The week in St. Louis high school football -

The week in St. Louis high school football

Coach Bob Ryan,

OK....some things did go as we talked about last week but there were several "surprises" in all classifications. Here we go looking some of the key or surprise games of week 1 of District play.

Class 6-District 4
Last week we indicated passing the ball effectively would make the difference in this rough and tumble district. Well...the McCluer North Stars (5-3) threw the ball an uncharacteristically 20 times and upset the defending Class 6 Champion, the Hazelwood Central Hawks(7-1) 16-10 and handed the Hawks their first defeat of the year. Galen Brown(McN-QB) was 10 of 20 for 157 yards and 2 TD strikes in this victory that sets this district upside down. Remember, Hazelwood Central isn't eliminated, the top two teams advance. The other game of this district saw Riverview Gardens (6-2) topple Hazelwood West (6-2) 22-6.

Class 6-District 6
After dropping their last 2 games, the Ft Zumwalt West Jaguars (5-3)scored with only 43 seconds left to grab the lead and the victory 42-38 over Hickman(3-5) . Devonte Majors hauled in the 26 yard TD pass from David Washko for the winner. Leading at one time 21-3, the Jags saw the Kewpies score 28 straight points in the 2nd half but their own rally. Washko scored two touchdowns and threw for two more in the win. Jeff City looms big in this district but this game probably decided the #2 team of the district.

Class 6-District 7
In the wildest game of the week, Lee Summit North (3-5) outlasted Joplin (5-3) in a shootout. The Broncos exploded for 40 points over a 12 minute stretch of 2nd quarter on the way to 50-33 win! Montereal Robinson led the Broncos with 259 yards rushing and 4 TD's. Joplin's slick QB Devin St Clair was 23 of 43 for 346 yards and 3 TD passes in a game that saw a total of 1030 yards of total offense....WOW !

Class 6-District 8
Blue Springs(7-1) flexed their muscles and pounded Blue Springs South(4-4) 42-0 to send messages to the Class 6 teams not to forget about them during these playoffs. Running back, Darrian Miller leads this highly talented team. Trailing Rock Bridge until the 15 seconds of the first half, Liberty Bluejays (7-1) had their ace receiver, Marcus Lucas throw a double-pass play to put the Bluejays up 21-20 at half. Seizing the momentum, Liberty rolled to a 35-20 win.

Class 5 -District 2
In the best see-saw game of the night in the STATE, 4 lead changes ended with Chaminade(6-2) edging Vianney (3-5) 31-27. The star of each team shined brightly on this night. Dalton Hewitt (Vianney) passed for 268 and 2 TD passes while Rob Standard (Cham) rushed for 310 yards, 3 TD.

Class 5 - District 3
In a district with four very good teams, Parkway Central Colts (7-1) completely dominated both sides of the LOS against a stunned Kirkwood team (5-2) and won easily 28-7. The Colts ran for 319 yards and held the Pioneers to -1 rushing yards in this surprisingly easy win. Parkway North (6-1) took a quarter to get untracked as they were behind 3-0 after 1 quarter. The Vikings scored 41 points in the last 3 quarters to ease to a 41-9 victory over Parkway West (4-4)

Class 5-District 10
The William Chrisman Bears trailed N.Kansas City 21-7 at half. The Bears offense came alive in the 2nd half for 3 TD scores and pulled out a 28-21 win. Premier running back Caleb Sims piled up 181 yards while QB Zach Dwyer passed for 201 as the Bear offense rattled off around 400 total
yards in the game. In the other district game, Ft Osage (8-0) used Steven Snyder's fumble recovery for a TD late in the first half to help them take control over Winnetonka and go on to a 27-6 victory.

Class 5-Distict 12
Heartbreak for the KC Central Indians! Leading the entire game on the strength of two Taylor Lopez field goals 6-0, Oak Park pushed across the lone touchdown (with the PAT) of the game with only 1:28 remaining in the game to take a 7-6 lead. The Indians responded and drove quickly and efficiently down the field to the 10 yard line but their field goal attempt sailed wide handing Oak Park (3-5) the win.

Class 4 - District 1
Poplar Bluff (6-2) probably clinched a spot in STATE with a 34-31 win over Farmington(5-3). Sikeston (8-0) is heavily favored to win the district but the top two teams do advance.

Class 4- District 3
In a thrilling game that sent into OT when Affton scored with 0:50 AND converted the two point conversion to tie it at 14-14. Seemingly keeping the momentum, the Cougars scored first but missed the conversion in OT. Ladue's Charles Badgett went 26 yards for the TD score and Sam Hurster booted it through the uprights for the winner !

Class 4 - District 6
Maybe biggest upset of the night saw Westminster sneaking past MICDS (7-1) 14-13. The Wildcats scored all of their 14 points in the 1st quarter as they were held to under 130 total yards offensively. Any district loss for MICDS has been a rare occurrence in recent years. A rematch could occur in Sectional (2nd) round of STATE tournament.

Class 4-District 9
Trailing 22-0 at half to St. Clair, the Pacific Indians saw their season going up in smoke. Long TD runs of 66 and 53 yards by Blake Arnette brought the Indians back into the game. Tied at 22, Pacific scored got their last 2 scores from the defense--with 2:33 left, Marco Romano went the distance (27 yards) with a fumble and with 1:33 Jacob Nutt pick off a pass for the score and a final of 36-22 Indians.

Class 4 -District 13
Grain Valley's (7-1) potent, quick strike offense kept rolling with a 49-21 win over Warrensburg(4-4) . Remarkably, the Eagles led only 28-21 midway in the 4th when Austin Gouldsmith hit Zac Hoover with an 85 yard bomb that began the onslaught.

Class 3-District 1
History repeats....Perryville (1-7) surprised Kennet (3-5) 9-6 again this year ! Last year Perryville used their win over the Indians to catapult them into STATE Tournament. Kennet has dropped 3 of their 5 losses by 6 points are fewer. Making it really tough to swallow, the Indians outgained the Pirates 208-139 and were stopped inside the 5 yard line and by turnovers in the game.

Class 3-District 4
Miller Career Academy (4-4) had a deceptive record. Losing to a strong Class 4 teams-Normandy (7-1), Vashon (4-3) and Gateway (5-3), the Phoenix were preparing for the long run. Miller Career knocked Cardinal Ritter (7-1) from the unbeaten ranks with a strong 32-22 win. Demarco Billups riddled the Lions pass defense for 16 of 21, 347 yards and 4 TD's in the win. Jr. Billups now has 2087 passing yards for the season !

Class 3-District 6
Bowling Green Bobcats used a stifling defense to edge St. Francis Borgia 7-3 in an ol' fashioned defensive battle.

Class 3- District 16
Not since 1921....hard to had been 88 years since the Savannah Savages beat Chillicothe at home! Savannah (6-2) used a recovery of their own fumble to save the day. Falling behind the Hornets (6-2)10-0, Blake Burson recovered a Savannah fumble. The next play saw a long 37 yard run that set up the first TD for the Savages. With that big MO behind them now, Savannah scored 27 unanswered points to win 27-10. The Savages held the Hornets to only 61 yards of offense in the 2nd half.

Class 2- District 2
When Grandview beat Scott City--all kinds of streaks were snapped. QB Steven Capranica threw a 15 yard TD pass to Robbie Allen with 1:10 left to give the Eagles a 34-33 lead. A 45 yard FG attempt by the Rams missed and Grandview had chalked up a victory. The Eagles had some tremendous offensive performances as they piled up 469 yards of total offense. The Rams posted 457 yards themselves in this very entertaining game. Grandview entered the season riding a 35 game losing streak which ended in the 3rd week of this year. The district win for the school is the first in at leas 5 years and the win over Scott City is the first in 18 years. Congrats to them as they are turning around the program.

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