Some of us old Bobcodgers are ready to concede.
Logic says the modern day versions of the Bobcats are superior in comparison to the teams in the late 1940s and early 50s.
Rarely did we have a 200-pound player back years ago, but now there are several players on Thayer's roster who exceed that, so the size issue is not even in question.
The most telling comparison is the way the 2008 and 2009 Thayer teams handled the Springfield Central Bulldogs.
Thayer beat Springfield last year and gave them a 56-21 shellacking this year.
When a Class 1 team (Bobcats) lays it on a Class 5 (1,600+ enrollment) team (Springfield), that says it all. I suspect it made a believer out of some of the Bulldog players, as well.
When Coach Max Richeson, who was from the Springfield area and played ball at SMSU, came to Thayer in the fall of 1946, he booked the yearly out-of-league game with Springfield Central.
But it wasn't with the Bulldogs -- we played the"Bullpups" and lost most of those games.
The Bullpups were the junior varsity team.
So, we had our hands full with the junior varsity and now the Bobcats easily beat the varsity squad at Central.
Carroll Parrot, the coach who followed Richeson in the fall of 1951, changed the opponent for the first game of the season.
We began to play Dexter, a school from southeast Missouri, in the fall of 1952.
According to the Massey ratings posted on HighSchoolSports.Net, the Thayer Bobcats are ranked second in Class 1, right after Orrick, their nemesis from the state championship game the past two years.
Ken Massey is a college math professor who developed the computer algorithms for the BCS series, which is used to determine the national collegiate ratings and now also rates the high school teams in all states.
It says that the Thayer Bobcats were 112th among all schools in the state of Missouri, regardless of the size, in the pre-season.
There are 335 schools in the state, with 64 falling into the Class 1 (small school) category.
There are 32 Class 6 (largest schools).
Rockhurst High School was ranked #1 in the state, with Blue Springs South #2 and Blue Springs #3.