This week in St. Louis high school football -

This week in St. Louis high school football

Coach Bob Ryan,

Well, how did these 3-0 teams play out this week?
Some were close....some not so close....take a look...

At CBC, the Cadets ran into the high flying machine of the DeSmet Spartans. DeSmet rolled to a 43-0 win as Durron Neal scored four TD's (two on long punt returns and two on big gainers from the LOS). The stifling DeSmet defense has permitted on 7 points for the entire 2009 season! SMU bound Steve Kaiser is the QB while David Hill is the primary running back in this balanced offense.

So. Boone, stepping up this year, was unable to hold off perennial Class 1 power the Tipton Cardinals (4-0) in the final quarter as the Cardinals scored twice to win 34-28.

The Nixa Eagle (3-1) bounced the Neosho Wildcats (3-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 14-10 win. Eric Christophel hauled in a short 3 yard pass with only 1:36 left to win this Central Ozark Conference game. Nixa is only a single point away from having an unblemished mark as they fell to Branson 21-20 in a conference in week 3! The Eagles will face the 4-0 Webb City Cardinals this week in a terrific game.

After he talked the talk...he walked the walk....
Andrew Boyd of Smith-Cotton addressed his teammates in a talk "from the heart" at halftime as his Tigers trailed the O'Hara Celtics (3-1) 20-14. Stepping on the field, Boyd raced 92 yards with the KO return to give the Tigers the quick, and permanent, lead as they won 28-20. Smith Cotton (4-0) grabs the league lead with this win in the West Central Conference.

Hazelwood West (4-0) tasted something that they haven't done very often. The Wildcats crushed the defending Class 5 Champions, Hazelwood East 61-42. The relentless, yet deceptive with its misdirection, ground game crunched out 574 yards rushing. Keeping it balanced with his talented backfield corp, Najal Cheeks (146 yds), Ryan Ward (149) and Caleb Sims(149) , Coach Keith Herring kept the Spartans defense back on their heels all night long ! East is now 0-4 for the season.

Americans love underdog stories...
John F. Kennedy Celtics were winless in 2008 and 2007 and often fielded very thin rosters. This year the Celts raised their mark to 2-2 with a win over ME Lutheran 29-7. Congrats to the Celtics as their program moves upward.

Another streak is snapped.....
For the first time since 1997, the Wm Chrisman Bears (2-2) toppled Oak Park in football. The Bears won in a defensive battle 10-7 using some outstanding defense late in the game to hold onto the win. Bear Coach, Mark Simcox, had assigned the homework of learning the last time Wm Chrisman had won this game.

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Rock Port (4-0) survived tenacious play of the upset minded, Brayner Bobcats (1-3) and won 28-27 in OT in Class 1 action.

Kirkwood Pioneers scored late as they rallied from a 17-3 deficit in the 4th quarter to stun the Lafayette Lancers (3-1) 24-17. The Pioneers scored with only 0:31 seconds left to tie the game in regulation when Dion Boykin received a 15 yard pass from Sam Wright, scored in their first possession as Malcolm Owens plunged in 3 yards in the OT and ended the OT with an Interception.

Wild, wild games...
...900 yards offense, 15 touchdowns but a defensive play is the key as Camdenton (3-1) outlasts Joplin(3-1) 55-48 in regulation ! After tying the game at 48 late in the 4th, Shane Hardman picked off an Eagle pass and raced 29 yards as the Lakers took their first lead of the night with the INT. Laker running back, Jacob Dinos rushed 23 times for 298 with three TD runs of 70, 68, 58 yards. Dinos has just returned to action so Camdenton is now at full strength.

Usually if a team has a running back rush for 336 yards and five TD's, you'd think that the game ended up as a win. Not so here...Daniel Lindemann hung up those credentials but the Troy Trojans fell in a heartbreaker 46-45 to FT Zumwalt South. Troy actually crossed the goal line 7 times to the Bulldogs 6 touchdowns but a South FG and three X-pt fails for Troy led to this zany score.

Another Zumwalt school was involved in a wild win...Ft Zumwalt West. The Jags (3-1) trailed 31-13 in the 3rd to Howell North (2-2) when QB David Washko took over. The Jags scored four straight touchdowns as Washko scored three times and threw for the 4th score. FT Z West won this wild one 41-38.

Ava Bears (3-1) outlasted the Salem Tigers (2-2) 13-7 in OT in a South Central Association Game. The win pushes the Bears into a first place tie in the conference. The win felt especially nice for the Bears since Salem spanked them last year 40-0.

The Maryville Spoofhounds (3-1) edged the Smithville Warriors (2-2) 22-21 in OT. This sets the table for the Spoofhounds taking on league leader, Cameron Dragons (4-0) this week (check our 4x4 Pick-em on page 1.

Other notes and teams around the state of MO football...
Park Hill (3-1) surprised many with its 20-11 win over previously unbeaten LIberty Bluejays. Liberty, class 6, had rolled to a 3-0 mark, outscoring their opponents 121-15 in their first 3 games. Park Hill, class 5 and coached by Coach Greg Reynolds, raised their record in this non-conference battle in KC area.

More shock waves were felt in KC area when St Joseph-Central beat Blue Springs South 35-28. In this Suburban Big 7 game, the host Indians knocked off the favored Jags to jumble up the league standings.

Quietly 4-0 while being overshadowed by Hazelwood Central and West, the Riverview Gardens could easily be 6-0 when they face Rock Bridge, Haz Cen, Haz West and McCluer North in their final four games...ugh. Riverview crushed 62-0 this week.

Expecting to drop off considerably after graduating a boat-load of seniors last year, the Union Wildcats are at it again. Losing the first two games to larger schools, Union is now 2-0 in Four Rivers competition after beating Hermann 51-14 on Friday. Union will face Helias this week in another top level non-league game.

Rolla (4-0), known for the punishing run game, used the pass late in the game to pull away from a fired-up Parkview team 43-26. The really good teams are usually balanced enough to use pass or run as they need it.

Cardinal Ritter continues to pummel opponents as they handled Lutheran St. Charles 60-14 in AAA conference game. The Lions are averaging 45+ ppg as they hold onto a little noticed 4-0 mark.

Cahokia may be the best team in the Metro East. The Comanches outscored Marion 17-0 in the 1st quarter on the way to a 30-14 win. Cahokia QB, Patrick Ivy now has 10 TD strikes including one to James Hunt (verbal to Mizzou). Undefeated Carbondale is on tap this weekend !

Others like East St Louis as the best team. Their supporters argue that ESL hasn't lost in Illinois yet in 09. This week ESL (2-2)romped past Edwardsville 48-15. Star running back Courtney Molton crossed the goal line three times raising his total to nine of the season.

Collinsville QB Austin Hail had a rough game. O'Fallon recorded 7 sacks on the way to an easy 40-7 over the Kahoks. Defensie Ends John Bouquet and Tivon Taylor combined for all the sacks. Eric Lewis, returned for the Panthers at running back and scored his first touchdown of the year.

Speaking of returning from injury, Civic Memorial QB Zach Tobin led his team to a 14-7 halftime lead at Triad in his first game of 09. He was returning from a hand injury suffered in a hockey game. The Knights rallied for a 41-22 victory. Nevertheless, Tobin completed 21 passes for 323 yards in the losing cause.

This Saturday, the Metro Game of the Week will be the Saturday contest between Belleville East and Belleville West. Kickoff at 1:00pm. Advertisers are welcome to jump on board for this battle of Belleville. Contact Ron Block this week at 1-407-506-3323 or at

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