Last year ended for South Callaway by eliminating Montgomery County in week one of the varsity football playoffs 60-12 for the second time that season before falling in week two of the postseason to Hermann 26-20.
This year that trio has come full circle and will meet for a jamboree at the Bulldogs on Friday that begins with the Wildcats scrimmaging South Callaway at 7:30 p.m.. Hermann then plays Montgomery County in game two at 8:15 p.m. and the night concludes at 9 p.m. with South Callaway playing the Bearcats.
The format for this event consists of each team running 18 plays on offense then doing the same on the other side of the ball. Coaches do have the option of starting from a designated yard line and using JV players, but they also had to fill out a questionnaire about their team and returning players that had to be turned in by Aug. 9.
Because it went 10-1 overall last season, South Callaway would appear to be the favorite to come out on top at this event. The team also beat Montgomery County 26-6 in Eastern Missouri Conference action in 2016 on Sept. 16 with a 55-man roster.
Because of those participation numbers the Bulldogs were also able to wear down North Callaway 36-14 in week four, on Sept. 23 the team won at Mark Twain 28-6 and on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 the team routed Bowling Green and Clopton/Elsberry 69-0 and 62-3, respectively.
As for Hermann, it went 8-4 overall in 2016. The Bearcats also began the year with a four-game win streak that launched with a 56-14 victory at Montgomery County and concluded at home on Sept. 9 with a 37-12 decision over Cleveland NJROTC. Because they didn't get sent home from the tourney until a round three against Brentwood 39-20 on Nov. 4, that means they also beat Hallsville 42-7 to begin the postseason on Oct. 21 before besting South Callaway in round two by six points on Oct. 28.
The dark horse in this race is Montgomery Count, 2-8 overall last year. What makes this campaign different is head coach John Klekamp and staff installed a new offense that allows this team to better utilize the talent it has. The program also picked up another assistant coach when the school hired Scott Kroeger to coach the boys varsity basketball program. The flip side to all this is that participation numbers are down and this team hasn't had a winning record since going 9-2 overall in 2013.