Week 2 Review: Feeling Out The Playing Field

Usual Suspects

If you didn’t drink the Chaminade Kool-Aid last week, this week they showed how they will massacre teams by defeating O’Fallon 49-7. They controlled the clock with their elite offensive line and held Belleville East to 260 yards of total offense. With Chaminade at No. 1 in the GSV Large School Rankings, it’s pretty clear that I’m sipping on that Kool-Aid with dignity. CBC will have something to say about that when worlds collide between the two later this season.

The Cadets impressed with another resounding victory Christian Brothers from Memphis. Kamryn Babb caught six passes for 109 yards and his partner in crime, Cameron Brown had four receptions for 139 yards. Kaleb Allen ran for two touchdowns, but the attention is on the quarterback slinging the ball around. People may not the CBC signal caller, but there’s a good chance they’ve heard of his last name. Sophomore Brett Gabbert, the third Gabbert to emerge as a quarterback in the St. Louis area, threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns.

Kirkwood held off Vianney 34-16. The Pioneers get on the winning end after a frustrating loss to Chaminade on opening night. Reece Goddard was more like himself. The Golden Griffins is coming off as a team that knows their young and talented, and shows no fear whatsoever.

Everything finally clicked for Pattonville, until after the first quarter against Mehlville. It was 14-0 and then the run game started to crank up. Ahmad Avery rushed for 155 yards on 11 carries and David Ellison followed that up 91 yards on 13 carries. Kaleb Eleby still threw for three touchdowns, despite completing 10 of his 21 passes.

Another St. Dominic Upset

The Catholic school from O’Fallon has truly invaded the 314 area, especially the Metro League. Some say they wouldn’t have beaten John Burroughs if there was no long weather delay, but after seeing them in person, I can say they are the real deal after beating Westminster in the way they did. They held Steve Webb, one of the best running backs in St. Louis, in check all game long and did enough to cover Westminster’s aerial assault. To hold off Webb is impressive, but to limit the air attack as well, is incredible. The Crusaders built up a 19-3 lead, overcame mistakes of their own and walked out of Town and Country with another W over a state ranked Metro League side.

This will be a good wakeup call for Westminster, knowing that they can have off days and have better idea of working on their weaknesses.

Close One’s

Lutheran North @ Orchard Farm

No. 1 Crusaders traveled to what seems like the middle of nowhere, and edged Orchard Farm 22-16. Clearly, the Eagles came out of nowhere and gave Lutheran North a scare. It wasn’t even a game where Orchard Farm played from beyond, but made it respectable. They were winning in the second half and it was tied very late in the game. It a took a 30-yard touchdown pass from Aqeel Glass to Jordan Sommerville, who had to shake off a would-be tackler, to escape.

Parkway North @ Marquette

There had to have been numerous people demanding their money back during this one. Luke Hertzler hit Ryan Smith for a touchdown, late in the first quarter, and they held serve the rest of the way. The Vikings defense has been very strong early in the season, so far. Allowing a combined nine points to Marquette and Parkway Central is no easy feat in the slightest.

De Smet @ Rock Bridge

The Spartans go to Columbia and come back with their heads held high after a dramatic come from behind victory, 32-27. Quarterback Nate Martens threw for 272 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 45 yards to put him over the 300 total yards mark. De Smet rallied to score 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to stun the Bruins. The Spartans actually took an early 13-0 lead, but it was all Rock Bridge from then on, until the final frame. The crazy part was the final three minutes. De Smet found the end zone with just under the three minute mark, then got the ball back with under two minutes to play. Martens hit Bryant Perrty for 52-yard bomb to put them within one, but they missed the extra point, which really should've been game over for them, after they didn't recover the onside kick. However, as if luck was on their side, the Spartans recovered a Bruins fumble and made them pay for it on 56-yard hook-up from Martens to Jack Ilewski to the house, to complete the immaculate comeback by De Smet.

Best Game

Lutheran South 44, Soldan 40

It wasn’t even noon when the game kicked-off, which makes no sense for a reason why this game was filled with drama. After falling behind 7-0, Soldan scored 20 unanswered points from three Torre Dyson touchdown passes. However, mid-way through the second quarter, the Lancers flipped the script. They stopped the bleeding with a touchdown and with under two minutes till halftime, they forced a safety to put them within five points. Lutheran South then proceeded to take back the lead with under a minute to go, on a clever late delayed pass from Cody Schrader. The scoring resumed immediately after the kickoff with Tyreik Fisher taking the opening second half kickoff to the house. South responded with two more Schrader touchdowns to give his team a commanding 37-26 lead. However, a minute, Dyson found Lookman Afoyolan for the second time on a 58-yard touchdown strike, but Lutheran South refused to give up the lead for the second time. With just over three minutes to play, Schrader found the end zone for the fifth time to give the Lancers another little cushion at 44-34. Soldan quickly struck back on another Dyson bomb to get within a touchdown, however the Lancers chewed out the rest of the clock and held on.

Soldan has certainly had a tough two weeks going up against Cardinal Ritter and then lose in a shootout when they had a two touchdown lead, probably felt they could complete their comeback. This is evidence for Lutheran South to start believing that big things are on the way, not that they haven’t been. A year ago, they would’ve lost this type of game, but found a way to come back and hold on.

Top Five Performances

Antonio Triplett (Hazelwood Central) - The Hawks senior did just about everything against O’Fallon as he totaled over 300 total yards. Triplett rushed for 208 yards and scored twice. He then threw for 113 yards and threw a touchdown pass.

Carl Garmon (Ritenour) - On 25 carries, the senior ran wild for 253 yards and four touchdowns for the Huskies enroute to a 40-7 victory over McCluer.

Torre Dyson (Soldan) - 16-for-24 with 359 yards and five touchdowns. This may not be the last time he’ll be mentioned in here after what he showed he can do against Lutheran South.

Cody Schrader (Lutheran South) - Five total touchdowns and even threw for a score against Soldan. The junior rushed for 261 yards and three touchdowns on 39 carries.

Joseph Stevenson (Miller Career) - Recorded 13 tackles in a 40-8 win over Carnahan.


A Deserved Shoutout

I have to give props to the Normandy Vikings. Barring the details of what the Normandy school district has gone through and how the transition has impacted the lives of all the kids who’ve walked through the halls, it has taken a beating on a once powerful football program. Last week, the Vikings won their first football game in 19 games and this past weekend, they beat Gateway STEM, 33-12. That’s right, Normandy is 2-0. This is the first winning streak for the Vikings since 2012 when they defeated Jennings and Affton. If the winning rolls on, then they this group has a chance to become the first Normandy team, since 2009, to finish with a winning season. Head coach, Curtis Graham and the coaching staff, deserve a lot of credit for the quick turnaround. It’s a great story and hopefully it keeps going and continues to inspire.