The Kirkwood football team has been waiting for this.
The Pioneers came up short in previous Missouri Class 5 championship game appearances against Raymore-Peculiar in 2006 and against Staley in 2011. But this time, Kirkwood could finally celebrate.
By Nate Latsch, StLToday.com
Motivated by the heartbreak of last season’s runner-up finish, the undefeated Pioneers defeated Fort Osage 31-7 in the Missouri Class 5 title game late Friday night at the Edward Jones Dome to capture their first state championship.
“It’s so hard to win one,” Kirkwood coach Matt Irvin said. “I think we are very fortunate. We’ve got great coaches and great players, and it just all kind of came together. It’s a very difficult thing to get everything syncopated and worked out, and tonight luckily it did.”
It had been a long time coming for Kirkwood (13-0), which was ranked second in Class 5 and is the No. 1 team in the STLhighschoolsports.com large-schools rankings. The Pioneers’ tradition includes 114 years of football.
“We’re excited that we can bring a state championship, finally, to Kirkwood,” quarterback Jordan Bishop said.
The Pioneers got three touchdown passes and 146 yards passing from Bishop and a strong swarming defensive effort, led by linebackers Blake Goddard and Jarrod Bishop and defensive lineman Tony Leachman, that limited the Indians to 30 yards rushing, 172 total yards and sacked quarterback Steven McBee five times and intercepted him twice.