KHS beat Jefferson City High School in the semifinals
Kearney, Mo., November 27, 2023: Kearney High School is again headed to the state football championship game.
The Bulldogs will face Hillsboro R-3 School District for the Class 4 Missouri State High School Activities Association title during the 2023 Show-Me Bowl starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo.
KHS reached the playoffs finals by defeating Jefferson City High School 42-7 on Saturday, Nov. 25 in Jefferson City.
The Bulldog defense held the JCHS Jays to just 7 points. Carson Shear was a ballhawk from his linebacker spot, snagging an interception and forcing a fumble recovered by corner Brycen Morrison. Morrison and linebacker Theo Grace also notched interceptions of their own.
Quarterback Casey Rooney led the Bulldogs offense. He threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns on just 10 attempts. Manny Linthacum hauled in two catches for 160 yards and two TDs. Corbin Emmons had the other receiving TD on a hook and ladder play. Rooney also ran for a TD and Cameron Emmons added two TDs on the ground as well. Jacob Dillon banged through all six PATs.
KHS has been designated the Visitors for Saturday’s championship game. Bulldogs fans will sit on the east side of the stadium in Sections 106-107 for general admission and 105 for students. Gates 1, 2E and 4E will open at 10 a.m.