third Missouri Cross Country Challenge, becoming only the second Tiger runner to do so. But he wasn’t thinking about his accomplishment after the race. Ross, redshirt freshman Michael Barrows, and senior Matt Noonan ran Saturday’s race at A.L. Gustin Golf Course side-by-side and crossed the finish line together, placing 1-2-3.
It was only the first point of Game 2. Lindsey McDaniel stared her spike down all the way to the ground with such an intense look that no one on Tipton dared to move, much less try and dig the ball.
For many of the high school runners at Saturday’s Missouri Cross Country Challenge, the heat was the biggest competition With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, attention from the trainers in the medical tent was in high demand. Some runners sat under the tent with ice bags on their necks, unable to control their breathing. Others laid on the ground as their muscles tightened. Some runners passed out and others got sick.
Jennifer Barretta does not take losing lightly. After losing to her boyfriend in pool more than seven years ago, Barretta took lessons to ensure that would never happen again.
Hickman tennis player Ashley Thompson had more than one reason to smile as she walked off the court on Friday. “Not many people can say they had an overall good day like me,” she said.
The Hickman football team's 11-game win streak was halted Friday, as No. 1-ranked Rockhurst used an impenetrable defense to defeat the visiting Kewpies, 37-6. The Kewps (1-1) got their only score on a second-half punt return by Cortez Thompson. undefined
Every healthy member of the Missouri soccer team got a chance to play in Thursday’s win against Arkansas State. In the 7-0 victory, six different players scored.
Junior Brandon Gerau won’t be found on the sidelines at tonight’s Rock Bridge football game. Gerau almost never leaves the field, playing in every aspect of the game for the Bruins: wide receiver, defensive back, place-kicker, punter and punt returner. Although this is Gerau’s second season on varsity, it is his first as the team’s full-time place-kicker and punter. Last season, Gerau filled in for all-state place-kicker Tanner Mills when Mills had soccer conflicts, about one-third of the games. After Mills graduated, Gerau, the only player left with kicking experience, was designated to full-time duties this season.
When Missouri and New Mexico square off Saturday at Faurot Field, it will be each team’s second game of the season. But in many ways, it will be a first. The 6 p.m. game will be the Tigers’ first home game of the year. It’s the only game they play this season against a team that wasn’t on last year’s schedule. For the Lobos, it’s the first nonconference game of the season, their first game this far east since traveling to North Carolina State in 2001, and they will be looking for their first road win against a Big 12 Conference opponent.
When the No. 3-ranked Hickman football team (1-0) clashes with No. 1 Rockhurst (1-0) tonight, the Kewpies will be in unfamiliar territory. And not because the Kewps are on the road. The last time the defending state champs encountered a higher-ranked opponent was a September 24th game against Blue Springs last season. The Kewpies dethroned then-No. 1 Blue Springs and never relinquished their No. 1 ranking. That is, until the AP writers of Missouri dropped the Kewpies two spots in their preseason Class 6 rankings.
MU senior Matt Noonan has specific goals for Saturday’s Missouri Cross Country Challenge at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course. “I’d really like to stay healthy, run with Tim (Ross) , and be first or second,” Noonan said.
Before the Hickman volleyball team’s victory against the Jefferson City Jays, the team was light-hearted and found time to sing the hokeypokey as a part of its warm-up. But by the end of Game 2, the Kewpies were turned all around, and it was during the break between Game 2 and 3 when they found what their game was all about.
Basketball has referees. Baseball has umpires. High school tennis has the honor system. That honor system was tested Thursday as Hickman’s No. 1 player, Katie Glenn, took on Shelby Penno of Jefferson City. With each girl questioning the other’s line calls throughout the match, tension rose and tempers flared.
Gary Pinkel did a lot of shopping last December, but not at the mall. After a 5-6 season that saw offensive production drop dramatically, the Missouri football coach was after something new. What he found was the spread formation. With four or even five receivers spread from sideline to sideline, the formation gives more passing options on any given play and spreads defenders thin on running plays.
When Aaron Cawlfield transferred from Rock Bridge to Hickman after his freshman year, his reputation as a football player preceded him. “We knew he was a good athlete,” Hickman coach Gregg Nesbitt said.
The Columbia College men’s soccer team defeated Baker (Kan.) University 1-0 on Wednesday on a shutout by goalkeeper Nano Recondo. Cougars forward Marcos Fernandes scored in the 80th minute on an assist from forward Justin Robinson. The win moved the 19th ranked Cougars’ to 2-0-1.
Missouri football spokesman Chad Moller said late Tuesday evening that MRI results on wide receiver Sean Coffey’s shoulder were “favorable” and that there was no structural damage. “We’re certainly treating that as good news,” Moller said.