We have pretty much reached the halfway point in the 2010 fall high school season. Many schools are seeing good things to their season and good chances for post season opportunities. Others… well there is always next year. But no matter what, there is always great high school action to write about. So here we go, skimming a few of last week’s highlights (Mostly local this week)
A WEEK TO REMEMBER!
How about the week that the Oakville soccer team (8-3-2) put together last week? First, they kicked away Vianney on Sept. 18, 3-1. Then they opened play last Tuesday in the 56th annual CYC Tournament with a 1-0 win over Ft. Zumwalt West. Wednesday they held on for a 1-0 win over top-ranked Chaminade. Thursday with a semi-final spot already clinched, they tied St. Mary’s 1-1. In that semi-final on Friday night, the Tigers took a 2-0 lead into halftime and used that cushion to spark a 3-2 win over second- ranked SLUH. Their reward for all that was a game against defending state champion and fourth-ranked CBC in the finals on Saturday night! Playing four MCC Conference teams in a week (three that were ranked 1st, 2nd, and 4th) is not for the faint of heart. Not to worry, getting a goal from Josh O’Brien early and one from Luke Miller on a rebound inside the games last nine minutes, the Tigers completed the dream week by defeating CBC 2-1. They claimed the Msgr. Louis Meyer Division. You don’t have to play that kind of schedule to win a state title. Oakville was not even ranked before entering last week’s action. I bet they are this week!
Speaking of Oakville, keep your eye on those top-ranked Lady Tigers on the softball field. They moved to 17-0 this week and have a run differential of 144 runs for and just 17 against!
I was in on the broadcast at the Oakville-Howell North game last Friday and the winner of my weekly “Caught My Eye Award” goes to Tiger running back Darrion Moore. His night consisted of rushing for 244 yards and touchdown runs of 8 and 72 yards - even though Oakville was beat 40-19.
STREAKS… THEY COME AND THEY GO!
In a game broadcast on the Prepcasts.com network, St Mary’s made it 14 wins in a row over cross city rival DuBourg pasting the Cavaliers 35-7. Effectively using a flex-bone offense, St. Mary’s totaled just over 400 yards. Kevin Hennessy had touchdown runs of 27 and 20 yards to pace the Dragons.
Highlighted by a 93-yard touchdown run by Chris Tidwell, Collinsville got by Edwardsville Friday for a 21-16 win. It was just the second time since 1982 that the Kahoks defeated Edwardsville.
Lindbergh’s streak of Suburban West Conference wins came to an end Friday night when they were beat on the road at Marquette 35-21. The Flyers went undefeated last season in the Suburban West to claim its championship and were 4-0 in conference this year entering this game. All that came to an end when Mustang Quarterback Matt Seevers rushed for 175 yards, and passed for 129. He hit Dante McKinney for a 10-yard TD pass, ran one in from 1-yards out and connected with Sean Ulrich from 17 yards out.
Columbia Hickman snuck out a 20-17 win over Helias Friday night and improved their record to 4-1 for the first time since 2005.
STILL ON TOP
The state’s top-ranked Rockhurst Hawklets (5-0) rolled over fourth-ranked Rock Bridge (3-2) last Friday night 40-21 using a pair of interceptions in each half returned for touchdowns to spark the win. Rockhurst scored on the games’ first play to set the tone. They also rushed for 347 yards in the game. Rock Bridge’s two losses have come against the state top two teams in Rockhurst and Hazelwood Central.
Following the lead of their strong defense who forced five turnovers, Kearney the Class 4 No.1 ranked squad, took down Class 5 and third-ranked Staley 21-3 on Friday. . Quarterback Shane Hartzler highlighted the offense by hooking up twice for touchdown passes to Sam Gregory of 15 and 23 yards.
In the St. Louis area polls both top-ranked teams played a team in the top ten. East St. Louis rolled once again blasting O’Fallon 52-6 while Mater Dei exploded for 53 points and shut out third-ranked Breeze.
Hazelwood Central (5-0) stays at No. 2 in the St. Louis area as well as in the state poll. Their games have all been close and Saturday’s 21-14 win over Hazelwood East was no exception.
Chaminade (4-0) got one touchdown from Rob Standard and Clark Costello returned an interception 61 yards to wrap up an MCC showdown with DeSmet as the Red Devils prevailed 28-21.
Webster Groves continues to shine riding Aaron Daniels touchdown runs of 5, 1 and 31 yards to a 48-14 route over Summit.
But there will be a bit of a shake up in the areas large school polls as fifth-ranked Howell and sixth-ranked Lindbergh lost this past weekend.
NIGHTS TO REMEMBER
Seen as how we are talking about staying on top, James Hawkins scored all three touchdowns last Saturday in his teams’ 21-14 win over Kirkwood. Those three touchdowns ran his season total to 18 which leads the St. Louis area.
Blue Springs defeated Lee’s Summit last week in a 69-42 barn-burner! Darrian Miller racked up 267 yards including runs of 29, 65, 28, 3 and 39 yards. The blue chipper from Lee’s Summit was Sam Sealer who had 16 catches four TD and 264 yards. Both teams are now 3-2.
SLUH’s Trevor McDonagh tossed four first half touchdown passes Friday night is his team’s 52-20 win over Vianney. McDonagh’s tosses of 14, 23, 55 and 28 yards moved him to on the year. He also rushed for a 3-yard TD. He has thrown 15 touchdowns for the season.
How about CBC’c Courtland Leake –Smith? He has plenty to tell the grandkids about his night last Friday in the Cadets 45-31 win over Francis Howell. His night only included a 94 yard kick-off return as well as a 99 yarder! He threw in a blocked punt in the game too. CBC was ranked 10th in the St. Louis area and Howell fifth.
Zach Tobin also continued his fine season throwing a pair of touchdowns while running for two more in Civic Memorial’s 35-9 win over Waterloo. Tobin has tossed 13 touchdown strikes so far in 2010.