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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.