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Pigskin Preview: Where we were right, where we were wrong

We discuss where we whiffed on season predictions

Pigskin Preview: Where we were right, where we were wrong
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Pigskin Preview: Where we were right, where we were wrong

JOPLIN, Mo. - Back in August we put out our annual Pigskin Preview magazine, and in that magazine, we make predictions on how we think each team is going to finish. 

It's a tough thing to do, and inevitably, we get some wrong, but we also get some right. There's a few that stick out to me on both sides.

WHERE WE WERE WRONG

The Columbus Titans. This is a team that went just 1-8 last season. We picked them to win two more games than they did last year, but we were still off by a mile. 

Columbus finished the regular season with a 7-1 overall record, and won their playoff opener over Anderson County 33-20 last Thursday. 

They've been really good all year. Senior QB Patrick Cassidy has thrown for 900 yards and 13 touchdowns, while also adding 500 yards and 12 more scores on the ground. Grayson Walden and Gabe Martin are super-tough runners out of the backfield. Walden has rushed for 300 yards and has scored six times, Martin has rushed for more than 500 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Clay Saporito has also made some ridiculous catches (21 rec, 348 yds, 4 TD).

They run the ball hard. They play good defense. They're athletic. They're smart. Columbus, I'm sorry, we whiffed big.

WHERE WE WERE RIGHT

We picked the Frontenac Raiders to go undefeated this season, and that's what they did.

The Raiders finished the regular season 8-0 and won their playoff opener 34-0 over Girard Thursday.

They've done it all. Quarterback Jake Beckmann, who by the way was on the cover of the Pigskin Preview, has thrown for nearly 700 yards, rushed for 800 and has been responsible for 21 total touchdowns.

Alex Johnson has rushed for 643 yards and 7 touchdowns. Ryan Raio has 68 carries for 435 yards and 7 scores. Frontenac has rushed for 33 touchdowns as a team.

Their defense has also been good. The Raiders have not allowed more than 14 points in a game this season. 

Brant Chance has three interceptions, including a pick-6 against Colgan. 

We thought Frontenac would be good, and they are. 

WHERE WE WERE WRONG

In the COC, I know some people thought I was taking the easy way out, picking Joplin, Carthage and Webb City all to go 8-1 this season. They're all so good, I thought there was no way any team was going to go through that league unbeaten. To be fair, we were a Carthage two-point conversion from being right on the money, but the results are what they are. 

Joplin finished the regular season with a 9-0 record and won the outright COC league championship. 

WHERE WE WERE RIGHT

The Monett Cubs went 4-5 last season. We knew they were going to be better. We picked them to go 7-2 in the regular season, and that's exactly how they finished.

Monett has a senior-heavy roster, an experienced QB and a great head coach. They bounce back in a big way this season with their 7-2 record. It's their first winning season since they won the state championship back in 2016.

Monett had three straight shutouts to finish the regular season, and they won their first round playoff game last Friday. The Cubs will play in the district semifinals this Friday. 

WHERE WE WERE WRONG

The Riverton Rams have been one of the best stories in southeast Kansas this season. We picked them to go 2-6, and they proved us wrong.

Riverton finished the regular season with a 5-3 record, and also won their first round playoff game over Oskaloosa Thursday 44-14. 

The Rams are now 6-3 overall this season. It's the first time they've won 6 games since 2010. They will be on the road this Friday facing undefeated Silver Lake for a regional title.

Riverton's pretty good. We were wrong.

WHERE WE WERE RIGHT

These weren't too hard to get right. Saint Paul and Humboldt. We picked them both to go undefeated in the regular season, and they did.

There's really nobody on their schedules that can play with them this season. Plus, they both have monsters in the backfield. 

Conor Haviland (Humboldt) has rushed for more than 1,800 yards, while Adam Albertini (St. Paul) has topped 1,200 yards. 

Humboldt and St. Paul. Undefeated as predicted.

WHERE WE WERE WRONG

The Chanute Blue Comets. We picked them to go 4-4, but they're way better than that.

The Comets went 7-1 in the regular season, with their only loss coming to Pittsburg back in week two. 

Not only do they prove us wrong this season, but Chanute also won a league title, claiming the SEK championship outright with a 20-8 win over Labette County in the regular season finale. 

Chanute has won 7 games in a row, and will play for a regional championship on Friday. 

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