By Troy Treasure
North Shelby’s record setting 92-88 football victory October 18 failed to make the cut among KRES radio’s top ten sports stories of 2019.
However, the highest-scoring football game in Missouri history received significant attention on the station’s sports year-in-review broadcast December 31.
Alpha Media Group’s Scott Lunte was the only broadcaster to cover the NS-Pattonsburg shootout from pregame through postgame on KTCM-FM.
“We knew going in it would probably be a high-scoring game because of the two teams involved. We did not expect 92-88,” Lunte said last week.
Lunte called the game solo, meaning he had no analyst. Lunte also kept his own statistics, a challenging task while endeavoring to do play-by-play.
At one point, the Raiders and Panthers combined for four touchdowns in just seven plays.
“Charting stats, scoring, highlights, I literally used the back of my stat sheet. I had to,” Lunte said.
In a contest that lasted more than three hours, North Shelby and Pattonsburg combined to score 86 fourth-quarter points.
“My head was fried for five days after that game. I was exhausted,” Lunte said. “It was, by far, the most rigorous and strenuous game I’ve ever done.”
By the time the contest ended at 10:18 p.m., the teams had put 180 points on the scoreboard.
The highest-scoring college football games involving in-state schools both are believed to have ended with 150-0 final scores in the years 1912 and 1914.
The first involved Pittsburg Normal (now Pittsburg State in Kansas) beating Fourth District Normal (now Missouri State). Two years later, Missouri School of Mines (now Missouri S&T) defeated Kirksville Osteopaths (now A.T. Still University) by the same score.
The highest-scoring contest involving a Missouri NFL team was recent.
In 2018, the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams scored a total of 105 points in a 54-51 Kansas City loss.
The KRES top ten stories of 2019 were determined by station staff.
Selected No. 1 was the dismissal of University of Missouri head football coach Barry Odom and his staff on November 30 and the school’s one-year bowl ban.