This week in St. Louis high school football -

This week in St. Louis high school football

By: Coach Bob Ryan,

Check out these thrilling endings...

These games not only provide teams with "W's" but set the table for the future. Teams learn to win...or find ways to lose in a season in close games. These teams had thrilling moments that could benefit them "big time" down the road as they'll use these exciting wins as "building blocks".

NO Frosh Fear here....

At Park Hill, Freshman Neal Sampson booted through the uprights the winning FG at the 1:30 mark of 4th quarter to give Park Hill a come-from-behind win over Columbia Hickman 31-28. For this dual sports athlete (plays soccer also), it was his second FG of the year!

Disdaining a FG for the tie with only 2 seconds from 9 yd line...

Bolivar Liberators kept their record unmarked (3-0) as Jr QB Kolton Peavey tore a page out of some NFL books and drove his team 80 yards down the field in the last two minutes for the game Winner. From the 9 yard line, Peavey hit Alex Talley with just 2 ticks left to cap the 9 play drive that led to the 20-17 win over Logan-Rogersville. Peavey, in only his 3rd Varsity start, was 15 of 24 for 191. Considering he was 1 of 8 to start the game, one can see how "hot" he was late in the game.

Two TD's in the last minute....

When Fulton scored to take a 14-12 lead with only 53 seconds remaining, the Hornet fans felt good. Versailles crushed their hopes by crossing the goal line with only 7 seconds left to grab a tremendous 18-14 victory trailing 10-0 in the middle of the 4th. St. Mary's Dragons rallied for 2 TD scores, including a 1 yd run by Zach Dorton with only 35 seconds left to rally and knock off Westminster 14-10

BIGGEST individual performance of the week in the STATE...

Westran's(3-0) Bryce Enyard rushed for 451 yards, 7 TD's -- HIMSELF -- as Westran piled up total offense of 602 yards in the 58-41 win over Paris! This wasn't a basketball score 58-41!!

Fan's don't over-react, do they?

Last week Rockhurst was soundly beaten by a terrific Hutchison team out of Kansas, 55-27. People, fans, some writers acted like the Hawklets had gone 0-10 for a decade. Dispelling the myth, Rockhurst rebounded to defeat Blue Springs 17-3. Now I read about how "embarrassing" it is for the Wildcats. Come on...when two good teams play someone has to lose and sometimes the momentum of the game never leaves one sideline for one reason or the other. The Hawklets rushed the ball very, very well throughout the game. The Wildcats just couldn't stop the run--it wasn't effort! Embarrassing to me would come in some of the following ways--completely quitting on effort and surrendering long runs - one after the other, mocking the officials, responding in foul or inappropriate ways to coaches and other players. These two great programs don't tolerate those characteristics. Blue Springs isn't done for the season. It's great to love your team and school but ....Calm down fans--these kids are giving it their best effort, which doesn't always translate into their best execution.

Keep these TEAMS on your radar in 2009...
Hazelwood Central (3-0, class 6) handed their intra-district rival and defending Class 5 champion, Hazelwood East their 3rd straight loss in convincing style 28-7. These Class 6 champions, like all teams, have a long way to go in the season but are already flexing their muscles. Central takes on Suburban North foe, Ritenour Huskies, this week.

Defending Class 2 Champion, Clark County Indians are 3-0 while outscoring opponents 99-6 in these 3 games! Clark County takes on Palmyra this weekend.

Accustom to post season play for a long time; the Valle Catholic Warriors (class 1, 3-0) have an offensive juggernaut that has piled up 148 points during the first 3 games.

08 State Quarterfinalist, Centralia Panthers have scored, scored and scored some more (143 total points) in their first 3 wins of the year. Centralia faces Highland in a Clarence Cannon Conference game this week.

A new school has already hatched a powerful football program. The Staley Falcons are led by highly successful coach Fred Bouchard and are 3-0 for 2009

Jefferson City seems to have returned to the glory years. The 3-0 Jays beat Fayetteville 20-18 in Arkansas this weekend. Interestingly, the Jays will play Rockhurst TWICE this year in non-league games!! It's a home & away series on September 25 and October 9th!

Cass-Midway (class 1) raised its mark to 3-0 with a 45-8 victory over Rich Hill. West Platte is up next for the Vikings.

Fair Grove (3-0, class 2) rolled past E. Newton 34-12 and now has outscored opponents 113-18 in the 2009 games.

Defending Class 1 Champions, Orrick Bearcats seemed poised for a post season berth again as they've jumped out of the chutes 3-0 while handling their opponents 112-15 in the first 3 games of 09.

Liberty Bluejays (class 6, 3-0) have rumbled easy past their first three foes. In a district with Blue Springs, Blue Springs South and Rock Bridge, the Bluejays can't be overlooked.

3 weeks into it....TURNAROUND SEASONS...

Last year, Cameron Dragons were 1-9, flying out of the shoot with a 3-0 mark including an impressive win over the Lawson Cardinals 14-6

Southern Boone went winless in 08 but are currently sporting a 3-0 mark after beating Cuba 56-16 on Friday. Eagles crunched out 502 total yards.

Ft Zumwalt East suffered through a 1-9, 2008 season. With their big 23-19 win over Washington, the Lions now own a 3-0 mark with Ladue on tap.

DeSmet (3-0) vs CBC (3-0) in an MCC battle. DeSmet has rolled by all three opponents very easily. Hear this game on Prepcasts DeSmet-CBC

Neosho (3-0) vs Nixa (2-1) in Central Ozark League action. Nixa's only blemish was a 21-10 defeat to Branson.

Only one team drinks from this Cup....

For the 12th straight year, N. Calloway (3-0) won for the Calloway Cup (and bragging rights in Calloway County) as they upended S. Calloway 35-0. Final score doesn't reflect the tenor of the game as the Thunderbirds stopped the Bulldog offense on three different occasions inside the 10 yard line in the first half. In the 2nd half, the Thunderbird offense came alive and rolled to the win.

Collinsville football fans are celebrating a big 32-28 victory over Belleville West. It looked bleak for the Kahoks who trailed 28-18 late in the 4th quarter with the Maroons on the Collinsville one yard line. However, a penalty and a missed field goal opened the door. QB Austin Hails led the Cahoks on a five play 80 yard touchown drive. West then fumbled the ball on their next possession at their own 42. Hails hit Chris Tidwell on a 14 yard TD pass on the final play of the game. Hails finished with 424 passing yards and was 32 of 57 throws with four touchdowns and five picks. The last time Collinsville defeated Belleville West was 1998 (29-28).
Belleville East spotted Edwardsville an early touchdown, then rallied for a 27-7 victory at home over the Tigers. Darnell Stevenson had 141 yards on only eight carries, including a 32 yard TD run. Listen to the replay on Prepcasts-- Edwardsville-Belleville East
East St. Louis returned to Illinois and had a very successful home opener. They routed Alton 77-7. Courtney Molton gained 223 yards on only six carries. "the Matrix" (Molton) had four of his team's 11 touchdowns. The Flyers (1-0, 1-2) lost their first two games in Ohio.
Last week's battle of the unbeatens... half as many now! The Winner of last week's Prepcasts Pick-EM was Mr. Butch Dimowitz of St. Louis.

1) Blue Springs (2-0) vs Rockhurst (1-1)
Rockhurst rebounded from their crushing defeat to hand Blue Springs a 17-3 defeat.

2) Cameron (2-0) vs Lawson (2-0)
Tough defensive game ended up with Cameron on top 14-6

3) Lafayette (2-0) vs Fox (2-0)
The Lancers rolled to a 23-0 shutout of the Warriors.

4) Oakville (2-0) vs Lindbergh (2-0) Oakville-Lindbergh
Lindbergh survives some early Oakville threats to win 17-6. Watch replay !

5) Mountain Grove (2-0) vs Mountain-View Liberty (2-0)
Mt-View Liberty whips the Panthers 36-14 to jump to the top of the South Central Association Conference.

6) Logan Rogersville (2-0) vs Bolivar (2-0)
Liberators pull one out in the last few seconds to beat Logan-Rogersville 20-17 (read more in blog)

7) Webster Groves (1-0) vs Eureka (1-1) WG-Eureka
Webster's explosive offense was too much for the Wildcats as the Statesmen cruise to a 49-14 win using a
28 point 3rd quarter. Listen to the replay.

8) Washington (2-0) vs Ft Zumwalt East (2-0)
Ft Z East edges the Bluejays 23-19 to vault to a tie for the league lead in the GAC-North

9) New Madrid County (2-0) vs Potosi (2-0)
Potosi throttles the speedy Eagle offense and wins 39-6

10) Grain Valley (2-0) vs Chillicothe (2-0)
Hornets powerful offense jumped ahead early and coasted to a 49-21 win over the Eagles of Grain Valley.

11) CBC (2-0) vs Chaminade (2-0)
CBC controls the line of scrimmage and "runs" to a 24-7 victory in the MCC setting up the battle this week
on Prepcasts- Desmet @ CBC

12) Greenfield (2-0) vs Miller (2-0) -- Class 1 game
Greenfield squeaks by the Miller Cardinals 20-18 to move to a tie at the top of the Spring River League

13) Trinity (2-0) vs Ritter (2-0)
The Lions jumped all over Trinity and broke things open early in the 33-6 romp over the Titans.

14) Jennings (1-1) vs Berkeley (2-0)
Jennings rugged defense was too much for Berkeley in the 13-0 win.

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