Too much laundry on the field … by Kevin O’Connell

IMG_1687Just When You Think You’ve Seen It All
No matter how many games you’ve seen at any level, high school-college-or pro, a play, a possession, or a call always seems to come along that you’ve never seen before. For many of us, it was last Friday night in the Hazelwood Central vs Lafayette game. Here’s the setting.
It’s the first quarter, no score, and Hazelwood East with the ball. Lafayette intercepts a pass and it’s first and goal at the 5 yard line.1st down Lafayette runs for 3 yards. Second down, another run play, lose a yard, so now it’s 3rd down and 3 for the score. QB Trevor McMurray roles right and throws back into the middle to #28, Matt Welby. In unison, the chant “TOUCHDOWN” goes up as the crowd reacts. Unfortunately, something else went up also. That would be a penalty flag. The crowd anxiously awaits the call. Suddenly, to what seemed to be the surprise of the masses, the signal for “Ineligible Player Downfield” against Lafayette was given, making it 4th and goal. I’m relatively sure someone somewhere has seen ineligible man downfield called on a 3rd and goal play from the 3 yard line, but I’d never seen it or heard it, nor had many of the fans at the game. So in comes the field goal team to settle for a 3 point attempt. The snap is down, the kick is up, and the kick is good.
But wait!! Can this be? There’s a flag on the play and Hazelwood East is being called for a personal foul, “Roughing the Kicker”. We all know what that means, don’t we? It’s now Lafayette ball,1st and goal from the 10 yard line. Points are being taken off the board. Once again, after 2 plays, it’s 3rd and 6 from the 6 and many of us that are old enough hear Yogi Berra whisper “it’s deja vue all over again”. This time QB Trevor McMurray hands off to #33 Taylor Grimm who makes two cuts and ends up in the end zone. TOUCHDOWN! NO FLAGS! Extra point is good!  After 2 first and goals on the same possession, 7 plays from scrimmage, and some time off the clock, Lafayette leads 7-0.
NOTE: According to what I could find in the rule book, linemen are limited to 2 yards from the line of scrimmage and the ball was placed on the 3 yard line. There must have been a lineman burst to the end zone for a block, a pic, or to initiate the celebration. Joint congratulations go out on this one. First to a very keen eye for detail on the part of the penalty called, and second to the Lafayette Lancers for overcoming what was legitimate adversity and walking away with a score. I’d love to hear anyone else’s understanding of the rule, particularly if you are, or have been a Referee.

If Week 1 Was a Hint of What’s In Store, You Don’t Want to Miss Week 2!!

IMG_1687If Week 1 Was a Hint of What’s In Store, You Don’t Want to Miss Week 2!!

By Kevin O’Connell
It’s only the 2nd week of the season, but given the way it started off, this will be a year to remember. Last Friday night we had 2 scoring leaders, Cade Brister of Fort Zumwalt North and Cody Shrader of Lutheran South score 4 TDs each, not to mention the 22 others with 3 each. We saw Quarterback Kaleb Eleby of Pattonville throw for 6 TDs while Jake Bridges of Park Hills Central and Damian Cagle of Winfield threw for 5 TDs each. Two Running Backs, Hassan Haskins of Eureka and Cody Shrader of Lutheran South each rushed for 275 yards apiece. Haskins carried the ball 41 times and accounted for total offense of 316 yards. Right behind Haskins at 316 total yards was Cody Shrader of Lutheran South with 286.Two receivers, Tristan Campbell of Park Hills Central and Sam Walden of Fort Zumwalt East caught passes for over 160 yards each.
Offense wasn’t all we saw. 2 players had a pair of interceptions each, Turner Cook of Marquette and Cade Grimes of Orchard Farm. 3 players, 2 from the same school, had 2 fumble recoveries each.  Will Bacon and A’Ron Washington of Lutheran South and Brian Hutten of Brentwood each had 2. Branton McCain of Liberty had 15 solo tackles, 3 assists followed closely by Nathan Lane of Francis Howell Central with 12 solo and 7 assists, and Cameron Turner of Hazelwood East with 11 solo and 6 assists. Mike Simon of Hazelwood Central had 4 solo sacks. There was plenty of offense and defense to go around.
Obviously, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to everything accomplished by these young men playing High School football. Take a Friday night out and go to a game near you. They’re fun, exciting, and always something to root for. If you can’t get to a game, check www.prepcasts.com for a game near you and listen to our great coverage of the game. Only on Prepcasts can you listen to more than one game and follow much more action at the same time.