Week 4 Review: Rain, Rain, Go Away

It was almost too good to be true, but the rain and lightning had to come eventually to interrupt games all across the St. Louis area. Happens every year unfortunately. Over 10 games were postponed to various times on Saturday, which is never enjoyable and screws up plans for just about everyone. It must have been particularly tough for teams who had to reschedule games to seven o’clock on Saturday night because they have to wait over 20 hours to resume play. The hardest part might be for the players to get their heads back in it. You never prepare for a scenario where you wait 10-20 hours to prepare for the play, while you’re mind can easily drift. It must be so difficult to sleep if you’re a coach. Chaminade and CBC was on the brink of rescheduling their hot-headed matchup for Saturday right as the fourth quarter began. Could you imagine if they went through with it? That’s like halting a lightsaber fight when it’s nearly over and they have to retreat for a couple hours. Hopefully no StarWars writer will read this and pick up on that potential plot.

 

Important Conference Fixtures


Marquette @ Eureka

A close game at halftime with the Wildcats up 21-14 over the upset minded Mustangs, but after a long rain delay, Eureka took control. They proceeded to shutout Marquette in the second half and earn, what might be, their toughest conference victory.

De Smet @ SLUH

Midway through the second quarter it looked like De Smet was for real. They were right with the Jr. Bills 14-14, however SLUH had enough and put up 17 straight points to go up 31-14. They scored 23 more to soundly beat the Spartans 54-14. One thing De Smet proved is that they can’t be taken lightly. The program is definitely making positive changes.

Ladue @ Parkway Central

Rain or sunshine it was the Rams that was on point on all three phases. They forced three turnovers in the first quarter and took a 29-7 halftime lead into Saturday afternoon, and didn’t let up that much. Ladue gained over 400 yards of offense with a steady dose of running and passing. That's the third victory in two years against the Colts, who usually beat Ladue, and win at home.

Pattonville @ Kirkwood

It was another statement win for the Pioneers with a 38-14 win over Pattonville. Quarterback Reece Goddard set the school record for passing yards in a single game with 403. The scored doesn’t imply it, but both teams combined for over 1,000 yards of offense in the game. The Pirates gained over 500 yards of offense, but only got the ball in the end zone two times. Tahj Telfair had a big third quarter with two long touchdown receptions.

Westminster @ John Burroughs

Two victims to St. Dominic and now two teams headed separate ways. The Bombers defense was the story of the game as they, at one point, led 25-0 in the second half. Tyler Foote threw for 260 yards and three touchdown passes to lead the way. Westminster’s defense did a good job on holding Jake Bain to just 84 yards on 25 carries, but it’s difficult to limit both Bain and Foote. Steve Webb ran for 163 yards, but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats now fall to 0-2 in Metro League play. Burroughs is at 2-0.

 

Upsets


MICDS over Lutheran North 27-14:

This might be a good thing for the Crusaders in the long run, but it hurts right now. Looking from the outside you could see this coming because North had two very close encounters with Orchard Farm and a banged up Westminster squad. They escaped both of them, but then ran into an organized and athletic MICDS side that was surging after toppling Lutheran South the week before. The Rams led the whole way and their defense won them the game for the second week in a row as they shutout the Crusaders in the second half with several turnover on downs. MICDS did enough on offense with Graham Bundy throwing for 170 yards and executed when they had to. On the other side, Aqeel Glass threw for 120 yards with just 12-of-33 passes completed and it’s safe to say that it wasn’t a typical Glass performance. North will have to make quick adjustments.

Duchesne surprises St. Mary’s 35-33:

In a game that was suspended due to lightning, the Dragons started poorly, got their way back into it, but couldn’t finish. The Pioneers scorched St. Mary’s for 317 rushing yards and led early 21-7. The Dragons came with a pair of 1-yard rushing touchdowns and it seemed like they corrected their mistakes and would eventually take control with their home crowd and momentum, but it wasn’t to be. Duchesne held firm on defense and scored two unanswered touchdowns and led 35-21 with nine minutes to go. St. Mary’s did score two touchdowns, but failed on the extra point for the first score, which forced them to go for two on the next one after Gus Dattoli hit Jordan Grant for 40-yard touchdown pass with just under three minutes left. St. Mary’s failed to tie game up and couldn’t get the ball back.

 

Best Games


Chaminade (20) @ CBC (33)

It was the game that the neutrals had hoped for and got. It was the start that Chaminade had dreamt of. It was the ending that CBC expected. The Cadets continued their Chaminade domination by defeating the Red Devils 33-20. The game started out Chaminade’s way by controlling the line of scrimmage, milking the clock, and scoring touchdowns. Michael McGovern hit Bryce Johnson for a 71-yard touchdown pass and later in the second quarter, Jakobi Buchanan got the lead up to 13-0 with a 3-yard rush. However, it was only a matter of time before the Cadet offense revved up. In exactly two minutes, Brett Gabbert hooked up with Cameron Brown on a pair passes over 40 yards to level the game at 13 all at halftime. CBC continued their defensive dominance and the offense rewarded them with two straight touchdowns. Chaminade got one back right before the fourth quarter and got chances, but CBC never waviered, and eventually killed the game off with another touchdown with under five minutes to go.

 

Cardinal Ritter (46) @ Lutheran St. Charles (51)

Three minutes past and the scoring started with a 9-yard pass from Ernest Wess to Steve Lee to put the Lions up 6-0 and it seemed like it would be the start of a bounce back win for Cardinal Ritter. Yet, Lutheran wanted to prove that they can hang with St. Louis squads. Bryce French found the end zone 30 seconds later and did so again, less than five minutes later to set the tone for the Cougars offense. Both teams traded blows through the first half until the fourth quarter when Ritter scored back-to-back touchdowns to get the lead back to 38-36, but French returned his second kickoff for a touchdown to take it right back at 44-38. With under four minutes to play, Jared Phillips caught a 39-yard pass to give the Lions the lead at 46-44, but they needed one stop. With under a minute to play, Lutheran’s quarterback, Hunter Grills pulled off a play that is the definition of never quitting. On a fourth and one, with the game on the line, he faked a halfback toss and had room to run on his left. He barely got the first down as he got in front of a diving tackling coming from his right. Grills broke away from another tackle and had day light and plenty of blockers. At the 10-yard line, Grills ran through an attempted tackle, trying to bring him down from behind. As he was just breaking free, he side-stepped a defensive back that was being shoved from a Cougar linemen, which allowed Grills to score with 39 seconds to play and win the game.

 

Vianney (52) @ Battle (55)

The Golden Griffins came in ranked No. 10 in Class 5 and Battle was at No. 5. It was the Spartans that got things going within the first five minutes. Nebraska commit and the No. 1 player in Missouri, Jaevon McQuitty hauled in a brilliant 67-yard score and quarterback Brevin Tyler punched in a 1-yard rush. McQuitty finished with 267 receiving yards. With Battle only surrendering 19 points coming into the game, it sure looked like they were on their way, except this is a young and hungry Vianney team that refuses to quit. Especially if they got a signal caller like Tionne Harris. The Golden Griffins produced a golden response as they outscored the Spartans 42-7. Everything seemed like it was going through Harris with his arm or legs. The 5’10” junior evaded sack after sack and made something out of absolutely. It was like a controlled chaos, which Battle had no answer for until Vianney switched off right before halftime. Tyler ran for an 87-yard score and the Spartans picked off Harris deep in Golden Griffin territory. Battle took advantage as Tyler scored his third rushing touchdown of the half to give get his team within a touchdown. Vianney got some insurance in the third quarter, but Battle finally solved the Golden Griffin offense. The Spartans scored two straight touchdowns to tie it at 49 near the end of the third quarter. Vianney converted on a field goal with 4:22 left, but it was Battle that had the last laugh. McQuitty caught a clutch pass in the end zone to give the Spartans the lead for good and held on.

 

Top Five Performers


Tionne Harris (Vianney) - 517 total yards and five touchdowns. 393 passing yards, four touchdowns, and 124 on the ground with a touchdown. Harris extended several plays with his legs and acute quarterback awareness.

Reece Goddard (Kirkwood) - Set a school record by throwing for 403 yards in a victory over Pattonville. Goddard only threw 14 passes, but connected on 12 of them. He recorded three passing touchdowns and no interceptions.

Carl Garmon (Ritenour) - Once again it’s Garmon that earns his way onto the list. This week he rushed for 226 yards on 16 carries and scored five touchdowns in a 41-13 win over Webster Groves. Garmon has rushed for 719 yards and 14 touchdowns so far.

Andrew Clair (SLUH) - Coming off a tough game against Chaminade, Clair had great night. He ran for 222 yards on 22 carries and opened the scoring on a 66-yard run in win over De Smet. The Bowling Green recruit has rushed for 576 yards and six touchdowns.

Cody Schrader (Lutheran South) - Another frequent visitor, Schrader rushed for 262 yards on 26 carries and scored four times to lead the Lancers to a 38-6 victory over Priory. He leads the St. Louis area with 84 points and is second in rushing yards at 823.