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.