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Andy Reid sets record for most wins at Arrowhead

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ever since Andy Reid arrived in Kansas City, the Chiefs have been one of the most consistent franchises in the NFL.

Reid is lauded by many pundits as one of the best coaches and offensive minds in the history of the game.

He was able to accomplish a new feat in his career after the Chiefs 26-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Reid now has the most wins of any coach at Arrowhead Stadium with 65, passing the late, legendary Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer.

The Chiefs have also won their last 26 games in November and December, with QB Patrick Mahomes having not lost in either month since he became the starter.

They will now go on the road to face a hot Cincinnati Bengals in an AFC Championship rematch next Sunday at 3:25 p.m. CT

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Grove's undefeated season comes to a end; Carl Albert wins 55-21

OWASSO, Okla. – Grove turned the ball over three times and came up short on the scoreboard as the second-ranked Midwest City Carl Albert Titans defeated the Ridgerunners 55-21 in the Class 5A semifinals.

Carl Albert, a 16-time state champion, will try once again to take home the golden ball when they meet McAlester (11-2) next Saturday for the Class 5A Championship game at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Grove senior running back Emmanuel Crawford ended the night with over 6,600 career yards – a Class 5A record.  His three touchdowns on the night netted 152 yards.

Grove senior quarterback Carson Trimble had 96 yards in the air and rushed for 41 yards.

Two costly interceptions in the first half worked against Grove allowing Carl Albert to take an early 14-0 lead with a Xavier Robinson run of 21 yards and a 39-yard pass from Reed DeQuasie to Tashawn James.

Grove’s Crawford, who looked like he was going to get thrown for a loss, wiggled around Titan defenders and scored cutting into Carl Albert’s lead 14-7.

Carl Albert scored twice in the second quarter to take a 27-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Titans exploded in the third quarter putting up 21 points on a Trey Washington 75 pass from Dequasie, a 12-yard bootleg run by Dequasie and a 67-yard run by Robinson.

Trystan Haynes scored on a 67-yard punt return for the Titans in the fourth quarter.

Crawford added points in the fourth quarter on an 80-yard touchdown run and a 6-yard touchdown run.

Scoring Summary

Carl Albert 14 13 21 7 — 55

Grove 7 0 0 14 — 21

First Quarter

  • CA: Robinson, 21-yard run. (Ethan Spiwak Kick)
  • CA: Trystan Haynes 39 pass from Reed Dequasie (Spiwak kick)
  • G: Emmanuel Crawford 4 run (Cory Martin kick)

Second Quarter

  • CA: Robinson 6 run (Conversion run failed)
  • CA: Dequasie 6 run (Spiwak kick)

Third Quarter

  • CA: Trey Washington 75 pass from Dequasie (Spiwak kick)
  • CA: Dequasie 12 run (Spiwak kick)
  • CA: Robinson 67 run (Spiwak kick)

Fourth Quarter

  • CA: Haynes 73 punt return (Spiwak kick)
  • G: Crawford 80 run (Martin kick)
  • G: Crawford 7 run (Martin kick)
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Ridgerunners take on the Titans tonight in the semifinal rounds of Class 5A playoffs

OWASSO, Okla. – Tonight the top-ranked Grove Ridgerunners will put their undefeated season to the test when they take on second-ranked Midwest City Carl Albert Titans in the Class 5A semifinals.  

This is the first meeting between the two schools.  The winner advances to the finals next Saturday against the winner between No. 3 OKC McGuinness and No. 5 McAlester.

The game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Owasso Stadium and can be heard on KGVE 99.3 or live-streamed here.

Carl Albert brings to the gridiron a rich football history. The 14-time state champions have won five straight titles between 2016 and 2020.

This is the Ridgerunners’ fourth time to advance this far in the playoffs dating back to 1958.

Grove’s juggernaut three-head beast of an offense is averaging 48 points a game and is anchored by senior quarterback Carson Trimble.

Trimble has passed for 2,329 yards and scored 33 touchdowns and rushed 447 yards and scored six touchdowns on the season.

His go-to receiver, Hagen Hacker has caught 44 passes for 805 yards scoring 15 touchdowns.

The third foundation in the high-octane offense is senior running back Emmanuel Crawford.

Crawford has lit up the scoreboard rushing for 2,081 yards and scoring 41 touchdowns (33 rushing, 7 passing, and one punt return) this season.

The senior holds the record for career rushing in Class 5A with 6,555 yards.

On the other side of the field Grove’s defense hasn’t shirked away from its responsibilities holding opponents to 16 points a game.

Grove’s swarming defense has contained their opponents all year and scored twice during regular season games.

Carl Albert’s backfield is comprised of junior tailback Xavier Robinson and senior quarterback Reed DeQuasie.

The 6-foot-2, 225 pounds junior tailback is averaging over nine yards per carry.

Carl Albert brings a strong defense with senior Tashawn James at defensive back, defensive end Brock Johnson, linebacker Easton Harless, defensive lineman Tanner Norman and safety Chancy Lester.

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1,300 + do the Turkey Trot in Downtown Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. — It’s become a Thanksgiving tradition for many people, now in the 11th year, the Turkey Trot in Downtown Joplin.

More than 1,300 runners found it to be perfect weather, 49° and light mist falling.

Barricades are blocking Main Street from 2nd to 7th.

Locals will also see barricades along 4th street to the east and along Broadway into East Town.

Joplin’s largest stand alone 5K, this is a race you don’t want to miss!“ — STARLIT RUNNING CO.

The medals are a Gold Turkey!

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In a frigid nailbiter Grove defeats Guthrie 28-19; advances to semi-finals

GROVE, Okla. – A red-hot Grove defense turned up the heat Friday night and defeated Guthrie 28-19 to advance to the Class 5A semifinal game.

Frigid temperatures hovered around 25° at kickoff, but Grove’s defense was hot as they sacked Guthrie’s quarterback, Hayden Calvert, four times forcing three fumbles.

Guthrie’s defense tried to keep the ball out of running back Emmanuel Crawford’s hands for most of the game.

But the key to the game was a Hagen Hacker interception late in the fourth quarter.  After the turnover, Crawford evaded a swarm of defenders and sprinted downfield, 40 yards to give the Ridgerunners prime field position.  Two plays later, Crawford took the ball and swept to the Grove side of the field and bolted 36 yards into the endzone with five minutes to go in the game.

Grove finished the night with 212 yards on the ground and 149 yards in the air.  Guthrie had 173 rushing yards and 146 passing yards. Crawford finished the night with 179 rushing yards. Carson Trimble threw for 149 yards and Hacker had 101 receiving yards.

The Ridgerunners drew first blood when Trimble connected with Hacker on a 42-yard pass.  Corey Martin added the extra point.

 The drive started with Trimble getting sacked backing up the Ridgerunners to the 32-yard line. On the third play of the drive, Trimble eluded two defenders to get the ball on the 42-yard line giving the Ridgerunners a first down.  Two players later Trimble hit one of his favorite target for a touchdown for a 7-0 lead.

Before halftime, Guthrie’s Carson Wilder was hit with a 15-yard personal foul penalty.

In the early minutes of the third quarter, Guthrie scored on a flea flicker trick play from Calvert to Willy Clymer that went 41 yards in the air and Noah French added the extra point to tie the game.

Trimble hit Jackson Gain for a 43-yard pass and Martin added the point to put Grove up 14-7.

Jaylen Chelf’s 31-yard run moved Guthrie within reach of the Ridgerunners, but a failed kick allowed Grove to maintain a 14-13 lead.

Grove took advantage of a Guthrie blotched snap and three plays later Jacob Gain ran up the middle five yards untouched giving Grove a 20-13 lead.  The extra point was missed.

Wilder connected on a 26-yard pass from Calvert.  A series of penalties took Guthrie from going from a two-point conversion run to missing an extra point kick allowing Grove to keep a  20-19 lead.

With five minutes left in the game, Crawford capitalized on Hacker’s game-winning interception to score Grove’s winning touchdown.

Grove takes their undefeated record to meet the Carl Albert Titans next weekend. The Titans defeated Del City 19-0.  The time, date, and place of the game have not been set.

Scoring

Guthrie       0        0        13      6        19

Grove          0        7        13      7        27

Second Quarter

  • GRO:  Hagen Hacker 42 pass from Carson Trimble (Corey Martin kick)

Third Quarter

  • G: Willy Clymer 41 pass from Hayden Calvert (Noah French kick)
  • GRO: Jackson Gain 43 pass from Trimble (Martin kick)
  • G: Jaylen Chelf 31 run (kick failed)
  • GRO: Jacob Gain 5 pass from Trimble (kick failed)

Fourth Quarter

  • G: Carson Wilder 26 pass from Calvert (kick failed)
  • GRO: Crawford 36 run (Martin kick)
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Kansas City Royals confirm new stadium plans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals confirmed Tuesday they plan to build a new baseball stadium.

Royals Chairman and CEO John Sherman penned a letter to Kansas City and fans saying the team is building a new ballpark district and are looking at options in downtown Kansas City or close to it.

Sherman said it has become difficult to maintain Kauffman Stadium, which opened in 1973. When the team’s lease with Jackson County ends in 2030, the stadium will be over 60 years old.

“The renovations required at The K to achieve our objectives would cost as much or more than the price tag to develop a new ballpark,” Sherman wrote. “A new home would be a far better investment, both for the local taxpayer dollars already supporting our facility and for the Kansas City community.”

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One year ago, Sherman and the Royals said they planned to look into a downtown baseball stadium. Speculation has been ongoing ever since about where the team would land, and Royals fans have weighed in on both sides of the matter.

Sherman said Tuesday the team now has “several leading locations under close consideration, both in downtown Kansas City and close to it.”

The team released new renderings of what they imagine the new stadium could look like some day. The Royals also released several criteria on what they’re looking for in a new ballpark district.

Funding

Sherman said the team has two guiding principles in its stadium planning:

“First we would no ask Jackson County citizens to contribute any more tax dollars than you already do today. Second, we want to take these steps together, with your input and engagement, as a community.”

The Royals CEO said the move to a new ballpark “will be contingent on contingent on continuing our public-private partnership and investment with multiple local jurisdictions and the State of Missouri.”

Impact

Sherman said building a new stadium would be the largest public-private development project in Kansas City history, projected at $2 billion. The Royals expect the ballpark’s construction would create 20,000 jobs, $1.4 billion in labor income and $2.8 billion in total economic output.

Additionally, the team expects the first year of the new ballpark would drive $185 million more in regional economic output than Kauffman Stadium does now. Sherman said the ballpark could create more than 600 new jobs and spending will drive over $60 million in tax revenue over the first decade.

The Royals also project the new ballpark could spur new development downtown, bringing thousands of new jobs and millions in economic output.

What’s next?

Sherman said the Royals will hold a listening tour over the next several months and begin a discussion with local, state and federal officials on funding.

The Royals CEO said transparency will be a “guidepost” in the planning process.

“From the Royals World Series Championship teams of 1985 and 2015, to the Monarchs and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and to your support and dedication throughout the decades, our city possesses a rich baseball history,” Sherman wrote. “If this proposal moves forward, we see this development as another storied chapter for Kansas City.”


Here is the letter from Sherman, reading in part:

To our dedicated Royals Fans and the Kansas City community:

I am reaching out to you on two fronts. First, I want to thank you for your support this past season. While we were not satisfied with out results on the field, the future of our baseball club under the leadership of J.J. Picollo and new manager Matt Quatro holds great promise. Our objective is to return to form and compete for a championship on behalf of the great fans of Kansas City.

Second, as we look to the future, I want to share with you our perspective on Kauffman Stadium, our treasured home for the last half century. We have enjoyed many exciting moments togethers at the Truman Sports Complex over the years. In the spirit of Ewing Kauffman, our current mission I sot look ahead to ensure that Major League Baseball and the Kansas City Royals will thrive in this region for decades to come.

Following Mr. K’s original vision for the franchise, we also want to ensure that we have a world-class ballpark that stays competitive with our peers nationwide and best serves our community to the fullest. Kansas City is evolving into a leading sports destination – demonstrated by the NFL Draft, the KC Current’s new stadium, the World Cup – and much more yet ahead. These developments, along with a new KCI airport terminal, are transforming our region.

As you may already know, it’s become challenging to maintain The K. When its current lease with Jackson County concludes at the end of this decade, it will be 60 years old. The renovations required at The K to achieve our objectives would cost as much or more than the price tag to develop a new ballpark. A new home would be a far better investment, both for local taxpayer dollars already supporting our facility and for the Kansas City community.

A year ago, we announced that we were undertaking a diligent, deliberate and transparent process to explore the possibility of a new ballpark district. We said we would look at various locations across the city that will allow for residential, commercial and community components. We are excited to now share that we have several leading locations under close consideration, both in downtown Kansas City and close to it.

Each site offers unique opportunities. We look forward to seeking input from the public over the coming months about our vision to best serve our residents and build on the momentum our city is experiencing. To accomplish this move, our plans will be contingent on continuing our public-private partnership and investment with multiple local jurisdictions and the State of Missouri.

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Grove demolishes Sapulpa 70-28, advances to second round of playoffs

GROVE, Okla. – Grove’s Emmanuel Crawford continued to tear up the record books scoring six touchdowns Friday night as the second-ranked Ridgerunners defeated eight-ranked Sapulpa 70-28 advancing to the second round of Class 5A playoffs.

Grove will host Guthrie who defeated Elgin 17-0 at Ridgerunner Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m.  

The one-two punch of a stingy Ridgerunner defense and a juggernaut offense paved the way for Grove to finish the night with 623 total yards.

Crawford finished the night with 294 rushing yards pushing his season rushing record to 1,893 rushing yards. The Grove senior has 40 touchdowns on the season.

Before a capacity crowd, Crawford dazzled his fans with runs of 59, 54 and 85 yards.

Sapulpa scored on the opening drive. Marco Smith, back in action after suffering a broken collarbone earlier in the season, scored on an 8-yard run. Trent Whittaker added the extra point to put the Chieftains on the scoreboard first 7-0.  

Grove started their first drive on their own 41-yard line. After a long Ridgerunner gain and an illegal procedure call, Crawford moved Grove up to the 13-yard line.  Three plays later Crawford walked untouched, into the endzone from the 1-yard line. Corey Martin’s kick tied the score 7-7.

Grove’s defense neutralized Sapulpa’s running game and Grove safety Landon Davis knocked the ball down in the endzone thwarting a Chieftain’s scoring drive.  

Then the fireworks started.

Facing a fourth down, Grove set up in punt formation, but instead of punting Crawford cradled the ball and sprinted down the sideline 59 yards to put Grove in the lead.

Grove never relinquished that lead and exploded in the second quarter, putting up 28 points to take a 42-14 halftime lead.

Grove added 21 points in the third quarter with a Carson Trimble 36-yard touchdown, followed by Crawford’s 85-yard touchdown run and Derrick Thomas’s 9-yard run.

Hayden McClendon finished scoring for the Ridgerunners on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter.

In other Oklahoma playoff games Poteau defeated Miami 48-14; Quapaw defeated Central 28-22; Commerce defeated Pocola 39-18; and Keifer defeated Vinita 42-26.

Grove 14 28 21 7= 70

Sapulpa 7 7 7 7 = 28

PLAY BY PLAY

First Quarter

  • S: Marco Smith 8 run (Trent Whittaker kick)
  • G: Emmanuel Crawford 1 run (Cory Martin kick)
  • G: Crawford 59 run (Martin kick)

Second Quarter

  • G: Crawford 6 run (Martin kick)
  • S: Bryant 6 blocked punt return (Whittaker kick)
  • G:  Crawford 54 run (Martin kick)
  • G: Hagen Hacker 43 pass from Carson Trimble (Martin kick)
  • G: Crawford 5 run (Martin kick)

Third Quarter

  • G: Trimble 36 run (Martin kick)
  • G: Crawford 85 run (Chris Johnson kick)
  • G: Derrick Thomas 9 run (Johnson kick)
  • S: Marco Smith 12 run (Whittaker kick)

Fourth Quarter

  • G: Hayden McClendon 10 run (Johnson kick)
  • S: Blake Hurt 32 run (Whittaker kick)
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Milestones that the Chiefs could set against the Jaguars

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs are in the mid-season grind as they host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

The Jaguars come in with little fanfare at 3-6 but the 6-2 Chiefs are not taking the young squad lightly.

As they prepare to host the Southern cats, Kansas City could break these milestones during the game.

Dating back to Week 16 of 2012, the Chiefs have scored in 155 consecutive games, marking the second-best streak of consecutive games with points in franchise history. Points scored against the Jaguars this week will extend the streak to 156 consecutive games.

With 100 receiving yards this week, TE Travis Kelce would tally his 33rd career regular season game with at least 100 yards receiving, the most in club history. Kelce’s 32 regular season games of 100+ receiving yards are tied for most by a tight end in league history with only Rob Gronkowski.

Kelce looks to extend his streak to 135 consecutive games with a reception. Kelce currently holds the franchise record for most consecutive games with a reception.

Since 2018, the Chiefs are 47-3 when they hold their opponents to less than 27 points, including in postseason play. The Chiefs have held six of their 2022 opponents to less than 27 points thus far.

Since Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo arrived in Kansas City in 2019, the Chiefs’ defense has recorded 130 sacks in 57 regular games. The Chiefs currently hold an 11-game streak of recording at least one sack. This is the second-longest streak under Spagnuolo’s watch in Kansas City behind a 15-game streak from 2019-20.

With just half of a sack, DE Carlos Dunlap will record his 100th career sack. A total of 40 players in NFL history have recorded 100.0 sacks since sacks became an official stat in 1982.

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Andy Reid among the most handsome NFL head coaches

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a new study ranking the most handsome head coaches in the NFL, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid stands among the top-five.

Pictures of all 32 head coaches were ran through the the Golden Ratio Face app and given a score based on their appearance.

  1. Kliff Kingsbury – Arizona Cardinals
  2. Brian Daboll – New York Giants
  3. Lovie Smith – Houston Texans
  4. Andy Reid – Kansas City Chiefs
  5. Frank Reich – Indianapolis Colts

The average score for NFL head coaches was a 7.68 out of 10. Reid received an 8.72.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell received the lowest ranking among all head coaches with a 6.36 rating.

Kingsbury, the most handsome coach in the NFL, earned a 9.2 rating.

Reid will face the the 13th most handsome head coach, Doug Pederson, on Sunday when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.

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Ridgerunners win 41-20; Crawford sets Class 5A record

GROVE, Okla. – Grove exploded in the third quarter, at the feet of senior phenom Emmanuel Crawford, to score 14 points and defeat Bishop Kelley 41-20.

The Grove crowd erupted in a standing ovation for Crawford when it was announced midway through the third quarter that Class 5A had a new rushing leader in Crawford.

Crawford rushed his way into the state’s history books finishing the night averaging 14.2 yards a carry. He had 256 of Grove’s 349 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns. He has over 6,000 rushing yards in his high school football career.

Crawford scored on runs of 7 in the first quarter, 11 and 63 yards in the third quarter and capped off Senior Night with a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Bishop Kelley kept Grove’s defense on the field for most of the first half and controlled the line of scrimmage, but Grove’s offensive took ownership of the second half.

The victory also secured the undefeated Ridgerunners a top seed in the playoffs where they will host Sapulpa next Friday.

Quarterback Carson Trimble found an opening on the Bishop Kelley side of the field as the Ridgerunners moved into striking distance in the first quarter.  Crawford drew first blood on a 7-yard touchdown run. 

The Ridgerunners increased the score 13-0 after Grove’s swarming defense sacked Kelley’s Stice Smith forcing a fourth-and-long situation.  Grove’s defense blocked a punt and Gavin Stone picked up a loose ball and scored on a 15-yard return.

Bishop Kelley’s Reid Jones scored on a 3-yard touchdown pass and Smith connected with Mason McFarlane for a 17-yard touchdown pass to take the lead 14-13.  Bishop Kelley pulled away on a 7-yard touchdown run by David Lenhard for a 20-13 lead over the Ridgerunners.

Grove clawed back on Crawford’s 15-yard touchdown run before halftime. Bishop Kelley had 166 rushing yards and 229 yards on offense.

Bishop Kelley 0 20 0 0 20
Grove 13 7 14 7 41