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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gateway STEM (3-2)
Cardinal Ritter (2-3)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.