As promised we are going to sneak a little soccer in this week’s blog! I spent Saturday evening at CBC getting an early look at four of the five Metro Catholic Conference powers in the annual CBC Tournament where CBC, SLUH, DeSmet and Vianney play a round-robin tournament going head-to-head with each other throughout the week. It looks as if it will be yet another high quality year for all teams involved.
The SLUH Jr. Billikens grabbed the “Caught My Eye Award” this week. They really looked sharp in wins over CBC and DeSmet last week.
SLUH came away with their second straight title in the three-game event but the interesting part was that all four teams came away with a win (two for SLUH) and all four teams came away with a loss. Parity could be a word used in the conference in 2010. Or maybe the old classic line “anybody can beat anybody on a given day” will be in vogue for this season. Then there is highly ranked Chaminade…. Tune in to Prepcasts.com Saturday afternoon for the when Chaminade travels to CBC for a conference match-up at 2 p.m.
Let’s take a look at some of Week #3 highlights from around the state in football that caught my eye..
WHERE IS THE DEFENSE?
A quick glance at the statewide scores showed there West Nodaway scored 72 points in a72-22 win. There were two teams that reached 60 points and 11 teams scored over 50!
Here’s some defense… Kearney is 2-0 and have scored 83 and allowed 0. Valle Catholic is 3-0 and the points for are 144 and they have allowed nothing!
CBC pulled off a great win Friday night upsetting 5th ranked DeSmet 17-10 in the Metro Catholic Conference openers for both teams. Antonio Brown scored touchdowns of 4 and two yards for the Cadets. I would be quite remiss if I didn’t mention what a stellar job the CBC defense did in shutting down the offensive juggernaut that DeSmet is capable of.
Speaking of juggernauts… Francis Howell moved to 3-0 and confirmed their sixth spot in the areas large school rankings handing Timberland a 53-21 smack. What was really impressive was scoring on its first four possessions to pull away in the second half. For the record, the Vikings scored 41 points in the third quarter! To do that off a good Timberland team who had won 17 straight in the GAC and came into the game at 2-0, makes the feat by Howell all the more impressive.
Speaking of scoring in bunches, Class 5’s top-ranked Webster Groves scored 21 points in the first quarter to roll on to a 31-14 win over SLUH.
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY
Jefferson City’s (2-1) Kody Walker and his teammates stopped by Hazelwood East (0-3) last Saturday for a visit. They left with a resounding 43-18 win. Walker only scored all six of the Jays touchdowns. One was a 70-yard TD catch and the other five were runs two scores from the 12 and runs of 1, 7, and 15 yards.
The top-ranked small school team in the St. Louis area, Mater Dei, took care of business once again as they earned a nice 46-29 victory over Civic Memorial. Both Quarterbacks in that game shined. Mater Dei’s Tyler Detmer was 12 of 18 for 179 yards with a pair of touchdown passes running his total to nine in the first three games. Civic Memorial’s Lavon Tobin threw three strikes of 38, 20, and 22 yards, as well as rushing for a one-yard score. Tobin was 25 of 39 for 352 yards. He has an area leading 11 touchdown passes on the season.
Speaking of good stuff, there was a great ending in the Springfield Hillcrest-Joplin game when Hillcrest went for the two-point conversion rather than the tie in overtime last Friday. Head coach John Beckham gambled but lost when a pass play failed on a 2-point conversion and Hillcrest (1-2) fell 36-35 in a thriller at home to the Eagles (3-0).
Hillcrest Matt Futrell threw for 339 yards with three touchdowns in this one and had receivers Jeremy Coleman catch six balls for 163 yards and two TD catches and Dorial Green-Beckham hauled in passes 3 for 143 yards and a TD. Joplin’s Aaron Frost threw over 300 yards and tossed four touchdown passes (three to Dayton Whitehead) as he led his team from a 15-0 early deficit. Joplin scored 23 points in 1:38 to climb back into the game and led 29-23- by halftime.
Another great game was at second-ranked Hazelwood Central where the Hawks managed to hold off Rock Bridge 23-20. Rodney Smith’s 34-yard touchdown run with 2:17 left proved to be the difference. Both teams were 2-0 going into the game.
GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END
MICDS had their eight-year winning streak against John Burroughs go by the wayside when Burrough posted a convincing 21-0 win against them on Saturday. Both schools were ranked in the top ten in the St. Louis area small school polls. John Burroughs improved to 3-0 with the win as quarterback Sam Van Doren tossed a pair of touchdown passes to lead the way.
There were big smiles for the players coaches and fans of South Callaway as they won the Callaway Cup for the first time in fourteen tries as defeated North Callaway 41-21 last Friday.
TOUCHDOWNS JUST KEEP COMING
It is hard to ignore each week as some of the state’s top performers continue to shine and find their way to pay dirt.
Chaminade’s Rob Standard added four more to his season total of 11 rushing for 227 yards in his squad’s 42-7 win over Vianney.
Parkway North received five touchdowns from running back James Hawkins as he mounted 186 yards in 40 carries and pounded in runs of 2, 1, 4, 4 and five yards as the Vikings defeated U City 42-13. Hawkins also has 11 touchdowns on the year.
Fort Zumwalt East’s Marvin Byrd III rushed for five and threw for another as his Lions defeated Howell North 40-18. Byrd is another with 11 rushing touchdowns in the season,s first three weeks.
PEEKING AT THE NO. 1’s
Rockhurst (Class 6) snuck past Blue Springs South 24-17 getting a 22 yard touchdown run from Scott Herring in OT. Rockhurst’s Noah Pearl rushed for 191 yards in that contest including an 84-yard touchdown scamper. Rockhurst is now 3-0. Blue Springs South dropped to 2-1. Rockhurst is not blowing by anybody. They have Beat Blue Springs 7-6 and squeaked by Hutchison 29-28 in OT.
Webster (Class5) as mentioned beat SLUH to move to 3-0.
Kearney’s game with Ozark was cancelled due to Lighting and storms and will not be made up. They remain 2-0 – and unscored upon.
In Class 3, Cassville rolled past Prairie Grove 42-14.
Maplewood (Class2) moved to 3-0 pinning a 22-6 win on Potosi.
See you next week!