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).