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.