2017 | Week 7 Large Schools

1. Vianney

Record: 6-0

Opponent Records: 14-18

Key Wins: Pattonville (42-28), Providence Catholic (35-14), Chaminade (45-0)


2. Eureka

Record: 6-0

Opponent Records: 18-17

Key Wins: Fort Zumwalt West (45-26), Francis Howell (26-13), Pattonville (31-7), Lafayette (28-14)


3. CBC

Record: 5-1

Opponent Records: 16-18

Key Wins: Edwardsville (57-0), Chaminade (41-14), SLUH (55-7)


4. Fort Zumwalt North

Record: 6-0

Opponent Records: 15-21

Key Wins: Ladue (42-21), Fort Zumwalt West (45-35)


5. Kirkwood

Record: 4-1

Opponent Records: 13-15

Key Wins: Chaminade (22-20), Parkway North (7-0)


6. Lindbergh

Record: 6-0

Opponent Records: 17-19

Key Wins: Jackson (45-19), Hazelwood Central (43-29)


7. Hazelwood Central

Record: 5-1

Opponent Records: 6-22

Key Wins: Hazelwood East (32-8)


8. Pattonville

Record: 3-2

Opponent Records: 19-10

Key Win: Kirkwood (41-35)


9. Ritenour

Record: 6-0

Opponent Records: 14-20

Key Wins: Webster Groves (29-26), Parkway North (56-49)


10. Fort Zumwalt West

Record: 4-2

Opponent Records: 22-14

Key Wins: Timberland (54-14), Francis Howell (27-20)


Best of the Rest

1. Chaminade (2-3)

2. Webster Groves (3-1)

3. Francis Howell (4-2)

4. Ladue (4-2)

5. Parkway Central (5-1)

6. Lafayette (3-3)

7. Parkway North (3-3)

8. SLUH (3-3)

9. Parkway West (5-1)

10. Fox (4-2)

2017 | Week 7 Small Schools

1. Trinity

Record: 5-0

Opponent Records: 13-23

Key Wins: Cardinal Ritter (57-0), Lutheran St. Charles (67-6)


2. Lutheran North

Record: 6-0

Opponent Records: 19-17

Key Wins: Evansville-Mater Dei (39-18), Westminster (59-17), & MICDS (56-7) 


3. McCluer South-Berkeley

Record: 5-0

Opponent Records: 7-23

Key Wins: Lift For Life (46-0), Orchard Farm (52-16)


4. Cardinal Ritter

Record: 5-1

Opponent Records: 18-16

Key Win: Lutheran St. Charles (60-28), Ottawa Marquette (48-21)


5. St. Mary's

Record: 5-1

Opponent Records: 12-24

Key Win: Westminster (31-22)


6. Miller Career

Record: 3-3

Opponent Records: 21-11

Key Wins: Carnahan (36-8), Soldan (14-0)


7. MICDS

Record: 4-2

Opponent Records: 20-16

Key Win: Lutheran South (18-13)


8. Lutheran South

Record: 3-3

Opponent Records: 18-18

Key Win: Westminster (42-3)


9. Soldan

Record: 4-2

Opponent Records: 16-20

Key Wins: Lutheran South (3-3), Gateway STEM (38-18)


10. Westminster

Record: 3-3

Opponent Records: 19-17

Key Win: None

2017 | Week 6 Large Schools

1. Vianney

Record: 5-0

Opponent Records: 11-13

Key Wins: Pattonville (42-28), Providence Catholic (35-14), Chaminade (45-0)


2. Eureka

Record: 5-0

Opponent Records: 13-11

Key Wins: Fort Zumwalt West (45-26), Francis Howell (26-13), Pattonville (31-7)


3. CBC

Record: 4-1

Opponent Records: 12-14

Key Wins: Edwardsville (57-0), Chaminade (41-14)


4. Fort Zumwalt North

Record: 5-0

Opponent Records: 10-15

Key Wins: Ladue (42-21), Fort Zumwalt West (46-35)


5. Kirkwood

Record: 4-1

Opponent Records: 11-13

Key Wins: Chaminade (22-20)


6. Lindbergh

Record: 5-0

Opponent Records: 14-11

Key Wins: Jackson (45-19), Hazelwood Central (43-29)


7. Hazelwood Central

Record: 4-1

Opponent Records: 8-15

Key Win: Hazelwood East (32-8)


8. Pattonville

Record: 2-2

Opponent Records: 15-5

Key Win: Kirkwood (41-35)


9. Ritenour

Record: 5-0

Opponent Records: 10-14

Key Win: Webster Groves (29-26)


10. Francis Howell

Record: 4-1

Opponent Records: 11-14

Key Win: Fort Zumwalt East (51-7)


Best of the Rest

1. Parkway North (3-2)

2. Chaminade (2-3)

3. Webster Groves (3-1)

4. Ladue (3-2)

5. Parkway Central (4-1)

6. Parkway West (5-0)

7. Fort Zumwalt West (3-2)

8. SLUH (3-2)

9. Lafayette (2-3)

10. Fox

2017 | Week 6 Small Schools

1. Trinity

Record: 4-0

Opponent Records: 6-14

Key Win: Cardinal Ritter (57-0)

The Titans have yet to surrender a point and had to sit out a week after DuBourg forfeited their game against them. This week they travel to Lutheran St. Charles and will do their best to maintain their perfect record as a team and on defense.


2. Lutheran North

Record: 5-0

Opponent Records: 12-13

Key Wins: Evansville-Mater Dei (39-18), Westminster (59-17), & MICDS (56-7) 

Looking back it’s kinda amazing how Evansville (Mater Dei) limited Lutheran North to 39 points five weeks ago. The Crusaders set a school record scoring 82 points against John Burroughs 82-14 last week. North scored 79 points against Orchard in Week Two, thus breaking a three-week-old record. Between Canaan Brooks, Donovan Marshall, and Nick Lotts the trio has racked up 1,722 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 186 points. As a team, the Crusaders have scored 315 points and average 63 points per contest. A win over their Lutheran rivals from the south will give the Crusaders their first Metro League conference championship since 2002.


3. McCluer South-Berkeley

Record: 4-0

Opponent Records: 6-14

Key Win: Lift For Life (46-0)

It’s a shame we’ll only get to see the Bulldogs play three more games and seven total for the season, which will hurt them in some way shape or form come districts. On the field they’ve showcases one of the best defenses in small school football. In the four games Berkeley has played, they’ve shutout three of their opponents and allowed 16 against Orchard Farm in Week Two.


4. Miller Career

Record: 3-2

Opponent Records: 13-11

Key Wins: Carnahan (36-8), Soldan (14-0)

The Phoenix are in a good spot right now, even with another gigantic game ahead with undefeated Hogan Prep. Last week, Miller Career got by their PHL rivals, Soldan 14-0. The offense has slowed down since the opening weeks, but the defense has stepped up with a solid outing against Soldan by shutting out the team that averaged 35 points going into the contest. Their playoff credentials are looking strong at this rate with one of the toughest schedules a Class 3 team has faced anywhere in the state.


5. St. Mary's

Record: 4-1

Opponent Records: 10-15

Key Win: Westminster (31-22)

A tough 37-7 loss against Borgia took St. Mary's out of the ranks of the unbeaten at home last Saturday. I managed to catch the first half, and I saw a Dragons offense that was so hard to stop when the receivers got open for Gus Dattoli to throw to. Even if they didn’t Dattoli would buy time and make plays, or he’d be sacked. It’s hard to figure out how the Dragons managed seven points, but one thing they had a tough time executing plays in the red zone. They always seemed to commit a penalty at the worst time that would kill a drive. If they can fix these mental mistakes, then they’ll run the table.


6. Cardinal Ritter

Record: 4-1

Opponent Records: 11-5

Key Win: Lutheran St. Charles (60-28)

By now it’s clear the Lions can put vast amounts of points on the board. Not including their shutout to Trinity, Cardinal Ritter is averaging 49 points per game and had their first real shootout of the season against Duchesne last week. A late touchdown followed by a safety was enough to hold off Duchesne 48-42. This week they host Marquette High School from Ottawa, IL who is ranked No. 4 in the AP Class 1A Illinois State football rankings. This won’t be an easy test at all for the Lions. As someone who roams around the Illinois high school football forums, this Marquette side is very organized and loves to run the ball. However, the Lions will have superior athletes, but it all starts up front in the trenches.


7. MICDS

Record: 3-2

Opponent Records: 16-9

Key Win: Lutheran South (18-13)

A 3-2 record going into Week Six against rivals John Burroughs again? Coincidence I think not. The two teams the Rams have lost to are still undefeated, which is nothing to be ashamed about. However, MICDS did get a scare from Priory last week. The 34-12 final score doesn’t at all reflect the story of the game because it was the Rams trailing the 1-4 Rebels 12-6 after three-quarters. That’s when the Rams exploded and reeled off four touchdowns in the final frame. With the hated Bombers strolling into Holtman Stadium this Saturday, they’ll love nothing more than to jeopardize the Rams homecoming party at their new stadium.


8. Lutheran South

Record: 3-2

Opponent Records: 9-16

Key Win: Westminster (42-3)

Fresh hope is upon Lutheran South. I would’ve taken a close win on the road at Westminster, but the Lancers surprised everyone with a 42-3 walloping of the Wildcats. The offense gained 495 yards, while the defense surrendered a first-quarter field goal and 176 total yards. I’ll go out on a limb and say Vito Orlando is the best quarterback in the Metro League and he has the stats to back it up. Through five games he's thrown 1,143 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, four interceptions, and has completed 62 percent of his passes. If the Lancers don’t get running clocked by Lutheran North, then that says something, even though they won’t be satisfied and will be gunning for more.


9. Lutheran St. Charles

Record: 3-2

Opponent Records: 10-13

Key Win: Tolton Catholic (22-2)

There’s no time to panic even though you’re going through a rough patch and will probably allow a lot of points this week against Trinity. There is plenty to learn for the Cougars, who need to suffer a bit and they have with two straight games allowing over 60 points. Remember, this is a young, talented team who will be a tough out come playoff time. The run duo of Bryce French and Arcullous Heard is still going strong.


10. St. Charles West

Record: 2-3

Opponent Records: 15-10

Key Win: Warrenton (34-28)

I’m shaking things up here. As you can tell by their opponent record, the Warriors have played a tough schedule, and I’ve wanted to rank them, but at 0-2, 0-3, and 1-3 I couldn’t do it. Now with a win over previously unbeaten Warrenton, St. Charles West deserves their ranking. However, I must say that the parity in the 8-10 spots continues to play on, which also played a factor in their newfound ranking.

 

 

2017 | Week 5 | Large Schools

1. Vianney

Record: 4-0

Opponent Records: 6-8

Key Win(s): Pattonville (42-28), Providence Catholic (35-14)


2. Eureka

Record: 4-0

Opponent Records: 8-8

Key Win(s): Fort Zumwalt West (45-26), Francis Howell (26-13), Pattonville (31-7)


3. CBC

Record: 3-1

Opponent Records: 8-7

Key Wins: Edwardsville (57-0), Chaminade (41-14)


4. Fort Zumwalt North

Record: 4-0

Opponent Records: 6-10

Key Win(s): Ladue (42-21), Fort Zumwalt West (46-35)


5. Kirkwood

Record: 3-1

Opponent Records: 8-8

Key Win: Chaminade (22-20)

 


6. Lindbergh

Record: 4-0

Opponent Records: 10-6

Key Win(s): Jackson (45-19), Hazelwood Central (43-29)

 


7. Hazelwood Central

Record: 3-1

Opponent Records: 6-9

Key Win: Hazelwood East (32-8)

 


8. Chaminade

Record: 2-2

Opponent Records: 9-6

Key Win: SLUH (35-14)

 


9. Pattonville

Record: 2-2

Opponent Records: 11-5

Key Win: Kirkwood (41-35)

 


10. Parkway North

Record: 3-1

Opponent Records: 6-10

Key Win: Marquette (56-45)

 


Best of the Rest

 

1. Ritenour

Record: 4-0

Opponent Records: 7-9

Key Win: Webster Groves (29-26)


2. Francis Howell

Record: 3-1

Opponent Records: 6-10

Key Win: Fort Zumwalt East (51-7)


3. Lafayette

Record: 2-2

Opponent Records: 12-4

Key Win: Timberland (29-21)


4. Ladue

Record: 2-2

Opponent Records: 12-4

Key Win(s): SLUH (24-14), Parkway Central (36-23)


5. Parkway Central

Record: 3-1

Opponent Records: 9-7

Key Win: Parkway North (20-6)


6. Webster Groves

Record: 3-1

Opponent Records: 8-8

Key Win: Ladue (28-21)


7. Parkway West

Record: 4-0

Opponent Records: 5-11

Key Win: Summit (16-14)


8. Fort Zumwalt West

Record: 2-2

Opponent Records: 11-5

Key Win: De Smet (41-18)


9. SLUH

Record: 2-2

Opponent Records: 6-10

Key Win: De Smet (28-24)


10. Francis Howell Central

Record: 3-1

Opponent Records: 5-11

Key Win: Fort Zumwalt East (70-52)

 

2017 | Week 5 | Small Schools

1. Trinity

Record: 3-0

Opponent Records: 5-7

Key Win: Cardinal Ritter (57-0)


2. Lutheran North

Record: 4-0

Opponent Records: 7-9

Key Win(s): Evansville-Mater Dei (39-18), Westminster (59-17), & MICDS (56-7) 


3. McCluer South-Berkeley

Record: 3-0

Opponent Records: 2-10

Key Win: McCluer North (44-0)


4. St. Mary's

Record: 4-0

Opponent Records: 4-12

Key Win: Westminster (31-22)


5. Miller Career

Record: 2-2

Opponent Records: 8-7

Key Win: Carnahan (36-8)


6. Cardinal Ritter

Record: 3-1

Opponent Records: 11-5

Key Win: Lutheran St. Charles (60-28)


7. MICDS

Record: 2-2

Opponent Records: 11-5

Key Win: Lutheran South (18-13)


8. Lutheran St. Charles

Record: 3-1

Opponent Records: 5-10

Key Win: Tolton Catholic (22-2)


9. Westminster (NEW)

Record: 2-2

Opponent Records: 11-5

Key Win: John Burroughs (51-20)


10. Soldan (NEW)

Record: 3-1

Opponent Records: 6-10

Key Win: Lutheran South (20-19)

2017 | Week 3 | Large Schools

1. Kirkwood

Record: 2-0

Opponents Record: 2-2

2. Vianney

Record: 2-0

Opponents Record: 1-2

3. Hazelwood Central

Record: 2-0

Opponents Record: 0-3

4. Eureka

Record: 2-0

Opponents Record: 1-3

5. CBC

Record: 1-1

Opponents Record: 3-1

6. Fort Zumwalt North

Record: 2-0

Opponents Record: 1-3

The Panthers look solid overall with two wins over Ladue and Fort Zumwalt West. I was always concerned with Jack Ederer replacing Cade Brister at quarterback, but then again I was quietly confident he’d be alright. He’s done more than alright so far in the pistol that has several weapons they utilize in a variety of ways. Cairo Payne is a wide receiver but has 171 rushing yards and their fastest player. Ederer has rushed for 213 yards on 41 attempts and scored four times against Fort Zumwalt West. Jaylin Vaughn has four rushing touchdowns and leads the team in tackles with 19 total. Jacob Triplett and Mareon Lowry are two more that are used for running the ball. Grant Latina and Vernell Rue have been Ederer’s main targets thus far, but we’ll see more and more from the Panther ground game as the season goes on. This isn't a flashy team, but very frustrating to scheme and produces results week in and week out.

7. Chaminade

Record: 1-1

Opponents Record: 2-1

Decent bounceback win over a tough Belleville East side 40-13. Sophomore Brady Cook threw for 238 yards with four touchdowns and one interception after a rough week one start against Kirkwood. Be on the lookout for Cook if you haven't already to be one of the most productive sophomore quarterbacks in Missouri by the end of the season. L.J. Fortune, another fine 10th grader, caught four passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. The Red Devils were balanced overall on offense as Jarred Taylor rushed for 132 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown to go with it. Kevin Re and Jamison Terry have done well on defense, especially Re with his three sacks on the season so far. Chaminade should get better and better going forward, which is a statement for being such a young team with one of the more competitive schedules in the area.

8. Parkway Central

Record: 2-0

Opponents Record: 1-3

The Colts haven’t started out at 2-0 since 2013, and it’s highlighted with the upset and domination of Parkway North 20-7. Studs, Arthur Green and DeAndre Campbell lead the way with seven touchdowns between them, including two pick sixes by Campbell. Quarterback, Patrick Dill has thrown for 234 yards with four touchdown passes and no interceptions. The run game hasn’t been much of a factor, and that might have to do with the absence of Eddie Ross. Noah Wittner and Ryan Long have been carrying the load on the ground. Defensively, the Colts bend but don’t break most of the time with Campbell, Long, and Devin Rice leading the charge.

9. Parkway North

Record: 1-1

Opponents Record: 1-3

It’s looking the like the new spread offense may be code for linemen to spread out the run lanes for the ball carrier. After struggling heavily against rival Parkway Central, the Vikings got back Jekeel Suber, and he proceeded to rush for 217 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings rushed for 312 yards as a team, including 85 yards from sophomore Napier Perkins. Besides Suber, Jason Hawkins balled out as well scoring four touchdowns, including two pick sixes, a touchdown catch, and 90-yard punt return. It appears that Cameron Foster has taken over the quarterback reigns for Jalani Williams after a game. Foster threw ten passes and completed six of them for 85 yards and a touchdown. It’ll be interesting to see if this switch will work out going forward. Defensively, the Vikings struggled to close out the game and were outscored 28-7 in the second half and ultimately held off Marquette 56-45. Head coach, Bob Bunton did say that the defense was a work in progress during the preseason.

10. Ladue

Record: 1-1

Opponents Record: 3-1

If they lost to SLUH, then I don’t know if we would’ve seen the Rams in the top 10 again this season, but they forced my hand. Well done. A 24-14 upset of the Jr. Billikens puts Ladue back in the 10-spot and gives me fresh hope for a splendid regular season out of them. Still waiting for star quarterback Jordan Jackson to return. Other injuries include First Team All-State defensive lineman, Jaylen Sykes and two-way starter, Jaliil Swope. It says a lot how resilient this squad is when there are several guys out of position trying to pick up the slack, most notably, P.J. Hensley. He’s thrown five touchdowns, one interception and hardly plays linebacker now because of the switch. It’s a team effort, and they look to continue that with another big game this week versus Webster Groves at Kirkwood High School (home game for Ladue).

2017 | Week 3 | Small Schools

Small Schools

1. Trinity

Record: 1-0

Opponents Record: 1-1

Not a whole lot to say... A 45-0 win over a decent Duchesne squad. If you haven’t seen Isaiah Williams in a while then THIS should refresh your memory of him. The Titans made it look easy on offense, but would like to run more than 19 plays in their next game. We saw how good Trinity looked on defense for four quarters and will be tested again this week against a surging Cardinal Ritter side... They will still stay No. 1 until they lose or if, God forbid, injuries occur... They will stay undefeated until somebody defeats them.

2. Lutheran North

Record: 2-0

Opponents Record: 1-3

This is a much different Crusaders group than 2016 already. Why? Defense for starters. They’ve allowed four touchdowns in two games, but technically the starters have allowed two against Evansville (Mater Dei). The usual suspects have been performing: Ronnie Perkins, Donovan Marshall, Isaiah Azubuike, Devin Ruffin, and D’Vion Harris. Azubuike had a ball game on special teams against Orchard Farm. Three touchdowns, including a fumble recovery, blocked punt recovery, and a 58-yard kickoff return. He also scored on a 31-yard run. Newcomer, Nick Lotts scored three touchdowns in the first quarter and has been heavily involved on offense so far... The Crusaders open Metro League play on the road against a hungry Westminster squad.

3. McCluer South-Berkeley

Record: 1-0

Opponents Record: 0-2

A 44-0 shutout against their rivals McCluer North is saying something. The Bulldogs line had a lot to do with it, which head coach Howard Brown, “begged and pleaded with God“ for. “It's a blessing to have young men that large and talented,” Brown said in a STLhighschoolsports.com preview of the Bulldogs. Amen, brother. MSB rushed for 208 yards on 34 rushes and shared the wealth among Devon Blanchard, Daishawn Cotton, Nathan Smith, Tivon Thomas, and Tavian Willis. Willis, the quarterback, threw for 138 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a 10-yard score. The defense allowed a staggering 45 total yards, forced a safety and made two interceptions. This is a fun to watch, people.

4. MICDS

Record: 1-1

Opponents Record: 2-2

I still can’t put a pin on this Rams squad. Are they good? Duh, they're ranked No. 4. Are they consistent? Sure, consistent at playing teams close… They lost a tough road game to Park Hills Central, but it should be noted, PHC’s best player and Air Force commit, Triston Campbell is out for the season with an ACL injury. Not that it matters to MICDS however they ultimately lost 22-20, and the decider was a safety with 51 seconds to play. The Rams have put some rest to those who doubted their run game because they’ve racked up 466 yards (233 average) and six touchdowns in their two contests, which is decent considering St. Charles West and Park Hills Central are tough to break through on the ground. The passing game statistically speaking hasn’t been much of a threat, but secondaries can never go to sleep with Austin and Ryan Thompson waiting patiently to haul in deep passes from Graham Bundy Jr… MICDS will be favored to knock off Lutheran South to christen their new stadium and continue the 30-odd-game winning streak.

5. Cardinal Ritter

Record: 2-0

Opponents Record: 2-2

The Lions still have plenty to prove, but my diagnosis says so far so good for now. The Lions took their first lead of the game against O’Fallon Christian midway through the third quarter but did an excellent job of pulling away in the fourth quarter. The run game has been solid. 523 yards on 65 carries. That’s roughly an average of eight yards per carry. Jared Price, Jared Phillips, and Bill Jackson have been the main producers on the ground. Star athlete, Jameson Williams, who just picked up an Ohio State offer, leads the team in total yards with 327 yards all with just 13 touches. He’s caught eight passes for 241 yards and has two touchdown catches. Whatever mistakes the Lions have committed they’ll have to fix them quickly as they host Trinity tomorrow night. They may not win, but the Lions should learn a lot about where they are as a team going forward.

6. Miller Career

Record: 1-1

Opponents Record: 2-2

A loss to CBC is nothing to be ashamed about, but then the Phoenix came back with a 36-8 win over a talented Carnahan side. Quarterback, Devin Jackson is third in the area with 642 passing yards and tied for second with six touchdown passes. His favorite target, Antoine Garrett has 317 yards and four touchdowns on just six catches. Garrett is fifth in the area in receiving yards. An explosive offense, indeed their defense has to be decent by limiting Carnahan to a touchdown. The Phoenix are looking strong going forward as they host the tough West Hancock Titans from western Illinois on Saturday.

7. St. Mary's

Record: 2-0

Opponents Record: 2-2

Remember when Gus Dattoli threw for over 500 yards in the opening game against Westminster last year? I bring this up because we’re two weeks in and he’s thrown for 332 yards because the ground game is where it’s at for the Dragons so far. Lavel Harris has rushed for 240 yards on 19 carries and has two touchdowns. He also leads the team in receiving yards with 81 with four catches. More importantly St. Mary’s is 2-0 for the first time since 2012, and it hasn’t been easy. They had to come back against Westminster down 16-0 and scored 28 unanswered points to win 31-22. Last week they led Priory 13-7 at halftime, which may or may not say something, but ultimately the Dragons took care of business in the second half and won 37-7. This week they travel to face young and talented O’Fallon Christian.

8. Lutheran St. Charles

Record: 2-0

Opponents Record: 0-4

So far the Cougars have beaten two teams that haven’t beaten anyone, and I’m not saying that’s weak, but they haven’t been thoroughly tested. They do have plenty of positives, and one of them is Anthony Heard. A five-foot, ten-inch, 210-pound running back, Heard, who sat out last season because he transferred from De Smet, has rushed for 267 yards and five touchdowns. That’s not all; he leads the team in tackles. Heard has helped take the load off of star running back, Bryce French, whose rushed 287 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback, Hunter Grills has thrown three touchdowns and 137 yards, while also accumulating 182 yards on the ground to complete a tricky offense to scheme. So far, the defense has allowed eight points in two games and is especially solid against Father Tolton last week. Lutheran St. Charles visits DuBourg this week.

9. Lutheran South

Record: 1-1

Opponents Record: 1-3

This is no time to panic. But the reality is the Lancers don’t have their best player, Cody Schrader, who is sidelined with a broken wrist. He’s a tough young man, but regarding if he’ll be back on the field to me seems like it won’t be for awhile when I read this per STLhighschoolsports.com: “Lutheran South coach Jameson Allen said they are being cautious with Schrader to protect his college career.” Perhaps the Lancers will wait for the wrist to properly heal, but that could take all season. Unfortunately, we’ll have to settle for the dreaded answer; we will wait and see. The injury has already strongly affected the Lancers offense as they scored three touchdowns against Soldan, but also failed to convert two extra points and lost 20-19. On the bright side, quarterback, Vito Orlando has thrown for 450 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. At least the Lancers are still a good threat through the air with KeShon Spraggins, Isaiah Wilson, and Darrick Scott as targets. Lutheran South will have their hands full going to MICDS on Saturday for an afternoon showdown and do something they haven’t done in over 30 years, beat the Rams.

10. Living Word Christian

Record: 1-1

Opponents Record: 2-2

Whoa, GSV officially doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about! This website is fake news... Unimportant, but not fake. Yes, I don’t know a whole lot about the Eagles except that they’re unproven yet have plenty of young talent. Thus far they look decent. The Eagles outlasted Orchard Farm 27-19 and were right with Cardinal Ritter until the Lions took the lead for good midway through the third quarter and the final score didn’t wholly reflect most of the game. That’s a bit of statement for a team to lead a talented side like Cardinal Ritter for the majority of the game when the Eagles went 2-9 last year. Brady Tolle is a nice, seasoned dual-threat quarterback and has big Evan Soell as his primary target. He’s thrown for 428 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Keep an eye or two on freshmen athletes, Chris Futrell, Roddy Alexander, and A.J. Taylor. All three are impact players and found the end zone. Futrell is second on the team in tackles, and Taylor is the starting running back, while Alexander starts at receiver and cornerback. LWC is young, but sure are exciting, which is hit or miss. We’ll see if they turn some heads as they host St. Mary’s.

2017 Preseason Power Rankings

Small Schools

  1. Trinity - Where do I start? Quarterback, Isaiah Williams is arguably the best dual-threat quarterback in the area with too many offers to count. Explosive receivers Marcus Washington and Bryce Childress will scare secondaries. On defense, Shammond Cooper is one of the best linebackers in the area and led the team in tackles last year. Oh, and all of those mentioned players have several D1 offers too and so do more. All in all the Titans have elite athleticism across the board and will give head coach Cory Patterson a headache, a positive one. When you look at their roster, this is a young team dominated by underclassmen, albeit heavily talented ones that know how to win. It’ll be interesting to see if teams can hang around with them through halftime, unlike last year. They averaged 56 points per game in the regular season, and they have the tools to put up similar numbers again.

  2. Lutheran North - Losing to Trinity in the district finals could be one of the best things to happen to the 2017 Crusaders. That, and returning a bunch of talented individuals and a seasoned core of players will help out big time. Lutheran North has arguably the best all-around player in Missouri, Ronnie Perkins. The defensive end and tight end has just under 50 D1 offers, but there’s way more than just him. Donovan Marshall and Canaan Brooks are two of highest rated running backs in Missouri, while they have a capable set of receivers to throw to with new quarterback Josh Hopkins taking over. Defensively is where they are absolutely stacked. There’s Perkins and D’vion Harris at defensive end with some more D1 targets Isaiah Azubuike and Devin Ruffin at linebacker. If they can play near their potential, then they’ll be scary good.

  3. MICDS - If you look at their stats before seeing their results, you would think the Rams were not a 9-3 team in 2016 and Metro League conference champions. Ultimately, results are what matters the most to a degree in high school sports and MICDS is back with more to look forward to. Talent stands out first with several skill athletes returning including Graham Bundy Jr who is a dual-threat quarterback and was clutch all season long. Preston Buchanan, Ryan Thompson, and Tyler Purdy are three more explosive athletes that return on offense. Look out for basketball stud Austin Thompson to make an impact as well playing football for the first time since he was a freshman. The Rams need to replace some key losses on defense but look for linebacker Jayson Love and defensive end Henry Gillis to make strong impacts.

  4. McCluer South-Berkeley - The Bulldogs have been mainstays in the local small school rankings for over the past couple of years and this season looks to be no different. Before losing 42-0 to Monett in the Class 3 semifinals, MSB laid waste to just about all of their opponents, and they have the players to do it again if they can step up and lead by example. Quarterback Tavion Willis was one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the area last year. He threw for 1,968 yards, 21 touchdowns, and three interceptions. Starting running back, Devon Blanchard scored 13 touchdowns on the ground and ran for just under 700 yards. The Bulldogs do lose their top three receivers but will have most of their line back and athletes like Charles Wilkins, Antonio Nelson, Kevon James, and Daevon Trust.

  5. Miller Career - The Phoenix quietly went places last season and ultimately made it as far as the Class 3 semifinals. Now they have expectations to keep it up this year, but it will be harder. They lose their quarterback, running back, and defensive leader Joseph Stevenson, but they have guys coming back. Antoine Garrett and John Tutwiler were the two leading receivers and key defenders on defense in the secondary. They’ll have larger roles this season. Michael Marbley and Garrett Barton are key players that return on defense. Look for Skye Henderson to be an impact player on both sides of the ball, especially at linebacker. He’s a slept on talent. The Phoenix will have one of the better defenses in the small schools as they were ferocious last season and return enough to get back to their ways. Miller Career may fall early on with CBC in week 1, but again they could very possibly quietly win games and go for another playoff run.

  6. Lutheran South - They proved last year that they had turned a corner in their program, now they want to dominate. The Lancers are excited about 2017 and were praying that it would be in 2014 when Cody Schrader and KeShon Spraggins were starting as  freshman. Now they’re vastly experienced and talented senior leaders with a good cast of characters ready to charge at the opposition. Lutheran South brings back the majority of their starters on all sides of the ball including, Vito Orlando at quarterback along with Spraggins, Darrick Scott, and R.J. Benkelman at wide receiver. Schrader has been one of the most productive running backs in St. Louis these past two seasons, and he will get plenty more chances this year. The Lancers struggled on defense at times, but return seven starters. Overall, South has been trying to develop a winning culture for the past several years, and one could say it’s been leading up to 2017.

  7. John Burroughs - Few saw the Bombers winning less than six to seven games last year. Practically nobody would’ve predicted 4-7. Burroughs received a brutal reality check in the 2016 season, and it didn’t help that several starters went down with injuries. If they can limit injuries this year, then state aspirations will be back online, from an outsider point of view at least. Tyler Foote and Jake Bain knows what it takes to win a state championship and to finish with a losing season the next year. Both three-year starters, Foote is built almost like a lineman, but is the quarterback (South Dakota commit) and has thrown for over 4,000 yards and 52 touchdowns in his career. Bain (Indiana State commit) has rushed for over 3,000 yards and scored 37 rushing touchdowns in his career. Derrick Miller, a D1 prospect will be the No. 1 target for Foote at wide receiver. The Bombers return three of their five linemen and half of their defense.

  8. St. Mary’s - Corey Bethany wasn’t too shabby for his first year as a high school football head coach. The Dragons return the core of their group that went 7-4 and produced an explosive, diverse offense. They may not be as diverse this season out of the gate, but they have the explosive tools back. Gus Dattoli threw for 2,635 yards, 26 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He’s also not afraid to take off and run. Tony Burks, Lavel Harris, Jalen Bethany, and Justin White all return at wideout. Burks caught nine touchdowns and had over 1,000 receiving yards, making him one of the most productive in the area. Losing Jordan and Corbin Lee in the backfield will hurt. Linebackers, Will Menendez and Albert Huff, were two of the leading tacklers last year.

  9. Cardinal Ritter - The Lions struggled with consistency, but this year they have the talent plus experience to pull off a strong season. Back is Jared Phillips and Jared Price. Phillips caught 24 passes for 307 yards and four touchdowns. Price ran for 620 yards and nine touchdowns. The big man back is junior Jameson Williams, a D1 target and up and coming wide receiver/slotback. Defensively, Ritter has a lot coming back. Anthony Baker, Keith Jones, Quavon Windham, and Donell Sharp are a handful of standouts that will heavily feature. I like this squad, and they have the potential to go places, but they need to get through the AAA Small Conference and take care of business in their non-conference schedule which is tough with St. Mary’s, Duchesne, and an Ottawa Marquette squad from Illinois.

  10. Lutheran St. Charles - Straight outta St. Peters and yes that is a fooling school title, but these Cougars aren’t as confusing, yet more direct. In 2015 they finished with a 7-4 record and last year 8-3. Before that their last winning record was in 2008. The program has turned a corner, and this 2017 squad has the makings to continue their winning trend. Bryce French ran for 1,365 yards and scored 22 total touchdowns. The junior quarterback, Hunter Grills through for just under 1,000 yards with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. On the ground, he found the end zone seven times. His favorite receiver, Dylan Hawk is back, who caught five touchdown passes a year ago. Hunter Osborne will lead the defense at strong safety/linebacker. Depth is perhaps the Cougars main weakness, but have a lot of young talent that they’ll utilize and to fill in numbers. Nonetheless, they have a strong starting eleven.

Bubble Schools

  1. St. Charles West
  2. Westminster
  3. Carnahan
  4. Duchesne
  5. Brentwood

Large Schools

  1. CBC - Despite losing star wide receiver, Kamryn Babb, and cornerback, M.J. Anderson for the season the Cadets are still loaded for a state championship run. They bring back most of their linemen on both sides of the ball along with Brett Gabbert at quarterback and sport an embarrassment of riches at the wide receiver position, especially Nebraska commit Cameron Brown. This is still the year for CBC to wreak havoc on everybody they come across and will only improve as the season goes on. They say last season was the year to beat the Cadets because they were young in certain areas, but now is the season to watch out for them.

  2. Kirkwood - The reigning Class 6 state champions. The Pioneers lost a good chunk of big name players, but they’ve looked promising this offseason, and it’s more than likely they continue the trend. New quarterback, Ryan Kraichely, a six-foot, five-inch senior is poised to have a strong season. Kirkwood returns all three of their running backs that had the most production on the ground beside quarterback Reece Goddard. Defensively, the Pioneers may be better than last season with most of the secondary and line returning.

  3. Vianney - The reigning Class 5 state champions and reside in the city of Kirkwood no less. The Golden Griffins shocked the state of Missouri last year, but now they have a target on their backs. Tionne Harris, Mickey Morrell, Kyren Williams return on offense and then there’s Jordan Guilfoy, Nate Thurman, and Tayvian Weary on defense. Cam Coleman was due to return as a junior, but transferred to IMG Academy in Florida, however, look out for junior Percy Mitchell to make an impact. Vianney lost the majority of their offensive line to graduation, but coach Paul Day has a good record of developing linemen.

  4. Hazelwood Central - Coming off an undefeated regular season, but another season-ending loss to CBC in the district finals, the Hawks will be strong again, but with a tad more experience. Dallas Craddieth has tons of Division-1 offers, but more importantly is a four-year starter on defense and three years on offense at wide receiver. Another impact returner is running back Raphael Bell, who rushed for 1,483 yards and 16 touchdowns a season ago. There will be some open positions on defense, but as always the Hawks will have plenty of depth. They will be the favorites to win another Suburban North outright title again too but will have their eyes on to break through districts down the road.

  5. Eureka - 2017 looks to be a good one for the Wildcats as they return a load of starters on both sides of the ball. Everything was going great until they lost quarterback Michael Orso for the season with an injury in the middle of the 2016 season and never were the same. The good news is junior Tyler Kennedy got a bunch of game time and is ready to lead the offense. The headliner for Eureka though, is senior running back Hassan Haskins. He rushed for over 1,500 yards, scored 19 touchdowns on the ground, and found the end zone 21 times in total. The Wildcats defense returns plenty of talent and experience that gave up an of average of 15 points per game. Ben Hunnius, D’Antoine McMillan, and Brendan Carter are a host of starters that return, including Haskins who recorded a staggering 12 sacks last year. Simply put, if Eureka can put it all together, then they will give the aforementioned Class 6 teams a scare in the playoffs.

  6. Parkway North - You won’t see an as much ground and pound with the Vikings this year because they got athletes and fast ones at that. Still, they have one of the best defensive tackles in the country in Michael Thompson and emerging offensive linemen Tyson Collins. North’s defense was their backbone last year, and it could still very well be, but the offense they’ll produce is scary good, especially for Class 4. At quarterback is highly rated safety, Jalani Williams, but he’s been the signal caller before when he was called to duty his freshman year. The jury is still out on his accuracy, but we know you can’t let him get loose in the open field. He’s spoiled for choice at wide receiver. Jason Hawkins, C.J. Boone, Jacob Abell, and Anthony Wilson all probably finished running their 100-yard dash times before I finished typing this sentence. Jekeel Suber will bring his speed and strength at running back with a seasoned offensive line accompanied by Collins and Thompson. The defense might be their weakness as they replaced some key players that were huge for them last year, but knowing North, they’ll find a way… Maybe a way to the state championship trophy.

  7. Ladue - The current senior class has been a part of two state semifinals, and they’re poised to go all the way this year. One of the leader’s of that group is the quarterback, Jordan Jackson who is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the area. He was just shy of 3,000 total yards last season including 2,300 passing yards and threw 22 touchdowns. Not only is his arm a threat but so is his legs, which means defenses will need to get pressure on him quickly or else he’ll take off. His big target this season is junior Dale Chesson, an explosive receiver and the younger brother of Kansas Chief Jehu, who is the lone returning starter from a loaded core a season ago. The offense has the potential to be just as effective as last year because the Rams return four starters on the offensive line that improved game by game. Ladue returns the majority of their defensive linemen that rotated in and out. Losing Chino Davis at running back and linebacker will hurt, but a majority of the defense is back that surrendered an average of 17 points per game last season.

  8. Fort Zumwalt North - You thought that losing Cade Brister to graduation would spell trouble for the Panthers right? That’s still a possibility because they won’t replace him for a long time, but the big picture is North has a heck of a program that isn’t slowing down anytime soon. The Panthers return almost everybody on a defense that surrendered 21 points per game in 14 games that saw them go all the way to the Class 5 state championship. The offense is led by Jack Ederer at quarterback, a converted wide receiver and he’ll have Vernell Rue and speedy sophomore Cairo Payne as targets. They do have an x-factor, and that is six-foot, 270 pounder Jaylin Vaughn as a running back, who apparently runs a 4.70 40-yard dash. He’s also a talented linebacker. If the Panthers veteran line can open up holes for him and Ederer to run through then, they’ll force teams to pick their poison.

  9. Chaminade - Despite having big names like Trevor Trout and Marcus Greer, the Red Devils lost a ton of production from last seasons team that went 9-2. They do have a lot of young talent, albeit unproven players like quarterback Brady Cook and L.J. Fortune just to name a few. However, there is a proven young face in Jabin Johnson, an explosive wide receiver/free safety who transferred from Kickapoo in the offseason. Another impact player will be Jakobi Buchanan at running back.The Metro Catholic Conference won’t do them any favors and could very well finish with a losing record this season with so many new players and a small senior class, but if their talented youngsters learn quickly then perhaps they’ll live up to their ranking and climb.

  10. Marquette - A shock for some people, but here are the facts: Through the last two seasons the Mustangs are 16-6, and I have a strong feeling that they’ll keep it up in 2017. Wendell Bronner Jr. is going to have a big year for the Mustangs. The six-foot, 187-pound running back didn’t get a whole lot of reps last season with Xavier Jackson and Jordan Robertson in front of him. The Mustangs lose a good senior class that helped turn the program around, having said that I like what I see coming up. I’m particularly impressed with the coaching staff that has won the respect of the players over the last couple of seasons, which is not an easy task. The Marquette football program is a sleeping giant that has always had talent, but now they’re getting the most out of it.

Bubble Schools

  1. SLUH

  2. Francis Howell

  3. Parkway Central

  4. Pattonville

  5. Ritenour

 

Way Too Early Conference Predictions

AAA LARGE

  1. Borgia

  2. St. Mary’s

  3. Duchesne

  4. O’Fallon Christian

  5. St. Dominic

 

AAA SMALL

  1. Trinity

  2. Lutheran St. Charles

  3. Cardinal Ritter

  4. DuBourg

 

METRO CATHOLIC CONFERENCE

  1. CBC

  2. Vianney

  3. Chaminade

  4. SLUH

  5. De Smet

 

METRO LEAGUE

  1. Lutheran North

  2. MICDS

  3. Lutheran South

  4. John Burroughs

  5. Westminster

  6. Priory

 

SUBURBAN NORTH

  1. Hazelwood Central

  2. Hazelwood East

  3. Riverview Gardens

  4. McCluer North

  5. Hazelwood West

  6. McCluer

 

SUBURBAN SOUTH

  1. Parkway North

  2. Kirkwood

  3. Ritenour

  4. Pattonville

  5. Webster Groves

  6. Rockwood Summit

 

SUBURBAN CENTRAL-AMERICAN

  1. McCluer South-Berkeley

  2. Affton

  3. Normandy

  4. Jennings

 

SUBURBAN CENTRAL-NATIONAL

  1. Ladue

  2. Parkway Central

  3. University City

  4. Parkway West

  5. Clayton

 

SUBURBAN WEST - AMERICAN

  1. Eureka

  2. Marquette

  3. Lindbergh

  4. Lafayette

  5. Parkway South

 

SUBURBAN WEST - NATIONAL

  1. Northwest-Cedar Hill

  2. Fox

  3. Oakville

  4. Melville

  5. Seckman

 

Final Power Rankings: Large Schools

  1. CBC (8-1) - The Cadets are always sharp, but their young boys stepped up in the biggest way and are no doubt the best team in the St. Louis area (on the Missouri side, have to respect the results) and arguably the best offense. The two Kameron's, or killer B's (take your pick) Kamryn Babb and Cameron Brown have combined for 21 touchdowns and 1,400 receiving yards. Super sophomore Brett Gabbert has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. Then on the ground, Caleb Allen and Justin Williams has combined for 23 touchdowns and over 1,450 yards. Such a typical CBC team. There are athletes all over the place. With the No. 1 seed in Class 6 District 1, they are primary favorites to win state in Class 6.
  2. Chaminade (7-1) - After a significant loss to CBC, the Red Devils have taken care of business and against Vianney, Cape Central, and Springfield Central. Looking back, Chaminade will have wanted to go undefeated, being that it was a team goal, but they're right where they want to be now. Perhaps a loss was a good dose of medicine over the counter for the long run. The Red Devils cream of the crop in their backfield with a trifecta of backs. Darius Daies (575 yards, 74 carries 9 TD's), Damon Bonds Jr. (540 yards, 65 carries, 6 TD's), and Bryce Johnson (363 yards, 65 carries, 6 TD's). Daies averages 7.8 yards per carry and Bonds betters that at 8.3. I think some credit is in store for the offensive line. They are favored to get to state and probably win it all with an older, more experienced group of players.
  3. Kirkwood (7-1) - It's never bad to beat a hard opponent like Ritenour to send you off into the new season. Kirkwood has won seven straight games and ran the table in the Suburban South once again, no easy feat by any stretch of the imagination. Could this be the year that the Pioneers get back to state? The offense has averaged 33 points per game, which isn't the most explosive stat, yet if you look at it from another angle, it's quite impressive given who they've played. On the other hand, the defense has allowed 13 points per game and haven't allowed over 20 points in a game since week one. The Pioneers has experience. Reece Goddard has been there, done that at quarterback and he has great receivers to throw to in Joseph Jordan and Tahj Telfair. Perhaps the best wideout duo in St. Louis, and they could be in the conversation for the state too. They too are heavy favorites to get out of their district.
  4. Hazelwood Central (9-0) - I'm a little surprised I haven't received a single complaint from anybody from Hawk country or anyone else for that matter. I guess this isn' that popular. Now before I crawl to my safe space, let's analyze why I haven't given them more love. I've been saying it all year long: SOS - strength of schedule. I'm strict when it comes to it and the fact of the matter is, the Hawks haven't played many teams with winning records. Usually, they do in the Suburban North, but sadly this was one of the worst seasons in recent memory in the conference. In my opinion, their best win was a 54-18 stomping over Pattonville. The best attribute the Hawks have is perhaps their offensive line that has cleared the way for Anotino Triplet Jr. and Raphael Bell among others. They can pass too. Triplet has thrown for over 1,300 yards to Paul Sullivan, D1 recruit Dallas Craddieth, and James Whitfield Jr. If they can balance their offense well against consistent, tough competition, then they'll be a significant threat.
  5. Eureka (8-1) - On paper, it's been another great season for the Wildcats, but the loss of Michael Orso has dampened their hopes or has it? They seemed to have turned a corner with four straight wins with new quarterback Tyler Kennedy. Since their 14-7 loss to Lafayette, Eureka hasn't played against the best of competition compared to their first four games, but overall they're working well as a unit, in particular, their defense. Just two times this season they've allowed more than two touchdowns in a game and in more than half the time, they've allowed just one touchdown. Hassan Haskins has carried the load at running back with 1,120 yards, 184 carries, and 14 touchdowns. Key wins include Fort Zumwalt West (6-3), Francis Howell (7-2), Pattonville (3-6), and Marquette (7-2).
  6. Parkway North (7-2) - The Vikings end their regular season on a big high with a great victory over Pattonville. Everything seemed like it clicked on offense, but the defense gave up the most points they've allowed all season long, 34. Could that be a warning of what is to follow? Perhaps not. Remember, there may not be a team like Pattonville in Class 4 that can put up 34 on North, at least in their district and even a foreseeable quarterfinal game. As for the offense, it was a breath of fresh air to them operate and destroy an opponent as thoroughly as they did. Ryan Smith ran for 159 yards, but quarterback Luke Hertzler threw for 329 yards and four touchdowns. They've had the option of using him all season, but this is the first time he's been used that much to throw the ball. The Vikings are built well to put together a state run but must get out of a tough district.
  7. Ladue (8-1) - From having no clear expectations and now to being favorites to get to state, it's been a remarkable season for the Rams. They have one of the best quarterbacks in Class 4 in Jordan Jackson as well as wide receiver units. However, they lost one of them, Tyler Love, to a season-ending injury. Still, they have depth in that department. What probably might carry the Rams is their defense, who are vastly underrated. Their front seven has put in a ton of work and have a reliable pass coverage that has come through all season long. Back to the offense, look for the Rams to throw more and more as they'll run into teams that have solid run defenses, but may not be great at stopping the pass. Ladue does not have a secure district by any means, but they'll be expected to get out and make a run to state.
  8. Fort Zumwalt North (8-1) - Perhaps the Panthers did need an early season loss to know who they are. FZN has continued their excellent recent history with another solid regular season and look healthy going into the playoffs with the No. 1 seed. Cade Brister and company is a tough combination to crack on offense.
  9. Ritenour (7-2) - It was clear that the Huskies would be a competitive side before the year began, but many of us didn't see them going 7-2 and going toe-to-toe with everyone, in particular against Kirkwood this past week. Now, they're a running team, but an explosive one with Carl Garmon, who has probably been the best running back in the area along with quarterback, Mann McGruder. Class 6 will be tough, but they'll be a force.
  10. Francis Howell (7-2) - This may be a rebuilding year, but the Vikings record would tell you otherwise. After a rough first half of the season, they've come on strong. Although nobody will expect them to get out of the meat grinder, which is the Class 6 District 3, Howell has a ravishing future ahead of them from this season under first-year head coach, Cory Snyder.

Week 9 Power Rankings

Small Schools

  1. Trinity (8-0) - The Titans haven’t really played any big time opponents this season and Burroughs is in the midst of their worst season since 2002, but they still have talent, and Trinity took it to them with an impressive 56-22 victory. Sophomore quarterback Isaiah Williams threw for 301 yards and had four touchdown passes. Oh, and he rushed for 103 yards on 12 carries. The Titans continue to impress and look more and more likely to make a big state run in Class 2.

  2. MICDS (6-2) - It’ almost unbelieveable how far this team has come. The fact of the matter is that they can’t stop winning. After going up 14-0, the Rams held off St. Dominic for a 31-22 win, which is perhaps their significant signature victory of the season. MICDS probably has the most momentum in Class 4 at the moment given where they’ve come from and their strength of schedule.

  3. McCluer South-Berkeley (7-0) - The Bulldogs have zero points in their last three games and they may as well hold serve to Confluence this weekend. It’s been a dream season in Ferguson this fall and the Bulldogs will look to continue their fine form going into districts.

  4. St. Dominic (7-1) - The Crusaders dramatic undefeated run came to an end in Ladue against MICDS, as they failed to take down a third Metro League school. After going down 14-0, St. Dominic mostly outplayed the Rams and controlled the ground game, but they failed to get a crucial two-point conversion early in the fourth quarter that would’ve tied the game at 24 all. Instead it forced them to operate quicker and deeper thanks to MICDS’ punting game. It’s very important that a team like this can’t go down that early in a ball game, given their run-heavy offense.

  5. Lutheran North (6-2) - It’s hard to win when you give up 468 total yards of offense on the road. The Crusaders fell to Mater Dei 33-25, which may or may not be such a bad loss given, Mater Dei is a Class 4A school in Illinois with a competitive 4-3 record. Aqeel Glass threw for only 144 yards when the run game was contained as Donovan Marshall ran for 66 yards on 14 carries. Interestingly enough, sophomore Isaiah Azubuike gained 71 yards on 7 carries. Still, it’s a good learning experience against a bigger school.

  6. Lutheran South (6-2) - Soundly defeated DuBourg 70-12 for senior night and will visit Sullivan on Friday to take on the 3-5 Eagles.

  7. Gateway STEM (6-2) - Just like MICDS, the Jaguars lose their first two games and are currently on a six-game winning streak. They’re coming off a signature win against Miller Career and should be going strong into the playoffs.

  8. Miller Career (6-2) - Lost a 15-14 nailbiter to Gateway STEM and it won’t get any easier as they host John Burroughs this Saturday. It’ll be a great late season contest for the Phoenix to evaluate themselves right before the playoffs.

  9. Lutheran St. Charles (6-2) - The run-heavy Cougars have scored over 50 points in their past two games and will look to do it against Living Word Christian. Bryce French has 15 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards rushing and as a team, the Cougars have rushed for just under 2,000 yards.

  10. St. Mary’s (5-3) - Second time in three weeks the Dragons put up 70 points on team in a 70-42 win over Fredericktown. Once again it took a big third quarter to pull away. With a 35-7 lead in the second quarter, Fredericktown went on a 21-0 run and got within a touchdown at 35-28, but St. Mary’s pulled together and put up 35 straight to put the game back to bed. They appear to still have defensive lapses.

 

Honorable Mention

 

John Burroughs (3-5)

Orchard Farm (6-2)

Cardinal Ritter (5-3)

Brentwood (7-1)


 

Large Schools

  1. CBC (7-1) - Continue to prove their worth with a giant 10-2 win over Rockhurst. Does that solidify the Cadets as clear favorites to win state?

  2. Chaminade (6-1) - Took on Class 4 school Cape Central and made quick work of them. With the Red Devils focusing on facing Class 5 teams, we can see their utter dominance.

  3. Kirkwood (6-1) - It’s been almost two months since they lost to Chaminade and don’t seem in the mood for another one anytime soon.

  4. Hazelwood Central (8-0) - It hasn’t been a year where the Hawks have received rave reviews because of their schedule, but 8-0 is undefeated, which can not be ignored.

  5. Eureka (7-1) - It’s clear that Tyler Kennedy is getting more and more comfortable as the QB as he threw for over 200 yards against Lindbergh. If he gets better then the Wildcats will follow as well.

  6. Parkway North (6-2) - A mixed 24-12 win against 2-6 Webster Groves has some people scratching their heads. The defense allowed over 300 yards of offense, while the offense mustered 154 rushing yards and 74 passing yards with four completions by Luke Hertzler, who’s done a solid job overall this season. A win's a win and the Vikings continue to march on.

  7. Ladue (7-1) - Drubbed U City 69-0 and claim the Suburban Central conference title and are riding a six-game winning streak.

  8. Fort Zumwalt North (7-1) - North took down Zumwalt South 49-26 to spoil their senior night. Cade Brister put in a savagely performance with 241 rushing yards and five touchdowns, as well as throwing for one. The Panthers well-oiled offense ran for 475 yards as a team. They are now four-time GAC Central champions.

  9. Ritenour (7-1) - The Huskies scraped by Pattonville 27-21 and held a huge effort by Kaleb Eleby, who threw for 354 yards. However, the man, the myth, the growing legend, Carl Garmon ran wild again for 277 yards, which has to be a school record of some sort. His partner and crime, quarterback Mann McGruder reeled off 192 yards. It’s a two-headed monster the Huskies have on their hands all right.

  10. Francis Howell (6-2) - The Vikings have done a good job of recovering from their first loss to Fort Zumwalt West since 2011, with two straight big wins over Timberland and Francis Howell Central.

*Everyone stays the same.

 

Honorable Mention

 

Marquette (6-2)

Vianney (4-4)

Fort Zumwalt West (5-3)

Parkway Central (6-2)

Lafayette (5-3)

 

Week 8 Power Rankings

Small Schools

  1. Trinity (7-0)

  2. St. Dominic (7-0)

  3. Lutheran North (6-1)

  4. McCluer South-Berkeley (6-0)

  5. MICDS (5-2)

  6. Lutheran South (5-2)

  7. Miller Career (6-1)

  8. John Burroughs (3-4)

  9. Lutheran St. Charles (5-2)

  10. Gateway STEM (5-2)

Honorable Mention

St. Mary’s (4-3)

Brentwood (6-1)

Orchard Farm (5-2)

Confluence (5-2)


 

Large Schools

 

  1. CBC (6-1)

  2. Chaminade (5-1)

  3. Kirkwood (5-1)

  4. Hazelwood Central (7-0)

  5. Eureka (6-1)

  6. Parkway North (5-2)

  7. Ladue (6-1)

  8. Fort Zumwalt North (6-1)

  9. Ritenour (6-1)

  10. Francis Howell (5-2)

 

Honorable Mention

 

Marquette (5-2)

Vianney (3-4)

SLUH (3-4)

Fort Zumwalt West (4-3)

Parkway West (5-2)

 

Week 7 Power Rankings

Small School

  1. Trinity (6-0) - The Titans struggled early on, but pulled together and came out 48-0 winners over Lutheran St. Charles. That is their third shutout of the season and in particular, the the defensive line is like a steel curtain, nothing to take away from the Pittsburgh Steelers line from the seventies. Illini commit, Larry Boyd showcases that steel curtain. The Titans get the chance to take a big breath as they have a bye this week.

  2. St. Dominic (6-0) - The streak goes on and the results stack up in numbers as the Crusaders took down Duchesne 43-0. Running back Jacob Larson continued his fine form with 122 yards on 11 carries with three touchdowns. The Hoff brothers, Alex and Andrew both scored. Alex caught a pass from Dominic Demerath and Andrew got a pick six. Demerath threw for 91 yards and ran for 55, while He threw and ran for a touchdown. They have a huge game against St. Mary’s on Friday night.

  3. Lutheran North (5-1) - The Crusaders scored five touchdowns for the second straight week and continued their dominance of Lutheran South. Aqeel Glass, who recently de-committed from FIU, showed his new suitors how good he can be with 205 yards and three passing touchdowns. Jordan Sommerville caught four passes for 92 yards and scored a touchdown. Donovan Marshall continued his fine form on the ground with 183 yards on ground and two scores. If North keeps this up then they will be serious contenders for a state run in Class 2.

  4. McCluer South-Berkeley (6-0) - The Bulldog show is taking a break this week and will face 2-4 Affton next week. MSB shutout Normandy 42-0 last week and don’t look like they’ll be stopped any time soon.

  5. MICDS (4-2) - Say hello to the Metro League conference champions. The Rams got out to a 23-0 lead over archrivals, Burroughs and held on for a 26-24 win and claim the conference championship with a game to spare. A loss to Westminster and a Lutheran North win would give those two teams the same record, but the Rams hold the head-to-head record. No one saw this coming at all, but you gotta give credit where credit is due to the red Rams. They will be opening their new stadium with the 2016 Metro League champions banner.

  6. John Burroughs (3-3) - A devastating loss to MICDS for the first time in 2011 was doubled with them not winning the conference title for the first time since that same year. Which team won it? MICDS. JBS will be focusing on the playoffs now and still have some tricky opponents left. The Bombers have to regroup and face a hungry Lutheran South squad this weekend.

  7. Lutheran South (4-2) -  South fell short to North once again in the Holy Lutheran War by a score of 35-24. The Lancers held a brief first quarter lead, but didn’t let North get away from them, which is a decent consolation. Is it because of the rivalry? Perhaps, but it shows a good indication that South isn’t a team that rolls over easily when they face adversity. Big game against John Burroughs this weekend and it wouldn't be hard to believe if the Lancers knocked off the Bombers.

  8. Miller Career (5-1) - Impressive 42-20 victory over previously unbeaten Hogan Prep. The Phoenix took a 22-6 lead and after surrendering two touchdowns, they turned things around and scored 20 unanswered points. Kerel Barnett ran wild with 255 rushing yards on 20 carries with two rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Brandon Harris threw two long touchdowns passes to Antoine Garrett and Harris also ran in a score. The MC defense gave up 20 points, the most they’ve given up all season.

  9. St. Mary’s (4-2) - The Dragons breathed fire all over DuBourg with a 70-8 victory. Given the oppositions record, a lot will not be put into their result, however they have a great matchup with St. Dominic this weekend. Both teams will test each other well and it’ll be important to see how well Gus Dattoli can sling the ball to his receivers and if Jordan Grant can run through the Crusaders firm defensive wall.

  10. Lutheran St. Charles (4-2) - Due to their heavy loss to Trinity and other results, the Cougars fall all the way back to No. 10, but they still have time to climb back up. The Titans may be the toughest team they’ll face for quite awhile until they face a big adversary if they go far in the playoffs. They take on 5-1 Confluence this week at home

 

Honorable Mention


Gateway STEM (4-2)

Brentwood (5-1)

Westminster (2-4)

Confluence (5-1)

 

Large School

  1. CBC (5-1) - Continued their utter dominance with what is a typical victory over SLUH. Super sophomore Brett Gabbert threw for 279 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. The young lad is beginning to really make a name for himself. This week the Cadets will be heavily tested as they travel to the state capital with a date with the Jefferson City Jays. I won’t be surprised if several football junkies travel to west to see this potentially gratifying clash.

  2. Chaminade (5-1) - The Red Devils offense has been on fire lately, but they got an extra week to correct their defense after they allowed 32 points to Vianney. This week Chaminade faces De Smet at home and look to put in a complete performance.

  3. Kirkwood (5-1) - Coming off of a bye week themselves, the Pioneers turn their attention to Parkway South, after they took care of Parkway North via a 13-0 shutout. Kirkwood will look to see more out of their offense this week, which will be expected.

  4. Hazelwood Central (6-0) - It’s been somewhat of a down year in the Suburban North, which is why the Hawks stock isn’t as high as it usually is, but they are presented with a great opportunity to prove some people that they are as good as their record implies. They travel to Pattonville and the Pirates, who are on a two-game winning streak, will also be looking to prove a point that they are better than 3-3. Both teams will have chips on their shoulders for sure.

  5. Eureka (5-1) - I’d like to think that the Wildcats offense will be getting better and better week-by-week with new quarterback Tyler Kennedy. He threw for 132 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Star running back Hassan Haskins ran for 145 yards on 11 carries, but the team was led by the defense as they pitched a shutout and gave up under 150 yards. The Wildcats are in the midst of the easiest part of their schedule (statistically) which means they have opportunities to experiment.

  6. Parkway North (4-2) - The injury to Ryan Newton may be more costly than it appeared to be. The leader of the Vikings defense is out and they gave up five touchdowns in a 35-34 loss to Ritenour. Football is a team sport, and with one player out in a well coiled defensive unit, I didn’t think it would be such a grave loss. However you need to have an ace in the hole and Newton is that man, but he should be back on the field in a couple weeks. Gotta give North an A for effort for their comeback attempt down 35-7.

  7. SLUH (3-3) - Only because of their strength of schedule and their victory over them has SLUH over Ladue in the rankings. A loss to CBC was expected, but with Tony Adams out, it doesn’t mean the Jr. Bills get any handicap excuse because football is a war of attrition. Their game against Vianney will be very telling of where they really stand. I expect a good game from both sides.

  8. Ladue (5-1) - Not one of their better games, but an impressive performance midway through the second half gave the Rams a 52-22 win over Parkway West. Ladue can see the finish the line in the Suburban Central and the one-seed in Class 4 District 2. Their offense has really come on in their last three games averaging 52 points. They take on Clayton, their arch rivals this week. It’s been a one-sided rivalry for awhile and the Rams are poised to continue the trend.

  9. Fort Zumwalt North (5-1) - It seems like their week one loss to Ladue made the Panthers a better squad, yet I’m not surprised one bit. They desolated Holt 63-7 and the offense racked up over 300 rushing yards. Deiondre Stockton picked up 101 yards on eight carries. Quarterback Cade Brister scored four touchdowns on 98 yards and nine carries. Finally, Jack Ederer got in on significant action with 88 yards on 10 carries and scored a touchdown. It’ll be an early senior night against Liberty on Friday.

  10. Ritenour (5-1) - I was skeptical of their loss to Summit, but they put that skepticism away with a crucial 35-34 victory over Parkway North. The win puts them back into the top 10 and look nice going forward. It was Garmon and McGruder that carried the Husky offense as the two combined for 354 rushing yards. Garmon racked up 225 yards on 31 carries for two scores. McGruder threw for 166 yards and ran for 129. If Ritenour can do this consistently then they’ll be a surprising force in the Class 6 playoffs in the coming weeks.

 

Honorable Mention


Francis Howell (4-2)

Marquette (4-2)

Vianney (2-4)

Pattonville (3-3)

Fort Zumwalt West (3-3)

 

Week 6 Power Rankings

Small Schools

  1. Trinity (5-0) - A 68-6 thrashing of DuBourg, Isaiah Williams threw for four touchdowns and the run game accumulated 267 yards. The Titans simply continued their dominance, but could that hurt them in the long run? They haven’t necessarily faced adversity yet. The Cougars of Lutheran St. Charles may give them some adversity, or they could very well be another stepping stone for the Titans.

  2. St. Dominic (5-0) - Again, not a flashy performance, or was it? A 28-6 win over Living Word Christian continues their unbeaten run. The Crusaders were dominating on the defensive side by holding LWC to 129 yards of total offense, while the offense did enough by running for 231 yards. St. Dominic will be tested by their Catholic foes from St. Charles, Duchesne, who are proving their worth with two straight wins.

  3. Lutheran North (4-1) - Just what the doctor ordered. A 34-14 statement victory over John Burroughs that has all the makings to kickstart their season. Donovan Marshall ran for 242 yards on 46 carries with three touchdowns. The Crusaders are more of a passing team, but Marshall’s performance really opens up the offense because defenses have to respect him, while trying to keep Aqeel Glass and the receivers in check. A tall order that will be.

  4. McCluer South-Berkeley (5-0) - The Bulldogs made quick work of Lift for Life with a 66-0 shutout. I was strongly considering leaving Berkeley at No. 5 considering their strength of schedule, but they have beaten McCluer North, Orchard Farm, and Jennings by hefty amounts. They don’t have the hardest schedule by any stretch of the imagination, but they’ve done everything right and look to keep it going against Normandy.

  5. John Burroughs (3-2) - It was always going to be tough against a talented and angry Lutheran North side on the road. For the first time since 2009, the Bombers have lost multiple games in the regular season. It should be noted that their opponents have a combined record of 9-1. If Burroughs lost in momentum then they need to find it quick with their annua. Rivalry with MICDS coming up on Saturday.

  6. Lutheran South (4-1) - The Lancer faithful are dancing in the streets with a crucial 24-17 victory over Westminster. They had never beaten the Wildcats in Metro League play, but more importantly it gave them a huge moral booster. Cody Schrader keeps running wild as he accumulated 286 yards on 40 carries. South has a titanic matchup against Lutheran North.

  7. Lutheran St. Charles (4-1) - Defeated Central Homeschool and have a difficult test at Trinity this week. The Cougars will be going in as the underdogs, by far. They have taken care of business against everyone they’re supposed to beat, including the 50-46 upset over Cardinal Ritter at the time. They are arguably Trinity’s toughest test this season.

  8. MICDS (3-2) - The Rams, with expectations now, defeated Priory 27-13, but the score was closer than indicated. It was a typical MICDS game with it being close and they came out winners. It’s still tough to determine how good this team can be and they aren’t pretty, however they grind out wins. Huge rivalry game with Burroughs this week.

  9. St. Mary’s (3-2) - So close to another loss, but the Dragons corrected their mistakes mistakes and pulled off a fourth quarter, come from behind victory to beat Borgia 16-15. I have to take this team week-by-week because of their results. This is a young squad, bare in mind that has plenty of talent.

  10. Miller Career (4-1) - They had my curiosity, but they now have my attention. Decent display over Soldan, who can throw the ball well, but the Phoenix limited them to 14 points in 42-14 win. On offense, they ran for 421 yards. Kerel Barnett was nine yards short of 200 yards Brandon Harris ran for 101 yards on nine carries.  They have an uphill test against undefeated Hogan Prep this week.

 

Honorable Mention

 

Gateway STEM (3-2)

Cardinal Ritter (2-3)

Brentwood (4-1)

Westminster (1-4)

Jennings (3-2)

 


Large Schools

  1. CBC (4-1) - After a 49-6 beating of De Smet, the Cadets have quite the schedule ahead of them starting with SLUH. History tells us that CBC is favored and most importantly, based on current form. From the CBC perspective, it was nice to see the defense put in a good shift against De Smet by allowing six points compared to their previous two contests. The Cadets have a lot on their plate, but they can handle it.

  2. Chaminade (4-1) - The Red Devils received a scare from Vianney, but used a big fourth quarter push to get over the hump and come out as 47-32 winners. The offense produced over 400 yards, including a season-high 253 passing yards from Michael McGovern. The defense has given up 55 points in two games, which is a worry. Chaminade has the week off and will resume in two weeks against De Smet.

  3. Kirkwood (4-1) - The Pioneers had to dig deep to put away Parkway North with 13-0 shutout. Now they’ve probably gotten past the hardest part of the Suburban South, but they’ll still have a target on their backs. From their perspective, the offense needs to improve after gaining 250 yards of total offense. They have opportunities to improve against Parkway South.

  4. Hazelwood Central (5-0) - I don’t know if the Hawks saw the rankings, but they obviously put a out a statement with a 66-13 demolishing of rivals McCluer North. That was the start of a three-game road trip and they will visit 3-2 McCluer this week and conclude it at Pattonville. Ever since 26-14 opening week win over De Smet, the Hawks have pretty much laid everyone to waste.

  5. Parkway North (4-1) - How does a team that loses goes up two spots? Well there has to be series of events that occur for that to happen. More like the two teams in front of them lose. The Viking dropped a 13-0 decision to Kirkwood on the road. That will be the toughest team they play all season, and the defense still allowed just one score. The offensive outlet needs some tampering, but it’s safe to say North is one of the favorites in Class 4.

  6. Eureka (4-1) - Wildcat nation was dealt with a severe blow with the loss of quarterback Michael Orso for the season. The offense struggled to fully get going against a revived Lafayette side and lost 14-7. The ground game ran for 288 yards, but the passing game wasn’t the same with limited time to prepare. The Wildcats are still a talented team and they’ll only get better as the season goes on.

  7. Francis Howell (4-1) - After a solid 38-0 victory over Howell North and on a three game-winning streak, the Vikings head into what probably is their biggest game of the season against longtime rivals Fort Zumwalt West. Throw out all the records and not the typical Howell season, this is what they’ve prepared for against an upstart Jaguars squad. The Vikings defense has been solid lately, which will be key.

  8. SLUH (3-2) - Week one without Terry Adams was definitely difficult. Mitchell Batschelett was 8-for-19 with 57 passing yards and one interception. Andrew Clair took a big chunk of the load with 22 carries for 107 yards. A lot of credit goes to Jefferson City for they had a solid defense that didn’t let up the entire game. Injuries happen, but every football season is a marathon and the Jr. Bills are feeling the effects.

  9. Ladue (4-1) - It was a quick easy week for the Rams with a 61-0 victory over Vashon with a running clock during the second half. Jordan Jackson threw three touchdowns and the defense allowed just 51 yards forced five turnovers. Ladue goes up against the rising Parkway West Longhorns at Friday night at SLUH with arguably the Suburban Central conference outright title on the line.

  10. Fort Zumwalt North (4-1) - The Cade Brister machine has propelled the Panthers back into the top 10 after reeling off four straight wins. Brister ran for over 200 yards, bare in mind he is the quarterback, this past week. He’s scored 17 touchdowns and has totaled 102 points. The Panther offense has scored over 40 points in all of their wins and are looking poised to keep it going against Holt.

 

Honorable Mention

 

 

Ritenour (4-1)

Marquette (3-2)

Lafayette (3-2)

Timberland (4-1)

Vianney (1-4)

 

Week 5 Power Rankings

Small Schools

  1. Trinity (4-0) - After four weeks the Titans are now the top dogs of the small school area and it’ll take a lot to remove them. Through four games they’ve surrendered 20 points on defense, while on offense they’ve averaged 54 points per game. Their schedule hasn’t been great, but they’ve shown virtually no let ups.

  2. St. Dominic (4-0) - The Crusaders are now number two and they looked the part of a top side with a solid 34-14 victory over Borgia. The defense gave up less than 200 yards of total offense, which is how they’ve beaten teams, but the offense gave them insurance with 290 yards on the ground. Still gotta take it one week at a time with this team. Dominic Demerath and Jacob Larson continue to be a dynamic duo on the ground.

  3. John Burroughs (3-1) - I wasn’t sure about the Bombers after two wins over lesser competition, going into their game against Westminster, but they took care of business. I think it’s safe to say that the offense is not as explosive compared to past Burroughs sides, but the defense is on point, which is what matters most at the end of the day. At the moment, they control their destiny in the Metro League.

  4. Lutheran North (3-1) - An upset to MICDS on the road puts a question mark on the Crusader’s offensive consistency. They showed how good they can be in week one, but have since struggled to finish drives and get the ball in the end zone. North has a huge test to right their wrongs against Burroughs at home. The talent is there and maybe that loss will be an awakening.

  5. McCluer South-Berkeley (4-0) - The Bulldogs have played in three actual games only have four left, but they’ve done everything right, in terms of getting victories. A multi-dimensional offense has been the key with Tavian Willis accumulating over 500 passing yards and the Bulldogs have four players with over 100 rushing yards.

  6. Lutheran South (3-1) - The Lancers are now approaching the heart of their schedule with Westminster, Burroughs, and Lutheran North coming up in succession. The offense has been the focal point, but there was some questions about the defense. They’ll arguably get their best test yet, as they host Westminster on Friday night.

  7. Lutheran St. Charles (3-1) - This is a squad that I wouldn't have been surprised to see in the top 10. After all they were in the honorable mention, but the Cougars knocked of Cardinal Ritter in dramatic fashion, which has made quite a few people sit up and listen. They’re a run heavy team that has plenty of good athletes and blockers.

  8. MICDS (2-2) - The Rams have come out of nowhere within a span of two weeks and a big reason why is they’ve made adjustments. Graham Bundy and Harry Wellford were splitting time at quarterback, but it’s now Bundy’s. He’s thrown for over 400 yards and six touchdowns in their two big victories of Lutheran North and South, but it’s the defense that has been the main story. Wellford is also a linebacker and he's helped out big time in the front seven. MICDS has been in every game and have really been a play or two away from being undefeated.

  9. Cardinal Ritter (2-2) - The Lions started out on a high, but have since lost their last two games, including a heart breaker to to Lutheran St. Charles 50-46. They have a good chance to bounce back with the schedule that lies ahead of them, given their talent, but they need to make adjustments, especially on defense, which has allowed 98 points in two straight games.

  10. St. Mary’s (2-2) - It all seemed like the Dragons were on their way, but a shocking loss to Duchesne has them back down to earth. A 35-33 loss to a winless team raises questions on their ability stay consistent during games. They have the talent to do big things and have done so on offense so far, but they need to work the defensive problems if they're going to keep their head above water.

 

Honorable Mention

 

Miller Career (3-1) - Two straight shutouts over, including a 16-0 victory over Vashon has the Phoenix’s on the cusp of the top 10. A bought with Soldan will be challenging.

Westminster (1-3) - Another frustrating loss. The Wildcats have a tough schedule, but they’re approaching a respite in the second half of the regular season.

Brentwood (3-1) - Loss to Orchard Farm drags them out of the rankings, but should recover. Could learn a lot from their first regular season loss since 2013, an impressive run.

St. Charles West (2-2) - After a close, tough loss to Francis Howell Central and then big 74-27 win over Winfield, the Warriors creep back into the honorable mention.

Confluence (3-1) - Previously unbeaten, but suffered a big setback to Park Hills Central 43-6. Should bounce back over the next couple of games.

 

Large Schools

  1. CBC (3-1) - The Cadets are the best team in St. Louis and maybe the state. Coming back from 13-0 first half deficit against Chaminade, one of the best defenses in the state, and then shutting them down for most the game says a lot about CBC’s capabilities. I was skeptical of the team’s experience, but I’m a believer now.

  2. Chaminade (3-1) - The Red Devils were number one for four weeks, but couldn’t limit CBC’s offensive attack with their star-studded defense. I’m pretty sure their goal was to win the MCC and go undefeated, which is out the window, but a state championship is the ultimate goal. It’ll be telling how they respond against a tough Vianney squad.

  3. Kirkwood (3-1) - It had to be done. With wins over Vianney, Lafayette, Pattonville, and the close loss to Chaminade, the Pioneers leapfrog Hazelwood Central to the three spot. They also are clicking on all cylinders on offense with Reece Goddard breaking the school record for most passing yards in a game with 403. Very dangerous right now going up against a very good defensive team that is Parkway North.

  4. Hazelwood Central (4-0) - I got to see them for a half against Hazelwood East and they were fundamentally sound on defense, but had a tough time moving the ball during phases on offense. Their competition hasn’t been as great compared to Kirkwood, which is a big factor for their demotion. They can only beats what’s in front of them, and they have, but lack a signature win.

  5. Eureka (4-0) - The Wildcats keep on winning with somewhat of statement victory over Marquette. I’m not saying it’s a signature win, but merely stating that still are the alpha dogs in the Suburban West against a side that is trying to strip that title from them. It’s hard to see Eureka cough up a loss for the duration of their regular season. They control their own destiny.

  6. SLUH (3-1) - Good 54-14 victory over De Smet, but they lost Illinois recruit, Terry Adams for the season with an ACL injury. They do have enough athletes to step in, but Adams was an X-factor at wide receiver. The Jr. Bills can adjust, but it’s a big setback for the playoffs with the district they’re in.

  7. Parkway North (4-0) - Not much else changed this week and that starts with the Vikings, who took care of business against Summit. The defense has allowed now just two touchdowns in four games and 16 points overall. It won’t be as simple when they travel to Kirkwood this Friday for probably their toughest game of the season.

  8. Ritenour (4-0) - The Huskies kept it rolling with a solid 41-13 victory over Webster Groves. There may have been some doubt on how they would fare, but they proved they will be a tough out for anyone in the Suburban South. Ritenour’s run game is a hard to solve with Mann McGruder and company in the backfield.

  9. Francis Howell (3-1) - We didn’t find out much about the Vikings this past week, but there’s a good chance we will as they face Francis Howell North on the road. They’ve had good success of running the ball the past two weeks and McGwire Dean proved he’s capable of racking up passing yards.

  10. Ladue (3-1) - A win's a win, but a 43-21 victory to spoil homecoming for Parkway Central is a signature win. The Rams pretty much played out their first complete game of the season with over 400 yards of offense and limited Central to 66 yards rushing and forced four turnovers. Along with Parkway North, Ladue is looking like world beaters in Class 4.

 

Honorable Mention

Timberland (4-0) - One of the few undefeated teams in the area and have come through in close games, which shows they won’t panic in the face adversity.

Fort Zumwalt North (3-1) - Rebounding well and has gotten the Cade Brister machine running wild on offense. Nice 46-13 win over Fort Zumwalt East.

Marquette (2-2) - Was with Eureka for the first half, but the Wildcats got away from them. Looking good going forward, though.

Vianney (1-3) - Money for money, this is the best 1-3 team in Missouri. Never easy when you lose in a shootout like they had against undefeated Battle. There's still no time to rest with Chaminade looming over their heads.

Pattonville (1-3) - Really tough schedule, which they wanted, but the results haven’t turned up yet. One of the most battle-tested teams in the area, mind you.

 

Week 4 Power Rankings

Small Schools

  1. Lutheran North (3-0) - The Crusaders are the prettiest small school in the area, but haven’t exactly been up to the standards we thought they would be by now. They still beat Westminster 24-21 in dramatic fashion after giving up the lead in the fourth quarter. We’re still waiting for a big breakout performance, but they still keep winning.

  2. Trinity (3-0) - The Titans officially stamped their authority with a 47-13 victory over Cardinal Ritter. It was 14-7 with under two minutes until halftime, but the Titans sped away soon after. Trinity ran for 320 yards, including 145 on just nine carries by Darries Rainey. We could be seeing these bunch up here for quite some time.

  3. St. Dominic (3-0) - Underdogs no more and they almost lost their perfect record with a 13-6 decision against Liberty. The Crusaders have relied on their defense for the most part. I’m starting to get a feeling that this won’t be a pretty team week in and week out, but the Crusaders would much rather play with no makeup in order to be the life of the party. This might just be an opportunistic bunch. They have another interesting one against Borgia.

  4. John Burroughs (2-1) - The Bombers shutout Priory, 27-0 and will host Westminster. That will be a contest to see where they really are at. The junior stars, Jake Bain and Tyler Foote have been busy. Bain has rushed for 410 yards and five touchdowns. Foote has completed just over fifty percent of his passes, but has thrown over 600 yards and four touchdowns.

  5. McCluer South-Berkeley (3-0) - First time the Bulldogs have started out a season 3-0 in a long time. They beat Orchard Farm, 40-12. Quarterback, Tavian Willis threw for 282 yards and four touchdowns. A lot is expected of the Bulldogs now as their schedule beings to open up, but they’re on a roll at the moment.

  6. Cardinal Ritter (2-1) - Big loss to Trinity drops them down from No. 2 to No. 6. It’ll be interesting to see how they recover from a loss that they will learn from, but hopefully it won’t be humbling. They’re too good of a team to not lay low. Lutheran St. Charles will be a good test to see where they really stand.

  7. St. Mary's (2-1) - The Dragons make the biggest jump out of any team going up. They showed that their offensive output in week one was no fluke as they put up 55 against Living Word Christian. However, it was a 27-21 ball game at halftime, against a winless side. In fact all of their wins have come against winless opponents, including their game this week against Duchesne. They got the athletes to succeed, but they will be challenged down the line.

  8. Lutheran South (2-1) - Somehow they just can’t beat MICDS. The series is now 45-1 and the losing streak continues. The Lancers obtained 450 yards of offense and outgained the Rams by over a 140 yards. However, they couldn’t punch it in and had a hard time defending the pass by giving up all four MICDS touchdowns threw the air. They have a good chance to bounce back on the road at Priory, but the passing defense has to improve if they have a prayer of success in the Metro League.

  9. Brentwood (3-0) - Second week in a row that they’ve put up over 70 against an opponent. Running back Kaylon Jenkins now has 10 total touchdowns. The offense is totally clicking on all levels, however you have to look at their schedule. All three of their opponents have a combined record of 0-9.

  10. Westminster (1-2) - Took a loss to the chin against Lutheran North and it won't get any easier as they take on Burroughs, who are in the midst of regaining their form. Although they lost to the Crusaders, they can take a lot of positives out of it. They should be tough the rest of the way if they can avoid any more key injuries.

Honorable Mention

Miller Career (2-1) - After getting clobbered by CBC, the Phoenix’s have done some clobbering of their own with routs of Carnahan and Northwest Academy. They host Vashon, which should give a strong indication of where they are.

Lutheran St. Charles (2-1) - Bryce French… C'est tout. Big game against Cardinal Ritter.

Jennings (2-1) - Decent victory over Clayton during their first ever night game. Rajae Johnson has 372 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The quarterback, DeAndre Harris, has scored six rushing touchdowns. Could be a sneaky good game against Berkeley this week.

St. Charles (2-1) - Led by rushing trio of Donald Littlejohn (239 yards, 2 touchdowns), Micah Hughes (229 yards, 3 touchdowns), and Jordan Gladney (210 yards, four touchdowns). Then there’s quarterback. Blown out by Poplar Bluff 55-6, but they’ll reload and could go on a run.

 

Large Schools

  1. Chaminade (3-0) - The Red Devils survived a fury of attacks by SLUH, who proved a worthy adversary in the opening week of MCC play. If we found out anything new about this team, it’s that they remain cool headed if something isn’t going to plan. Offense got them out their early hole and defense won them the game. Up next is a greater challenge in CBC.

  2. CBC (2-1) - Gutted, gutted, gutted… The Cadets had East St. Louis beat, and had they won it, that would’ve meant a No. 1 ranking. Questionable calls happened, but that’s life. They have another chance to climb to the top against Chaminade on Friday. People, like me, say they’re young, but they’re proving that if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

  3. Hazelwood Central (3-0) - It’s tempting to move them down a spot, but they keep on winning. They ventured down Lindbergh road and put a 41-0 beatdown of Lindbergh. Ain’t bad at all. They return home to face longtime rival Hazelwood East. The Hawks could go on a serious run.

  4. Kirkwood (2-1) - The Pioneers convincingly defeated Lafayette, 37-12, and even led 34-0 in the third quarter. Reece Goddard threw for just over 300 yards and Tahj Telfair finally got to properly showcase his talents. They open conference play in a crucial deadlock against Pattonville. This is Kirkwood’s chance to enforce their authority, early in the Suburban South.

  5. Eureka (3-0) - The Wildcats move ahead of SLUH with a clutch victory over Pattonville, 48-45. They led 34-13 in the second half, but had to hold off a furious comeback. This is the third straight victory over a quality opponent and they’ll stay the course with a meeting against Marquette at home.

  6. SLUH (2-1) - If Eureka doesn't beat Pattonville, then the Jr. Bills stay at No. 5. They put in a solid performance, but solid won't always cut it against Chaminade. I think a close loss to the No. 1 team should only boost their confidence. They’ll look to bounce back against a pumped up De Smet squad this week.

  7. Parkway North (3-0) - The Vikings made quick work of U City by 50-balling them on Saturday, and produced their second straight shutout. They’ve certainly shown how strong they are on defense, but people got to see how effective their offense can be.

  8. Ritenour (3-0) - It took a man, in the form of Mann McGruder, to lead the Huskies to another blowout. Carl Garmon was there too. He scored three more touchdowns with 121 yards rushing on 14 carries, but it was McGruder that stole the show. 130 yards rushing and 125 passing. He’s a human juke-button. Be mindful that their opponents record is 3-9 and they’ll visit Webster Groves on Friday. We should see a clearer picture of both teams afterward.

  9. Francis Howell (2-1) - It took a crucial fourth quarter effort to avoid a catastrophic defeat to Fort Zumwalt East. The Vikings even trailed 14-0 early in the game, but found their rhythm to weather the storm and then strike down the Lions late on. It’s clear that this hasn’t been a typical Vikings season with the coaching changes, but it’s still early.

  10. Ladue (2-1) - The Ramies came through again and earn the No. 10 ranking. Ladue went into Webster Groves and avenged last seasons early exit with a 28-20 win, the same score against the Statesmen last year. You’d be hard pressed to find a handful of area 4A teams that have to go into Fort Zumwalt North and Webster, and come out with victories.

Honorable Mention

Marquette (2-1) - The Mustangs put in a decent victory over Hazelwood West, but it's the potential they have that intrigues me. Going up against Eureka gives them the chance to officially declare that there’s a new sheriff in Rockwood country.

*I thought they should’ve cracked the top 10, but their victories haven’t been as impressive as Ladue’s. A win over Eureka will see them into next week’s rankings for sure.

Pattonville (1-2) - It’s been rough sledding for the Pirates. Each week we’ve seen them show flashes of brilliance, but haven’t quite put it all together. A close loss to Eureka, a big comeback attempt, gives them two losses in two games. One thing for sure is that they’re battle tested, but haven’t come through in either one of their tests. They got another one against Kirkwood.

Vianney (1-2) - I want to believe that things are still looking up after their glorious week one win over Pattonville, but two losses later with a huge schedule ahead of them spells some doubt. The Griffins lost a tough one to Providence Catholic, from Illinois, 28-21. They travel to Columbia to face Class 5 juggernaut, Battle.

Parkway Central (2-1) - The Colts deserve a higher mention, but they haven’t had greater difficulties as the latter as of yet. They have a chance to prove their worth against Ladue on Friday. After a close loss to Parkway North, they’ve crushed Parkway South and Oakville. Central is great at running the ball, but has the quarterback and receivers to hurt teams through the air as well.

De Smet (2-1) - The Spartans squeaked out another close victory, this time against Fort Zumwalt West, 41-34. They begin the MCC gauntlet against SLUH and it won’t get any easier, but if Nate Martens and company can continue their offensive form, they will make teams earn it. On the negative side, defense is a concern.

 

Week 3 Power Rankings

Small Schools

  1. Lutheran North (2-0) - It wasn't a result that many expected, but the important thing is that the Crusaders dug through the Orchard Farm caverns and found a way out of there with the pot of gold, a 23-16 victory. Within two weeks, North know's how explosive they can be and how they can find a way to win in close ball games. Being battle tested, it's put them in a good spot against Westminster on Saturday.

  2. Cardinal Ritter (2-0) - Good start for the Lions, though they had some trouble with Living Word Christian last Friday. However, they pitched a shutout in the second half. Going to Trinity will greatly challenge the Lions to see where they are and it'll be an anticipated matchup.

  3. Trinity (2-0) - So far the Titans have racked up 107 points on offense and have allowed zero to their opposition. With all of the talent they have comes hype, and so far they've lived up to it in a near perfect way. They will be tested against Cardinal Ritter, which will be one of the toughest games of the season for both sides. I was tempted to give them the two spot, but they'll get it if they come through this week.

  4. St. Dominic (2-0) - How does a team come from not being mentioned as a contender, during the preseason, to now having a top five ranking by some new website? They had to beat the Class 3 state champs, then go on the road and knock off a Class 4 state contender in Westminster. The Crusaders display a healthy dose of a powerful offensive line, with a solid quarterback and running back duo of Dominic Demerath (clearly was born to play for this school) and Jacob Larson.

  5. John Burroughs (1-1) - There's a chance Burroughs feels a little bit better about losing to St. Dominic now. The Bombers went from Ladue to Lake Forest, which is just about the Ladue of Chicago, and beat up on the LFA Caxy's (a frog) 44-14. They kick off Metro League play at Priory.

  6. Lutheran South (2-0) - Last season the Lancers would've lost with the situation they had, being down 20-7 in the second quarter against a team like Soldan, but they came through late on, and held on for a 44-40 victory over. They'll try to exorcise their demons with MICDS this week, whom they haven’t beaten in well over a decade.

  7. McCluer South-Berkeley (2-0) - Big victory over rivals McCluer North, however, a forfeit win in week one isn't much to reflect on for their overall record. Going forward, the Bulldogs are looking good with quality talent.

  8. Westminster (1-1) - It's been a tail of two weeks for the Wildcats. From notching just under 50 points against St. Mary's, but then struggle to score against the upstart Crusaders. The Wildcats will have to show what they're made of at Lutheran North this Saturday.

  9. Brentwood (2-0) - Another blowout victory for the Eagles, 72-8 over Grandview. 64 of those came in the first half and 10 players carried the rock at least two times. It must be stated that Brentwood's first two opponents have a combined record of 0-4, but the Eagles have kept dominating their schedule for the past couple of seasons. So far there's no type of player like Jacob Clay, instead it's more of a running back by committee.

  10. St. Mary's (1-1) - The Dragons showed that they can run the ball effectively in a 23-14 win over Priory. They sneak into the top 10, but it was close. Gus Dattoli didn't air it out as much, in fact he threw less than half of the passes he threw last week, it's nice to see St. Mary's spread the wealth. Still hard to really crack down on this team’s main approach.

Honorable Mention

Orchard Farm (1-1), Lutheran St. Charles (1-1), Vashon (1-1), St. Charles (2-0), St. Charles West (1-1).

Orchard Farm is on the cusp of getting a ranking with two good displays.

Lutheran St. Charles took a tough one to Tolton Catholic in Columbia. Vashon got a 50-24 win over Cleveland after losing 29-26 to Festus.

Vashon looked good against Cleveland with a 50-24 victory. I was tempted to give them a mention last week with a close loss to Festus. They have the athletes to do damage.

St. Charles is 2-0 and that's all it takes at the moment. They've simply done their job against their opposition, no matter how good they've been.

Their neighbor, St. Charles West went down to Cape Central and was greeted with a traditional southeastern Missouri welcome with a 35-7 loss to the Tigers. The Warriors have potential, so that's why they stay in.

 

Large Schools

  1. Chaminade (2-0) - The Red Devils crushed Belleville East 49-7. Once again, they controlled the line of scrimmage and showed their versatility with Michael McGovern throwing for 167 yards and two touchdowns. They'll finally come home this Friday and host SLUH, in what will be one of the many, potentially, epic MCC games this season.

  2. CBC (2-0) - The Cadets leapfrog Hazelwood Central with an impressive 52-17 victory over Christian Brothers, from Memphis. They face off against East St. Louis in what will be one of the most high profile games this season.

  3. Hazelwood Central (2-0) - The Hawks beat another Southwestern Conference school, O'Fallon, 21-7. Antonio Triplett was a beast on the field and will be a sight to see throughout the regular season. They face Lindbergh this week.

  4. Kirkwood (1-1) - The Pioneers may or may not feel they're clicking the way they want to, however a 36-14 victory over Vianney will make them all sleep better. They held Vianney under 300 yards and won the turnover battle by three. They look fine going forward.

  5. SLUH (2-0) - The Jr. Bills took care of a pesky Ladue side 35-7. They have some mechanics to work on with ball control, but the defense was impressive. SLUH will have to play to their potential this week against No. 1 Chaminade on the road.

  6. Eureka (2-0) - The Wildcats jump past Parkway North because knocking off Francis Howell is no easy feat, despite their new changes. Eureka has done nothing, but impress me so far with a thumping of a potentially solid Fort Zumwalt West side and now a 33-22 win over the Vikings.

  7. Parkway North (2-0) - So far the Vikings have shown that a touchdown is all they need and they're good to go. A 7-0 road victory over a rising Marquette squad was a good indicator of how good North's defense is, but more offense will be needed down the road, which is what they’re totally capable of. After two tough games, the offense will come along soon.

  8. Vianney (1-1) - Even in the defeat, Vianney is showing that they are a force to be reckoned with. Teams can't overlook the young and hungry Golden Griffins based on their first two games, against two quality programs. They gave Kirkwood a great game and refused to quit until the end. They host out of towners, Providence Catholic this week.

  9. Pattonville (1-1) - It's been a head-scratching two weeks for the Pirates. Turnovers and lack of execution doomed them against Vianney, and then a terrible start to the game against Mehlville. Then it all started to come together and scored 40 unanswered points. They rushed for 255 yards, and took some of the load off of Kaleb Eleby and the receivers. However, they have no time to revel about it with a matchup against Kirkwood looming.

  10. Ritenour (2-0) - The Carl Garmon express was off and running for the second straight week for the Huskies. Garmon has rushed for six touchdowns and has rushed for 372 yards with 10 yards a carry. The defense has allowed one touchdown through eight quarters.

Honorable Mention

Francis Howell (1-1), Marquette (1-1), Ladue (1-1), Webster Groves (2-0), Parkway Central (1-1).

Francis Howell are out of the rankings for the time being and this was sort of expected with the new regime. Coach Snyder went through a phase worse than that at Westminster, but eventually he got them to be state contenders. Give him time and he'll destroy the opposition.

Marquette played well, but fell to Parkway North 7-0, which is nothing to be ashamed about, except they outgained the Vikings and probably feel like they should've put away some chances. The Mustangs look very promising.

Ladue took a beating at the hands of SLUH, 35-7. However, there was quite a few positives to take away. Held Andrew Clair to 128 yards on 21 carries, which they would've taken prior to the game, however he wasn't the only SLUH running back. SLUH had 17 pass attempts and only reeled off 107 yards.

Webster Groves is 2-0 and each of their scoring outputs has been nearly identical. They defeated Hickman 40-6 and have outscored their opponents 82-12 in two games. Donovan Daniels has been the workhorse on offense with six total touchdowns and 327 rushing yards. The key stat is that he averages 11 yards per carry.

Parkway Central did something that broke a long streak of games, spanning years and years... They ended with more passing yards than rushing yards. Mitchell Goldenberg threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns. The offense rushed for 186 yards and to add insult to injury, Goldenberg stole some rushing yards by being sacked.

Week 2 Power Rankings

Small School

  1. Lutheran North (1-0) - Beat Clayton 52-0. @ Orchard Farm (8/26, 7:00 p.m.).
  2. Westminster (1-0) - Beat St. Mary's 49-47. Host St. Dominic (8/27, 1:00 p.m.).
  3. Cardinal Ritter (1-0) - Beat Soldan 40-19. Host O'Fallon Christian (8/26, 7:00 p.m.).
  4. Trinity (1-0) - Beat Priory 56-0. @ Duchesne on (8/26, 7:00 p.m.).
  5. John Burroughs (0-1) - Lost to St. Dominic 27-26. @ Lake Forrest Acd. (8/27, 1:00 p.m.).
  6. Lutheran South (1-0) - Beat Roosevelt 53-0. @ Soldan (8/27, 11:00 p.m.).
  7. McCluer South-Berkeley (1-0) - Beat Northwest 13-0. Host McCluer North (8/27, 1:00 p.m.).
  8. Lutheran St. Charles (1-0) - Beat Principia 66-0. @ Tolton Catholic (8/26, 7:00 p.m.).
  9. St. Charles West (1-0) - Beat MICDS 20-13. @ Cape Central (8/26, 7:00 p.m.).
  10. Brentwood (1-0) - Beat Cleveland 43-0. @ Grandview (8/26, 7:00 p.m.).

Honorable Mention

St. Mary's (0-1), Gateway STEM (0-1), St. Dominic (1-0), St. Charles (1-0), Orchard Farm (1-0).

Large School

  1. Chaminade (1-0) - Beat Kirkwood 22-14. @ Belleville East (8/26, 7:00 p.m.).
  2. Hazelwood Central (1-0) - Beat De Smet 26-14. @ O'Fallon (8/27, 1:00 p.m.).
  3. CBC (1-0) - Beat Miller Career 48-0. @ Memphis (Christian Brothers) (8/26, 7:00 p.m.).
  4. Kirkwood (0-1) - Lost to Chaminade 22-14. @ Vianney (8/26, 7:00 p.m.).
  5. SLUH (1-0) - Beat Gateway STEM 50-16. Host Ladue (8/26, 7:00 p.m.).
  6. Parkway North (1-0) - Beat Parkway Central 20-9. @ Marquette (8/26, 7:00 p.m.).
  7. Eureka (1-0) - Beat Fort Zumwalt West 44-7. @ Franics Howell (8/26, 7:00 p.m.).
  8. Vianney (1-0) - Beat Pattonville 30-20. Host Kirkwood (8/26, 7:00 p.m.).
  9. Francis Howell (1-0) - Beat Mehlville 35-21. Host Eureka (8/26, 7:00 p.m.).
  10. Pattonville (0-1) - Lost to Vianney 30-20. @ Melhville (8/26, 7:00 p.m.).

Honorable Mention

Marquette (1-0), Ladue (1-0), Fort Zumwalt North (0-1), Ritenour (1-0), Parkway Central (0-1).

Week 1 Power Rankings

Small School

  1. John Burroughs
  2. Lutheran North
  3. Westminster
  4. Cardinal Ritter
  5. Trinity
  6. Gateway STEM
  7. Lutheran South
  8. Vashon
  9. McCluer South-Berkeley
  10. Lutheran St. Charles

Honorable Mention

Brentwood, O'Fallon Christian, Priory, Affton, St. Charles West

Large School

  1. Chaminade
  2. Kirkwood
  3. Hazelwood Central
  4. CBC
  5. SLUH
  6. Pattonville
  7. Parkway North
  8. Eureka
  9. Francis Howell
  10. Fort Zumwalt North

Honorable Mention

Parkway Central, Vianney, Marquette, Lafayette, Fort Zumwalt West